The pattern was very simple but effective and I had fun choosing complimentary fabrics from the overflowing sweet shop of quilting cottons I've accumulated. An even nicer touch to this gift is that I bought the pattern from the Create Hope Designs shop and so all the funds from their pattern sales go directly towards helping orphans and their communities in deprived areas.
A little finishing touch I'm quite pleased with is that I cracked open my 'Freehand Machine Embroidery' book by Poppy Treffry, and wrote a special birthday message on the blanket the horse above is carrying. It was my first ever attempt at this technique. Rather unfortunately I chose red thread which with my shaky embroidery makes the message look somewhat like a ransom note!! Lol!
To any sewing people, I'd really encourage you to head on over to Create Hope Designs for a look at their patterns. They're currently hosting a September Sew Along too with some really great prizes. $100 Fat Quarter vouchers anyone?!