Hi everyone, I'm a self taught quilter also. I was wondering do you need to put your background material in a hoop, before attaching your applique? Or can you just use some spray adhesive to hold it in place? I would really love to learn how to do applique (the right way). I live in a very tiny community and there are no quilt quilds or classes that i could take. I read alot about quilting and buy many, many magazines. I would greatly appreciated if anyone can give me any info. on this subject. Thanks Denise.