I've decided to keep with the traditional colorway of blue and white. Recessed applique (also sometimes called reverse applique) is different in that the design emerges as you stitch back the foreground, rather adding the applique on top of the background. I'm very used to my back-baste method of applique, but I'm starting to get the hang of this.
I'm doing this quilt as a block-a-week with my Applique Boutique yahoo group. But, it would take 4 years just to finish the blocks at that rate, let along sash and quilt it. Hmmm............ Well, like most things, it's about the journey more than the destination to me.