The pastel ABC's and 123's where done using a technique in which the fusible is only on the outer 1/4" edge of the fabric.
The paper backing is peeled away, and the letter gets fused in place. Adding a stabilizer on the back, the fused letter gets a blanket stitch edging.
And on the backside, the extra backing and stabilizer are trimmed away, without cutting the applique.
On the primary quilt, the letters and numbers where completely fused in place. No need to worry about show through on this quilt. And I didn't fret about stiffness either. So the blanket stitch wouldn't pucker, I used a paper like stabilizer on the backside,
which I tore out afterwards.
Identical quilts, different techniques. And I think that the technique used really depends on the quilt. A complete fuse may work fine, but for some quilts, maybe not. Possibly a completely different technique of applique is warranted. It really all depends on the quilt, it's use, and my time.
Applique. To be continued...