This lovely quilt pattern came from a 2005 Block & Pattern a Day Calendar. The design is by Debbie Kratovil. The gold fabric has a shiny texture. It's a scrap from a holiday blouse I made for my sister-in-law. This wall hanging is one of my favorite Christmas quilts!
This is where I really figured out the tricks to machine applique using a zig zag stitch. It's not as hard as I had imagined. Leave the needle down when you turn to adjust your direction: on an Outside curve the needle needs to be Outside, on an Inside curve the needle needs to be Inside. Wow, did that make applique look so much more professional!