I then started painting a very small acrylic picture of Charleston House in East Sussex. I always sketch in first so I have an idea of what I'm doing. It was based on a photo I took during the Autumn when we popped in on our way home from Rye. It isn't perfect but I was happy with it as I haven't painted for a little while and the size of the canvas was rather small!
I was still keen to do something creative, and thought about Mr C saying to me about making a patchwork quilt. So I got out a huge pile of materials, made a lot of mess then had an idea about using bits and pieces of unused material to make a patch with applique in the middle.
Above is the background, which I've used a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine. I will then hand sew some embroidered flowers from badly stained old linen onto the top of that. I can't embroider myself, but I like the idea of reusing something that was made years ago.
This will then make the second patch. I expect the quilt will take about 25 years to complete, but I like the idea of doing a patch at a time and seeing where it takes me. Wish me luck!
I can't quite believe it is January already and we only have three more days of the Christmas season. Work is looming again on Monday, but I'm trying not to think about it too much.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”