feathers and pebbles

Even though I have tried not to start any new project and finish all the UFOs I have on stock, I could not resist to try paper piecing. I wanted to make some pillow covers for a good friend of mine. It is Mary’s birthday end of this month. I thought it was time to try out a pattern I had for some time on my mind : Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. I must admit I really enjoyed working on this project. The block with 2 feathers is 18″ x 18″ finished and it makes an ideal size for pillows.

When I thought how to quilt the pillow covers I gathered that free motion quilting is the only choice. I copied the shape of the feathers with a brownish thread and went for a pebble pattern for the background. As I haven’t done free motion quilting for some I changed my piecing foot to a free motion foot and started practicing on some scraps. I am happy with the result, free motion quilting requires a lot of practice. I have some days off in August and practicing free motion quilting will be on the top of my agenda.

Here the 2 different pillow covers :

feather pillows 1 - skalabara

feather pillows 2 - skalabaraA quilting detail – copying the feather shape and pebbles for the background :

feather pillows detail fmq - skalabaraFor the back side of the pillow covers I choose a beige/gold fabric and a zipper closure :

feather pillows collage - skalabaraHope you are having a wonderful summer, Barbora

black, white and grey pillow covers

Over the last few weeks I have worked on my “mystery” blocks and today I can show you the right side of the pillow covers. This is my first time to work with black, white and grey. It was something else, but I do prefer bright colors.

There are 6 different patterns, all quilted in straight lines with the walking foot and a zipper closure. The size is 20″ x 20″; only the Dresden Plate pillow cover is 18″ x 18″. All pieces are put together with a decorative binding in matching fabrics.

black and white triangles closeup - skalabara

black and white hexagons closeup - skalabara

black and white dresdner plate closeup - skalabara

black and white drunkards path 1 closeup - skalabara

black and white apple core closeup - skalabara

black and white drunkards path 2 closeup - skalabara

 

You can find the pillow covers listed for sale on my Etsy shop.

Enjoy the summer, thanks for stopping, Barbora

back to quilting

Hello there, I have just realized that I didn’t write a post for more than 3 months! Where did the time go? I definitely had some long holidays away from sewing and quilting. In these 3 months I went to see my Mum in Prague, we have had some work done around the house and we had family staying us.

I made this baby quilt for a small lady :

baby quilt progress - skalabara.com

baby quilt - skalabara.com

baby quilt back - skalabara.com

Quilt details : 81 hourglass blocks and 2 borders, size 40″ x 40″. Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines. Material used :

  • 1 Moda Charm Pack Hubba Hubba by Me and My Sister Designs
  • 1 m solid pink
  • 0,5 m solid yellow
  • 0,25 m solid fuchsia for binding
  • 1,10 m backing fabric
  • 1,10 x 1,10m wadding

The other project that I am working on is still in progress, so just photos from the back with the various quilting patterns :

block #1 - skalabara.com

block #2 - skalabara.com

block #3 - skalabara.com

block #4 - skalabara.com

And last but not least : I am knitting. This is my pattern for a new jacket. The white wool is Sublime Superfine Alpaca dk and the colors are Drops Baby Merino. Both knitting wools have a superb quality. To start this project I have to receive a parcel with Red Lace circular needles from Chiagoo.

pattern with stripes - skalabara.com

That is all for now, thanks for stopping, Barbora

 

charm pack pillow covers

Finally I have finished the second lot of pillow covers using a charm pack. This time my choice was Lulu by Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics in combination with a nice solid orange. All pillow covers are 20″ x 20″ and have a zipper on the back. I have made 4 different pillow covers : pinwheel, broken dishes, half-square triangles and hourglass.

lulu pillow covers pinwheels - skalabara.com

lulu pillow covers broken dishes - skalabara.com

lulu pillow covers hst - skalabara.com

ulu pillow covers hour glass - skalabara.comAnd a collage with all the plants that have flowers in this windy February.

february in the garden - skalabara.com

Have a nice week, Barbora

 

charm pack + 1

After finishing a few large quilts I wanted to make something much smaller. So what possibilities do I have? Mini quilts, place mats, table runners or pillow covers. I went for the last, bought a charm pack from Moda Fabrics Persimmon collection and a matching very light brown or dark beige solid fabric. I have not worked with charm packs yet, but I had an idea what I want to make. At the end I pieced 4 pillow covers with one charm pack and a meter of solid plus the fabric for the pillow backs. All pillow covers have slightly different sizes, starting from 16″ x 16″ and ending with 20″ x 20″. So here are the 4 different patterns for the charm pack pillow covers :

  • half square triangles
  • zig zag with half square triangles
  • hourglass
  • broken dishes

Why charm pack + 1? Easy answer – I needed 43 pieces of 5″ squares to complete the 4 pillow cases. As a charm pack has “only” 42 pieces I had to get one more square. I found a matching solid fabric on my stash. Bet that you cannot find the “extra” charm square!

I have made another 2 covers with blocks that I had for some time in my design wall. This one is Wonky Stars :

pillow cover wonky stars - skalabara.com

The last pillow cover is my favorite. I have made it with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the drunkard’s path block. This baby stays at home on the sofa :

pillow cover half circles - skalabara.com

I have quilted the pillow cases with the walking foot in straight lines next to the seams. All pillow covers have a zipper closure on the back.

Photos of all pillow cases from the front and back before I send them together. Sorry about the colors, I took the photos on a late afternoon.

pillow covers - skalabara.com

 

pillow covers from the back - skalabara.com

Linking with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Thanks for stopping, enjoy quilting, Barbora