There is an expression “easy as pie”. I don’t get that. To me pie making is NOT easy. Trying to get a nice crumbly crust, rolling out a dough just right, then baking the pie so the fruit and crust is done without over baking the outer edge. “Easy as pie”? I think not! On the other hand, there is another expression, “cherry-picking” which means setting yourself up to take the easiest path or to pick the best of something. I understand that expression. Have you ever gone cherry picking? Easy Peasy! After the daunting task of bending over or squatting down to pick strawberries or the slow, laborious task of picking puny raspberries out of pricker bushes, cherry picking is EASY. You stand by a branch laden with cherries and they practically jump into your pail!
Today’s applique is as easy to make as cherry-picking 🙂 As always it was designed to fit on a 6″ x 6″ block but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. Enjoy!
Cherry Applique Pattern DIRECTIONS
Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Cut out felt using pattern. Transfer any embroidery markings.
Using a blanket stitch, sew small cherry to block using 3 strands floss.
Using a blanket stitch, sew large cherry to block using 3 strands floss.
Using a running stitch, sew leaf to block using 2 strands floss.
Using a running stitch, sew shiny spots to cherries using 2 strands floss.
Using a chain stitch, embroider stems using 6 strands floss.
Using a stem stitch, add leaf detail using 3 strands floss.
Using a stem stitch, embroider cherry details using 6 strands floss.