quilting sunday

This time a quick photo post with my latest finished quilt : Elementary Squares – quilted with the walking foot, using the wavy stitch #4 on the Bernina.

elementary squares 1 - skalabara.com

elementary squares 2 - skalabara.comQuilting detail :

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and from the back :

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I tried to take a photo of the quilt outside but the wind was just to strong. The quilt started to behave as a sail and even my husband could not hold the it.

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Quilt size : 76″ x 85″ / 195 x 216 cm

Material : Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda using 2 charm packs, 1 jelly roll, solid fabrics in light beige/ivory and black

 

Thanks for stopping, happy quilting and have a nice week, 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 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

dresden plate quilt finished

Today, on a hot Friday afternoon in Spain I have sewn on the binding to the Dresden Plate quilt. Now I just have to cut of some threads and I can start my weekend – and holidays!

I have used the walking foot to quilt Dresden Plate block. I have marked the echoing lines using a small square ruler and a bone folder – normally used in card making. I prefer this tool to a pen as I do not have to iron off the marked lines.

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After quilting all the blocks I have prepared contineous strips to sew together the quilt, using the bias tape maker by Clover, sizes 18 and 25. I have trimmed the blocks to the same size, joined the blocks with wide zigzag stitches and added the strips. The thinner strips (cut 1,5″) in yellow and orange on the back. The wider strip (cut 2″) in dark red on the front. QAYG tutorial by Made by Chrissie D.

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Now I am adding on the binding. This time I have cut the strips 3″ to finish with a wider binding.

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

And here some information about this quilt :

Quilt size : 85″ x 85″ / 216 x 216 cm

Block size : 21″ x 21″ / 53 x 53 cm

Dresden Plate size : 15,5″ x 15,5″ / 40 x 40 cm; center circle : 4 ” / 10 cm

Quilted with the walking foot using Guterman Sulky 30 quilting threads in dark red, variegated yellow/orange and natural.

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So, now I am ready to go on holidays.

Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful weekend, Barbora

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 :

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Sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing :

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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