Using Solvy for Applique can eliminate a lot of headaches: You can avoid hand turning under edges, do machine applique with neater results, and it works out pretty quickly, allowing you the time to do more elaborate Applique pieces.
Here's how I used it a on Halloween kitty Quilt. Solvy is a marvelous product that looks like clear plastic, usually comes in a roll - and best of all, Solvy dissolves in water, so it will wash away when you wash your quilt.
1. I used or a window to trace my pattern onto freezer paper. ( who needs a light box?) Cut one pattern apart and used the second for reference. If you have a lot of pieces you may want to number them .
2. Traced each pattern piece onto the wrong side of the fabric, and sewed the Solvy onto the back of the fabric, using a 1'4 inch seam allowance.
3. Cut a slit in the Solvy and turned pattern pieces right side out..
4. Arranged pieces on background, and pinned into place. I used a close zigzag (satin stitch) to sew around edges.
Learn more about Solvy here: http://www.sulky.com/stabilizers/solvy.php
Pattern used was from The Book Kitty Capers by Carol Armstrong