Today was cold and rainy so I hunkered down and finished hand quilting this big woollen patchwork blanket that has been in the works for about a month now. I am really pleased with the finished product- it is folded at the end of our bed as I type, waiting to warm us through the cold night.
When I started making this quilt I wanted to play around with tone and let the colours form their own relationships by being as desultory with my stitching as I would allow myself. I chose a limited palette for the patchwork and then 7-8 different coloured yarns for the actual quilting. It is a double bed size and very warm with only two layers. I used materials exclusively from my fabric stash and it took me about 25 hours to complete.
I think I am going to make some similar blankets this Winter. I love to mindlessly hand-stitch in front of a movie or a television series, especially in colder weather with the quilt draped over my knees, keeping me toasty.