Hi, don't have a camera right now but have 2 questions. I am doing a (kind of large) applique and am finding the steam a seam quite rigid, will it soften up after a wash? Also, it is all meander quilted around the applique but there is about a 12-15 inch area (the applique) with no quilting (used warm & natual batting). Can/should I meander quilt in the applique area and if I can, will it soften that area up? Hope somebody understands this?!