Cherry Cluster Applique Block

 


It’s cherry picking season in our part of the country. I love to pick cherries. It’s no wonder the expression “cherry picking” is given to easy feats. The problem with cherry picking, because it is so easy and fun, it’s easy to get carried away and have a ton of cherries that you now need to do something with! With all these cherries on my brain, and because Fairy and Pixie just had outfits made out of material with cherries on them, I decided to make a new Cherry Cluster Applique Block. Like all our blocks, this one was made 6” x 6” but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. I included a picture of the material I used for inspiration. You can find the pattern HERE or in the FREE Applique Patterns. Enjoy!

Also, I’m including a recipe for a yummy Cherry Oatmeal Muffin. If you have a good recipe for something made out of cherries, please share! I’m always looking for new recipes for cherries or zucchinis… because we always seem to have a bumper crop of both!

Cherry Oatmeal Muffins
Muffin:
1 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup buttermilk (to make a buttermilk substitute add 1 T. vinegar to 1 cup whole milk)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen tart cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped (if using frozen make sure to drain them first)

Topping:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl combine buttermilk, egg, oil, and almond or vanilla extract. Pour buttermilk mixture into oats mixture and stir just to moisten ingredients. Gently mix in cherries into batter. Use paper cupcake liners or spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle with the granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 12 Muffins

EDIT: I just discovered a new blog…A Curious Cupful. It’s written by a witty and talented pastry chef who just happens to be the girlfriend of my best friend’s son. The blog is worth nosing around in, BUT has luck would have it, when I went there today, she had a new recipe for these absolutely yummy looking Cherry Cakes. If you are a cherry fan, or enjoy cooking blogs, you have to check this out! I am going to make these for our 4th of July celebration!

 

 

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Kimara

7 Comments

  1. You guys do such lovely work. I love anything that has cherries on it. I HAVE to put this on something. The muffins sound incredible. Must try. Thanks for an awesome blog guys!

  2. I love these cherries! I’ll have to find a way to use them, they’re adorable!

    Cherry picking time here too, I just made a pie yesterday 🙂

  3. I swear there is no end to your ceativity! These cherry appliques are the sweetest I’ve seen. Thanks for the delish recipe too. Have a happy 4th of July Kimara!

  4. I love your blog and I’m so glad I finally have something to add. Growing up my dad and grandma use to make dandelion wine (yuck) and cherry liquer(yum) ever summmer. They became Christmas gifts every year for mailmen, hair dressers, etc. I now help them. Here’s the recipe. Last year I convinced them to slip a cinnamon stick in the bottle at the last step. Gives it a nice spicy flavor that we love, but it’s optional.

    Cherry Liquer

    1 pound cherries, pitted and cut into quarters
    3 cups of 80 proof vodka
    later
    1 1/4 cups sugar
    maybe a cinnamon stick

    Clean the berries, removing stems and pitts. Cut into quarters. In a sealable container, cover with the vodka. Store in a cool dark place mixing every day for a week, then once a week for the next 4 – 6 weeks.

    Strain and remove cherry pieces. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar for each 3 cups of juice. Now, if you’d like, drop a cinnamon stick in the bottle. Seal and store for at least 4 months. The longer you store it the better it is. If it tastes too tart you can add a little more sugar.

    Hope you like this if you try it. I love the cherry applique so much. Although I like everything you make, I especially love your appliques. Thank you!

    Margo

    1. Sounds yummy. I’m sure I would like it with cinnamon, too! Many years ago I made some strawberry liqueur, but I think the cherry would be more flavorful. My dad always use to make Kahlua and give it as Christmas gifts. I am definitely going to start some of this next week. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Love the cherries. Your work is lovely. These are going on the pockets of an apron I’m making right now. Thanks for such a timely addition! Love your site. Happy and safe 4th of July!

  6. Hi I just want to thank you for sharing such a cute pattern for cherry’s i love it and will be able to use it to decorate several things that i so love and want to have some cute little cherry’s on, thanks so much again and i do love all your little creations and ideas and inspirations, you have the same kind of taste in crafting decorating as i do , have a pink rainbow day
    kindest regards
    georgia from ohio

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