For my the Blogger Quilt Festival I am showing off my first hand applique & hand quilted quilt. Did I mention it is also my only one so far? I love doing those things but it takes time, something I had when I made it but now I don't seem to have any, not to mention that sitting down involves a toddler in my lap with a book. So someday I will make another applique quilt.
I made it when I was 15 years old (half a lifetime ago! eek!) and I won 2nd in the youth quilting division at the MidSouth Fair (the next year they split the hand vs machine quilts.)
I took an adult class at my LQS (can't remember the name, it has been 15 years.) I was amazed that me a young teen could do something better than several of the grownups in the class. My stitches were tiny and invisable on the applique and my quilting was tiny too. We did freezer paper which we basted with thread and used a green flair pen to mark our quilting lines.