pillow covers and fmq

The last few weeks were very quiet – both sewing wise as well as blogging wise. Even though I have received new fabrics, I didn’t really do a lot. I was preparing some patterns especially for lady-pupils that come to my open classes, taking in account all their quilt design wishes. Nevertheless I made these 2 pillow covers with the Swoon block pattern:

swoon block - skalabara.com

swoon block red - skalabara.com

fmq detail meandring - skalabara.com

I have used all the rests from swoon blocks I have found and pieced another 3 pillow covers. All pieces are free motion quilted with meanders. Practice is the best teacher!

pillow from swoon block rests - skalabara.com

Pinwheels and broken dishes blocks in orange.

pinwheels - skalabara.com

broken dishes - skalabara.com

Thanks for visiting and till next time, happy quilting, Barbora

short quilting vacation

It has been some time since my last post. I have set aside the cutter, needle, thread and sewing machine and made a short quilting vacation. We have such wonderful weather here in Spain, warm but not too hot, sunny everyday and clear skies. I just want to enjoy the warm sunbeams before autumn takes over. So why stay inside and work? Why not enjoy my free time outside with the doggy or reading a nice book on the terrace?

early morning end september - skalabara.com

early morning end september #2 - skalabara.com

early morning in october - skalabara.com

Swallows are long-distance migrants. They are now preparing for a long journey to Africa where they spend the winter and come back to Europe in the spring. New moon in the background.

swallows and new moon - skalabara.com

swallows - skalabara.com

 

Anyway, I did sew a bit. As I am visiting my Mom in 2 weeks time and I was preparing some quilting presents. Now a very big thank to Teje from Nero’s Post and Patch - her Bird on my Pillow was a great inspiration to make presents for 3 little girls in Prague, daughters of my cousins.

three little birds

And not to forget the two boys. For them I have made airplane pillows. I made them without paper piecing, but used some fabrics before everything matched. The yellow airplane was my first attempt, the second one has better proportions (from my point of view).

airplanes

I would like to round-up this post with a quote I found on a coffee sugar and freely translated from Spanish :

There are only 2 days when you cannot do anything – one is yesterday and the other is tomorrow. Today is the day to live and enjoy!

So happy sewing, quilting, living, …………. Barbora

 

Don’t forget the link up with Thursday Threads by Julie 627handworks which is hosted this week by Susan from The Bored Zombie !

a thank you for my sister-in-law

During our stay in August in Germany we were warmly welcomed by my sister-in-law Doris and her family. We got pampered and sought after like real royals. It was a holiday to remember. So I decided to make a Christmas table runner for Doris as a thank you. This one shall be in the mail by Wednesday.

xmas table runner for Doris - skalabara.com

And my dear friend Irena wanted a “neutral” table runner for her daughter-in-law. One, that she can use all year around, with no Christmas motives. Once more I have used Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

funky table runner for Irena - skalabara.com

I have also written a short pattern just with material required, cutting and design - Funky Table Runner, a pdf file.

I can’t believe that we already have October, up to now we have had a super weather year. September was nearly too warm and I still go swimming every day. Take care, thanks for stopping, Barbora

more table runners

Even though the September weather is wonderful, sunny and warm, I got somehow hooked to table runners. I stayed nearly all day indoors sewing and quilting. Here my 2 brand new pieces :

golden wonky stars - skalabara.com

stars table runner - skalabara.com

Hope you all had a nice weekend, happy sewing, Barbora

 

table runners finished and some photo impressions

Instead of writing a long post today I prefer to share a few photos.

Here are the quilted Christmas table runners. Both are free-motion quilted with meanders.

christmas tree runner  - skalabara.com

wonky stars table runner - skalabara.com

And a few impressions from early mornings when walking the doggie, my favorite time of the day.

birds

birds 2

strubbel

sunrise - skalabara.com

Thanks for stopping, until next time with some more patchwork stuff, Barbora