feather picture and knitted pillow covers

This is my very first feather block I made. Today I have added binding and 2 triangles as holders to the back so that I can hang it up in my sewing room.

feather block - skalabara

feather detail - skalabara

feather back - skalabara

I have also finished one position from my UFO-list. The knitted pillow covers sat for some time on the shelf as I knitted them already in the winter. I have lined them with muslin and made an envelope closure.

knitted pillows - skalabaraknitted pillow 1- skalabaraknitted pillow 2 - skalabaraknitted pillows back - skalabara

Have a wonderful August, thanks for stopping and happy quilting, Barbora

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

mary’s quilt

First of all : Happy Easter to all.

I have enjoyed the extended weekend (Friday and Monday are holidays here) and did some quilting for Mary. She has pieced the Swoon stars and I quilted them for here one by one. The blocks are free-motion quilted with meanders using Gutermann Sulky cotton thread. Another QAYG project. This time I had a helping hand from Strubbel – he collected thread pieces that landed on the floor.

strubbel - the helping dog - skalabara.com

Attaching the binding. I use the ironing board as an extra table on the left side. This quilt is 84″ x 84″ – so there is some material to move!

adding the binding - skalabara.com

Hurray – I have finished the quilt. Unfortunately it is too windy today to take a picture of the quilt outside in the garden.

Mary's woon quilt - skalabara.com

Mary also pieced some pillow covers that match here quilt she got for Christmas. I quilted them with straight lines using the walking foot.

mary's pillow covers - skalabara.com

Next week I shall have time to carry on with my quilting project.

Thanks for stopping, Barbora




red UFO quilt photos

Even though we have a windy and rainy weather prediction for today, nothing happened unto now. I had a sunny dog walk in the morning, did some sweeping around the house and managed to take photos of my last quilt. I want to keep this one for myself. So no headaches to find a proper quilt name – “Red UFO” is OK with me.

red ufo 10 - skalabara.com

Quilt size : 54″ x 77,5″ / 137 x 197 cm – Finished block size : many different sizes, log cabin and spiral blocks – Batting : Warm and Natural

Free-motion quilted with meanders using YLI machine quilting thread 40/3 in color : Beijing Red Square

red ufo 11 - skalabara.com

Makes also a nice table decoration :

red ufo 12 - skalabara.com


Thanks for stopping, enjoy life, Barbora


red UFO and my sewing room

As my last quilt “Picnic with Bella” was fun (and also quick) to quilt, I decided to have a look in the wardrobe and check those UFOs, i.e. unfinished objects = quilt tops. The first one I found was the Red UFO top, found the matching backing and made a quilt sandwich with basting pins.

red ufo 1 - skalabara. com

red ufo 2 - skalabara.com

This quilt top was sitting on the shelve at least for 4 years. I always loved the quilt design, but my color choice since then has changed very much. These were my beginner years without any knowledge about modern quilting, following the classical color combinations.

I started quilting on Thursday afternoon and today midday I finished the quilt with binding.  Once more I went for free-motion quilting with meanders. As the weather is warm and sunny, but very, very windy I could not take any pictures. I have cleaned up my sewing room and decided to take some photos here. My sewing room is half for me and quilting, and half for the books we have. My husband has a lot of fantasy novels and always has problems finding his favorite book as they are stacked in 2 rows.

sewing room 3 - skalabara.com

sewing room 2 - skalabara.com

sewing room 1 - skalabara.com

Above a close up with my flower photos which are developed on metallic photo paper and have incredible colors. The pair on the left ares my parents about 55 years ago. The 2 small children are my husband Helmut and his sister Waltraud about 65 years ago.

Tomorrow I shall have a day of from sewing, but never the less I can think about my next quilting projects!

Have a nice Sunday, Barbora