03/11/2017 § 2 Comments
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Linking up with Finish it up Friday
19/02/2016 § 6 Comments
Here’s my sewing studio – it’s in the extension that Trevor-the-Builder built up on top of our kitchen. Up the steps is the little bedroom and the archway is where the window used to be. It’s been up and running since before Christmas and there’s more lots to show you but I’ve been itching to make a “quilt for me”. In the run up to the festive season and for a few weeks since, the sofabed that’s placed in front of the patio doors (somewhere to sit and read/sew/listen to music/mull over new ideas), was draped in a couple of bright little festive quilts. I wanted a quilted cover to throw over the chair that can also be used as a quilt on the rare occasions this extra bed is used for sleeping.
When the roof was replaced I asked T-t-B to save the ridge tiles from the old roof. They’re so beautiful …
The colours of these tiles are amazing – deep reds, vibrant yellows, mossy greens and pale almost ghostly lichens. The last 2 photos show them next to my alpine garden. The ridge tiles have crowned the roof since the early 1950’s when the house was built. I wanted to echo those colours and capture recent moments when this home of hours is having the make-over of its life …
I’ve called this quilt Ridge Tiles. What do you think? The reds are a little more red than the tiles but you know me – I LOVE REDS!
Whilst mooching around the garden, quilt over my arm looking for photo opportunities, I snapped a few other Spring blooms and my ever-increasing, wondrous ball of apple-tree mistletoe …
oohhhh – I feel another quilt coming on in those Spring blossom and sky colours!
What inspiration do you have when choosing a project?
I’m linking up to Crazy Mom’s Finish it up Friday and looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been making (and finishing)! Thanks to all of you who pop over – lovely to meet you!!
Have a great weekend – Adaliza x
09/10/2015 § 4 Comments
A very special Ta-Dah moment and a walk in the woods …
Deep in a magical woodland, secretive creatures play beneath the branches, treading carefully to avoid the tiny flowers that bloom on the woodland floor.
Autumn hues glow amidst the blues and browns.
The very top of the leaf canopy catches the bright sunshine – vibrant green.
How many creatures can you see?
Foxes, hares, bunnies, birdies, squirrels and butterflies.
Tiny bird houses hang in the trees, laden with apples.
Magical paths wind between the blocks – free motion quilting – adding to the texture of the forest floor.
I’ve absolutely loved designing and creating this quilt – a commission for a little person who’s about to enter this world amidst the Autumn leaves.
So many thanks to new friends and visitors who have popped by over recent weeks from Crazy Mom’s Finish it up Friday. I’ve so enjoyed visiting other sites and will try to leave more comments this week. I’m also linking up to Quilt Matters for TGIFF and there are some awesome quilts over there too.
It’s busy here at the moment – building works at home and never a dull moment!
I have a feeling it will be quite a few more Fridays before this project is finished up!!!
Thanks for popping by – do please leave a comment if you’re online and if you’re in Alton for the Makers’ Market tomorrow, then please say Hello.
Have a great weekend.
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!
29/07/2014 § Leave a comment
A few weeks ago, whilst on holiday by the sea in Cornwall, I stitched up a quilt top. Our cottage was colourful – blues and whites with touches of warm red. The colours inspired me and I chose lavenders, fuschia pinks and blues, jade greens and hot reds for this patchwork – with lots and lots of bright white to set off those hot colours – just like on the sun terrace. The result is a quilt I’ve called ‘Tuscany’ (even though it was patchworked in Porthleven) – those colours just make me think of French lavender fields and warm summer days.
I chose a dark blue fleece for the backing and have followed the lines up and down to create a striking grid for quilting. Just the name label to add now, then into the bag ready for display at Sunday’s market in Winchester.
I had a lovely note from a client about her memory quilt, earlier in the week. Her daughter was snuggled up on the sofa with the quilt I made from her (and her twin brother’s) baby clothes. This is just how I hope my quilts will be used – to provide warmth and comfort and capture lots of happy memories! As her mum said “Perfect”.
Enjoy the rest of the week – what are you up to? Having fun in the school holidays?
25/07/2014 § Leave a comment
This evening was so still and warm that we took some of my recently completed quilts ‘out on location’! We drove up to the local country park and I snapped away as the sun went down in the hazy sky. Summer Blossom is a king-size quilt and every block has pink, red, green or blue paisley and floral prints surrounding, or surrounded, by purest white. The backing is pure white lightweight fleece and its bound in a jolly red floral print. I’ve quilted horizontally and vertically, following the lines of the blocks, so from the back it has a rather Art Deco stylised feel.
My next market is on Sunday 3 August, in Winchester, and Summer Blossom will be for sale on my stall.
We thought we may have a thunderstorm this afternoon, but it passed us by with no more than a few spots (huge spots) of rain. It’s so hot and evenings are just the best time of day for a stroll whilst watching the sunset.
Are you enjoying high summer?
13/07/2014 § Leave a comment
If you happened to enquire about a sports-themed quilt in Alton on Saturday, and left your email address, I’ve been unable to contact you via email so thought I’d leave a note here so you can make contact with me.
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few of the fabrics that I’ve found that might be suitable for your grandson:
Alton was wonderful, as ever yesterday. For those of you who may not be local, Alton is a bright, vibrant market town in Hampshire with many independent stores. Weekly markets are held on Tuesdays but once a month, on the 2nd Saturday to be precise, the top of the High Street is closed to allow the Farmers’ Market to come to town. So many amazing stalls with cakes and preserves, pies and quiches, butchers and bakers and plantsmen (and women) lining the streets under their colourful stripy canopies.
On the same day as the Farmers’ Markets, the Alton Lions organise the Craft and Makers Market, providing gazebos for those without their own, though many of us roll up with the whole cha bang – gazebo, bunting, tables and stands and of course, our stock. It’s a long day for me and hard work setting up and taking down but yesterday the sun was shining and the crowds were out. I met some wonderful people to chat to as well as friendly fellow stall-holders. It’s a great starter market for ‘proper’ makers (Carole is very strict about everything on the stall having been ‘made’ – absolutely no bought in goods allowed). If you’re a maker in Hampshire or thereabouts and would like to dip your toe into the pond of selling direct to your customers, then why not give it a go. There’s a website and application form here.
In the meantime, if you’re the lady who enquired about a sports-themed quilt for your grandson, then do get in touch as I can’t contact you. Or if you’re not ‘that’ lady but would like to commission a quilt, then pop an email into my inbox and I’ll be happy to discuss a bespoke quilt for you. I’ll be closing my book for commissions in mid-September this year, to allow myself time to build up my stock for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Yes – I’m planning it already and will need lots of stock as I have a stall in the prestigious British Crafts Village section of the market by the ice-rink. Can’t wait!
Enjoy your week – I’m off to cut out some more quilts!