19/09/2015 § Leave a comment
When someone commissions a patchwork quilt, it’s the beginning of a journey …
They have a picture in their mind of a patchwork quilt …
I don’t know what they’re seeing …
We chat and I try to capture their mind’s picture …
We started chatting about farmyards then colours and the fabric that I’ve named Walk in the Park won over, so I collected some additional pieces over the summer that I thought would co-ordinate well with it.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve worked quietly and consistently on a quilt for a very special little girl and here’s the moment it all came together …
those final couple of photos, taken outdoors look a bit ‘washed out’ – in fact the quilt colours were strong and it was a melody of blues and greens with pinks and soft pumpkin hues all flowing through the patchwork.
I really loved making this quilt – I loved working with those colours and the baby girl, in her mother’s arms couldn’t stop staring at the colours when the ribbon was untied and she first saw her quilt. I hope her quilt, complete with her name embroidered on the front, will become a memorable part of her homelife as she grows up.
I’m teaming up with finish-it-up Friday over on crazy mom quilts and am looking forward to strolling around to see what everyone else has finished.
Enjoy the weekend
Edited to add – J’s testimonial and feedback on her commissions:
“I wanted to give my niece and daughter a special quilt which they could learn to crawl on and would keep for years but I’m useless at sewing so I couldn’t do it myself. Adaliza asked me to suggest themes which would mean something to the children. I chose the seaside for my niece (because she lives on the coast) and ‘a walk in the park’ for my daughter. Adaliza was extremely sensitive to the colours and styles I wanted and sent lots of pictures of fabrics and colour combinations to choose from. She even looked for new fabrics to enhance the effect.
Adaliza created stunning, dynamic quilts which have a wide range of patterns and images to enjoy and talk about. They are genuine works of a art with a bright, fresh feel, which the children can interact with and play on for years. She also designed and made an embroidery cushion for my cousin’s wedding which marked their occasion in a non-sentimental way which felt right for them and a small personalised cushion for a friend’s daughter which I was proud to give.
She was professional to work with, produced flawless work and encouraged me to feedback openly so the process felt creative and exciting. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to give a special, individual present which is good value, unique to them and genuinely comes from the heart.” JG
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I’d love to hear what you think about Walk in the Park quilt
and what you’re up to at the moment ~ ~ ~
15/09/2015 § Leave a comment
An online photo tutorial is now available to support the Quilt Kits Instruction Booklet that’s included with each kit. The tutorial follows the pathway through the booklet from the design stage right through to your very own Ta-Dah moment. For ease of reference, I’ve included page numbers and the main headings to which the photos apply.
Quilt kits are for sale in my Quilt Store or directly from me,
by emailing email@example.com
27/08/2015 § 1 Comment
Adaliza’s Quilt Kits
The kits contain all the fabrics needed to complete the patchwork quilt top, border and bindings. You choose the wadding and backing fabric. An 8-page booklet with full instructions for piecing your patchwork and suggested techniques for layering up your quilt sandwich, quilting and binding your quilt is included. Lots of helpful tips appear throughout. They are now available in my Quilt Store.
Quilts for sale
Listed until the end of September in my Quilt Store
Sailboats & Seagulls Quilt
Summer is drifting quietly away with the warm sunshine all too frequently giving way to clouds and rain. Evenings are decidedly chilly and it’s time to snuggle up!
15/04/2015 § 7 Comments
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 …
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.
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.
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) …
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!
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!!!!
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!
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.
16/02/2014 § Leave a comment
Maybe it’s just arrived …
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!
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.