This started with an 8-grid block drawn in Patch Draw plus Motif. I named the block ‘Castle Star’. (This block can be easily turned into a foundation-paper pieced project.) I then drew a simplified variation of this block as an alternate and named it ‘Castle Moat’.
For the applique, I modified the ‘Holly Border’ block and ‘Holly’ motif from the EQ library. One I added to the ‘Castle Moat’ block itself, the other I floated on Layer 2. ‘Castle Moa’t might be modified to eliminate some of the piecing seams to make a neater base for the applique…but maybe not.