A new quilt and pink candlesticks …

24/02/2015 § 6 Comments

A new quilt commission always fills me with excitement and this quilt was a long time in the planning. The brief was for ” … a patchwork quilt and 2 large matching cushions … with a French/Parisian theme to cover an antique French day bed … pastel shades – pinks, blues and greens … fabrics containing images of handbags, shoes, Eiffel Tower or anything associated with France/Paris”.

I gathered together fabrics …

focus patches were all girly and French

Then I went about my happy cutting out, creating and planning, piecing and stitched, layering up and quilting followed by a couple of evenings hand-stitching all around the binding edge of the quilt – oh how I love that bit!







I’m so pleased with how it turned out – it’s a complete froth of pastel shades working together around the strong Paris print in double-size patches. There was a lot of diagonal quilting to dissect the 4″ squares but it was worth it.  The quilt is backed with pure white fleece and is lightly wadded so it will wash and dry easily.  My client has had quilts from me before including one for her little girl which she assured me is still ‘going strong’ after 2 years of being snuggled beneath and played with every day.  I’m also delighted to say that she was thrilled with her new quilt.  Phew – it’s always a relief when someone sees their quilt for the first time and loves it.  There are lots of stories about quilt commissions if you follow the link on the left of your screen – so many quilts!!!

Now – pink candlesticks …

As ever, I’m very bad at taking ‘before’ photos because I’m always in such a rush to get stuck into a project. A pair of brass candlesticks from I-know-not-where have been huddled in the corner of the patio for at least 2 years.  They were behind a very large flower pot!  I gave them a wash down and then treated myself to a spray can of Candy Pink paint! Here they are on the newly laid out Spring mantlepiece in the lounge …


oh, they’re SOooooo pretty and perfectly match the £1 pillar candle from Poundland!



and I couldn’t resist the pastel shade of these carnations – they’re just delicious

in Aunt Bertha's favourite vase

happily brightening up a corner of the room, in Aunt Bertha’s favourite vase

Enjoy your week.

Adaliza x





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§ 6 Responses to A new quilt and pink candlesticks …

  • Laura from beautiful West Michigan says:

    Pretty, pretty mantel! You have given me an idea to paint my candlesticks that were my mom’s but are a mite beat up. Beautiful quilt, too! Love those Paris prints!


  • adaliza says:

    These candlesticks are all crooked too – but now they’re so pretty it doesn’t notice!


  • susan says:

    You make it all sound so easy. That quilt is spectacular – the colors, the prints – just beautiful! I recently bought a book on beginning quilting and I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the inspiration.


  • adaliza says:

    Lots of people say I make it look easy – it really isn’t rocket science! Just enjoy the journey and ignore any little mistakes – nobody else will notice them! Having said that – it does get easier with practice!!! I’m going to do a tutorial very soon so do pop back.


  • Angel Jem says:

    The quilt is gorgeous, but I really love the pink candlesticks. They are so bright and really feel like spring has sprung!


  • adaliza says:

    Thank you! I wish I’d taken a ‘before’ photo – they were very, very drab and dreary.


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