What was perhaps one of the oldest UFOs of all time is complete. I am happy to say that the hand quilting and washing makes the quilt look old, as it should. It looks a bit wonky in this photo, but really it is nice and straight and lays perfectly smooth! I am pleased to hear from Kay that she is very pleased with the results. I have never finished a quilt top for another quilter, so this was a bit of a nail-biter for me. The answer to your questions regarding how many hours I have into the assembly of the top, hand quilting and binding...I stopped counting after two hundred hours. Kay made the blocks and she did fine work, her hand appliqué blocks are beautifully done, appliqué is a challenge for experienced quilt makers and often end up as UFOs, Kay finished each block, then needed assistance with sashing, a border and all that's involved in turning blocks into a flimsy, then a flimsy into a quilt. Just took her a little while to stumble across a quilter who would eventually offer help.I used Synthrapol and Shout Color Catcher sheets to draw out and catch stray dye. It removed a bit of dye that had already bleed and dried before I finished quilting. See the two color catcher sheets in the photo? I would say that the combination worked very well, wouldn't you? The quilt did not fade, not noticeably anyway. I knew the fabric was going to bleed, and bleed a lot, so I consulted with the pro.'s, Mary and Deb to find a way to deal with this major concern. They both recommended the Synthrapol with a hot water wash. Scary, huh? Well, the quilt didn't shrivel up to nothing, it came out exactly as I wanted it to. I am pleased. Kay and Fred are pleased. A happy ending to a nice story about a pretty quilt. Cheers!