Last fall, I bought a pattern called Little Butterflies, from Laundry Basket Quilts, along with a Bali Pop to make it with. The pattern calls for fusible applique, but I planned to convert it to needle turn and make it my portable hand project for however long it would take to finish.
Here is my first block, hand appliqued using the needle turn method.
Two issues: the butterfly's body was hard to do (very small - the entire butterfly fits on a 5" square) and looks a bit wonky, and it took a long time. Also, I have another hand project in mind and so don't need this to be my hand project of the year. So I thought I'd give fusible a try and see how it turned out.
Block 2, fused using Steam A Seam 2 then stitched with a small zigzag stitch on my sewing machine.
Not terrible but the stitches are visible. Of course, with practice I could probably improve my technique. What else can I try?
Block 3, fused, then stitched with what I call a hem stitch; #7 on my Bernina using a width of 2 and a length of 1 (very tiny). I experimented with a variety of stitch sizes and this worked best. A narrower stitch did not seem secure.
The stitches are still visible but could be less so with better matching thread and improved technique. I don't think anyone will notice the stitches after quilting and when hung on the wall, unless they are really looking for them. I think I'll go with this one.