dresden plate quilt in warm autumn colors

Since a few days I have been working on a double quilt with Dresden Plates for Joan. This quilt is for her favorite cousin and she choose fabrics in warm autumn colors. I shall sew it in QAYG technique, quilting each block separately and sewing the quilted blocks together. The quilt has a total of 16 Dresden Plate blocks, each finished size 20″ x 20″.

After cutting all the fabrics I started with piecing :  

dresden plate quilt 1 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 2 - skalabara.com

 

dresdner plate quilt 3 - skalabara.com

Cutting of the tips to turn over the seam :

dresden plate quilt 4 - skalabara.comEverything prepared for piecing :

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

Sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing :

dresden plate quilt 7 - skalabara.com

 

dresden plate quilt 6 - skalabara.com

All 16 blocks done! I am still not sure about the size of the dark red circle in the center. Should it be 3,75″ or 4,5″? What do you think? The Dresden Plate itself is 17,5″.

dresden plate quilt 8 - skalabara.comHappy Sunday, we have hot summer weather and the beach is not far away!

Barbora

twister tool tested

Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :

twister block different layouts - skalabara.com

 

Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :

  • 12 green 5″ square
  • 12 red 5″ squares
  • 1 yellow 5″ square
  • 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)

Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.

twister block layout - skalabara.com

Add the borders and press seams open :

twister block layout with borders - skalabara.com

Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.

twister block cutting - skalabara.com

Here a cutting detail :

twister block cutting detail - skalabara.com

Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!

Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :

twister wreath - skalabara.com

 

Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora

prague in rain

Last Thursday I came back home from Prague. I left the city in rain, had one day with full sunshine and since yesterday we have here also rainy weather. As we have had hardly any rain since November we are really happy to see some water come down from the sky. This gave me also time to sort all the photos I have taken. Here a collage with cloudy impressions of the city, on the biggest photo is Charles Bridge over the river Vltava.prague before rain - skalabara.com

We have visited the historical Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace situated next to Charles Bridge that is a part of the Prague Gallery. The palace is worth visiting as it is in a very original state, with hardly any changes made over the centuries.

colloredo-mansfeld palace in prague - skalabara.com

interior colloredo-mansfeld palace prague - skalabara.com

rague detail from colloredo-mansfeld palace - skalabara.com

And as last some photos from Prague 6, with its green spaces, parks and a village atmosphere.

prague 6 - skalabara.com

Next time a quilting post, have a nice Sunday, Barbora

 

 

 

 

visit to kutna hora, czech republic

Last friday my mum and me went for a day trip to the town of Kutna Hora, about 60 miles east of Prague. The day was full of discoveries, magic places and history. The originally gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara :

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A short walk to the historical town centre passing the Jesuit College and a wonderful view of the church of St. James. Next to the statues there is a vineyard. We we lucky with the weather, it was a sunny day until we went back. Prague welcomed us with heavy rain and storm.

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Cute little lanes and streets in the historical part around the main square.

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The original stone well for water supply in the middle ages.

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Detail of the ossuary in the nearby village of Sedlec :

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This is all for the moment, next time some more impressions from Prague. Thanks for stopping, enjoy the rest of Sunday, Barbora

table runner for Irena

My friend Irena has done some house refurbishing and asked me if I could make her a table runner. So last week we got the colors sorted, I bought some fat quarters by Moda Fabrics and found a nice pattern on the web by Modify Tradition. This is how my design wall looked earlier this week :

my design wall in may - skalabara.com

I am preparing a Dresden Plate design for patchwork classes and shall make a pillow cover out of it. Following the finished table runner, size 21″ x 36″ :

table runner for irena 1 - skalabara.com

Quilted with the walking foot, straight lines in diagonal and some squares, detail :

table runner for irena 2 - skalabara.com

table runner for irena 5 - skalabara.com

There is some more work waiting for me – pieced units for a new quilt :

units for a new quilt - skalabara.com

and leftover half-square triangles ready to press from the Swoon quilt for Mary :

hst ready to press - skalabara.com

Something for the belly – I have opened the jam making season with medlar or loquat and the first apricots :

loquat preserve - skalabara.com

apricot preserve - skalabara.com

And something for the eye – my flowering orchids :

orchids - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping and till next time,

Barbora