This week I've made some progress on the applique blocks for the the Mill Girls book. The quilt is a medallion style book and has four applique blocks at its center. Here is the main block with the applique prepped and glued in place. The "factory building" is sewn down as is the sun and the moon. All of the fabrics are from the new Mill Girls fabric collection Judie Rothermel designed especially for this quilt, plus another quilt I've designed for a block-of-the-month program with Marcus Fabrics (more on that later once I start making that quilt!)
Originally shuttles were passed back and forth by hand. However, John Kay invented a loom in 1733 that incorporated a flying shuttle. This shuttle could be thrown through the warp, which allowed much wider cloth to be woven much more quickly and made the development of machine looms much simpler.