This Template Free, or Back-Basting applique technique is the way I first learned needle turn applique. I disliked the idea of tracing and cutting out all the templates, pressing the seams, etc. It seemed like too much work to me. This concept gives you a simple, accurate way to needle turn without pins (yay!)and no templates or pressing first. It also makes applique EASY to take in the car or plane on long trips.
So check out Kay Mackenzie's blog All About Applique and see if this makes applique more fun for you! She also has a book out on this technique that you can check out on her blog/website.
I just love it and I hope you do too! Tootles for now!