The applique item I was making has gone in the bin. I feel so much better for doing so and better still, it didn't involve a hissy fit!!!
It went wrong right from the start with too thin a background material. A very light stiffener was added to compensate, making it too stiff. Once the squares were joined, after making yet another mistake, they didn't align properly. The decorative top stitching I wanted to do just highlighted these problems even more.
So back to the beginning and I am leaving applique behind for now and doing a simple quilt which I know how to do reasonably well.
Watch this space!