I continued to make paisley blocks with some embroidery or embellishment. The size and shape of the paisley's were slightly modified for each set of 6, and I decided to put a darker fabric as the center for each of the set of 6 blocks. Here it is on the design wall so far:
Some of the blocks have couched rick rack on them. Before I added the rick-rack, I backed those pieces with a tear away backing. After the rick-rack was added, I then glued the pieces to the dissolving applique foundation.
Here is a close up picture of how I handled turning the edges with both the backing and the fabric. I used washable school glue in this step (the purple) , and I really put a lot on those spots. If you look towards the upper tip, you can see that the glue is applied much thinner because there is only the fabric to turn in that area.
One thing that I learned from another quilter a long time ago was how to handle the tips of applique. After I glued and turned back all the edges, I snipped off the excess fabric from behind the tip and wet it down pretty well with Fray Check. After it dried, the tip holds it's shape and the pieces of fiber won't split apart when they're pierced with the needle.
I learned a lot from other quilters along the way and continue to learn from them now. I hope you have friends around that share your love of quilting too.