My first attempts at reverse applique were interesting. I didn't really enjoy the process very much, but I must say, I LOVE the results! And I LOVE doing the blind blanket stitch.... that you can see. Also a little hint: if you are using freezer paper for your appliques, just use butcher paper from your local grocer. It is free and worked great for me. Like freezer paper, it is waxed on only one side.
After I had completed all of my appliqueing and pulled out the paper. I was quite scared to pull it out and worried about ripping out my stitches, but it worked seamlessly. Pun so very intended.
I then played around with which fabric I wanted on my border. Do I go warmer or more neutral?? I decided that I liked the pop of the orange and how well it framed my bloom. This decision also helped me to decide on making the embroidery section cooler in color.