I've spent couple of days getting my tutorial ready for the Quilting Gallery Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along. (You can see little clues in the photo below.)
But at night, I work on Baltimore Christmas.
This block has more than 70 applique pieces!
Thanks to everyone who sent their suggestions, especially Lynette.
The bottom line is that everything was just too big: my basting stitches, my seam allowances and, most importantly, my applique stitches.
Not perfect yet, but I can live with this result. (Yes, I did have to redo 12 leaves!)
Another thing I learned was that not all fabric is created equal when it comes to applique. If the weave is too loose, there's a lot of fraying. If the weave is too tight, it gets doubly hard to get those curves smooth.
Remember to come back on Wednesday for my block tutorial.