I've gone for the raw edge applique look for my quilt for DQS#9. I'm usually more a blanket stitch kind of girl when it comes to sewing down my applique but I'm giving this a try. I'm unsure if I really like the effect, it seems a bit messy? But then when I come back later I think no, looks ok.
It took me three whole episodes of Glee to sew all those loose threads in the back! And some swirly quilting, or rather a pebble with a swirl inside it. Giving some nice texture.