work in progress – blocks and quilts

Despite not publishing any new posts lately, I have been busy knitting, sewing and quilting. I am working on the Lilac Drunkard’s Path quilt for Joan, I have helped Jane to complete her Swoon quilt by sewing the blocks together (QAYG method) and I have a new project on my table. In the moment I sew the Horizon collection by Kate Spain for Moda, I knew that this is my fabric. Not only the color palette is spectacular but also the fabric patterns. First I got only a jelly roll and I was thinking about the right quilt design. I went through my sketches, magazines and books. And finally I found a nice block in the book “500 quilt blocks” by Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green. The block is called “x and cross” and for me it is the right block to bring out this colorful Horizon collection. I had to buy some charm packs and at the same time I also decided to use a few coordinating solids. Before I started to cut and piece with the Horizon fabric, I made a test block from solids. Here my first x and cross block :

x and cross block - skalabara.com

The finished block size is 11″ x 11″ when using the charm packs and jelly rolls. I have opted for an off white solid for the background as it nicely blends in with the Horizon white. The block is easy to piece and I do like the simple but effective design. This block is ideal for charm packs or layer cakes and jelly rolls. It saves a lot of cutting and gives the quilt a range of different fabrics. Here my work progress :

x and cross quilt process collage - skalabara.com

And finally I pieced 9 blocks together and could lay them out on the floor to see at least a small part of the quilt :

x and cross quilt - skalabara.com

I have a “few” more block to do, but already now I love the colors and the design of this quilt.

Happy quilting everyone, linking with Sew Fresh Quilts, Barbora

knitting and quilting

A few weeks ago I picked up the knitting needles (after 30 years of absence in the knitting world) and started to test my skills. Well, the easiest way is to make some small projects – like shawls or scarfs and so I did. Somehow it feels funny to put on shawl when we have 28°C in the sun. But winter will come sooner or later. Also a photo of my “favorite” shop at the moment.

shawls - skalabara.com

woolshop - skalabara.com

Not only knitting was on my agenda, but also some quilting. I was asked to make a sample of a Lone Star block. The result was not as good as I expected it - a bit too crooked for my taste. I suppose I have to practice more precise piecing.

lone star block - skalabara.com

And my last project over the last few weeks is another quilt for Joan : Lilac Drunkard’s Path. Once more a quilt as you go. I have all 9 blocks pieced, 5 are in lilac and 4 in orange/red hues, each block is 28″ square.

lilac drunkard's path 1 - skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path detail- skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path back - skalabara.com

We have spent a wonderful day in Alicante, just wandering through the city and marina, eating some tapas and enjoying an ice cream.

alicante explanada - skalabara.com

Thanks for stopping, enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy quilting, Barbora

quilting in circles

Today I just realized that it has been some time since my last post. As we had some rain this afternoon (after months) and the temperature dropped, I decided that it was the right time to get on the computer and share some news. We have had very hot and sunny weather over the past weeks and I did not feel like sitting inside for a long time and sewing. But after all I finished another 2 small projects for Christmas :

  • a set of place mats for my sister-in-law. The design is by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts  :

christmas place mats - skalabara.com

  • a wall hanging pattern that I found at Wooden Spoon on Flickr. I like to work with small squares and I wanted to try quilting in circles.

christmas wall hanging - skalabara.com

The outer circles are easy to quilt with the walking foot, but the smaller the circles are a challenge. Next time I have to sew slower and with a firm and steady hand.

So, for this year I have my Christmas decoration done. I am looking forward to start with my next project. This will be a new sewing room in the house and it means moving some furniture. I will have all my fabrics, wadding, tools and the design wall in one room. No need to tidy up every time I stop as I can close the door and leave everything as it is till the next time.

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping, Barbora

 

 

drunkard’s path #2

This weekend I have finished a set of 2 pillows for my niece Andrea. Once more the Drunkard’s Path block, but this time in nice bright colors. Andrea stayed with us a week and so she could choose fabrics from my stash. I am happy with the result – this kind of Drunkard’s Path is absolutely to my taste. What a difference colors can make.

drunkard's path pillow 1 - skalabara.com

Once more I have done the quilting with the walking foot, straight lines with 1/2″ inch space.

drunkard's path pillow 4 - skalabara.com

drunkard's path pillow 3 - skalabara.com

And from the back :

drunkard's path pillow 2 - skalabara.com

 

One more week holidays, my Mum is coming tomorrow to stay with us for the next 2 weeks.

Thanks for stopping, have a nice week, Barbora

drunkard’s path block and christmas wreath hanging

At long last I have pieced a Drunkard’s Path block. In the past I had a mental block to sew curved pieces. I have tried it and the results were not good, I have left it in the corner for later. But when ordered the Dresden Plate ruler at Creative Grids, I also got a Drunkard’s Path ruler. A large one, the finished block is 14″ square. I thought the larger, the easier to piece. I had a small bundle of 4 fat eights that I bought many years ago (in them days my fabric and color choice was very different to today) and I used them for practice. I have used all the 4 pieces of fabric for the 2 Drunkard’s Path blocks. The cutting was easy (just needed to hold the ruler tight) and decide on the color layout. To my surprise, the piecing went great – I sewed everything without using pins. Just sewing slowly and concentrating on what I am doing. I shall leave one block as a sample and the other one I have quilted with the walking foot. So, here my first two Drunkard’s Path blocks – from the front :

drunkard's path block 1 - skalabara.com

and from the back :

drunkard's path block 2 - skalabara.com

and quilted from the front :

drunkard's path block 3 - skalabara.com

and quilted from the back :

drunkard's path block 4 - skalabara.com

I can only say : do not be afraid of curves and try out this classical block! It is a lot of fun and this block has many different quilt layout possibilities.

As I am on holidays, I have more time to do my crafts. I have also finished a Christmas Wreath wall hanging that I found last year in one of the Spanish patchwork magazines. I only need to get some beads and small bells to sew on as decoration elements. I have added a hanging sleeve on the back.

christmas wreath with kaffe fassett fabrics - skalabara.com

Our cat enjoys the hot summer : Mickey having a small nap at siesta time :

mickey has a siesta nap - skalabara.com

 

njoy your weekend, I am off to the pool and shall have a small nap too, Barbora