School’s out …

18/07/2013 § 8 Comments


The end of term was on Tuesday and I finally feel as though I’ve finished.  I’ve had some lovely cards and presents but it takes a special sort of friend to fill a box with goodies that she’ll know I’ll absolutely LOVE …


a new door plaque marks the entrance to my studio – SOoooo pretty

sewing thread organiser complete with vintage reels

sewing thread organiser complete with vintage reels (and some new ones) – I absolutely love this

there it is, within easy reach and making me smile every day

there it is, within easy reach and making me smile every day

a bundle of adorable fabrics too – there were more, but they’re already patchworked into cushions

Thank you SO much, *T* – I’ve been so lucky to work with you.  Enjoy your summer too.

It’s been blistering hot, here in Winchester over the last few days.  I’ve even had to set up a temporary daytime sewing pitch out on the patio, under the cover of a very large parasol …

my little old Elna is light and portable and perfect for some simple stitching

my little old Elna Lotus is light and portable and perfect for some simple stitching

I’ve been enjoying all the roses, marguerites and my geraniums – poor sickly little plug plants, bought for a few discounted pennies a few months ago – have suddenly taken off and burst into huge blooms …



I finished another quilt yesterday.  I’ve called it Sugar Pips although many of you quilters out there will recognise the Sherbert Pips fabric – I chose the pinks and greys and whites and have used a vivid, fuschia pink fleece as the backing – bit too cosy for this weather, but it’ll soon be chilly again and we’ll need to get all homespun and warm again.  But in the meantime – here’s Sugar …



It’s a pincushion-making day today, ready for the Art & Design Market in Winchester on Sunday.  If you’re visiting Hampshire, then pop in and say Hello – town will be busy and parking is free, and there are SO many places to find some refreshments.

Hope to see you there




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§ 8 Responses to School’s out …

  • Gertie says:

    It must have been a very emotional final day at teaching. You’ve certainly received some gorgeous leaving presents from colleague who thought a lot of you.

    Sewing in the garden, especially one as pretty as yours. Pure bliss !!!! xx


  • adaliza says:

    Hopefully by next summer the garden will be even better – without all the bindweed!


  • HannahDavis says:

    Congratulations to you! What lovely gifts — I’m totally jealous of that thread organizer, hehe. And your quilt is so lovely! I really want to learn to do that.


  • adaliza says:

    Quilting is SO satisfying. Are you in Hampshire? I’m teaching at workshops in the Autumn.


  • Nicole says:

    Enjoy your retirement and you will be missed! I’m sure your workshops will be a great success as they will combine your love of teaching and love of sewing!


  • adaliza says:

    Thank you – I’m having a brill time. Just started making pictures again – retro caravans everywhere!!! But none quite the same as yours!


  • wendy says:

    Love that spool holder, I have one on my wish list. Sewing in the garden, sounds like perfection


  • adaliza says:

    Thanks for popping by – I’m hoping the sunshine returns later on this week so I can take my quilting outside again.


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