One day designing, one day tracing four copies and one day transfering to background fabric.
My sewing table top is glass and I just push the sewing machine back and place a low energy lamp 23w lamp on the floor underneath. I iron the freezer paper to the back of the background fabric and trace through. This way my placement is easy and the freezer paper template matches the background markings exactly. I'll peel the freezer paper off the fabric, then iron it to one or more sheets of freezer paper to make it stiffer. I cut out the shapes, press the template to the wrong side of the applique fabric, turn over the seam allowance, glue it down, then glue the applique piece in position for sewing on the back ground fabric.
But is all takes time......
And tomorrow I hit the festival of quilts, plastic at the ready to go.