After insetting each fan quarter into the muslin piece, I then went back and embroidered along the seams. I originally planned to do different color thread with different patterns, but ultimately decided that off-white would compliment the quilt best. Also, by keeping the embroidery simple, I think it helps unify the quilt. While doing the embroidery I quilted each fan to a piece of batting.
Next step is to do the back the same way - cut, assemble, quilt & emboider. Then, I can start joining the pieces!
My goal is to have this done by Christmas. Wish me luck!