And the obligatory sneak peaks:
I have not machine appliqued before other than using a close zigzag on kids clothes so the buttonhole stitch was a bit frightening for me. However if I had've done it by hand I don't think Emma would get her turn any time this year! The clear thread made it even more scary and at one point the machine became unthreaded and I felt like I was suddenly tangled in invisible cobweb! In addition, my machine and I are yet to become best friends. I really don't trust her and I don't think she trusts me. I took my foot off and she wouldn't stop sewing!!! So before she did too much damage, I had to switch her off and reset her. Oh my, will we ever see eye to eye?
I hope my ameteur ranking isn't too obvious (not that you can see much as the silver on the fabric makes it hard to focus on the shiny stitching without daylight).