Thank you for the kind words.
Any tips if I were to tackle this myself?
Use small stitches so when it frays you don't lose a seam.
Leave about 1/4" inside when you cut out your design and then clip almost to your seam every eighth of an inch or so all around.
When you wash it throw in a towel or some jeans to speed the fraying.
Check your lint trap often.
I usually wash it once, trim it, and wash again.
I made some stockings for Christmas like this and they were so cute. I did a Hello Kitty for the stocking swap,
a boy and girl snowman for a commission,
and a Santa for the grandboy. I am going to try a quilt next.
It is a very versatile and forgiving technique. Just go for it.