I forgot to post this DJ block before, so here it is.
I like the spray starch method for appliqué - I can't do needle turn very well. First, I place the template on the wrong side of the fabric and outline with pencil. Then, I cut around it leaving about 1/4" seam allowance and glue (with a glue stick) the template to the wrong side of the fabric. Spread some spray starch with a small paint brush and then fold it over the template and iron until it is dry. Then you can remove the template and it is ready to appliqué!
This is the mylar template plastic that I use - it doesn't melt or warp.
On my design wall is the "Scrappily-Do-Dah" quilt that I started in Dec. 2009 while on our trip to Florida right after I retired. I got the pattern in a McCall's Quilting magazine advertisement and really liked it - because I love scrap quilts. I cut fabric from just about all the stash that I had at the time. I've had the blocks finished for some time and want to get this finished!
Here's what my sewing table looked like yesterday. I had the urge to finish a doll quilt that had been started a long time ago, then had been looking at some lilac fabric to make a table runner, also some other fabric for a possible custom job. My Dear Jane book is sitting there with various implements, etc.
I'm feeling my normal self these days except for having tendonitis in my right thumb. I'm trying to rest it some and putting ice on it. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to rest a thumb. What's on your design wall and sewing table?