19/09/2015 § Leave a comment
When someone commissions a patchwork quilt, it’s the beginning of a journey …
They have a picture in their mind of a patchwork quilt …
I don’t know what they’re seeing …
We chat and I try to capture their mind’s picture …
We started chatting about farmyards then colours and the fabric that I’ve named Walk in the Park won over, so I collected some additional pieces over the summer that I thought would co-ordinate well with it.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve worked quietly and consistently on a quilt for a very special little girl and here’s the moment it all came together …
those final couple of photos, taken outdoors look a bit ‘washed out’ – in fact the quilt colours were strong and it was a melody of blues and greens with pinks and soft pumpkin hues all flowing through the patchwork.
I really loved making this quilt – I loved working with those colours and the baby girl, in her mother’s arms couldn’t stop staring at the colours when the ribbon was untied and she first saw her quilt. I hope her quilt, complete with her name embroidered on the front, will become a memorable part of her homelife as she grows up.
I’m teaming up with finish-it-up Friday over on crazy mom quilts and am looking forward to strolling around to see what everyone else has finished.
Enjoy the weekend
Edited to add – J’s testimonial and feedback on her commissions:
“I wanted to give my niece and daughter a special quilt which they could learn to crawl on and would keep for years but I’m useless at sewing so I couldn’t do it myself. Adaliza asked me to suggest themes which would mean something to the children. I chose the seaside for my niece (because she lives on the coast) and ‘a walk in the park’ for my daughter. Adaliza was extremely sensitive to the colours and styles I wanted and sent lots of pictures of fabrics and colour combinations to choose from. She even looked for new fabrics to enhance the effect.
Adaliza created stunning, dynamic quilts which have a wide range of patterns and images to enjoy and talk about. They are genuine works of a art with a bright, fresh feel, which the children can interact with and play on for years. She also designed and made an embroidery cushion for my cousin’s wedding which marked their occasion in a non-sentimental way which felt right for them and a small personalised cushion for a friend’s daughter which I was proud to give.
She was professional to work with, produced flawless work and encouraged me to feedback openly so the process felt creative and exciting. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to give a special, individual present which is good value, unique to them and genuinely comes from the heart.” JG
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I’d love to hear what you think about Walk in the Park quilt
and what you’re up to at the moment ~ ~ ~
24/02/2015 § 6 Comments
A new quilt commission always fills me with excitement and this quilt was a long time in the planning. The brief was for ” … a patchwork quilt and 2 large matching cushions … with a French/Parisian theme to cover an antique French day bed … pastel shades – pinks, blues and greens … fabrics containing images of handbags, shoes, Eiffel Tower or anything associated with France/Paris”.
I gathered together fabrics …
Then I went about my happy cutting out, creating and planning, piecing and stitched, layering up and quilting followed by a couple of evenings hand-stitching all around the binding edge of the quilt – oh how I love that bit!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out – it’s a complete froth of pastel shades working together around the strong Paris print in double-size patches. There was a lot of diagonal quilting to dissect the 4″ squares but it was worth it. The quilt is backed with pure white fleece and is lightly wadded so it will wash and dry easily. My client has had quilts from me before including one for her little girl which she assured me is still ‘going strong’ after 2 years of being snuggled beneath and played with every day. I’m also delighted to say that she was thrilled with her new quilt. Phew – it’s always a relief when someone sees their quilt for the first time and loves it. There are lots of stories about quilt commissions if you follow the link on the left of your screen – so many quilts!!!
Now – pink candlesticks …
As ever, I’m very bad at taking ‘before’ photos because I’m always in such a rush to get stuck into a project. A pair of brass candlesticks from I-know-not-where have been huddled in the corner of the patio for at least 2 years. They were behind a very large flower pot! I gave them a wash down and then treated myself to a spray can of Candy Pink paint! Here they are on the newly laid out Spring mantlepiece in the lounge …
Enjoy your week.
18/02/2015 § 2 Comments
Wow – I’ve won an award …
Have you discovered Houzz? If you’re looking for home ideas, it’s awesome. Some really amazing design ideas from all over the world. It’s not like Pinterest – it has links to professionals and design consultants so you can get in touch with real people … like me!!!
I’ve just finished my first quilt of the year, too – a commission. It will have it’s very own ta-dah moment very soon, but here’s a sneak preview …
Have just booked to see La Traviata in London next week – SOOOOoooooo excited!
07/10/2014 § 2 Comments
Way back in the late Spring, I met someone who had a very special project in mind – Memory Quilts. We arranged to meet and I’d asked her to bring along some of the fabrics – I admit to gasping a little when her car boot was opened and tubs of baby clothes lurked within! I love making quilts – and this lady had a wealth of memories wrapped up in these fabrics so I accepted the commission and four quilts were poured over and created. Here they are …
I’ll do a post about especially about making Memory Quilts one day as the processes involved in creating them are very different from making ‘normal’ quilts. It’s a privilege to be trusted with so many special fabrics that hold someone’s personal memories and sometimes the fabrics are far more difficult to work with than usual patchwork cottons but the end result is a unique journey – for both the commissioner and the quilter.
Here’s what Catherine, commissioner of 4 Happy Memories Quilts, has to say:‘I am leaving a belated and whopping THANK YOU for my beautiful 4 commissioned quilts. You know how much I adore them all and that I cried when you gave me every one of them. For you to finish 4 huge quilts in a very short time frame that I gave you was simply astounding. You realised my dream of memory quilts made from the weirdest bits and pieces of fabric that other quilters would not touch with a barge pole, let alone a needle!
You took on this simply mahoosive project during a particularly difficult time for yourself and never once wavered in your determination to do the most amazing justice to all of the beautiful clothing. Your finished quilts with their personalised embroideries were so gorgeous and mine took pride of place on the wall at my recent wedding. Everyone who has seen them has said how amazing they are and now friends are collecting clothing rather than selling it on.
I always wanted to be able to see the beautiful childhood memories and not have them stuffed up in the loft. What you have made for us has surpassed every vision I had and given me the chance to move on with my life and keep my memories in my quilt.
The twins had theirs for their 18th birthdays and my daughter has taken a little bit of home off to university. I could wax lyrical about you all day Val. I have come to know you well and consider you to be a great friend – kindred spirits perhaps. My love and thanks always.’ Catherine. ‘Thank You so much for your kind words. It was my pleasure. I loved making each one.
Wishing you all many more – Happy Memories’. Adaliza x
08/09/2014 § 5 Comments
We’re enjoying an amazing Indian summer here, in the south of England at the moment. Today, I took my trusty little old Elna sewing machine outside and stitched in the garden so that I could enjoy the warmth of the sun whilst piecing a pretty pink patchwork quilt top.
Time for one of my latest quilts to have it’s ~Ta Dah~ moment – SIESTA TIME! I took this vibrant summer quilt out on location last week, to take some photos by the coast and in a pretty Victorian cottage …
I found a photo of a summer quilt made by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. She called it Summer Slice Quilt and provided a fab tutorial here. I rarely follow a pattern or tutorial for my quilts, but couldn’t resist having a go at this one. As ever, I backed mine with lightweight pure white polar fleece, added my trademark white border and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Just as Allison said, it looks fiendishly difficult but once you crack the pattern code, it sews up easily.
Siesta Quilt will be for sale at the Saturday Makers’ Market in Alton. I loved playing with those vibrant delicious pinks, luscious lime greens and beautiful blues – teaming ditsy florals and bold patterns – definitely a summer slice of colour, to snuggle under during the march through Autumn towards our Winter days.
Lots more quilting on my horizon for this week, and a catch-up post of quilts I finished in August. What are you up to at the start of the Autumn term?
28/08/2014 § 2 Comments
A few weeks ago I found a tailor’s shop selling bolt end rolls of shirting fabric. I couldn’t believe my luck. Amazing shirt fabrics – mens and womens – top quality cotton. YAY!!!! I went back a few times over the course of a fortnight and emerged from the shadows at the back of the shop, into the sunshine, weighed down with bags of fabric.
Not the best photo – apologies. I don’t know when I’ve found such soft cottons. I used the blue (bottom), the shirt stripe (3rd up) and the check (4th up) in Coast Quilt , teaming them up with flashes of turquoise and orange.
I’ve been meaning to make a quilt using lots of a solid colour and venturing into half square triangles (HST’s) for a while and Horizon seemed an appropriate name for the blues with flashes of red in this quilt. It’s a double bed quilt, measuring 1.5 m x 1.4 m, quilted diagonally 1/4″ from the diagonal lines and then horizontally, creating rhomboid shapes and finished with a soft red binding – that’s almost 6 metres of tiny hand-stitches all around the binding edge! It took hours and hours.
So many other fabrics had to join in the fun, for both Coast and Horizon. I’m constantly amazed how many different fabrics it takes to create a quilt. I reckon I spend more time choosing the fabrics than piecing the tops (well, it seems that way)! I raided my oh-so-special stash of Liberty prints for this quilt too.
Now, I have a bit of a dilemma. Should I take Horizon to market before the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, starting in November? I’m building up a stock of quilts, cushions etc as I’ll be at the market every day for 2 weeks, from 20 November. Plans are taking shape for the layout of my log cabin and I’m sorting out packaging and labelling. Excitement, excitement when my quilt labels arrived from Moo …
I have a single tiny round hole punch and have attached ribbons so that every quilt will have a pretty label, with the quilt name, dimensions and price pinned on. The spare room is full of boxes (for quilts and pincushions) and yet more carrier bags will be arriving any day now. I’m really enjoying having a focus for my creating. There just aren’t enough hours in the day – I’m busier than I ever was when I taught full-time!
Enjoy the rest of your week – I’m taking an hour off from quilting to make some Beetroot Soup. I made some earlier in the week and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. I’ll share my recipe later on – I’ll write it down this time, instead of just throwing stuff into a pot!
Take the quilt to market? Save the quilt for the Christmas Market? That’s the question – what would you do?
PS Use this discount code http://www.moo.com/share/gf9njf if you’re thinking of ordering cards/tags etc from Moo – 10% off I think.
26/08/2014 § 4 Comments
Close your eyes and think of what ‘Coast’ means to you. What colours do you see? Sky blue, bright turquoise, sea blue with flashes of vivid orange and dazzling whites. Add in some bunting and boat prints and there you have it – Coast in a Quilt!
I couldn’t resist the amazing embroidery thread to stitch the quilt label – it has a silky sparkle in it, just like sunlight on the water!
Quilt on location just where the River Hamble meets Southampton Water – so many boats – you wouldn’t believe it! The afternoon was breezy and the sound of the halyards ringing against the masts was magical.
We’re looking to the Horizon for the next quilt, then taking a nap with Siesta! Pop back and see them over the next few days.
Enjoy the rest of the week. It seems as though the summer warmth and sunshine has disappeared behind the clouds. The last couple of days have been chilly and rainy here. Time to find my wellies!