|From Rocky Mountain Quilts|
Rather than make the stitches invisible, you can pump them up and make them shine.
|From Mrs. B's General Store|
This became particularly popular in the thirties. There were a lot more applique quilts as cotton fabric more available and didn't need to be in tiny pieces.
|Found on ebay.com|
|Embroidery cottons from Threadarific|
|Patsy Thompson Designs|
This also looks really great on wool applique.
|From Aurum Eve|
|From Fiber Luscious|
Of course there's no reason it has to look old fashioned because it's old. It's a way to dress up and excite all kinds of contemporary design.