Ok so last night I buckled down and finished the applique! Once I finished the handle, the top handle needed it too, but that tiny little thing gave me the most grief! If you look closely it's chewed up, the fabric pretty much shredded. So now I'm ready to stitch around it and see if that helps clean it up. I have a feeling it will do the trick nicely and make me very happy with this little teapot applique. Off to stitch I go!