For each pieced 'droplet', I straight stitched around the whole piece about 1/8" around the edge 3 times. I like the effect that its not perfect.... Its not messy (well, I don't think it is?!), but I like the effect:
Also, I didn't use the heat n bond like the pattern states. I thought as I was making 2 quilts, with 16 droplets each, I would have quite a bit of waste (as you cut out the centre to make it more 'snuggly' that stiff). I just cut them out with a template, and pinned them to my background, and stitched them down:
With my solid droplets, I went around the shape twice:
I kept the thread colour the same on each applique, cream:
I plan on quilting over the whole quilt with an edge to edge pattern - Umbrella's, so fitting!! So, it should be pretty sturdy.
What do you think of raw edge applique?