Sorry the pictures aren't great, but I am too lazy to trudge outside in the snow for better ones! I started embroidering a dozen pink elephants for a baby quilt last month. My co-worker's nursery is pink, gray, and white with elephants. The elephants have been done for a couple of weeks and I finally found some pink and gray fabrics.
It is 38 inches square. I have a feeling she will use it as a wall hanging or on the back of the rocking chair.
I embroider with perle cotton #8 and Warm and Natural batting behind my fabric. The batting adds stability and helps to hide the knots and stitches on the back of the embroidery. I trim the blocks with their backing of batting down to the correct size and just piece as usual. Then, I place another full sized piece of Warm and Natural batting behind the whole quilt top and on top the backing fabric, pin and quilt. It is slightly thicker behind the embroideries, but probably only noticeable to me when I quilt through it.
The elephants are embroidered in pink and I plan on quilting it with the same pink perle cotton.
I have a fun pink fabric for the backing, I am just going to whip up a label and pin it all together for hand quilting during the Olympics this evening. I am calling this quilt "Elegant Elephants." I am linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/