I love the generosity that exists among quilters. Being a self-taught quilter, I know how to do what I do thanks in large part to tutorials and illustrations in books. So in a spirit of reciprocity, here's a little tutorial on the dryer-sheet applique method. This method can be used for a variety of shapes, but I'm working with circles here.
Place a used dryer sheet on the right side of the fabrics (here a scrap from two fabrics), pin to stabilize, and draw the circle. I used a CD.
Cut all the way around, and sew a scant 1/4" seam all the way around the outer edge.
The back side of your fabric should look something like this.
Pinch the dryer sheet away from the fabric and cut a slit in it, 2" long or so.
Reach in through the slit and turn it inside-out so that the right side of the fabric is now on the outside.
Use a poking tool of some kind and press so that your circle lies flat.
And you get some nice little circles, ready to be appliqued onto your fabric. The dryer sheet is thin, and a nice zigzag stitch is easy to do!
Thanks to Sue Ryan who demonstrated this method last July at the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. And here's to whittling that fabric stash down in 2012!