Thank you for all the kind remarks and suggestions for my first try at machine applique (http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-66008-1.htm). This is my next attempt at applique, a lot less ambitious- this time needle turn- it is a free pattern you can find here - scroll down- http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/projects.php/page/4
This project is quick enough to still make for Easter.
Esther the Easter Chicken
close up of quilting