With all the disruption of illness I wasn't able to purchase the diary I like to use for this year. I have used this type of diary for at least 10 years and every year I stitch a cover for it. I thought that I has missed out and purchased another one just to go on with but then I found the one I prefer.
I like it because it is well constructed, there is a list of school terms for every state, it has a monthly and daily planner page, for this year and next, lots of room for notes and photos of subjects that sooth my soul.
I am pressing on with the challenge, which I will use for the cover of this diary.
After applying the paint I went looking for other fabrics to incorporate into the piece and low and behold I found an old piece I had stashed away from a workshop I did with Dijanne Cevaal back in the 1990's! I very much copied her style for this block and I still have not mastered how to free machine quilt. In this workshop we did Procion dyeing of fabric and them made lino blocks which we printed onto the fabric. I did the workshop so that I could learn the process and use it with my special needs students, who it turned out, were far better than me at doing this. (We made a quilt for the local library about the history of the schools local.)
This turtle is just the right colours for my fabric, but, it has thrown a spanner in the works. I was going to have floral stitching but now it will have to be linked to the sea. That is going to be a whole new story. I think I will attempt to machine embroider the turtle and although I have put together a whole lot of threads I'm not sure how the rest of this will turn out.