My SIL bought me Aimee Ray's Doodle-Stitching
for my birthday and, wanting to try out a project from it, I decided to make her daughter (my littlest niece) the quilt. My niece has 3 older brothers, so the quilt needed to be as girlie as possible.
It took me about 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish...I finished right before our family opened presents on Christmas Eve
(as in, I snuck upstairs to bind it after dinner and before the kids started getting whiny about their unopened gifts!). I left the edges of the circles un-hemmed so that it would develop a pretty 'used and cherished' look to it with use. I matched the embroidery floss to the rainbow of colors in the floral batik that I used and I made sure that there were six birds in the design (one for each of her family members). I used the book as a reference, but I free-handed all of the designs. I added a patch to the back with her name on it, too.
I just used knots of embroidery floss to 'quilt' it, with the little tails on top for maximum comfort.
Here it is all done, on my in-laws' dining table (pic is a little dark):
...and over a chair:
Here it is before any embroidery:
After embroidery and before quilting:
And, the back detail (the back is just white with specks of color from the quilting...like sprinkles!):
I think that I took on too many Christmas crafts this year... I made a jewelry set for my 15 yo niece and one for my mom, a bracelet and 3 re-usable grocery bags for my SIL, 2 pairs of earrings for my MIL, crayon rolls with velcro for my 3 yo niece and nephew, and a bracelet for my SIL's niece....didn't snap photos of most of it. Oops.
Thanks for looking!