It’s been more than three months since I blogged. I think the political and social events since June all over the world rendered me speechless and wordless.
Then we hit the changing of the clocks, the lack of light and night time starting at three o’clock in the afternoon. I have not been writing, but have continued to create at my sewing machine.
This weekend, the Rochester Festival has had some particularly fine music on the stage outside the Old Post Office at the Star Hill end of the High Street. As I live nearby, I have been able to sew and listen at the same time – no double glazing in my flat. There have been some very traditional Christmas songs and old songs like ‘Oh My Darling Clementine,’ and ‘Soldier, Soldier, Won’t you marry me?’ that I remember my mother used to sing whilst doing the ironing.
Anyway, I’ve been playing about, designing wall hangings. Back in mid June, before the reality of Brexit and Trump, I posted the picture of the baby’s quilt, with the name Jasmine, as shown in the gallery. I’d started making this design on a workshop with Kate Higgins at Hometown, the most excellent material shop in Rochester High Street – thanks Marion. From memory, I think the whole quilt was to be made up of six joined identical panels.
I decided not to make the full sized quilt and so made baby Jasmine’s quilt with two of the panels, adding a border of birds at the top and her name at the base.
Having a few panels spare, I decided to experiment and see what I could turn them into. In the gallery, you can see one of the original panels and how I have adapted it into a wall hanging.
It still needs to be finished with a border and backing, but, please if you have the time, could you message me to say what you think the new design represents?
Thank you in advance, and also thank you to all my followers including those people who have started following me, even though I hadn’t posted anything recently.
Dear Jennie. I love the wall hanger. When I see it I think at a church or a castle in Christmas time. I think of candles, cosiness, big tables full of treats, a big Christmas tree, but most of all family and love. Love and a big hug in this strange time from Nadine
Hello Nadine, Thank you for your kind comments. Strange times indeed, who would have thought the world would be like this.
I hope you are all keeping well. My son has been living with me during the pandemic which has been good. Of course, I’ve not seen my daughter and family in Madrid since March 2020. What would we do without whatsapp and zoom.? My granddaughter will be six next week. Take care. Jennie
Hallo Jennie. I’m sorry, now i see your reply. It are very strange times now. So sad you cannot see your daughter and her family. I can imagine you count the days till you can hold them in your arms. And your granddaughter, 6 years already. Time flies….. So nice to have your son living with you. It’s much less lonely when you are together. We are doing well so far. We have to hold on. Take care for you all. Nadine
Hi Nadine, I’m so pleased to hear you are all keeping well. You have probably seen what a disaster Boris Johnson is. I do worry about the latest policy for covid in England – Freedom Day seems mad when the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Health Secretary are all in isolation I’ll continue to wear my mask. I’ve still not been to Spain and am still not sure when that will happen. I continue to write. My website is jmdallimore.com Are you still able to sing to audiences – it must have been difficult this last year, Your girls must be teenagers now?? Keep safe and best wishes,
Hi Jennie, I don’t understand some political decisions. From Boris Johnson, Trump, but also here in the Netherlands. Why not wait a little bit longer before they opened almost everything. We hoped to go to France this year, but for us it is not possible with al the measures so we stay here in the Netherlands. We also were our mask if it is too busy or when we go shopping. But mostly we are the only one. The kids are now 17, 16 and 14. The eldest stays at home for the first time when we are going on holliday. She booked an active group tour in august. New situation. Singing for audiences is difficult this last year. A few, but not many. Hopefully I can sing more in 2022. Patience, they say. You must continue writing. It’s a way to express your feelings, just like singing. Keep safe and hope that you can visit your family in Spain very soon. Best wishes. xxx Nadine