My pattern for the appliqué blocks is from an antique quilt block. I have decided not to cut out the center circle. The quilt will eventually be a queen size quilt with an applique border, my plans right now to reproduce one I saw on an antique quilt in the book Quilts and Quiltmakers covering Connecticut. one of my favorite quilt history books btw.
To answer a few questions...I baste my blocks with thread and use general chalk pencil . I like to do needleturn applique it works for me.
Yesterday I appliqued the one block, my real goal is one a week, maybe two :)