Just three pictures today.
I have now removed all the "papers" from Mummy's quilt, except those on the very edge. I have been struck with how much Mummy's stitches have varied. I know my own stitching varies, the stitches usually getting larger as the day goes on.
Mummy could be described as a perfectionist in many things, and was a beautiful watercolourist, yet her stitches could be quite erratic.
A friend at Country Roads Quilts this week summed it up by saying she was "just getting the material sewn together". The quilt is typical of the origins of quilting, made up of what was available and stitched together to provide covering and warmth, quickly. I remember Mummy saying she didn't intend the quilt to cost her a penny. Some hexagons are tacked with up to three pieces of cotton so I think she must have been recycling thread as well as fabric.
I can imagine some of the stitches done at leisure, some in poor light, some maybe in anger for some reason. My sestra wondered whether we should remove the papers in order in case there was a message in them. No message, as such, but those stitches seem full of life and meaning.