waves on horizon – a bento box baby quilt

Finally a finished quilt! I had this baby quilt top some time on my to-do list. I have used jelly roll strips from the Horizon collection by Kate Spain. The quilt design is with bento box blocks, here a pattern for a table runner bento box.  I have pieced 12 blocks to make this quilt that is ideal for a baby or toddler. As the blocks are so square I decided to give the quilt a finishing touch with waves. I call the quilting design free-style waves – using the walking foot but with some deliberate movements in the wave design. The binding is in solid lime.

waves on horizon to - skalabara 
waves on horizon detail - skalabara

waves on horizon back - skalabara

waves on horizon binding - skalabara

Quilt size : 36″ x 48″

Block size : 12″ x 12″ bento box

Quilting thread : COTTY Cotton Thread Key Lime Variegated 30wt, 9343-4017

Until next time, happy sewing, Barbora

pink and turquoise – a pillow cover for beginners

My husband’s niece Andrea and her partner Dietmar visited us the last week. To my surprise Andrea brought me some fabric as a present. But she also got some fabrics that she liked and wanted to make a pillow cover, a pattern for a patchwork beginner. We looked through a few books and magazines and Andrea found the design she liked. It is a minimalist bento box block with a border, finished pillow size 18″ x 18″ with an envelope back.

pink and turquoise 1 - skalabara

Andrea doesn’t have much sewing experience, but together (and with help of the seam ripper) we managed a perfect 1/4″ seam allowance and straight line quilting. First of all we cut the fabrics :pink and turquoise cutting chart - skalabara

The next step was to piece 4 units with the pink and turquoise squares together. Press seams open and add the rectangles. Press seams open and check the size of each pink and turquoise unit : 6,5″ x 6,5″. Piece units together to make the central minimalist bento box block. Add the borders on the top and bottom, left and right. Make a quilt sandwich with wadding and light muslin backing fabric.

Andrea quilted the pillow cover with straight lines (using the walking foot) following all the seams.  For the envelope back we need to 2 pieces 18,5″ x 14″. Sew a hem on the longer side of the rectangles. To finish the pillow cover lay the quilted top and the back pieces (with hems overlapping) right sides together and sew 1/4″ around the edge. Turn right side out, insert an inlet and place your finished pillow on the sofa!

pink and turquoise 2 - skalabara

 

Please visit Teje’s blog to see a nice pink bunny!! Happy quilting, Barbora

more pillow covers

The hot summer weather has come to Spain very quickly. At this time of year I prefer to work on smaller projects – or even Christmas projects to get at least the “cool” feeling. I have opted once more for quilted pillow covers. My friend Kate has moved into her new house and I wanted to surprise her with a small gift. She loves bears and I have seen this wonderful pillow pattern at Sometimes Crafter. So last weekend I have started with the base cutting different red fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. Using the zigzag stitch I have sewn the blue and green bears on to the quilted base :

blue bear pillow cover - skalabara.com

green bear pillow cover - skalabara.com

And a collage with some more details of the two bear brothers :collage bear pillows in detail - skalabara.com

My other project was to make a set of blue pillow covers. I have joined the front and the back of the pillow covers with the normal quilt binding technique.

pillow in blue hourglass - skalabara.com

pillow in blue log cabin - skalabara.com

pillow in blue flying geese - skalabara.com

set pillow blue - skalabara.com

I have redecorated my sewing room. At this occasion I had to take everything out of the room and I found out how much material and UFOs I have. For the rest of the summer I shall finish all my half-way-through projects before starting anything new! 

Thanks for the visit and happy sewing, 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

 

horizon quilt top + first finish in 2015

My last post was in 2014, but this doesn’t mean that I had a quilting free time. I have finished the Horizon top and it is ready for quilting. So this will be my project of the next few weeks. I haven’t decided yet how to quilt it, but it will be straight lines with the walking foot.

horizon quilt top 2 - skalabara.com

horizon quilt top - skalabara.com

horizon quilt top 3 - skalabara.com

My first finish in 2015 is a Drunkard’s Path Quilt #2 for Joan. Once more the Wedding Ring or Love Ring block design. I like how the colors came out – I specially like the combination of rich yellow and soft purple.

drunkard's path quilt with wedding ring block - skalabara.com

 Quilt size : 84″ x 84″ / 213 x 213 cm

Block size : 28″ x 28″ / 71 x 71 cm

Another quilt in QAYG technique. I have quilted all nine blocks separately and joined them together with home-made bias strips.

drunkard's path quilt with wedding ring block collage - skalabara.com

My next new project will be some pillow covers – I need to make something smaller!! I have set my eye on a charm pack from Moda Fabrics Persimmon. The color range is very soft, not exactly my normal choice. But why not try something else!?

Happy quilting, thanks for stopping, Barbora