When I picked the yarn for this baby blanket, I eye-balled the colors. While they do match, the dye lot made a definite difference in the overall pattern. Thankfully, I don't view it as a total loss. The more I look at the variation (and the more I'm told it looks fine), the more it grows on me.
I ended up using yarn to crochet the flowers instead of embroidery thread, then I attached buttons and sewed them straight on to the blanket.
Unfortunately, the blanket also curls a bit, something fairly common to a stockinette stitch. I thought the border would be enough to prevent that; maybe a wider border would fix the issue? If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.