Yay, the top border is almost done! I stayed up until midnight doing this and then just had to quit and go to bed. I am just loving this Freezer Paper Method! Thank you, Allie Aller! The turned under edges are appliquéd down with a narrow zigzag using clear there. It lays very flat and is a breeze to do. I use lots of pins and stitch slowly.
I am thinking of doing some trapunto work behind the flower shaped center medallion. And of course Benson's image will be round. I plan to reprint it, a little larger, and hopefully with better resolution. He is looking a little lost in the middle of all this!
I have used two methods to print the photos. The first is to iron freezer paper onto tight weave cotton, trim to exactly 8 1/2 x 11" and run through the printer. Then I peel off the freezer paper, and soak the piece in vinegar for 10 minutes to set the ink and let dry. No rinsing. The second is to print onto TAP paper, and then iron onto fabric.