I think the original idea for this "art quilt" was planted in my head by this SouleMama post from way back when. Louis wrote a birthday message for his dad in pencil on muslin, and I (painstakingly) sewed over his letters with green thread. The sewing wasn't so bad, but the pulling threads to the back and tying and trimming them got tedious.
It has been so long since I tackled any quilting project that I assumed I would remember more than I did. Specifically, the quilt binding was a hot mess. It took me probably a full 45 minutes longer to finish this project than it would have if I knew where to find those great instructions from a quilting book several years ago. Thank heaven for About.com's mitered quilt binding instructions.
So this little guy is just under one foot square, and has a custom Louis message: "Dad, I love you and I like you. Louis"