I am in process of making a pretty basic baby quilt, and to jazz it up a bit I cut out and fused some simple animals for applique. I know that some of lines are pretty intense for machine stitching, so hand sewing it is. Is there a preferred stitch to secure raw edge applique? Is the blanket stitch the only method? The animals are small, most no bigger than 2x3 inches. I am quite new to the applique process, so any assistance is appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!