3 Beads for me.
Here are 3 beads for me. I had a hard time finding maroon in my stash, too. I just happened to purchase this paisley print with a fabric lot on eBay just a couple of weeks ago. Great timing!
For the applique, I used a technique with nonfusable (is that a word?) interfacing. Check it out on this YouTube video: Applique by Machine. It is a little longer than it really needs to be and the “camera work” is a bit comical. But she does a good job explaining things and doesn’t assume you know much. Which I always appreciate! It might make your seam a bit bulkier than it would otherwise be. But since you trim away the back I don’t think it makes a noticeable difference.
Sophie I really like this block! Great job, as usual.