Another great tip, try building the picture on baking paper first. Draw the design onto the paper then position the applique shapes on top, in the same way as for fabric. When the picture is complete, let it cool, then lift off the baking paper and put it on the panel of fabric.
Progress, I am stitching the sampler at present and completed Block 1 and 2, onto Block 3 later today. Heres the website link if you would like to signup to join in the fun of stitching this gorgeous quilt. http://jannzcraftstore.com/Block-of-the-Month-C323731.aspx?sid=4936