The Missouri Star Company is my favorite place to go for my lessons on quilting. They are generous to a fault in giving us these free online. They have put out a four-part series on applique that I think is astoundingly good. I have put links to these right here for you to access:
Part 1 Rectangles and Applique Basics:
Part 2 Stars, peaks and valleys:
Part 3 and 4 to come.
Anyway, I don't want to just take their stuff and run. Please visit the Missouri Star Company to see what they have to offer. I think you will really like them!