One of the comments I got yesterday was that a turtle ought to have some water lillies & dragonflies. Now I'm no water lily expert, but I can handle a few dragonflies. I auditioned this perfect dragonfly fabric I had, but decided it did not work in so well. So...I got creative with my permanent fine-tip sharpie pens, which by the way are worth their weight in GOLD. I have bought the $3 a piece fabric pens and they don't write a clean line w/o bleeding. These are 28 pens for $12 at Sams.
Here's the purple turtle, Lucky in his water home (not yet sewn down). There are just a few sea-weeds and fun circular bobbles in some of my favorite batik scraps. I rarely do a satin-stitch applique because it looks so amateurish and tends to buckle and not lay flat. But Lucky needed this to designate the lines on his shell. There was no way I was going to stitch all of those pieces on separately. The other items on the quilt are needle-turn appliqued down.
And here is one of the dragon-flies I drew.