I think that my biggest concern is the size and spacing of the alphabet letter blocks in the First Alphabet Lesson panel. I've got some serious fringe on the top line, the text and most of the capital letters are 1/8" or less away from the dashed line, so there's not a millimeter to spare here for decent seams. I hate to be sewing over that text - it's what makes the blocks so sweet! But if I skimp on the seam allowance, all I can imagine happening is tons of work on a quilt - especially a baby or child's quilt - and in the first wash, seams will be popping all over the place.
Walking through the living room the next day, I spied my Circle Peeps quilt and suddenly everything clicked. Why not use the same double-hitter technique of Wonder Under and a tight zigzag stitch to applique the letter blocks to a plain white square?
So here we go again - and this time I kept the template at its original 100% size...
Love it. Seams are matched perfectly, squared totally without trimming and no text or letters in the block are cut off!
I know the raw edge applique makes it look a little less polished to some, but I think its a great way to keep the cute text of the alphabet blocks without compromising the block's integrity in the long run.
What do you all think? Agree or politely disagree?