It is machine appliqued with a satin stitch and then hand tied.
The problem is the seersucker fabric is rotting.
I thought I would try cutting away at the satin stitch, but that proved to be too difficult without damaging the background fabric.
Made the hat and appliqued it down by hand using needle turn as satin stitching wasn't going to work without seeing the stitching on the backing.
I was so admiring my handiwork (the hat) when I realized that the scarf was falling apart, too. (sigh) Guess I will be fixing that next if I want this quilt out of my closet. One more thing though....the edges of the quilt are showing a lot of wear, so I am going to have to find some fabric that will compliment the quilt and bind
Now I am going to sit and trace my #15 block for Beyond the Cherry Trees. I think once I get that start, it shouldn't take me long to get it done....probably right before block #16 comes out.
I certainly hope your new year has started out with a bang. Enjoy stitching. Happy New Year to all of you again.