Nothing like power stitching. I had ordered the fabric over the summer but it wasn't till about 2 weeks ago that it finally arrived. Wanting to give this piece to my son for Christmas (AND take it to Indiana myself in 2 weeks) I had to get out the power needles and put other projects aside to get it done.
As usual, I had to adjust the pattern slightly. I used some variegated threads I had in my stash (the DMC colors given in the instructions were too crass) and some stitches are done in glow-in-the dark DMC thread. I added 2013 to the topper and hid my initials in her skirt (only visible in the dark)
I will take the piece unframed and leave with the framer in Mishawaka for Christopher to pick up later ... just not sure if the framer here can get it done in time.