I really like this week pattern - Love and Kisses (if you have not yet downloaded the pattern, go there quick; it is available until Friday! And Santa is available too). And I love it even more because I think that my embroidery is better than the one on Santa.
This is the first time I am embroidering with batting. Last week I was not quite convinced by the result. My Santa looks puffy, the fabric very tight around my stitches. Obviously, I’ve been pulling my threads to much.
This week, I used a loop and did one stitch at a time: through the fabric, pull from the back, through the fabric again and pull from the top. It is a bit longer, probably twice as long, but the result is much better. So time does not count, with one block each week, I have plenty of time to finish it.