Bluebell Inspiration …

15/04/2016 § 1 Comment

I’m often asked about the inspiration for my quilts and it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint what enters my head when I’m planning a quilt.

 On occasions though, it’s quite specific – like my Ridge Tiles Quilt where I wanted to capture the history of my home since it was built and mark the work that’s been done this year.  I was inspired by the colours of the lichen on the red clay ridge tiles that were removed from the roof (left photo) …

Other times there’s a fabric that captures my eye and I try to pick up colours and tones that capture my mood or a landscape.  The quilts below are all inspired by the sea and our love of sailing (we had a little Bermudan sloop when we were first together over 30 years ago) in which we used to explore the coves and harbours along the south coast.  It was all to do with the colours for me – blues, greys, white horses and red sails …

This week it’s Bluebell Time!  As I walk in the woods with the collies, the secretive bells are beginning to bloom in the beech woods.  I LOVE native bluebells, their colour is magical and the scent on a warm morning, quite intoxicating.  I always name our collies after flowers and plants and Belle is really called Bluebell because it’s her birthday at this time of year, even though she doesn’t look at all like a bluebell flower …

This week, Bluebell Time has also provided the inspiration for a quilt …

I decided to make it All About the Blues, so didn’t include any greens or woodland colours.  You can see, I’ve also discovered how to make circular pictures!  Always good to learn something new and they make me smile.  I’m off to a market in Putney, south London this weekend.  Wish me luck and some good weather!

Have a good weekend.


PS – I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday – pop over to see what everyone’s been stitching up this week.


Bluebell woods …

16/05/2013 § 6 Comments

breathtaking – the heady, gentle perfume of a bluebell wood in full bloom, in dappled sunlight beneath the great beech trees …

bluebell woods

bluebell woods


magical bluebells

Bluebell - Belle for short!

Bluebell – Belle for short!

Belle & Mistyclose-up of bluebells

bluebells in the sunshine

Today we drove just a few miles out of Winchester, to the bluebell woods. Carpets of magical, mystical arching stems and millions of tiny bells – blue as far as the eye can see beneath the majestic great beeches.  I saw a deer in the distance leaping through the woods. So special, so good for the soul.

Adaliza x

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