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
 

Lavender Fields in Tuscany

29/07/2014 § Leave a comment

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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.

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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?

Adaliza x

Happy Summer Days …

12/06/2014 § 2 Comments

early mornings, garden roses, quacky duck, evening strolls, quilting days –

sewing in the garden – oh yes – I’ve been doing a lot of that!

sitting in the dappled shade of the apple trees, binding a quilt

sitting in the dappled shade of the apple trees, binding a quilt

patio tables lined up for a massive amount of prep - king sized quilt in the making

patio tables lined up for a massive amount of prep –  a memory quilt in the making

lots of backing to stop the fabrics stretching, then every patch trimmed to size

every patch backed, to stop the fabrics stretching, then trimmed to size

a finished project for some dear friends in Devon

a finished project for some very dear friends in Devon – quilt for him; cushion for her

a very special quilt

a very special quilt – donkeys, boats, beaches and seaside blues

roses and bunting - perfect for a pretty seat under the apple trees

roses and bunting – perfect for a pretty seat under the apple trees

 

 

Retro Market in Winchester High Street

Retro Market in Winchester High Street

I’m pleased to have caught up with a few photos of my recent designs and makes.  I’ve been to two fairs in June so now I can concentrate on my sewing (and quiet evening knitting – even more lace-weight – photos soon) and enjoy the summer sun.

our roses are in full bloom, surrounded by buttercups and daisies

and all our roses are in full bloom

Adaliza x

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