There were a few reasons why these blocks lingered in my UFO (unfinished object) pile for so many years. 1) I didn't have a purpose for the quilt, so didn't know what size to make it and 2) applique! I'm not great with scissors and I didn't enjoy the thought of cutting and stitching the applique.
When I saw Tara's finished top, though, the applique leaves really made it sing, so I knew I would have to do the applique.
And then I saw a Brother Scan n Cut machine in action! That's the way to cut out applique (short story--scan in your images, let the machine cut the fabric). And then I was fortunate enough to have someone be willing to let me play with their Scan n Cut--it took quite a few hours last September to cut out all the leaves, even with the machine. I truly appreciate their generosity and sharing.
And I had discovered in the 6 years between 2009 and now that you can just 'quilt' the applique and not have to stitch it down first. Yay! There may be some fraying on the edges over time, but I'm prepared to accept that.
I wish I had taken a photo of the top before the applique leaves were added--they really do make the top, but you'll just have to use your imagination as to what it would look like without them.