Well, after pooling your knowledge and reading high and low, I finally made my first appliqué attempt. Don't look too close, but I'm pretty pleased :) I've already made notes of changes when I attempt my actual block for the quilt.
1. Need to be more patient and take smaller stitches
2. Need smaller seam allowances along the side - little more at the ends.
3. Making small "placement" pencil marks didn't work for me. Need to think that out.
4. Need to pin a little closer to each end - my pieces flopped around too much.
Now, my question to you. When I sewed on the body, do I sew the body to the wings or sew all the way down to the background?