Super smart way to do a multicolor applique. I can see making alternating squares of applique and pieced blocks using the same fabrics to make a quilt, or this would be great on pillows, tote bags etc.
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How to Blanket Stitch an Applique. This hand stitch technique gives a folksy, handmade look to a small applique. It takes a bit of time, so you'll probably use it for the occasional embellishment, rather than for an entire, large project.