This particular niece got the quilt shown below. It was made before I entered the world of free-motion quilting. At the time I felt it unfortunate that I could not quilt swirls on it to reflect the whimsical tails of the birds. Oh well. Perhaps I can give swirls a go on her new pillow?
And here's the pillow.
My first attempt at swirly quilting; a little wobbly at first but then it went fine. Incredibly enough I still had some of the original fabrics from the quilt.
Same light blue as the background on the quilt went to the backing
A little lop-sided pillow for a lop-sided pic.
Here's a close-up of the embroidery and quilting. I did the bird from memory, because the original picture of the quilt was so hard to decipher. Close enough, I think. I did the embroidery after the quilting, as I thought this a neater and easier approach.
The pillow measures 12" (31.5 cm) squared.
Have a whimsical day!