Whew! I've finally finished block #1 from Beyond the Cherry Tree. Everyone else is on block #12 or #13, but what the heck. At least I've started the journey. Here is my first block. I'm using freezer paper on the back of the fabric and basted down before I applique. When I'm close to finishing the piece, I remove the basting threads, pull out the freezer paper and needle turn the remaining bit of the piece. I am also using the heat resistant circles, there are a lot of circles in this project. If I can find them pre cut like the hexi templates, I'll be buying them as the border has over 160 cherries. I've already started making a few for the border. If I make 5 per block, I'll have them ready to applique once all the blocks are done. I love the look of these vintage fabrics and I'm already stitching block #2.