My partner received over a week ago, so Bakeneko suggested that I post pictures of what I sent.
I went with her science theme and love of plaid. It was made entirely of materials that I had on hand. I don't sew much, at least not on a machine, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I was a bit too chicken to try binding, but I think it's fine without it.
Close up of the embroidery.
The other side. I loved making this, because I'm a fan of dinosaurs, too, and had actually been planning on making a dino mug rug for myself. I quilted this side with some prehistoric plant-like shapes, but you can't really see it in the picture.