I added embroidery to each of the blocks, working around the appliqué, and unlike the original pattern I used a plain alternate block in order to showcase the quilting. In June of 2007 it was progressing nicely as a top.
Once it was all put together, including the borders, and then basted, I started losing interest. For one thing, I had backed the alternate blocks with muslin since the appliqué blocks were technically two layers, and I wanted the look to be consistent. Secondly, I took some bad advice and basted it using a wool batting which makes it incredibly heavy when added to the double layering. Another reason for the loss of interest is the fact that we no longer have a Queen bed on which to display it, just a King and two Twins. The quilting looks nice, though.
There are 255 blocks in this quilt and I quilted 231 of them before setting it aside for the past four or five years.
My goal for March is to hand-quilt the remaining 24 blocks. That's about one a day so it should be doable. So. We shall see.