Blog lovin’ …

18/02/2014 § 9 Comments

it’s a funny old business, isn’t it?

I guess if you’re here reading this, then you must browse through blogs, or use twitter, or find an image on Pinterest that takes your fancy and follow the links back to find out more.  There are so many questions I’d like to ask you …

  • How did you get here?
  • Do you follow blogs?
  • Are photos important – what do you like to see?
  • What topics interest you?
  • What inspires you to leave a comment?

I tend not to follow blogs.  I bookmark them into a ‘Blogs’ folder and then when I have a spare few moments, I trawl through my list to see what everyone’s been up to.  Posts delivered directly to my email inbox don’t work for me.  I want to keep emails and blog posts separate.  Maybe it’s a throwback to my working days as I associate emails with working days when, as a teacher my time was constantly interrupted by messages popping up that had to be dealt with frantically between lessons or at the beginning or end of the day – it’s hard to break old habits and perceptions.

Visitors pop over here from all over the world – isn’t technology amazing? Today alone visitors from 12 countries have popped by –

Hello  Hallo  Hi   Guten Tag  Hola   Czesc

Thank you for coming to visit me


What shall I say today?

the weather :: rainy and dull;
the collies :: asleep (it’s still quite early);
Flora Puddleduck :: pecking at the back door;
my home :: quiet, lit by soft lamps, cool, still;
my mood :: serene, peaceful, calm;
my plans today :: ‘Melody Maker’ – pinned and quilted and maybe by this evening ready to sew around the binding edge;
trip out :: certainly a walk with the collies later on and maybe a jaunt to town, though I don’t need to buy anything;
cooking :: yesterday’s surviving home-made pasties but will they survive until tonight’s dinner?
Best take something out of the freezer!

That’s it – that’s life.  It doesn’t sound very exciting when I write it down, but I feel fulfilled and happy.  I’ll steal a few minutes every so often to pop by and read some other blogs and maybe leave a comment.  Rather like popping round to a friend’s house for a quick chat but without having to go out of my home.  I wouldn’t like to only have cyber friends – my blog and emails are a way of letting my friends know what I’m up to but it doesn’t take the place of a good chat with my friends when we meet up or chat online or gossip on the good ol’ telephone – do you remember when that was the only way to talk if you weren’t really there?  Remember letters?  I LOVE receiving a real letter, or card full of news.

So, if you do pop by here, please do say Hello.  What are your plans for today?  What projects are you working on, or planning? What are your thoughts on blogging?  Do let me know and have a chat!

Adaliza x


Quilts – January 2014

05/02/2014 § Leave a comment

January's quilts

January’s quilts

January was dismal, weatherwise.  I did a lot of quilting whilst listening to weather reports, flood warnings and hearing stories about the dreadful flooding just a county or so to the west of us.  February has started in a similar vein with gales and storms crashing through every couple of days or so.  One day in every 4 or 5 seems to be calmer with sunny spells – yesterday was just such a day.  I nipped outside with my camera, accompanied by my garden companion – Flora Puddleduck!

Flora Puddleduck

Flora Puddleduck

Flora was very impressed by the stack of quilts and I fancy, she would rather like to have one of her own, in her little house.  “No such luck Flora – your nest is lovely and warm with meadow hay and a deep bed of shavings!”

Back to the quilts …

Patchwork Quilts

Here are a few, in no particular order …

Chickadee Quilt …

Chickadee Quilt

with fat hens, baby chicks and lots of daisies



Lullaby Quilt …

Lullaby Quilt

with glorious butterflies, luscious flowers and bright pastels (you know what I mean)

Lullaby Quilt

Lullaby quilt

Barndance Quilt …

Barndance Quilt

with cowboys, waggons and bright primary colours

Barndance Quilt

Barndance Quilt

That’s all for the moment.  The others are over here if you’d like to see all of them, but there are some pressing matters to deal with atm – another storm is howling outside and there have been a few crashes whilst I’ve been tapping away.  Time to go and investigate …

Good luck in the midst of all these storms.


Quilting days …

02/09/2012 § 7 Comments

just a taste of the quilts that I finished over the summer …

Phew!  I did a lot of quilting in my holidays this year.  I’m completely addicted to the whole process as I was back here  in January, and have found some stunning fabrics here and there when jaunting, as well as discovering a fair few that I’d forgotten about when I sorted out my room into a proper studio space.

I’m going to a post about using larger prints in patchwork – watch this space!  Hopefully next week.  Just working on a tutorial, as requested by Sarah for the pattern for Gypsy Rose, too.  As you may know, I seldom follow a pattern or recipe, but I’ll work out what I did easily enough – Gypsy Rose spent last night warming my toes in bed!  It wasn’t chilly enough for a full blanket like Ripple 1 or Misty Morning, but toes definitely needed some extra warmth – Autumn has arrived!

Hope you all have a lovely week.  Pop over to see Wendy’s Handmade Monday get together and share what everyone’s been making and creating.

Adaliza x

PS I didn’t get to the Vintage & Retro market today for complicated reasons, but all is well now so I hope to be in Alton next weekend, as planned.

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Sneaky peek …

19/11/2011 § 1 Comment

at a few projects that will make it to my stall tomorrow (Sunday) at the Winchester Art & Design Market …

Dolly Cradle

Teddy, all tucked up

Snowflake cushion

All aboard!


I’ve been busy and finished quite a few new designs for tomorrow … a dolly cradle all newly refurbished and with a delicious patchwork quilt and wool blanket – not to mention a lace pillowcase and new sheets; a Christmassy snowflake cushion and for those who don’t want to miss the boat – a hand quilted patchwork cushion!

As there’s a chill in the air, there are my new hotties …


Each has a microwaveable heat pad inside and the covers are all quilted so you can cuddle up and keep your toes warm!

It’s been a wonderful day here in the South, today – bright clear skies and the birds were singing their hearts out until dusk settled.  The sky is full of stars and I do hope that we’ll be able to enjoy another bright winter’s day tomorrow.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend …

Adaliza x






Alton in September …

10/09/2011 § Leave a comment

Great to see so many friends in Alton today.

I took some super photos …



Who’s a silly girl then?  I did take some super photos – a baby sweetie pie all snuggled up in her new Sweetie Pie quilt, a happy scarecrow cushion and blissful pink sequinned butterfly  cushion plus some snaps of my stand.

I’ve just picked up the camera to upload them and show you what you missed – if you couldn’t be there and guess what – I’d left the camera memory card at home in the laptop!

You’ll just have to use your imagination – it was a lovely day (well, morning anyway) as the rain caught up with us this afternoon and we packed up a bit earlier than planned.  The scarecrow and butterfly will begin a long journey to the USA in time for Christmas and if you want to send me any photos of happy recipients, or snuggly babies or super sofas & day beds adorned with cushions, then I’d be delighted to receive them!

I’ll remember to check that in future.  Well, there’s always next weekend – Winchester Art & Design-led Market next Sunday 10-4.

I’m off to enjoy my 3rd cup of tea and slice of delish apricot jam victoria sponge – thank you ‘ladies on the corner’!  Oh, I forgot – to put my feet up too!

Best laid plans – the dogs haven’t been out, so there’s another job – no peace for the wicked (I must be VERY bad)!!!

Adaliza x

You may like to have a look at …

Sweetie Pie

Sweetie Pie for a sweetie pie baby!

Dala horses

Dala horses Swedish style!

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