Making a start
I intended to leave it like this - a traditional patchwork quilt. But then I decided I wanted it to be more of an art piece and be a little more interesting. So, I did this to it:
Drawing the mill and transferring it to the quilt
Starting again...without wadding or backing!
It was all looking a bit flat so I hand stitched over the mill area.
I had already backed the quilt with an old blue sheet, but I wasn't happy with how the fabric handled as it didn't feel as though the sheet was weighty enough to support all the patchwork and stitching. I also wanted to blend the edges of the quilt, so more hand stitching and a heavy calico backing was in order.
And finally, six years later...the finished quilt.
I'm my own worst critic and I could point out plenty of things that I'm not happy with, and I could spend another 6 years working on it and still not be happy with it. I've learned a lot from making this. I can't see myself rushing to make another quilt but I have really enjoyed the slowness of the hand stitching. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my process.