Please note that the patterns are only 63% of desired pattern size. It was necessary to reduce them to fit onto standard 11 x 8.5 paper for PDF files. Just make a copy of the pattern and take it to a copy company and have it increased by 159% and printed. This message is included on all block patterns.
I will not be sharing how to's on applique as there is a number of great online sources for tutorials on applique. Here is one of the best http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/applique-lessons/ . Erin's methods are very, very close to mine. I don't use plastic template sheets for my templates. I use plain old freezer paper tripled for a nice solid template. They are much easier to cut. I also pre-shrink the freezer paper to reduce shrinkage during the applique process. Just lay sticky side down on your ironing board and lightly spritz with water, press after a minute. It will crinkle a little but this should not be a problem. If you are using this method of making templates be sure to make the templates reversed. Simply lay your paper layout on your light source upside down then trace you pattern pieces. That way you can iron the templates to the back of the fabric being used and it doesn't move. Just cut around template using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
Another thing to notice is that the Cat's eyes are done in reverse applique. That means that the cat is appliqued to the eye fabric. This method is actually more accurate and helps the eyes to recede as they should. I have not done the embroidery work and any of the blocks. Actually this is the only block sewn done. The rest are only glued down. I will be sewing them before posting (I hope).
I think I have covered everything. If you have any questions just leave a post on this blog and I will try and reply promptly.
Spooky Halloween begins!!!