There are two applique block styles in EQ, Block and Motif.
When you choose Applique Block, you’ll be drawing and creating the applique patches and EQ will be creating a single plain background patch for the block. You don’t need to do anything special to create the background patch. EQ8 does it for you. These blocks, with the background patch, are intended for Layer 1 of any quilt layout style.
An applique motif has no background patch. These are designed to be set on Layer 2 of a quilt. Layer 2 allows the motif to be positioned anywhere on the quilt. You can place motifs overlapping several blocks and over borders as well.