I recently joined a crazy quilt group and found another type of quilting that pairs my enjoyment of quilting and embroidery together. Before you can participate in the groups round robin quilting, which is embellishing one quilt block for each member of the group, you must let them see something you have done to show you are skilled at embroidery and beading. I heard the horror story about why they do this and totally agree its a great idea as you don't want to spend time making a quilt block for your quilt and have someone do the embellishment on it with puffy paint and safety pins, which is NOT exactly the Victorian look you're going for! So here is the pillow I did for my first project. The wording and the cross I did on my embroidery machine and the rest of the stitches and beading I did by hand. Crazy quilting is a project you can bag up and take with you to do when you travel or wait in a doctors office.
The pillow is also an up cycled project which I made from upholstery samples and the lace, embroidery thread and beads are from my stash of sewing notions I have gotten from auctions, garage sales, and the good will.