My first gallery show …

03/02/2012 § 4 Comments

Here it is …

Through the windows (love the reflection of the trees) …

I’m absolutely delighted with the space, light
and how it’s all worked out …

Oh, I did enjoy setting this up – the largest space I’ve ever worked in!  Not without its challenges as everything had to look appealing from outside as well as inside – totally different from my stand at fairs, where there’s a backdrop.  The teashop gets busy during the day and it was lovely to chat to people as I was setting up.

Just in case you’re passing, do pop in …

Adaliza @ Monteagle Gallery
Yateley, Hants
3 – 29 February 2012
Open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays
10 am – 2 pm Saturdays

The low sun set the sky on fire in the west, as I drove home through Alton and Alresford.  Dusk settled and village homes nestled snugly down for the night, smoke spiralling in the still chill with lights glowing softly behind tightly closed windows.  A magical winter’s evening following a wonderful afternoon.

Enjoy your weekend.

Adaliza x

Are you sitting comfortably?

31/01/2012 § Leave a comment

The old garden bench would have done you proud this afternoon, when the last few rays of winter sunshine appeared and sent a warm glow across the frozen garden …

Homespun patchwork cushions and a couple of crochet blankets that I made yonks ago!  Wish I could find the pattern for the aran one on the bench seat – think it was in a Phildar book circa 1980 and meant to be a bedspread, made from crochet cotton!  It’s a super pattern and it’s my favourite old blanket from the back of the sofa, frequently brought into use to keep my knees warm (like Grandma)! Unless I’m crocheting something that already covers them, of course – I do get chilly knees!  I wonder if the Queen gets chilly knees?  She often has a blanket over them when she’s out and about!  Maybe it’s a blue blood thing – my grandmother had airs and graces!

The cushions are all free-motion quilted on the patchwork side, with beautiful thick weave cotton backs.  I haven’t made a stripey patchwork cushions before, but I love these – they were great fun to make.

I’ve been wanting to design something with birdies for a while too …

There must be trillions of designs with birdies in birdcages going on at the moment, but these two are obviously in love!  She has a frilly tail and his crest has gone all bananas and twirly!  Always love a boy with curls!  They can of course fly away through the open bars, but they’re all caught up in their little dome home with a heart on top!

I’m just putting the finishing touches to a few purses and then everything will be labelled and packed up ready for the trip to the Monteagle Gallery on Friday afternoon.

If you’re anywhere near Yateley, Hants, then do pop in and have a look.

Enjoy that bit of sunshine, if it’s in your garden, but don’t take your hat and coat off – it’s freezing out there!

Adaliza x

PS Flora is just chasing a blackbird and a pigeon on the patio – it’s SO funny!  The blackbird is pecking at an apple that I threw out and the pigeon is clearing up Flora’s lunchtime feed scraps.  I don’t know whether she’s feeling amorous or territorial, but she waddles purposefully towards them and looks mystified when they fly off!

Linking up to     enjoy what everyone else has been creating & cooking!

Meadowsweet Quilt …

29/01/2012 § 16 Comments

“Queen of the Meadow”

and there’s the meadowsweet, golden stalks amongst the amazing geranium leaves!  I love meadowsweet (also known as Queen of the Meadow), I used to gather bunches of it from the marshy fields near the little river Ceri in Wales.  It smells divine – of sweet, summer meadows.

I dashed outside to capture the last of the daylight to take these pics.   There’s still the top binding to stitch, but I’ll do that this evening. The back is warm, soft flannelette and I quilted it to give maximum ripply drapes rather than the crisper texture of free motion quilting.

I’ve so enjoyed today.  I spent an hour or so this morning watching lambs coming into the world at Sparsholt College (see previous post) – it was wonderful to see the shepherd expertly helping a young ewe with her firstborn.  His intervention was minimal, to ensure that her natural instinct was encouraged and not interrupted.  After a couple of minutes of looking rather perplexed, she began rhythmically licking her baby as the steam rose from him in the barn.  Then, with the wibbliest wobbliest legs, he stood up and began to feed.   Brilliant!

Friday afternoon will be exciting this week, hopefully, as my gallery show commences.  There’s a lot of listing and labelling to do in the meantime!

Have a lovely week and pop over to Wendy’s Handmade Monday 51 to see what everyone else has been up to.



Busy, busy …

07/01/2012 § Leave a comment

Some days seem to have so much packed into them and today has been one of them!

Back in December I met Pauline from the Monteagle Gallery in Yateley.  She and her daughter admired my textile stall at one of the Winchester Christmas markets and we got chatting.  I was invited over to discuss a show at the gallery – for the whole of February.  So, off we set this morning for a bit of a trek across the north of Hampshire to find Monteagle, which is absolutely super …

Monteagle GalleryTeashop at Monteagle Gallery

We’re all sorted, I used my new Quilters diary for the first time – the dates are set …

Adaliza @ Monteagle Gallery

Yateley, Hants

3 – 29 February 2012

Open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays

10 am – 2 pm Saturdays

There’s a lovely little teashop too!

On the jaunt westward and homeward, I felt the need to not return quite yet! Do you ever get that feeling?  The sun was shining, it was cold and bright, a certain sense of freedom filled me and, as I was at the wheel, we veered off towards Alton!

Now, you all know I love Alton.  The scene of many a craft market (they start in March btw), but today as usual on the 2nd Saturday of each month, the High Street was buzzing with activity in the form of the Farmers Market.  I met up with one of my favourite stallholders – one of the ‘ladies on the corner’ who bakes!  A few nibbles made their way into my basket and then a quick skip round and about, followed by a light lunch at a coffee shop and a visit to the lovely wool shop on the hill (only 3 Lima alpacas came home with me) and we were off again.

I made the little brooch earlier in the week, and was wearing it today on my Welsh wool vintage coat!  I thought it deserved a photo moment or two …

Not quite ready to steer straight ahead, we made a detour to Alresford, and on the way …


I spotted a field with some of the cutest Section A Welsh ponies.  They’re all hairy and obviously very well cared for – just look at those neatly trimmed hooves and well-covered bellies.  They all marched over, as soon as I stopped the car – swerving rather erratically into a muddy gateway and waking the Housework Fairy, who’d drifted off into the land-of-nod – “Why have we stopped?”  he enquired, then looking around, he spotted the ponies and asked no more!

Onward to the market town of Alresford where I just popped into a fabric shop to stock up on my cushion supplies …

Cushion fabrics

Oh no, the receipt is visible on top of my haul – must sort that out immediately and hide it!  “You spent HOW MUCH?” – I can hear it now!

Then home in time to take the collies out for a run to Farley Mount and give Flora a cuddle just after dark on her way to the henhouse.  Did you see the moon tonight?  It’s just a shade off being a complete orb – January’s Storm Moon – magical!

Time to fill the house with lantern lights and wish my ever-growing number of baboshkas a “Good Evening” then rearrange the little pewter duck that I treated myself to in Stockbridge yesterday afternoon.  She’s a new addition to my pewter clock and tiny pony collection on the mantlepiece!

Yes, I’ve been jaunting on 2 consecutive days – what a great start to the New Year!

Then a cosy evening with friends – HF rustled up an amazing chicken murgh masala from a Keith Floyd recipe – really special with loads of ginger!  Now I’m going to fuss about with some patchwork on the kitchen table, until bedtime when dreams of quilting and ponies will undoubtedly fill my head!

Night, night …

Adaliza x

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