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!
17/08/2014 § Leave a comment
Hold on tight – we’re off to have a flavour of ancient temples set on the banks of the River Nile …
in a quilt!
I had a scrap of amazing fabric. It’s been hiding in my fabric stash for many, many years – probably 15 at least. There it is, under the name label above – Nile was the name printed in the selvedge edge. That set me thinking late one evening – I gathered rich and vibrant fabrics around me and blocks started taking shape.
I love this quilt. I needed a WOW fabric to set it alight and the vintage gold panel fitted right in, as centre squares and whole blocks. It positively shines in the sunlight.
It’s the sort of quilt that Poirot would have used as he dreamed of solving a mystery!
I’m working on 2 completely different quilts at the moment – one’s called Coast and the other’s called Siesta. I’ll be back soon with photos for you. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.
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: email@example.com
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!
22/06/2014 § Leave a comment
just look who’s curled up on one of my quilts!
Baby Annabelle came into this world just over a week ago. Her arrival was eagerly awaited by her lovely Mum and Dad and, strangely enough, by me! We’re not related, but Annabelle’s Dad took a shine to one of my quilts many months ago, when he spied them on my stall in Winchester, way back on a windswept day in March. We got chatting and then Annabelle’s Mum asked me to send her some photos of one very pretty quilt that had caught his eye. It was a quilt that I’d called ‘Cariad’ – Welsh for beloved.
I’d designed this quilt especially for a little girl – but I had no idea who she’d be. I kept Cariad to one side until Annabelle arrived – if she’d turned out to be a little boy then we’d have had to have a rethink! I added an embroidered name label with her birthday, on the day following her arrival, so she’ll always know it’s her special quilt. It was with great joy that I rocked her in my arms when she was handed to me for a cuddle last Thursday morning, as I handed over the quilt to her proud parents.
Isn’t she absolutely beautiful? I may have to borrow her for some quilt photoshoots as she grows up. She could become the ‘face of Adaliza Quilts – now there’s an idea!
Thank you so much A’s Mum and Dad for allowing me to show the photos here on my blog and for the lovely testimonial they wrote:
“We bought our quilt as a special keepsake for our newborn baby girl, and it really is something she will be able to treasure forever. The care and creativity that has gone into the quilt is astounding and it really brightens up the nursery. Adaliza also really cared about making sure the quilt was right for us and her communication throughout was brilliant.”
“It was my pleasure. Cuddle up, Annabelle. Keep warm and snug, little one!”