Beautiful Spring …

15/04/2015 § 7 Comments

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Can’t wait for the grass to grow. There are sweet peas all planted next to the large trellis panel.

 

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a favourite ‘snap’ – wish I’d put the parasols up though

have I been busy or what?

have I been busy or what?

What do you think of my beautiful table cover?  Ultra pretty colours and oh so practical.  I’ve got 4 of them!  One’s round – for the patio table; all the others are rectangular – to fit the larger garden tables. Have I been busy or what???????

Well no, I haven’t been busy with my crochet hook !!!!  They’re from our local discount supermarket and cost under £4 each – ultimate bargain – and they’re huge.  When I popped in there yesterday another lady saw mine at the till and whizzed off to buy a couple for herself – they really are pretty and machine washable.  The crochet stitches are so lifelike.  It’s Aldi, if you want one – but I think you’ll have to be quick!

Here’s my garden sewing studio – can’t believe I’m sewing in the garden in April …

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Misty and Mrs Quacky say Hello – Belle was too busy to be photographed.  She was ‘helping’ J2 with his latest artwork.  She lays there and gazes at him all day.

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Darling Misty

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Mrs Quacky Flora Puddleduck

All the photos are with my new little pocket camera – a Canon SX600.  Zoom x18, video recorder and so much more – I’m very pleased with the photos too.

Now, I’ve another quilt on my big machine upstairs so I’ll do my sewing indoors in the morning, and set up some tasks for outside for the sunny afternoons – long may they last.

Adaliza x

 

 

 

Belated postcard from Cornwall …

09/07/2014 § 5 Comments

Didn’t we have a loverley time …

Yes, we certainly did (apart from my badly sprained ankle on day 4, which is still grumbling) …

Smugglers Cottage

quirky and charming – Smugglers Cottage

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a pot of gold – maybe just golden sand

early morning walks

early morning walks

an inquisitive local

an inquisitive local

morning walk to the paper shop

morning walk to the paper shop

evening stroll around the harbour for dinner

evening stroll around the harbour for dinner

magical sunsets and a new moon

magical sunsets and a new moon – make a wish

We had awesome weather – wall-to-wall sunshine most days and even when I was ‘iced-up’ and strapped I found I could do some sewing with one foot up on a garden chair!  A sewing studio with sea views – that’s definitely on my wish list!

my little Elna came too

my little Elna came too

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Summertime – pretty florals in summer colours

I felt inspired by the colourful little cottage and created Hot Town patchwork

I felt inspired by the colourful little cottage and created Hot Town patchwork

I stitched up 3 patchwork quilt tops last week and have finished 2 of the quilts this week.  I’ll post some photos of the finished quilts in the next day or so.  Now – back to the end of a boring game of football – so different from last night’s semi-final.  Have you been watching?  I’m no footie fan but find myself drawn into a tournament like the World Cup.  I’m picking up the lingo and whenever I hear the whistle (‘cos I’m usually stitching around the binding of a quilt rather than watching), I just say ‘Offside’ with conviction.  Amazingly, I’ve been right on many occasions – Himself is really quite impressed!!!!

Adaliza x

Happy Summer Days …

12/06/2014 § 2 Comments

early mornings, garden roses, quacky duck, evening strolls, quilting days –

sewing in the garden – oh yes – I’ve been doing a lot of that!

sitting in the dappled shade of the apple trees, binding a quilt

sitting in the dappled shade of the apple trees, binding a quilt

patio tables lined up for a massive amount of prep - king sized quilt in the making

patio tables lined up for a massive amount of prep –  a memory quilt in the making

lots of backing to stop the fabrics stretching, then every patch trimmed to size

every patch backed, to stop the fabrics stretching, then trimmed to size

a finished project for some dear friends in Devon

a finished project for some very dear friends in Devon – quilt for him; cushion for her

a very special quilt

a very special quilt – donkeys, boats, beaches and seaside blues

roses and bunting - perfect for a pretty seat under the apple trees

roses and bunting – perfect for a pretty seat under the apple trees

 

 

Retro Market in Winchester High Street

Retro Market in Winchester High Street

I’m pleased to have caught up with a few photos of my recent designs and makes.  I’ve been to two fairs in June so now I can concentrate on my sewing (and quiet evening knitting – even more lace-weight – photos soon) and enjoy the summer sun.

our roses are in full bloom, surrounded by buttercups and daisies

and all our roses are in full bloom

Adaliza x

Wishing for Spring?

16/02/2014 § Leave a comment

Maybe it’s just arrived …

Patchwork Quilt by Adaliza

In the midst of recent storms, I gathered together soft pastels and blossoms. I couldn’t rest, as the gale roared around us, until the patches had been placed, then quilted to make “Wish” – a patchwork quilt full of Springtime hope!

When I begin a quilt, I’m never sure what size it will end up – this one is large – 170 cm square!  As the pile of fabrics grew, before I cut it out, I had a feeling that I’d be busy for a while.  I couldn’t leave any out – polka dots and stars, Moda’s Bliss, my signature whites, blossoms and acorn spots – they all came together beautifully – there are a few earthy tones in there too, so it’s not too girly.  Last evening, I hand-stitched almost 7 m of binding – phew – did I sleep well after that!

Patchwork Quilt by Adaliza

Patchwork Quilt by Adaliza

Patchwork Quilt by Adaliza

I’ve just added it to my Quilt Store where it will stay for just 2 weeks before coming to my first fair of the year (unless it’s snapped up before then)!

So is my studio table looking bear?  No-Siree!  I’ve been cutting out “Melody Maker” – featuring rock’n roll guitars, piano keys and musical instruments galore.  It’s funny how sometimes a quilt name pops into my head as soon as I see the fabric and other times naming has to wait until it’s almost finished.

Enjoy the sunshine – let’s hope Winter’s cloak is being taken off to reveal Nature’s Spring beneath.

Adaliza x

 

 

Bye bye January …

31/01/2014 § Leave a comment

Ideal Homes frosty landscape

Ideal Homes frosty landscape

Jane Wooster-Scott American Folk Art

Jane Wooster-Scott American Folk Art – snowy landscape

Just a few days ago, a package arrived – I’d treated myself to the JW-S 2014 folk art calendar.  Don’t know why I didn’t buy it sooner, but I’d been thinking about it for so long and finally gave in to a treat – to cheer myself up in these long, endless days of rain.  I’ve been living in wellies for the whole of the year so far!  Anyway, I was delighted to hang it up where I catch sight of the blissful country scenes, whilst quilting away and listening to the radio.

I’ve also been making good use of my supa-dupa embroidery machine.  Log cabin patchwork and a simple message seems to work really well, and I’ve been having fun.  This cushion isn’t quite finished but I couldn’t resist taking a quick snap – there’s quilting still to be done …

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bring me sunshine

bring me sunshine

I certainly wish someone would bring me some sunshine – just a bit would do – just to remind me that it’s still shining up there somewhere, above the rain clouds!

Enjoy your weekend.

Adaliza

 

Plans, plans …

25/01/2014 § 3 Comments

I may have been quiet, but I haven’t been idle!

I’ve been planning, designing, ordering, quilting and having lots of creative fun …

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Plans are afoot for some larger events this year – definitely maybe!  I’ve been gathering together photos of my past and present makes so I can sort out in my head what sort of stock I’ll need to have all made up and ready to go.

I popped out into the garden a little earlier today in a rare sunny spell, to mock up my stand and take some photos – well, talk about getting blown away!  No sooner had I set up the table, back-drop and stand and staggered out into the garden with armfuls of quilts, dodging dogs and duck underfoot, than a squally gust almost swept me off my feet.  I clung on tightly to my new needle cases and e-reader covers, and the towering stack of quilts, almost threw them in position on the table, stood back and clicked twice, then gathered up armfuls once again to get everything safely inside before it poured with rain.  Phew!

The resulting 2 photos are in the top row – middle and right.  I’ve made everything in those photos since Christmas and have a couple of draft ta-dah posts all ready to go – but missing the vital photos.  The weather – it’s been dreadful so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see Romance, Lullaby, Acorn Wood, Barn Dance and Flower Girl quilts to have their moment.

Batten down those hatches and keep warm.  Winter hasn’t thrown off her cloak quite yet!

Adaliza x

School’s out …

18/07/2013 § 8 Comments

forever!!!!!

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

Adaliza

 

 

Midsummer sewing …

20/06/2013 § 4 Comments

I’m in love with my sewing studio …

art deco pincushion and Dartmouth swan

This morning, very early, I popped down to let Flora Puddleduck out of her hutch and couldn’t resist choosing a few red roses for the old coffee pot I mentioned yesterday.  What DO you think of that swan?  I found him in Sherborne a week or so ago and he had to come home with me.  He was made by the Dartmouth pottery – probably late ’50’s/60’s.  I’m no expert, but I do love him.

And in Wales, last weekend, I found his brother …

Dartmouth Swans & Mary Rose Young pottery

 

Isn’t he handsome? One day I shall have a mirror with all my china swans gliding across – one day.

I’ve been using my little pincushion – I’ll show you my makes tomorrow or maybe over the weekend.  The other addition to my studio is …

Roberts Zoombox2

My wonderful Dad asked me if I’d like a present, to mark the end of my full-time work, this summer.  Yes, I’m leaving my teaching job and will miss my lovely students but I know they’ll all be fine, and so will I!!!!!  Summer days will be (hopefully) spent outside in the sunshine, possibly jaunting in our Dolly-van and certainly in my music-filled studio at dawn, dusk and quite a few hours inbetween.  I knew immediately what I’d like – a new radio/CD.

“Get a good one” he said – so I did – it’s a Roberts Zoombox2!
“Thank you, Dad”.

It’s all shiny, new and digital.  Here’s what’s playing …

Roberts Zoombox2 playing ClassicFM radio

This morning already, I’ve enjoyed Rachmaninov, Grieg and a host of other classic greats with melodies softly filling my room.

Midsummer’s Day tomorrow – the Summer Solstice and I suspect one of our children will be at Stonehenge – probably the one time he’ll be up in time to see the sunrise!  Enjoy midsummer wherever you are.

Adaliza x

 

 

 

Pincushions galore …

19/06/2013 § 4 Comments

I tend to get into a groove when I’m creating.  I have an idea in my head and after a few trial runs, I have a week or two when I’m in the groove and can’t stop making.  Over the past few weeks, it’s been pincushions …

teacup pincushion

Old Roses

Pimpernel - handpainted flowers

Pimpernel – handpainted flowers

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teacup pincushion - willow pattern

willow pattern

art deco pincushion in a coffee cup

art deco – this one’s mine, all mine!

They’re lovely to make and I can sit in the garden or whilst sharing the sofa in the evening with Belle and happily gather up and stuff the little pincushions.  I jaunted down to Wales to see my old Dad over the weekend – our boys came with me, which was lovely for everyone.  I had some time during the mornings to myself, as all the boys like a long lie-in!  Thrift shops were scoured and at an amazing eco shack, I found a set of 3 art deco coffee cups with accompanying pot.  Unfortunately the glaze is a little crazed and the coffee pot lid badly damaged, so I had no hesitation about ‘refurbishing’ the cups and turning the pot into a wonderful vase – perfect for summer roses, in my studio.  I can’t part with this one though – isn’t it sweet?

I brought back a whole box full of eggcups – Mum used to collect them and they were an eye-catching, dust-collecting display for many years.  I don’t think I can keep them all, but will choose one each for the children and a few favourites for myself.  If my current craze continues, some may end up as pincushions!

We’re all out of puff here at the moment – the grass has just been cut as there’s rain in the forecast for the next few days.  Not that it matters – rainy days mean there’s a really good excuse to take it easy and possibly make a few pincushions!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Adaliza x

 

 

 

Noddy and Big Ears in Toyland

07/06/2013 § 2 Comments

A while ago I came across a panel of vintage barkcloth fabric, dated on the selvedge 1964!  I’ve kept it for a couple of years, admiring the details and smiling at the characters, so familiar from my own childhood.

Yesterday was the day when the fabric panel was transformed into four cushions …

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Vintage Noddy cushionsVintage Noddy cushions

I LOVE, LoVe, love barkcloth – the texture with all that almost basketweave, the simplicity of the cotton and on these, the colours – they’re everything I remember about being a child in the 1960’s.  I think that’s why it’s taken me so long to make them – they’re like a trip back in time – pure nostalgia.  There’s Noddy in his little red and yellow taxi, Big Ears the Gnome and it looks as though Bumpy Dog is in trouble with Mr Plod the Policeman!  There’s a toadstool house, some seaside scenes and lots of little Toyland houses too.  The more I think about it, I reckon I’m going to have to keep one just for me!

I can’t believe it’s raining today and we’ve had thunder too.  The skies are dull and overcast and there’s such a difference from the brilliant sunshine of yesterday – if you read the beginning of yesterday’s post, I reckon it’s all my fault – I jinxed it!

Adaliza x

Cushions are for sale in my Adaliza Etsy Shop  EDIT UPDATE:  3 now available.

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