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.

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!

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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 …

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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 …

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Have a lovely weekend and stay warm!

Adaliza
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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 …

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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 …

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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)!

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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!

Adaliza

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This week …

19/01/2018 § 2 Comments

Upping the tempo as the New Year progresses has been a joy, with workshops underway and markets too.  I had a stall in Winchester’s historic High Street, a couple of weeks ago and I’ll be there again on Sunday – despite a dreadful weather forecast!

Here’s a round up of my week …

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a dusting of pollen on the mantlepiece, from the first hazel catkins, gathered whilst walking the collies up at the farm, and bunch of daffodils from the fantastic independent greengrocer in Romsey.  I’m trying to shop more in smaller, specialist shops and local makers & bakers market stalls.

I’ve finished a quilt top in grey/white/pink shades and also added pockets to a few quilts, to convert them into ‘quillows’ which seem to be very popular …

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Oooohhhhh – yes!  A new crochet blanket is underway.  I couldn’t wait to start it but made myself finish Strawberry Moon II and put an edging on my original Strawberry Moon blankets before beginning another project.  I have no idea what size this one will end up.  I bought the mellow, mushroom-coloured yarn from an internet auction and decided that it would be the basis for this blanket.  Every square has a double border in this colour, and there will be a wide edging too.  The inner circles are Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran and I only bought 7 of them – I’ll see how far they go.  It’s going to be called Vintage Rose, as the colours are all gentle and soft and I want it to look as though it was made years ago.

I’m a bit obsessed with crochet circles ending up as squares.  Same idea as for Gypsy Rose, who’s fame has spread worldwide though this time there are fewer colours in each block.  I’m using the ‘join-as-you-go’ method as I hate sewing all the squares together at the end, but I’m being very strict about darning in all the ends every evening.

My method, is to hook up a few circles of 4 rounds each evening then, the following evening before I pick up my hook, I darn in those ends.  I’m eager to hook up more circles so that’s my motivation and I end the evening by joining the finished circles  to the blanket before I go to bed.  I end up being able to see my progress as the blanket grows, and know that I only have about 12 ends to darn in the following day before I start to crochet again.  Sweet yarny dreams follow, as I snuggle beneath my beloved Strawberry Moon and Carnival blankets, both of which have made it onto the bed during these cold months!  We don’t ‘do’ duvets in this house – quilts and crochet blankets, layered up are amazingly warm and weighty.

I have been out into the garden, to find the earliest blooms – some so shy that only the scent guides me to their hiding places …

 

Sweetly scented wallflowers, snowdrops and primroses by the pond and there’s a wonderful white winter honeysuckle too that smells divine – soon the first bumble bees will be searching out those blooms.

Have a lovely weekend – whatever the weather!

Adaliza

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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 …

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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,

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It makes a change from patchwork!

Adaliza

New year – etc etc

08/01/2018 § 2 Comments

I did manage to stay up to see in the New Year – mainly to keep the collies company when the neighbours’ fireworks lit up the night sky.  It was quite a display!  Misty, these days is an old lady of 13 and was blissfully unaware of any of the bangers as she’s quite deaf.  She used to have a bit of a bark at fireworks but in her quiet world it’s always peaceful, and she actually seems much happier and less anxious as a result.

Belle is now the main lookout and thinks she’s taken over as Chief of Defence, but she’s not as defensive as Misty used to be and instead of barking at the doorbell, comes running to tell me that I need to do something.  It’s very amusing – she’s an intelligent and sensitive companion who reads me like a book though I have caught her napping on duty a couple of times recently …

Belle’s favourite ‘perch’ is on the back of the old sofa by the front window – it’s covered in throws and cushions and she just loves it up there.

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Misty, meanwhile, gazes at me asking “What’s going on?”

The rug is new – a sale buy in Laura Ashley as was this …

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an ex-display bargain and Belle WILL NOT be allowed on it.  I have to collect it next month when they rearrange their showroom and I can’t wait.  Maybe I should do some dog-training in the meantime!

My motto this year was an easy one to decide upon.  Last Autumn I stopped off  at the Tavistock Pannier Market on my way to Cornwall.  As always, the talented Emma West’s stall drew me and I bought a porcelain tile – it really did sum up how I feel about life these days and I’ve decided to adopt it as my motto for this year …

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I love the combination of textured linen, the stitched sentiment and the cool crisp porcelain – I keep it on my kitchen dresser.

In an attempt to be kinder to my insides as well, I often start the day with a smoothie.  This morning’s consisted of a banana, a pear, persimmon, a good inch of ginger root,  beetroot and orange juice and a generous handful of oatmeal for extra fibre …

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One of these fills me up as a breakfast for much longer than toast or boxed cereals.  If I’m going out then I usually have porridge with fruit on top which keeps me fuelled for even longer,

I saw in the New Year having (with minutes to go) finished a 2nd corner to corner blanket – it’s Strawberry Moon II made with the same Sirdar Aura that my original Strawberry Moon was made with in Cornwall last year.  I’ve since added a simple border to each blanket.  The 2nd one is a present but I won’t say for whom just yet, though I suspect she can guess!

For SMII I used just the pink and dark red colourway whereas in mine I added a blue colourway too – to remind me of the Cornish sea.  I’ve had a daily fix of my beloved Porthleven thanks to a webcam that’s been installed at a local holiday cottage company.  It’s here if you fancy seeing what the tide’s doing.  I was pleased to see that the snowman with paddle arms survived our recent Storm Eleanor.

I’m off out for a jaunt now.  Next week I hope to bring you photos of the garden and some snowdrops and catkins – I can’t believe how nature springs back into action after a winter’s snooze – maybe we should all follow her lead, whilst being kind to ourselves!

Adaliza

End of year …

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).

Adaliza

Wintertime

15/12/2017 § 4 Comments

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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

November

03/11/2017 § 2 Comments

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It may be the last rose of the year and it’s a real beauty, if a rather lonely little bloom. Yesterday, in the garden, two tree surgeons came along to declutter the middle of the White Birch tree and take down the Walnut.

 

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I planted the walnut over 25 years ago, having bought it as a tiny plant in a yoghurt pot!  I’ve grown another one from one of the walnuts so will plant that up to replace the rambling, huge tree that had outgrown the space here.  The garden seems so much bigger and lighter and when the morning mists clear, the sunshine is lovely and warm.

I’ve also been quilting …

Jewels is a vivid quilt that combines a pretty Liberty paisley with some stunning solid colours.  I love it and will take it out to some talks that I’m giving next week.

Another Christmas Table Centre has been completed too …

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Pinks and aqua blue with flashes of green and orange make this a very jolly affair. The colours are so fresh and it could be used for other festivals too.

One of my students has just finished her first sampler quilt …

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I do so enjoy welcoming students to my Garden Studio and this student has a very good eye for colour choosing greens and blues and purples with a bright turquoise binding .  The sampler blocks include a simple 9-patch then HST stars, on to log cabin blocks and finally stitch and flip squares.  What fun!

It’s my birthday on Sunday so I’m going out for a Sunday roast with a friend and J2 who’s visiting for the weekend.  I might even bake a cake – then eat it!!!

Enjoy the 5th November and all the fireworks.

Adaliza

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October garden …

31/10/2017 § 1 Comment

Rewind back to the Spring – see that old patio table that’s sprayed red in the bottom right corner?

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It’s been sitting there all summer, with the odd pot stuck on top of it.  It’s in the wrong place for a coffee cup and whilst sitting up on the top patio, over many cuppas, I’ve been making plans for it.   Ta-Dah …  an alpine garden …

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I initially planned a stone edge but then on a visit to a builders’ merchant, I spied the bamboo edging and thought how easy it would be to wire it to the mesh table top. The soil is on top of a weed-proof membrane to allow easy drainage.   It was easy – less than an hour’s work.  But it needed something as a focal point …

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aaaawwwwwww – I so miss Flora Puddleduck and she so loved water so when I found this little water feature I thought what a fitting memorial to Flora it would be, as well as providing my new alpine garden with a proper feature.  The gentle sound of water is so relaxing and always reminds me of Flora’s splashing and bathing.  She’s have loved to have ducklings, I’m sure!

I just love it – although I know it’s a bit ‘naff’!

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I stained the bamboo edging with black wood preservative and I can’t wait for the alpines and sedums to cover the bare earth.  Roll on next Spring!  There are loads of miniature Spring bulbs already planted too.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful for the best part of a week – chilly, bright, golden Autumn days with the first overnight frost of the season just a couple of days ago.  I haven’t been able to stay indoors and have undertaken a massive garden tidy up.  The front gates have been stained smart black (well, the tub of wood preservative was open so I thought I’d better make use of it).  And another paint pot was prized open this afternoon …

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I recently acquired an unloved metal patio set and in today’s mellow sunshine, I donned gloves and an apron and set about removing all the peeling paint with a wire brush.  I found half a tin of Hammerite in the shed and have finished one chair …

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That’s better!  All spruced up and ready for a sit down on a chilly morning with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.  I just LOVE this time of year.  Cosying up over long evenings, quilts and crochet blankets on the bed and layered up over the sofas, frosty breath in the mornings, golden leaves and red berries.

Do you love Autumn or are you craving hot summer sunshine already?  Embrace cosy – go on, get quilting!

Adaliza

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