10/03/2017 § 4 Comments
There are some really strong retro fabrics in this quilt but they seem to work and balance out with the solid red at the top of the flags combined with the prettiest pastel candy stripe. I’ve added a solid red binding to frame it all and that’s this evening’s task – to hand stitch the binding all around the back of the quilt.
The 2nd quilt I’ve finished this week is Mini Road Trip – using up the left over patches from last week’s Road Trip Quilt, cut down and combined with more solid blues. It’s a smidge off finished as there’s an edge and a half of binding to hand-stitch!
I’m hoping to have them both ready for tomorrow’s first market of the season in Alton, Hampshire.
Today is damp, dull and cloudy – I need a sprinkle of sunshine so here’s a photo from yesterday afternoon …
What a difference a day makes!
Enjoy your weekend.
03/02/2017 § 9 Comments
I went, I watched and I came home! Have you been to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster? As I walked out of the cinema I said to my daughter, without any particular enthusiasm “It was a very pretty movie”! Now, a few days later, I can’t remember anything about it other than that there were SO many close up shots – of what, I can’t remember! Pretty actors, pretty music, pretty colours – that was about it for me. Maybe I was missing something?
By a strange coincidence, I have included lots of ‘piano keys’ in my latest quilt and it’s VERY JAZZY (maybe my subconscious has been influenced after all) – what do you think?
Here it was this morning, pieced and hanging over the studio balcony. Looks a bit like stained glass! And now, I’ve started quilting in a simple grid which is time-consuming …
It looks a bit wonky, hanging up on my design line here in the studio but I think it’ll work out OK when the quilting is all done and the binding added. Bright orange for the binding – don’t you think?
I’d quite like to call this quilt La La Land but guess that brand has been well and truly claimed!
It’s dull, raining and generally very dreary here today so I’m hoping it brightens up over the weekend. If not, then I’ll be doing more patchwork – happy days!
06/01/2017 § 6 Comments
When I said that colours keep me happy, I didn’t think it would extend to breakfast!
Yesterday I treated myself to a ‘nutrition blender’ and this morning, my breakfast was green – and surprisingly quite delicious. As you may know if you’re a regular visitor here, I can’t do recipes, so I gathered together a heap of fruit and some curly kale, added some water and whizzed. The result was refreshing and as I’d added a spoonful of oatbran, satisfyingly filling too. Is it a fad? Well, maybe but I do use all of my kitchen appliances regularly and hope that this one will be a useful addition to the range.
Quilt finishes this week …
A vivacious half-square triangle quilt for my daughter. It’s certainly colourful and will keep her very warm when she returns from her travels in SE Asia. She loves bright colours too and she sent me this wonderful photo yesterday …
The 2nd finish of the week goes to a small quilt with hand-pieced hexi’s – Grandmother’s Flower Garden …
I loved spending the quiet evenings throughout the festive season, watching favourite films and hand-piecing all those hexagons together, using lots of offcuts from C’s quilt. I haven’t done patchwork like that for a very long time indeed! The result is very pretty and will be a sample piece for one of my workshops.
On Christmas day, I opened two lovely patchwork book presents that are wonderful and inspiring so, whilst in the creative groove I promptly went online and treated myself to a quilt pattern …
Not sure when I’ll fit this in though it may be a whole year-long project. It’ll definitely be a keeper!!!
How’s the first week of the New Year been for you? I’ve loved putting up my new calendars and generally having a bit of a tidy up around the place. A vase of tulips in the kitchen has paved the pathway to Spring, which I’m sure will be upon us in no time.
01/01/2017 § Leave a comment
my 2017 motto
COLOURS KEEP ME HAPPY
I like to have a thought for the year and they seem to flow from one year to the next in no particular order. Here’s why I chose this one for 2017 …
Last year was a colourful year in many ways. Apart from the joy of seeing the children find new challenges in their colourful lives and sharing their excitement, my own life at home has been gently taking shape with huge progress being made throughout the house.
At last, and with only a few weeks before the end of the year, the final room was decorated and I was able to introduce some colour …
And what a delightful addition this garden room is to our family home. It’s a studio and workroom, a warm outdoor space for escape from the house, a room for reflection and creativity…
It’s still a work in progress, but I wanted a calm space so have introduced some soft blue shades and there’s still more furniture painting to do! I spent a few days ‘camped out’ in here with the collies, whilst the lounge and bathroom were being decorated. It was fun and I was busy colouring up some painted furniture …
Did I mention the bathroom? It’s been pink, white, blue and a few other colours over the years, but never Urban Obsession…
How could I resist? Being bold in the bathroom!!!
So, colour makes me happy and I hope to introduce others to the fun they can have bringing colour into their patchwork quilts when my workshops start in the Spring.
Last year I completed 40 quilts – can hardly believe that! All of them colourful and hopefully bringing as much happiness to those who now own them, as they did to me whilst creating them.
Happy New Year
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
30/12/2016 § 8 Comments
It’s always been a quiet week,
this week between Christmas and the dawning of a New Year.
This week has been slow and calm, gentle and relaxing. I’ve been doing lots of stitching …
rather forwardly-thinking this Summer in the Park patchwork has been on my design wall for a while – but other projects have overtaken it.
I’ve had a notion to do some soothing hand-stitching …
I’m hand-stitching all the hexi’s and then cheating a bit with a machine-stitched blanket edging to attach them to the white background squares. Why? Well, why not?!?
The evenings begin at tea-time so dog-walking, dog & duck mealtimes and my own supper time have all moved forward, allowing time for favourite-film-watching so, with feet up and a movie, these little hexi’s are flying together very nicely!
My darling daughter *C* is away travelling and last year (2015), she requested a large quilt. Well, it’s been a long time happening but I’ve finally set myself a deadline of her return in the New Year to have this colourful creation completed. Think BIG COLOURS!
The light is so dim and dreary today, but believe me, these are powerful colours and fabrics. Over 20 fabrics and here you see the strong, positive prints on the left and the quieter colours on the right.
Then they get all mixed up …
I began laying out the patches yesterday – I’m half way through making them. With this style of patchwork, you have to choose your fabrics and then trust your judgement as there’s very little you can do about what fabric lands next to another.
I LOVE IT!!
This is my kind of patchwork and I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt.
It’s almost a New Year. I’m reflecting and at the same time looking forward. My ‘motto’ for 2017 is yet to land in my space – any suggestions, I could do with some, please?
Wishing you all a Happy New Year
19/12/2016 § 2 Comments
I’ve not been over here for a while, as there’s been lots going on but I’ve just popped by to wish you all peace and goodwill over the festive season and send my best wishes for your New Year.
02/09/2016 § Leave a comment
I’m going to join with Finish it up Friday a little later on this afternoon and after watching busy tractors over on the farmland where I walk the collies every day, I was inspired to make this jolly quilt …
It’s been a busy few weeks on the land, gathering in the corn crops, baling up the straw and then harrowing the stubble back into the ground and getting it ready for ploughing and sowing again. I think the weather has been kind to the farmers this year – we’ve had weeks of brilliant weather and the warmth of the sunshine has ripened the fruit and veggies in the garden so J2 and I have enjoyed many meals from our own backyard!
Occasionally I find a piece of vintage fabric that brings back happy memories and old Laura Ashley cottons are right up there amongst my favourites. When I spied a piece of untouched vintage fabric in the famous Sweet Pea pattern, I gathered together a few other vintage pieces from my collection and hey presto – a quilt happened!!!
This one’s called … guess what??? … Sweet Pea!
Do you have a favourite vintage LA fabric? I SOooo loved Emma and until quite recently had some in my bedroom before moving over to a more subtle grey scheme.
I’m off to Salisbury Artisan’s Market this weekend – just as the weather breaks, and then next weekend will be busy with Alton Makers’ Market on 10th and Taste of Wickham Festival on 11th – all go! No rest for the wicked etc!!!
Enjoy your weekend whatever the weather
18/07/2016 § 5 Comments
Yesterday, I relived some of the happiest memories ever when I revisited Lainston House Hotel in the village of Sparsholt, near Winchester. Happy memories – indeed – it’s where we held our wedding reception many years ago and it was a day I hold right up there amongst the best in my life!
Gosh, I was a skinny thing in those days! The avenue of trees stretches down from the front lawn of the house with spectacular views of the Hampshire countryside.
I wasn’t just visiting yesterday though, a Family Food Festival had been organised and I was a stallholder …
Flora came too – on a cushion!
A stage had been set up on the front lawn and the Military Wives Choir and Military Band entertained the crowds. On the South Lawn a demonstration area had been set up for cookery demonstrations throughout the day. It was SO busy – everyone had a wonderful time and on my way home, I had a wander around the grounds and discovered a wonderful garden, planted since our special day with borders in full and glorious bloom …
Oh, it was a good day! So many lovely people to talk to, friends popping by to say hello throughout the day too. Hope you had a lovely Sunday – we’re having a mini heatwave here at the moment and I’m cutting out quilt kits on the patio in the sunshine. What a way to spend a day!
I’ll be back with photos of my latest quilts, very soon.
11/10/2015 § 2 Comments
I grew up hearing about my great-grandmother who was called Adaliza. She was my grandfather’s mother. My maternal grandfather and grandmother lived with us so I heard about his family as he stayed in touch with his brothers (all 8 of them) and his only sister Lily, Adaliza’s 9th child and only girl.
I remember, some years ago, deciding that I wanted to give my sewing hobby a name. I wanted to keep my own name private, especially as I was teaching full-time and didn’t want my lovely nosey 6th form students knowing all about what I was making in my spare time, as a hobby!
One day, I can remember it so clearly, I had popped home for lunch and had decided that ‘today was the day’. I had so little time to think – I was going to register a domain for a website – and it was going to be done before afternoon classes began back at college (in about 20 minutes’ time).
I looked out of the window, thought about what I wanted in a name – something English, traditional, easy to spell, something that meant something to me – and like a ray of sunshine, Adaliza sprang into my mind. I worked fast to complete the registration and went back into the staffroom with a huge smile saying to my friends “I’ve got a website, and I’m calling it Adaliza”.
Very recently, during the past couple of months, my Dad said he’d found some papers amongst my grandfather’s documents including a cutting from a local newspaper about the funeral arrangements for my great-grandmother, from well before I was born. Her name was actually Adeliza.
I’d never seen it written down, just heard it spoken and I spelt it as it sounded. So, my Adaliza is a misspelling of my great-grandmother’s name Adeliza.
A quick scout around the internet has revealed some fairly well-connected Adeliza’s:
Blue blood in the family? I suspect not, but it’s been interesting to find out more about the name. I’m going to keep my misspelt version – it’s unique and I actually love it.
Do you have any name stories to tell?
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.