If you don't like the black, as shown below, then choose other colors.
Appliqued with all green thread.
Orange heart--applique stitch
Blue/Green tulip--buttonhole stitch
Green/Yellow leaves--zigzag stitch
Appliqued with a variety of thread matching fabrics.
The quilt blocks for my "Flag Quest" designs will be appliqued with a variety of colors and using the zigzag stitch as shown on the Peony. These will be showcased later in another project.