I tried my first applique name baby gown. Let me just say, I feel like I should have had Tye take my picture with the finished product and hung it up over the mantel after I labored and toiled over it. I had to rehoop it twice, taking great care to keep it perfectly straight each time, and the chevron pattern didn't do me any favors either. I love how it turned out, but this one was a doozy. It's for a sweet cousin of mine who is expecting her first baby, so I don't mind at all, but I might go with a shorter name and a non-geometric pattern next time.