There is a lot of hand embroidered detail but I did each ship's rigging with a 12 weight black thread and the straight stitch (straight being the key word where the riggings were concerned) on my sewing machine. I brought all the starting and ending threads to the back of the quilt and tied them off, threaded the tails in a needle and ran them under a few stitches before clipping, whew, that is probably the part that took 3 years.
I am off to the real sea, for a couple weeks away from the winter weather. I have still not figured out how to blog from my Ipad so I will be back next month. I am taking my sewing machine and a couple smaller projects with me to the beach house where we will be staying. I intend to set up in front of a main window and watch my DH fishing, watch the ocean, take lots of walks along the shore, and sew.
Happy Stitching All,