my first quilt in 2014

The almond trees have started to show their pretty white flowers. This means that spring is not far away. We can still have some cold nights in February, but the sun rays are getting stronger even in the morning hours.

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So – I have finished my very first quilt in 2014 and it is called “Picnic with Bella”! This one is staying at home and is for my hubby Helmut for his everyday siesta on the sofa. I am planning to make a few matching pillow covers with the fabric rests.

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The fabric I have used is from the “Bella” collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. It came out at least a year ago, but I never had time to make a quilt. I have made another quilt with an earlier collection by Lotta Jansdotter : Abstract Dreams. I like her fabric designs and her color choice – modern, bright and fresh. There is a new collection arriving soon “Mormor” – you check it here at Hawthorne Threads.

A few weeks ago I have received a parcel from the UK from Cottonpatch with a new (for me) wadding type : Quilters Dream Cotton in Select. This is a mid loft thickness and it was wonderful to quilt. It is not too thick, but very soft and smooth. I think this will be my favorite wadding (or batting?) for my future quilts.

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Quilt size : 54″ x 84″ / 137 x 213 cm - Finished block size : 6″ x 6″, one block with 4 half-square triangle units and the other block with log cabin units with mitered corners.

Free-motion quilted with meanders using Gütermann Sulky machine quilting thread in light grey, #1328.

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I was so happy to find the fabric for the binding in my local shop Kate’s Craft and Quilting – a yellowish-green from Moda Fabrics that matches exactly with the Bella colors.

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This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora

13 comments on “my first quilt in 2014

  1. Ashley says:

    This is gorgeous!!!! I love this design. How beautiful. Great finish!!!

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    • skalabara says:

      You are such a busy quilter. Your February goals would be like a 3 month goal for me. Don’t forget, February has only 28 days! Greetings from Spain, Barbora

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  2. knitnkwilt says:

    You made good use of your fabric in your pattern. The overall effect is so bright and cheerful. And you are right, the binding is perfect.

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  3. Your husband is a lucky guy to have such a great quilt. I, too, have discovered Quilters Dream batting. I really like the polyester line and plan to buy the cotton the next time I purchase batting. And thanks for reminding me that the weather is lovely somewhere in the world. Those almond tree blossoms are lovely. I don’t get to see them here in the U.S. midwest.

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    • skalabara says:

      Thanks for your comment. Up till now I have only used cotton or 80/20 blend batting, so I have no experience with polyester. I was always concerned that the polyester batting would move more in the quilt sandwich than the cotton one.

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  4. That’s so perfect! I love it. The border really does set it off nicely!

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  5. Diane says:

    I love it! Great job!

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  6. Elisabeth says:

    Your blosoms and your quilt are heartwarming. Envy! Happy Quilting!

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  7. Beautiful! The binding is to die for. Love these blocks with this line. Great job!

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  8. suth2 says:

    That is so beautiful. I love all the colours you used. Such a beautiful combination. The yellow binding is just sooo good.

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  9. quiltykanuck says:

    Absolutely beautiful, love the colors. Great job!

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  10. This is a really gorgeous quilt. I love the cheery yellow binding, and your pics are so lovely! It definitely makes me wish for spring!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!
    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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