Spring is in the air …

26/02/2019 § Leave a comment

Popping by to share some sunshine!

I don’t think it’s ever been warm enough in February, for me to sit outside in the sunshine, whilst stitching around the binding of a quilt, but yesterday …

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It looks so strange to have bare branches overhead rather than the full canopy of greenery, but it was seriously warm.  Shortly after one of the boys snapped this photo, I discarded my slippers and socks and even rolled up my leggins to take full advantage of the warmth – absolute bliss.  It’s one of my all time favourite things to do – sit in the sunshine and stitch around a quilt – simple pleasures!!!

The quilt I’m stitching around is my 4th finish this year with a few other patchwork tops in progress.  This one is for a little girl with a wonderful Welsh name – Cadi Fflur – meaning Pure Flower and she’s arrived in this world just as the flowers burst forth from their winter’s sleep.

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Her quilt is from the new Makower range – Ellie – with lots of Spring flowers, little hearts and Ellie the Elephant with her trunk uplifted for good luck!

Another new little chap also received a quilt and matching cushion back in January …

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This is a real Down on the Farm quilt with red barns, horses grazing in the pasture, big trucks and tractors.

Today has dawned bright and clear, without a cloud in the sky.  There’ll be no outdoor stitching for me today though as I have a workshop to teach and zipped purses will be on the menu – hot off the sewing machines!

Happy days …

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Adaliza x

Time off …

25/01/2019 § Leave a comment

from my blog.

It’s been busy here – for many months.  Workshops and fairs, the pop up shop, a dose of flu then Christmas, a bit of a break and a new year filled with family, wonderful friends and amazing fabrics!

Blogging has taken a back seat for a while and I think that it may well do so for a bit longer.  It’s all good – today I’m teaching Indian Block Printing & Freehand Embroidery, there’s marmalade oranges doing their thing on the hob, a collie at my feet as I write this (with another one snoring loudly in front of the fire), and a studio filled with fabrics just waiting for me to have a spare hour to finish a new quilt.

New quilts – in various stages of completion: a Farmer’s Wife quilt with designs from the 1930’s; Just Lola – a quilt made from just one of the Farmer’s Wife blocks; and a number of exciting quilt commissions.

Wishing you all happy times and a life full of fabric …

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See you in a couple of months, when Spring is in full swing!

Adaliza x

Advent Calendar links

20/12/2018 § Leave a comment

For those of you who have an Adaliza advent calendar, I’m sorry to hear that you might be having trouble accessing the tutorials that accompany your gifts.

Here they are:

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22 December 2018

Merry Christmas

Adaliza x

Merry Christmas

12/12/2018 § Leave a comment

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The tree is up and adorned with all my favourite decorations – at least the ones that I could easily reach from the loft.  In the evenings, when the fire is alight, it’s such a cosy room with quilts over the sofas and my ever growing collection of Winter-themed cushions.  I just love vintage style Winter cushions – reindeer, red tractors and snowscenes – can’t get enough of them and they’re all lined up on the sofa!  TKMaxx always has a good stock of them and it’s one of my favourite early-December trips – to choose a new Winter cushion.

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The little Russian pottery horse decorations remind me of happy times in Bath many years ago when there was an exquisite Russian Shop – I’m so glad I collected the little horses.  The felted fairy is by Yasmin who is a regular trader at the Alton Craft Market.  I can’t find her Etsy shop at the moment, but will add a link when I do.

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My little Snow People have a new handmade coastal village to live in and it reminds me of Porthleven last Spring when the snow came – a very unusual event!  How I wish I’d been there to see that.  I can’t believe it’ll be almost 6 months until I stay there again but I am able to keep up with the state of the tide by daily visits to the Porthleven Webcam.

You can visit lots of local webcams on the same site and this weekend will be switch on of the Christmas Lights at Mousehole – a famous tradition and then they will be dimmed on 19 December between 8 – 9 pm.

Porthleven Snow

Photo on BBC website – by Charlotte Threadgold

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and good luck in the New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Sky Sunday

25/02/2018 § Leave a comment

and another NGS garden visit, to Little Court in the village of Crawley.

The village is just a few miles from Winchester and has an abundance of immaculately kept, chocolate-box, thatched cottages and even has a duck pond with little duck houses for their nests.   I remember we once viewed a very pretty cottage when *C* was a baby but I’m pleased we moved to our present home instead which, although not chocolate-box, nor thatched, is in such a convenient location and walking distance to Winchester.

Little Court itself is a beautiful red brick house set within its traditional 3 acre English country garden that features an orchard – today, carpeted with crocus.  There are so many secret seats and gateways and the garden leads up to a meadow with stunning views – especially on a day like today!  You can read about the house’s features and why it is Grade II listed here.  Teas were served in the Village Hall and the Victoria Sponge was excellent!

Hellebores are my current obsession and there were many varieties in full bloom today.  I have quite a few that I’ve acquired over recent weeks – I’m just waiting for the ground to thaw before planting them – it’s rock hard frozen at the moment.

Apparently, there’s heavy snow in the forecast for the coming week.  Winchester, set almost due centre of the south of England, frequently misses bad weather.  Storms blowing in from the south-west pass to our west and then head off up country; easterlies catch the middle of the UK and often miss us – am I tempting fate?  Maybe!

Wherever you are, stay warm – it’s definitely weather for snuggly quilts and crochet blankets!

Adaliza

Foxy Quilt & a day trip …

24/02/2018 § 2 Comments

Let’s start with some sleeping foxies.  They’re all curled up on a chilly night (of which there have been many over the past week), with their noses tucked into their tails.  Ears though are alert, listening for the sound of anyone approaching their secret den.  Snuggle up foxies …

I picked up a sample of Tula Pink fabrics that formed the starting point for this quilt and then set about teaming them up with others to create this vibrant pink, purple & mustard quilt with just a touch of cool aqua.  The colours are much prettier than in the photos.  Winter quilt photos are such a challenge!

On a day trip to Bath yesterday, I actually discovered another fabric shop – yes, I know – how could I have missed Mark Pickles Sewing Studio?  One of my students told me about the shop and it’s a treasure trove of beautiful fabrics, many from my favourite designers Lewis & Irene.  As you might guess, I came away with a few metres of this and that – well, it would have been rude not to!

Bath was very beautiful in yesterday’s chilly sunshine.  The easterly wind was bitter but the magic of this, one of my favourite, cities couldn’t subdue my delight at spending a few hours there …

Aaahhh – I must visit again soon.

This afternoon, I’m going to stitch around another quilt whilst watching Wales playing rugby in Dublin.  There’s a beef casserole in the oven, to which herby dumplings will be added later on – just what’s needed to keep out the cold.

Wrap up warm and enjoy the weekend.

Adaliza

linking up with Finish it up Friday

February Workshops …

05/02/2018 § Leave a comment

Modern Patchwork for Beginners
6 week course to make a sampler quilt – all materials included  £130
Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.30 starting 21 February
ONE place available

Stitch and Flip Patchwork 
Make a cushion using this fun technique.  
Wednesday 7 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included (except cushion pad)
Bring a packed lunch  £55      ONE place available

Summer in the Park Patchwork
Create a variety of patches ready for you to use in a small project – cushion or bag, or to put towards a quilt top.
Monday 12 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included.   Bring a packed lunch £55
2 spaces available – why not treat yourself and a friend!

Dresden Plate Patchwork
One day workshop to learn this wonderful style of patchwork and make patches suitable for a small project or put towards a quilt top.
Saturday 17 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included.  Bring a packed lunch £55
ONE place available

Fibre Art Collage
Have fun with fabrics and free hand embroidery and applique to create a collage panel.
Saturday 24 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included.  Bring a packed lunch £55
2 spaces available

Modern Patchwork for Beginners
6 week course to make a sampler quilt – all materials included  £130
Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.30 starting 21 February
ONE place available

More details with links to project pictures,  click here

To book email  workshops@adaliza.co.uk
Sewing machines available, or bring your own.
Toilets are located in a separate building, and include a short walk with 4 steps.

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