I was aiming for Valentine's Day with this one but even I will admit that was being optimistic. Still, I got there. It's now complete and I am happy with it.
It turned out as I wanted and I'm happy with the applique. I machine sewed the applique using a zig-zag stitch and while it looks fine I think next time I'll try something fancier. I don't know why the zig-zag (or even worse the blanket stitch) disappoints me so much. But for this one it worked fine and I recognise no one is going to be looking that closely.