Here is the cushion I made for my best friend's daughter's first birthday. It is a combination of embroidery and applique on linen and cotton. It worked out really well I think, I love the Michael Miller fabrics I bought on e-bay (used for letters and backing). The pattern for the embroidery came from a Japanese embroidery book vol.5. I have no idea what the name is but the ISBN is 9784529044189 . More images are on flickr too.