The 1st March was just like any other day! The weather was cold with sunshine and a few showers – quite blustery but a fair day for March.
As I walked down to the allotments for my monthly burst of inspiration for these journal quilts, nothing had really changed. I sat for a while and just listened, it seemed my inspiration was to come from not what I could see but what I knew was happening. I could see evidence of rabbits reminding me I was going to need to fence every thing in again!
There were also mole hills, and a stack of pallets that another allotment holder had stacked up for hedgehogs to hibernate. I can’t see the animals – but I know they are there.
I could hear lots of birds singing too, and a Robin who I have nicknamed Simon makes an appearance. In the distance I can hear a woodpecker drilling into a tree for insects. Life is all going on around me, busy and loud – but it feels really calm.
There are daffodils everywhere, primroses and a really beautiful blossom tree in the church yard on my way home. A wonderful calm, serene day in March!
So I get home and start making plans for, my next journal quilt. I wanted this next project to have the same calmness I felt at the allotments but with lots going on.
All is going well , but I wasn’t quite sure where it was going to go, so decided to let the project evolve. I started by making a wreath design using felt for chickweed flowers, silk for the blossom and free motion to create the leaves and the blossom. I then added the jumping rabbits.
It was at this point the whole world changed! Literally! Covid-19! Lockdown for many countries, many people sent home with no work. I had to cancel all my workshops which means no income at all for me. Thankfully my husband is the main earner and to have to take my tiny wage out of the equation is not too bitter a pill to swallow compared to some families.
I was thinking I will use this time to design, plan lots of new classes, make loads of stuff, be creative, dig my allotment etc etc. But what I really did was sit on my backside and watch telly for the first week or so and then with the March deadline looming I knew I had to get my act together and start doing something. So here it is, on 1st April – March!
Mostly freemotion, applique rabbits, pink silk blossom and felt white flowers. I was going to put a robin or hedgehog in the centre but I felt this was no ordinary March, it was Covid March and I needed to record the date. I think it still has all the elements I wanted from the beginning. It is a ‘calm’ piece of work with a spring theme.
Now that I have got off my backside it will be interesting to see what April has to offer! Stay safe and well!