When you enjoy hand applique, quality of the fabric itself becomes important. The tricky areas, like points, curves, concave shapes...lend themselves to little bits of frayed edges. If the fabric you are using is a high quality one with high thread count and tight weave, it minimizes these little threads that can lead to making your applique look sloppy.
Quite a few of the fabrics I used above are from D's Selection fabric brand. I bought them ages ago in Carolea's Knitche Quilt Shop, which has not existed in many years unfortunately. Anybody who has ever visited there would tell you it was an incredible place.
Anyhow, the block above is the next in my applique modern house quilt series. It's been fantastic to design and create. I'm so excited that it is done and ready for my next class.
In other wanderings:
Purse addiction: Clare Vivier's fold over clutch. Be mine.