Here are some freehand fan details. The quilting shows up really well on this mottled background. This is the lower right corner where I started and ended the border fan quilting. I didn't want an empty space, so I continued to quilt two partial fans where they would have been if I was still going around.
Uh oh, is that red bleeding into the white? At first I just thought it was because the quilt wasn't completely dry yet and so the red was just wet and showing through. Then when I put the quilt on the scanner I noticed the red all over the white backing fabric. D'oh, definitely some bleeding.
Next corner. Are you noticing how each of the first arcs in each unit varies widely? Some are really small and flat and others a bit tall.
So yeah, I had some bleeding. I rerinsed the quilt in the sink with multiple changes of really hot water and lots and lots of Color Catchers and Dye Magnets (I just kept throwing more in) - I thought it was interesting to see how much dye they really did pick up.
Hurrah - this actually worked - the quilt looks great. Rather a weird coincidence after Bonnie had some red bleed in her fabulous The Best Things in Life are Quilted. And my quilt too has its eccentricities - a bit wobbly and the fabric all gathered up around the quilting - the effect of pre-washing the fabric but not the mostly cotton batting.
Didn't get much done today besides finish the quilt, wash it a couple of times and of course take numerous pics, and read what everybody else is doing. Am I spending too much time blogging? Have to wonder sometimes. By the way, yesterday I played with my new program and did three hours of French language lessons - I now know how to describe five different colored cars.