These first blocks are the "class" blocks. See the nice hand stitches?! NO? I can't either! On the first block, squint at the pink and you'll see a long and short blanket stitch. Then check out apricot and green blades on the fan.
I did a close up of the second block so you can see the stitches better.
The first embroidery work I did was as a teenager. Mama taught me a few stitches so I could make dresser scarves and pillowcases. It's just not my "thing." I did counted cross stitch back in the early 1980s. I did several pieces for my son's nursery. After that...that's all I wanted.
When I have a threaded needle in my hand, I want to spend time at my quilt frame.
Just a few of the machine embroidery stitches...
I sewed the corner of a cutwork napkin on this block. I also decided to "audition" my mother-in-law's cameo brooch.