Step 1 - Applique. Big Mama came over one day in October and gave me a crash course in Invisible Machine Applique and kept baby Jack company whilst I worked at the animals. It's basically like standard applique using applifix, but instead I used Floriani Stitch N Wash fusible. http://www.florianiaustralia.com/floriani-stabilizers/tear-away-stabilizers/stitch-n-wash.html
Once all pieces are ironed on to the fabric, I cut about 1/8 inch around the shapes and used a normal glue stick to fold over the edges and pushed them down nice and sharp with a cuticle stick.
Once all pieces of an animal were completed, with a bit of help from a light-box and some Elmer's school glue, I put the shapes together to make some very cute looking, yet faceless, farm animals.
As this quilt has nine panels, this first stage took ages. The bigger pieces were quite easy, but the smaller ones were really tedious and my fingers would get covered in glue. It's really important to iron, between two ironing sheets, each individual applique piece and again once they're been put together to seal any glue. What makes this technique quite easy, is a bit of forward planning to ensure you DON'T fold over the edge when a piece will be under another. It only took one animal for me to get into the swing of things and I was on a roll after that.
Next step: Sewing it all together. Stand by!