"Cygnus" is a study in photo-enabled quilting and a variety of machine stitching techniques. The original photo was edited using Corel Paint Shop Pro effects and color transformations. The piece was printed on cotton using pigment inks, and overlaid with organza painted to enhance the colors. Mother Swan and eggs were embellished with angelina fibers in four colors and topstitched with irridescent thread, and the nest was created with scraps of fabric, yarns, and feathers attached with free-motion machine embroidered "twigs". The same embroidery technique was used for the grass, beak and legs. The piece was then quilted using free-motion stitching, which outlines the flying cygnets and the lettering. Beading and metallic paint finish off the sky, shrubs and nest.