Catch-up time …

08/05/2017 § 4 Comments

I’d better do it in photos otherwise I’ll be writing a book!

It’s busy here every day with new quilts and quilt patterns whirling around in my head and in my studio.  Yesterday I found something that I’ve wanted for AGES – a prop for my stand when I’m out and about, on which to display my quilts – a Victorian metal Cot Bed. So perfect and I can’t wait to show you but it’ll have to wait because the collies are huffing and puffing and none-too-gently reminding me that it’s time for their walk!

Adaliza

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.

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Welcome Poppy!

Adaliza x

linking up with Finish it up FridayMy Quilt Infatuation and Busy Hands Quilts

La La Land …

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 …

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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!

Adaliza

linking up with  Crazy Mom Quilts & My Quilt Infatuation & Busy Hands Quilts

Quilting days – latest makes …

22/07/2016 § 2 Comments

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Woodland Quilt (80 cm square) – I just love those little foxes with their babies all snuggled up.  Lots of swirls and leaves and ditsy blooms in this quilt.  Backed with a chocolate brown fleece, it’s very practical for little people, me thinks!

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Peace Quilt (156 cm x 125 cm) – what we all wish for, some peace and calm in our lives. Think leafy prints, little birds and feathers … … … and relax!

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City Bright (1m square) – a quilt designed for modern living!  Vibrant colours and jolly city prints, with pretty houses, stylised flowers and calm pools of polka dots.

There’s another quilt that’s almost done too – with little brown hares, called Guess How Much I Love You!  I hope to spend this afternoon sitting out in the garden, hand-stitching the binding on that one.  And then it’s the weekend – yay!  I must get to grips with the vegetation that’s beginning to take over in the garden, dead-head the roses in the hope of a second blooming and maybe stain my little deck with preservative.  That’s boring though – I’d much rather be quilting or stitching in the sunshine!!

Enjoy your weekend – what have you got planned?

Adaliza

PS – I’ll be joining up with Finish it Up Friday later on this afternoon.

Little Quilts & Cushions …

13/05/2016 § Leave a comment

This week has been a week of cushions …

I always love it when customers return to order from me.  Flora has been added to a very pretty pink cushion cover, to match one with a little campervan that I made last year.  She’ll be taking up residence on a beautiful window seat – lucky ducky!

The boats have gone to another very good home where they’ll meet up with a quilt called Sailing By …

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and some little quilts will also be making their first appearance on my stand at the River Cottage Spring Fair over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of this month …

Tweetie Pie
(you can almost hear those little birdies chirruping away)

and Retro Baby

It’s been a busy ol’ week up here in my studio!

Another quilt has also been finished but it’s a commission and I’ll have to keep it a secret until the beginning of June.  A landmark birthday with an heirloom quilt to match!

Hope the sun continues to shine over the weekend.  I will take a trip around the garden in photos very soon – there just aren’t enough hours in the day at the moment!

Adaliza

I’ll be linking up with Finish it up Friday too!

Anniversary Quilt

06/05/2016 § 2 Comments

This is a commissioned quilt – a 25th Anniversary Wedding present.  I’m only posting a couple of photos as it’s being delivered tomorrow, when I’m hoping the weather will stay ‘set fair’ for the Alton Makers’ Market.

Here it is …

I spent a blissful day yesterday, in the sunshine hand-stitching all around the 8m binding! But I had company …

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Flora was fascinated as I sat with this huge quilt over my lap.  She’s not used to me sitting down for so long at once and kept pecking at my feet!  Eventually she decided to sunbathe from the verandah and just watch!!  (She was 5 years old last weekend).

I’ll post some other photos after it’s been delivered and maybe we’ll take a stroll around the garden too – everything’s beginning to grow like crazy out there!

Have a lovely weekend and do pop by and say Hello if you’re visiting Alton.

Adaliza x

Linking up, one again to Finish it up Friday.

Walk in the Park – Quilt Commission

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 …

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pinks and a farmyard

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trees and blues with oranges and a touch of red

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we’re almost there with this one using the tree fabric as the focus for the quilt

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 …

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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

Adaliza x

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

~ ~ ~ please leave a comment,
I’d love to hear what you think about Walk in the Park quilt
and what you’re up to at the moment ~ ~ ~

La Vie en Rose …

23/04/2015 § 6 Comments

every day will be rose-coloured  …

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La Vie en Rose Patchwork Quilt – a bespoke commission

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Edited to add some lovely words from the fabulous lady who commissioned this quilt: 

‘I bought my lovely quilt as a commission. It will be a family heirloom. I asked for roses and pink base with pastel colours. We called it La Vie En Rose because that is also one of my favourite songs too (Louis Armstrong or Billie Holliday) and the name fits the roses theme. It fits perfectly with cushions and accessories I already had for my bedroom. We’re changing it back to pink, you see. Adaliza kindly incorporated two fabrics I chose so that the quilt would match my existing cushions and dressing table curtains. It looks lovely on my Laura Ashley cream iron bedstead. I now just have to change the wallpaper, move the table lamps, put the right curtains up. I am very pleased. It is very well-made and high-quality.’

and a photo …

the cushions are just perfect - such a pretty room

the cushions are just perfect – such a pretty room

Quilt Store …

13/04/2015 § 3 Comments

latest quilts, now in stock in my Quilt Store

just click on a photo to go to the individual listing with details about the fabrics, dimensions and lots more photos of each quilt

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Maycombe cot quilt

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Folk Art Farmyard

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Walk in the Park

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Sailing By Quilt

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Hill and Dale Cot Quilt

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Hill and Dale Quilt

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Homestead Folk Art Patchwork Quilt

Adaliza x

 

Memory Quilts …

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 …

18th Birthday Quilt for a fisherman - see the Mirror Carp?

18th Birthday Quilt for a fisherman – see the Mirror Carp?

A quilt for a vet - spot the cows!

A quilt for a vet – spot the cows!

A special peapod pendant captured in silver stitches

A special pea-pod pendant captured in silver stitches

Happy Memories - garden birds, baby clothes and favourite dresses

Happy Memories – garden birds, baby clothes, favourite dresses & personalised patches

18th birthday Daughter's Quilt

18th birthday Daughter’s Quilt

I appliquéd 18 hearts into the design

I appliquéd 18 hearts into the design

Such a pretty quilt

Such a pretty quilt

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
 

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