Since there were five empty circles, I had thought to embroider or free-motion quilt five Japanese characters, namely: mother, daughter, the little girl's Japanese middle name, love and happiness. After having contacted a Japanese friend of mine to have the translation of the above, I became a bit dismayed. The characters were all Chinese (as these characters are part of the Japanese written language) and were rather complicated and not all were just one character.
After much reflection, I decided to stipple the white circles white and contour stipple the girl's name in the center red circle.
Do you see the relief? I was going for a discrete approach, so as not to spoil the holistic look of the quilt. Doing the same in all circles would have been too much, I reasoned. With this solution, I thought that if the recipient's mother does not care for how the red circle looks, the stitches can be removed and just left plain without spoiling the quilt's final look.
And this is the quilt all done.
So, it is off to the post office.
Have a Happy Canada Day!