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.


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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
Sewing machines available, or bring your own.
Toilets are located in a separate building, and include a short walk with 4 steps.

Quilts, cushions & blankets …

02/02/2018 § 2 Comments

oh – and snowdrops!

Let’s start with finishes – a matching pair of vintage French fabric cushions, lovingly quilted and stuffed with fat feather pads, all ready for Sunday’s Antiques Market in Winchester ….red retro


Photos really don’t do this fabric justice, it’s so soft with a slight texture – almost a barkcloth but not quite.  The colours are delicious!

Vintage Rose, my latest crochet blanket has doubled in size since last week and I’m now debating whether to keep it as a rectangle, and add a border or square it off.  I’m enjoying the crochet so much I don’t want to stop, but sometimes that’s the secret – knowing when to stop!  What do you think?  Ooohhh – I love this blanket SOooooo much.


I’m still dithering around with the grey hst quilt – it’s taking forever, for no reason other than that there’s always something more urgent to do.  Just a few more stitched rows of quilting then the border to add.  I’m hopeful it will make it to Sunday’s market!


and now for the stars of the show – snowdrops with a smattering of crocus, from the grounds of the Longstock Farmshop where I jaunted to yesterday afternoon, to meet a friend for a cuppa and a wander around the garden nursery


The long archway will soon be full of espalier apples and wonderful lavender as it was last Spring …


The year is absolutely flying by with the turn of January into February marked by an awesome full moon, cold, clear weather and surprisingly warm sunshine.  But the snowdrops are the stars of the show …

longstock feb-5 - Copy

Have a lovely weekend and stay warm!

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Keeping a tidy desk …

26/01/2018 § 2 Comments

In my ‘upstairs’ studio, I have a little nook which is my office.  There’s a window with a view out over the roof of my garden studio and I love to sit at my desk, beavering away with emails and officey-type duties whilst watching the birds and trains, dog-walkers up at the farm and ever-changing sky …

jan office view

Tidy isn’t my middle name!  I’m well organised but projects and bits of paper do tend to accumulate on my desk.  I’m a great notebook fan and have so many, it’s the same with pens and sticky notes …

office 2

I forgot to say, pairs of glasses too – so many – everywhere!

For Christmas, my quilting and long-time friend from the States came to visit and brought me a personalised thread-catcher.  I just love it and decided to keep it on my desk and use it as a desk tidy.  Now all my glasses, pens and desk scissors have a home and the transformation of my desk is wonderful (along with some neat stacking of notebooks)!

office 1

Ah, yes – that’s much better.  As you can see, I love to have a few favourite ornaments and jugs around – always horses and sometimes others, full of nostalgia and sentiments.

I thought the thread-catcher was such a good idea, I made some …

I think they’re perfect for any desk or in the hall for keys, on a dresser or just about anywhere as well as in a sewing room.  I’ve enjoyed playing with some of my Janome’s embroidery stitches too!  So these, (and a few more besides) are my finishes for the week.

As you can see, this morning’s sunshine has disappeared but before I head off with the collies for a walk around those fields, my crochet blanket screen saver reminds me that I should post a few catch up photos of my Vintage Rose blanket …

I’m just loving my crochet journey with this blanket.  It has a really quaint vibe and it’s really soft, being pure wools.  I’m still not sure what size it will end up but that’s part of the fun!

Have a lovely weekend – there’s a Corner to Corner Crochet workshop happening here, so there will be lots of yarny chat – and cake!


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Fibre Art Collage

12/01/2018 § 12 Comments

I thought I was going to show you a finished quilt today, but instead …


Wisteria Cottage

I wish you could touch it – it’s all wibbly wobbly from the freehand embroidery.  It’s taken me most of the day to finish and now I have to work out how to mount it onto a canvas.

I especially love how the blossom on the trees and in the hedgerows has turned out,


It makes a change from patchwork!



15/12/2017 § 4 Comments






It’s been a busy time with markets and social gatherings, workshops and visits.  Time now to hunker down by the fire, for those long candlelit evenings – collies at my feet and crochet on my lap.  I do so love wintertime – wishing you all a cosy Christmas.

Adaliza x

The secret gardens of …

18/06/2017 § 2 Comments

Broad Street, Alresford

Today, on the hottest day of the year so far in Alresford – a pretty market town just a few miles from Winchester – many residents of the aptly named Broad Street opened their garden gates and WOW was it a surprise just what hides behind those elegant facades.

It was extraordinary and a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoon.  Many gardens are incredibly long with different ‘rooms’ to meander through.  Towards the lower end of the street, the gardens back onto the river and 12th century bridge.  There are courtyards and terraces, summerhouses and thatched outhouses.  So much to see and then of course, there are the plants and flowers – so beautiful and so many different styles of planting.

In one back garden, there was a covered walkway between the house and annexe with a chain downpipe linked up to a water feature.  I definitely want one of those next time I build a summerhouse!

I have enjoyed the afternoon though it was mighty HOT.  During the week I spent an evening at Mottisfont in the world famous walled rose gardens.  More pictures next time. Hampshire is a wonderful county, with so much to see and enjoy.  I’m jaunting west next week so expect some more photos with boats!


PS :: Thank you Clare for reminding me about the cake – how could I forget?  Yes, there were lots of cake stalls and plant stalls as well as a duck race at a local very large house, though that wasn’t officially part of the Open Gardens.  My friend and I had 2 slices of Victoria Sponge, both were outstanding.  We fairly waddled around those gardens after that!

Poppy’s Quilt

31/03/2017 § 4 Comments

A new baby in the family is always a cause for celebration.  My cousin is Poppy’s Grandmother and as soon as we heard there’d be a new addition I began collecting thoughts together (and fabrics) for her quilt.  ‘Cos every new baby needs a quilt – right?

Springtime colours, little birdies, blossom, poppies and stars – pinks, blues, golds and greens.


Welcome Poppy!

Adaliza x

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What’s in a name?

24/02/2017 § 11 Comments

well, I can’t answer that because I have no idea what to name this quilt!  Usually a name presents itself to me as I’m stitching and particularly when I’m quilting but this one has been silent.  Do let me have any ideas – what does it make you think about when you see it?


This one finishes my ‘fling’ with solid blocks.  In fact, there are 2 patterns in it as you can see and I think they add some interest.


I finished this one ahead of the other solid quilt (below) which is almost done – just the binding to go here and again nameless!  Must be something in the air that’s not giving me names!  Any ideas???


On my design wall is a Periwinkle quilt with a whole mixture of ditsy vintage prints and I’m loving it.  No photos today ‘cos my memory card has packed up and I’m awaiting the arrival of another from Hong Kong (I wondered why it was such a good price on ebay)!

Flora isn’t too well, still.  She’s fine in herself but her legs have been very weak and one seems to be pretty useless.  She’s on meds from the vet so fingers crossed that she’ll make a recovery.  She’s sleeping at night in my studio – we have quite quacky chats as I’m sewing!!!  Bless her – she’s spent most of today in the sunshine inbetween the ‘hydrotherapy sessions’ in the pond.

Enjoy your weekend.

Adaliza x

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This week …

17/02/2017 § 2 Comments

signs of Spring …


back yard (major) tidy-up …


builder’s yard in need of tlc

and now …

lots of fun and hard work!  I rediscovered a fair few muscles that haven’t been used for a very long time.  There’s just the paving stones to set and some gravel to put down now.

On my design wall this week is …


a patchwork of solid diamonds.  Rather a departure for me, as I like working with patterns but needed to get ‘solids’ out of my head.  There’s a border to add and then it will be quilted with simple diagonals.  There are already plans for the next one which has just been started, and is a mixture of solids & patterns so we’ll see which turns out best – maybe next week.

In other news, Flora Puddleduck isn’t very well.  She’s on medication now and I’m hoping that she’ll soon recover.  I really miss her waddling all around, following me up and down the garden and quacking every time she hears me.


She’s quite sorry for herself, as you can see.  Fingers crossed for a quick recovery.

Have a lovely weekend

Adaliza x

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