I decided this piece was done for now so I tacked it on the wall. I left some parts unquilted. I may go back and do more. It has a very sampler look to it. It certainly did not turn into a swan. But I shall persevere on this technique because I really like doing it.
I started the quilting with a shorter needle which made for smaller tighter stitches. I switched to a a longer needle and my stitches got looser and freer. The fabric tended to pucker more and I like that.
This is the same photo. In the second one I adjusted the color in Picasa with the neutral color picker.