A blanket stitch is often used as a decorative edging around applique. The stitch can be done by hand or by machine. In the photo, the leaves and stems have a blanket stitch that was done on my sewing machine. The 3 circle centers have a blanket stitch that was done by hand. All applique is “iron-on” and I am in the process of finishing the edges with a sample of decorative stitches.