Coming along …

13/11/2015 § 4 Comments

The building work is coming along and the new room is very close to being finished, from a building point of view rather than a moving in point of view!

What do you think of the show so far?

fantastical lights

fantastical lights

looking down into the studio from the cutting room

looking down into the studio from the cutting & fabric store room which was the small back bedroom – this bit isn’t done yet!


there’s a pretty bathroom with patchwork tiles


and my office will be in this ‘nook’ with views out over farmland and an amazing internal window that looks down the stairs to the front door and throws light right though the middle of the house


the shelves and architrave have only been undercoated today but I simply can’t contain my excitement with the led downlight sending shafts of clear light behind the shelves through the glass. I had to ‘dress it up’ for the weekend!

from the outside it looks like a whole new house

from the outside it looks like a whole new house with weatherboard cladding in Forest Grey (it was a complete struggle to get this past planning, but SOooo worth it).  I can’t wait for the scaffold to be removed so I can see it in all its glory!

What do you think?  This is a bit of a dream for me.  We built the kitchen/diner on over 12 years ago and always intended extending on top.  The flat roof was an interim fix with a limited life-span.  It’s been great and we’ve loved the space but the latest extension has been a wonderful project for me to get my teeth into from the design right through to all the little details.


When a planning application is approved around here, the letterbox fills with introductory letters from local builders who want to quote for the work.  However, I’d met a builder when he worked on a neighbouring property and I was impressed by the quality of his workmanship and attention to detail. My son J1 is working with him.  Together they make a great team (and I make tea)!  It’s been a very gentle process – I couldn’t have coped with van loads of builders turning up and knocking my home around.  Trevor-the-builder is certainly a master craftsman and is considerate as he moves around the house.

Even the dogs have accepted his presence although Belle is still rather suspicious and views the works from a distance.  A couple of weeks ago, the landing floorboards and carpet were up (something to do with pipes), and she desperately needed to get to me in my old studio so she simply walked over the top of Trevor who was on his hands and knees in the airing cupboard!  Fortunately he likes dogs and he and his family have 4!

I’m delighted with the way it’s all moving on and can’t wait to set up my fabrics and sewing machines. Then we move on to the kitchen … I can’t wait to show you that when it’s done, but for the moment, there’s loads to do, sort and decorate.

That’s my weekend sorted, then!  What do you have planned?

Adaliza x


Happy Birthday

05/11/2015 § 9 Comments

to me!


Here it is – my new Accuquilt Go and an insane number of dies!!!

I can’t wait to get started but there are orders to quilt first – and a studio to move into – very soon!


Did I mention there’s patchwork in the bathroom???


Oh my goodness – did I treat myself to these tiles – big time!
They’re absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room which would be a master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room, but will be a studio with en-suite and cutting out room!

Why sleep in such an amazing space, when you could be sewing?

Enjoy Bonfire Night – I’ll be blowing out some candles tonight!

Adaliza x

Quilt-along in November

01/11/2015 § Leave a comment

Over on my Houzz projects page, I’ll be posting photos at the end of each week in November so you can track the progress of two memory quilts that I’ll be creating.

I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy seeing the quilts transform from 2 bags of cherished baby clothes into 2 patchwork quilts …

cherished baby clothes

cherished baby clothes

On Thursday, I’ll be another year older.  Not that I mind – I’ve always loved Bonfire Night!

This year I’ve treated myself to a wonderful present – a new toy for my sewing studio!  I’ve already unwrapped it and tried it out but you’ll have to wait till Wednesday to see it!


Looking forward to a bit of sparkle!


Upwards …

28/10/2015 § 3 Comments

My motto for this year has been
Onwards & Upwards

well, it’s all happening here …







Trevor-the-builder is being assisted by my son J1 who does a lot of shifting stuff (as he puts it)! He says he’s going to start a business and call it ‘A to B Logistics’!!!!!  One afternoon he single-handedly carted over 500 tiles up to the top of the scaffold.

Whilst Trevor-the-builder is doing master-craftsman work within the new walls, J1 is also transforming the garden – new cabin, veg plots and paths are taking shape.  It’s wonderful to see our much loved home having a face-lift.

I’ll show you around the inside very soon – the bijou bathroom is going to be a picture with the unlikely addition of patchwork – naturally!  You’ll have to wait and see – Trevor-the-builder will be cracking on with it tomorrow!

Flora isn’t sure …


 She’s quite defensive about the invasion of her garden space by these Size 12’s!

Onwards …

Adaliza x

A whole year …

22/10/2015 § 5 Comments

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my own familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.

Canon Henry Scott-Holland, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral (1847 – 1918)

A whole year


What’s in a name?

11/10/2015 § 2 Comments


I grew up hearing about my great-grandmother who was called Adaliza.  She was my grandfather’s mother.  My maternal grandfather and grandmother lived with us so I heard about his family as he stayed in touch with his brothers (all 8 of them) and his only sister Lily, Adaliza’s 9th child and only girl.

I remember, some years ago, deciding that I wanted to give my sewing hobby a name.  I wanted to keep my own name private, especially as I was teaching full-time and didn’t want my lovely nosey 6th form students knowing all about what I was making in my spare time, as a hobby!

One day, I can remember it so clearly, I had popped home for lunch and had decided that ‘today was the day’.  I had so little time to think – I was going to register a domain for a website – and it was going to be done before afternoon classes began back at college (in about 20 minutes’ time).

I looked out of the window, thought about what I wanted in a name – something English, traditional, easy to spell, something that meant something to me – and like a ray of sunshine, Adaliza sprang into my mind.  I worked fast to complete the registration and went back into the staffroom with a huge smile saying to my friends “I’ve got a website, and I’m calling it Adaliza”.

Very recently, during the past couple of months, my Dad said he’d found some papers amongst my grandfather’s documents including a cutting from a local newspaper about the funeral arrangements for my great-grandmother, from well before I was born.  Her name was actually Adeliza.

I’d never seen it written down, just heard it spoken and I spelt it as it sounded.  So, my Adaliza is a misspelling of my great-grandmother’s name Adeliza.

A quick scout around the internet has revealed some fairly well-connected Adeliza’s:

William I’s daughter, Adeliza
Adeliza of Louvain, Queen and wife of King Henry I

Blue blood in the family?  I suspect not, but it’s been interesting to find out more about the name.  I’m going to keep my misspelt version – it’s unique and I actually love it.

Do you have any name stories to tell?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Adaliza x

Whimsical Woodland – a finished quilt

09/10/2015 § 4 Comments

A very special Ta-Dah moment and a walk in the woods …


Deep in a magical woodland, secretive creatures play beneath the branches, treading carefully to avoid the tiny flowers that bloom on the woodland floor.


Autumn hues glow amidst the blues and browns.
The very top of the leaf canopy catches the bright sunshine – vibrant green.


How many creatures can you see?
Foxes, hares, bunnies, birdies, squirrels and butterflies.
Tiny bird houses hang in the trees, laden with apples.


Magical paths wind between the blocks – free motion quilting – adding to the texture of the forest floor.

I’ve absolutely loved designing and creating this quilt – a commission for a little person who’s about to enter this world amidst the Autumn leaves.

So many thanks to new friends and visitors who have popped by over recent weeks from Crazy Mom’s Finish it up Friday.  I’ve so enjoyed visiting other sites and will try to leave more comments this week. I’m also linking up to Quilt Matters for TGIFF and there are some awesome quilts over there too.

It’s busy here at the moment – building works at home and never a dull moment!



I have a feeling it will be quite a few more Fridays before this project is finished up!!!

Thanks for popping by – do please leave a comment if you’re online and if you’re in Alton for the Makers’ Market tomorrow, then please say Hello.

Have a great weekend.

Adaliza x

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