Using fusible web is one technique for appliqué. The only problem with it, however, is it add bulk to the quilt and depending on what fusible web you use it can add a stiffness to the are you've appliquéd to. I recently tried out a thread that is designed for appliqué. It is called Charlette's Fusible Web-Fusible Thread. I used the web thread in the bobbin and MonoPoly (extra fine) as my top thread. I traced my shapes directly onto the right side of my fabric and stitched just inside of my drawing line. Trimming was a little tricky. The idea is to trim as close to the threads without cutting the threads. I placed my shape and pressed. As the web thread adhered to the fabric it released my top thread and it was easily pulled from the project. Once all my pieces were in place I was able to machine appliqué as usual. The web thread held my pieces in place throughout the appliqué process. The best part is that there was no added bulk to my project. The flower has four layers but remains supple and soft.