I've been wanting to do one of these for a long time and finally started on it. I got a big lot of new hankies on eBay, all different colors and styles. For the background I am using a layer cake of Moda Bella Solids in white.
Last night I washed, dried, ironed and starched the hankies. Folded one of them, starched it again, and then a very fine line of Elmer's School glue to attach it to the background.
Decided to hand applique since I wanted it delicate looking and not a hard line of machine stitching around it. It's nice to have some handwork to do sometimes. Just finished this one here at work over lunch.