I have a bad(?) habit of not following instructions and making up my own as I go along. I do it with embroidery patterns all the time. I look at them more as a guide. I chose this pattern to embroider on a vintage hanky to use on a doll-sized quilt. It's from the 1966 Better Homes and Gardens Stitchery and Crafts.
I wanted a quick result and opted for a split stitch and back stitch, rather than the satin and stem stitches suggested. The result is just what I wanted.
I completed this in about 6 hours. Embroidered with 2 strands for the stems and leaves and 4 strands for the berries and flowers on a vintage hanky. Next time you see a pattern that looks like it's too much for the time you have consider breaking the rules.