Happy New Year.
The year started with the sudden and early appearance of this lovely little chap on the doorstep of youngest son and my daughter in law. Meet Thomas Henry my new grandson.
He’s a real joy and I’m so looking forward to knowing him and watching him develop. As you can see he has the obligatory quilt. His mum and dad are coping so well and you’d think they’d been parents for ever. I was really anxious with my first even though I’d been a paediatric nurse and midwife!
A lot of the other sewing has been for exchange projects and gifts which haven’t been received yet. I’ll share them when they are.
I’ve been a bit in the doldrums creatively, but happy knitting for little Thomas and I’ve joined a painting group organised by U3A in Belper. My first meeting was this morning. We were shown how to make the most of painting trees using perspective and shadow to make the branches grow out of all sides of the trees rather than stick out the sides. It’s been many years since the few watercolour classes I went to when the boys were young and I’ve not painted since so I was really unsure what to do. So a bell rang in my head and I decided to paint my quilts. At least I had already thought of design, colour, tone etc., and can knock up the odd birch tree in fabric.
Here is my effort, I’m quite chuffed with it. If it seems familiar to you, it’s a painting of one of the birch quilts I posted about previously. Link to gallery . I wasn’t brave enough to tackle the background.
I’ve plenty more picture quilts I can paint before I’m brave enough to do something original. It’s a friendly group who aren’t afraid of poking fun at your efforts and encouraging you. Roll on next month.
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