12/11/2018 § 2 Comments
I’ve always wanted a little shop …
and now I’m going to have one – just for 2 days – do come along!
The little shop is in The Brooks (between Primark & TKMaxx – opposite Poundland) and it will be FULL of fabrics, bundles, fat quarters and quilt kits – it’s going to be SO much fun!
The famous Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will also be in full swing so there’ll be SO much to do in the City and so many sights to see – can’t wait!
02/11/2018 § 4 Comments
I’m behind with blogging, but just about keeping up with the pace of life – it’s good to be busy – right? I’ve always hated those ’round robin’ year end, long rambling notes that people put in with their Christmas cards so I’m not going to bore you with what happened when, but here are a few wonderful moments from our amazing summer and autumn …
in no particular order (as the Strictly saying goes) …
Summer Tea Party for my students – bring a quilt.
We had our very own mini Festival of Quilts!
Hampshire Open Studio – August 2018
J2, J1 and *C* – all 3 of them together – a very rare occurrence!!
Students with their workshops makes, new kits and holiday makes
It’s been busy, peaceful, amazing, sunny, satisfying, fulfilling, funny, flowery and now it’s getting cosy, snuggly, chilly and at times quite exciting. It’s my birthday on Bonfire Night and it’s one of those with a ‘0’ at the end – fortunately, in my head I’m still about 25 – long may that last!
Have a great firework night, if you’re here in the UK and I hope to be back before too long.
23/06/2018 § Leave a comment
It’s been a while and I’ve been busy – not too busy, just busy. The collies and I went to Cornwall for a week at the beginning of June and had fun. Misty is an old lady these days so we had very gentle walks around the harbour – not bad for a collie who, in human terms is almost 100 years old.
I had to invest in a towel (pink of course), for The Princess – Belle. She looked quite sorry for herself after swimming out to fetch her ball from the harbour slipway. She actually attracted a round of applause from holidaymakers on the quayside as she took several attempts!
On my long journey to the Lizard, I couldn’t resist following the signs for a Quilt Show. After finding a suitable shady spot for the collies, I went in to see the amazing show put on my Kernow Quilters. There were SO many beautiful quilts – it was inspirational.
Apart from my wonderful week away, enjoying the harbourside and the company of my friend who lives in Porthleven and is a fellow quilter, life has been trickling along and that’s just the way I like it! My garden has exploded with colour and my grandfather’s lily that I wrote about some years ago, is having a magnificent summer.
I’ll be back soon – enjoy the summer sunshine and do pop over to see my students’ work in the Adaliza’s Students’ Hall of Fame board on Pinterest.
25/04/2018 § 1 Comment
The four seasons, that are so defined in our imaginations, body clocks, flora and fauna seem to be skipping by at an alarming rate this year. Is that an age thing, do you suppose? I’m hardly out of winter woollies before it’s time to find my shorts and sandals!
I’ve found over the years, that my patchwork inspiration is much affected by the seasons. Last year, I remember blogging about Christmas in July and no sooner had I written the post than New Year celebrations and fireworks were upon us – or so it seemed.
I’m currently sorting out dates for Autumn workshops. I’ve decided to take a bit of time out for myself over the summer so that everything is set up and raring to go for the Autumn patchwork season. With that in mind, I’m going to rationalise the workshops that I offer and run favourite classes with seasonal themes. Think Table Runners for Autumn, Spring and Christmas – possibly Summer & Winter ones too. What do you think?
I have SO many ideas for workshops and a queue of eager students wanting to join in, so watch this space and I’ll let you know when the dates are all sorted. There’ll also be photos of Wales, a textile collage like nothing I’ve ever created before and updates from my garden which has just woken up to the fact that Spring has arrived and everything needs to grow very fast (especially those perennial favourites – bindweed and sticky weed)!
09/03/2018 § 3 Comments
“Quilted clocks – now there’s an idea!”
I had this idea a while ago and then, a couple of weeks ago I decided to have a go at making them. It was time to try something new.
So, here are Spring Time (blue and white versions), and High Tide!
They’re tissue wrapped and boxed up all ready for tomorrow’s Makers’ Market in Alton – the first of the year and I’m hoping that it won’t rain all day, as it has done here today.
Just think – a week ago, it was like this …
and tomorrow they’re saying it might reach 14 degrees – what a change in the weather. Whilst last week’s snow was still with us, I did finish one other pretty little quilt – Squirrel Nutkin …
Now, it’s time to finish a few more cushions ready for tomorrow and make herby dumplings to go with the chicken casserole for supper this evening.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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30/12/2017 § 6 Comments
quick catch up.
Since November, time seems to have absolutely flown by and whilst I’ve been clicking away on my camera and phone, nothing has made it to my blog, so here’s a lightning whizz – Open Studio, students, Kaffe Fassett, my old home, new quilts – here goes …
The Kaffe Fassett exhibition which has been at Mottisfont Abbey since September and ends in January, has been the destination for many of my excursions over recent months. I can’t get enough of his fabrics, colours and designs. I went to see him give a lecture back at the end of November and it was interesting to hear what inspired him – by coincidence, many of the same things that inspire me.
I have other photos on my phone of the Salisbury Christmas market where I spent a bone-chilling 4 days at the beginning of December – admittedly my chalet was better insulated than most as there were quilts hanging up all around the inside. There was a lovely atmosphere though I could cheerfully have throttled a lifesize model Santa Claus who waded through the same few songs whenever anybody walked past and his sensor set him off! I was seriously in dispute with him about it being ‘the most wonderful time of the year’!!
Since Christmas Day when J2 and I spent a very peaceful time together, I’ve seen a few friends from near and far, which is always special at this time of year. I do enjoy the company of friends.
Winchester has yet again missed all the snow for which I’m disappointed and relieved in equal measure.
I’m looking forward to some quiet quilting and gentle planning of projects for the new year and wish you all Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (Happy New Year).
26/07/2017 § 2 Comments
This is proper ‘Forward Planning’!
I’ve been designing kits and creating samples for my Autumn/Winter Workshops and there’s a decidedly festive theme here in the Garden Studio …
There are Christmas Stocking & Placemat kits with wonderful Lewis and Irene fabrics, each kit supported by an online tutorial here.
The Christmas Star table runner and Table Centre are samples for workshops that will be held in my studio. I’ll be publishing the Autumn/Winter Workshop timetable in late August so do keep a watch on my website. I may also be teaching at other venues in Hampshire as well as my own Studio. Exciting times!
If you’re in Hampshire then do try to come along to Trout’n About in Stockbridge on Sunday 6 August. It’s the annual festival that takes place all along Stockbridge’s wide High Street and it’s always an absolute feast for all things foodie as well as arty.
If you’d like to put your name down for an early listing of workshops then please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the school holidays …
11/07/2017 § 5 Comments
It’s time to gather in the winter wheat.
Early last Sunday, the most perfect summer’s morning you might imagine, I set off while the air was still cool with faithful Belle at my heels. We took our usual route down around the corner then up the hill, across the road and onto farmland where the farmer has been taking advantage of the heatwave to gather in the first of his wheat harvest.
It was so still and already, as the sun rose higher by the minute into the clear blue sky, it was hot. Belle and I had a good walk, met some other dogs including a whippet who Belle chased at high speed, but couldn’t catch! Then home again, already puffing slightly in the heat, on the final stretch up the steep hill to home.
I couldn’t stay inside. Such a perfect day wasn’t to be missed so I gathered an armful of quilts and my camera but this time drove back up to the farm. Five large quilts are quite heavy so I had 2 bags, one over my shoulder and the other with handles to carry – I must have looked rather eccentric. But it was so worth it. Those straw bales were crying out for some quilt therapy …
Quilts named Gypsy, Happy Weekend, If Wishes were Horses, Down by the River and Summer in the Park all had an outing on what was definitely a morning to remember!
Hope you had a great weekend. I can’t believe how fast this year is speeding by. Sunday’s full moon was the Buck Moon and I have a little deer or two to show you next time – and I haven’t forgotten I promised you boats too – there’s some catching up to do over here!
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15/05/2017 § 3 Comments
I’ve had a flurry of cushion-making! Two of my sewing machines have been threaded up and put to good use, as they have very different skills. My huge Janome Horizon has a beautiful blanket stitch (in fact it has about 6 blanket stitches), but my favourite is just plain old blanket stitch which I can adapt for stitch widths and spacing. I’ve used it for applique work on cushions, with great results. This is the machine that I use every day for stitching and quilting and it has a phenomenal range of stitches, most of which I’ve never used!
I recently purchased a retro Bernina 807 that I’ve long coveted for its ability to do freehand embroidery. I took advice from 2 sewing machine engineers and they both recommended the same machine. The mechanics of this machine mean that it stitches in every different direction and churns through freehand. I used a whole host of coloured threads to add embroidery to the stunning Japanese print with budgerigars and cockatoos. Love it!
I was looking for inspiration for patchwork cushions and did a Google search for images. The photo that caught my eye was one of my own! I made this trio of cushions way back – probably 5 years ago!
I just love working with reds and warm colours. Simple square shapes using checks and patterns bring a homespun simplicity to my most recent one …
This week I’m going to be busy putting the finishing touches to my stock so I’ll be ready for the annual Watercress Festival that takes place in the pretty little town of Alresford in Hampshire at the weekend. It’s a huge event that has grown in popularity and size over the years.
If you’re able to visit on Sunday 21st then do come and say Hello – I’ll be in Station Road. And if you could keep everything crossed for fine weather then I’d be really grateful!
Have a good week.
08/05/2017 § 4 Comments
I’d better do it in photos otherwise I’ll be writing a book!
It’s busy here every day with new quilts and quilt patterns whirling around in my head and in my studio. Yesterday I found something that I’ve wanted for AGES – a prop for my stand when I’m out and about, on which to display my quilts – a Victorian metal Cot Bed. So perfect and I can’t wait to show you but it’ll have to wait because the collies are huffing and puffing and none-too-gently reminding me that it’s time for their walk!