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

table runner for Irena

My friend Irena has done some house refurbishing and asked me if I could make her a table runner. So last week we got the colors sorted, I bought some fat quarters by Moda Fabrics and found a nice pattern on the web by Modify Tradition. This is how my design wall looked earlier this week :

my design wall in may - skalabara.com

I am preparing a Dresden Plate design for patchwork classes and shall make a pillow cover out of it. Following the finished table runner, size 21″ x 36″ :

table runner for irena 1 - skalabara.com

Quilted with the walking foot, straight lines in diagonal and some squares, detail :

table runner for irena 2 - skalabara.com

table runner for irena 5 - skalabara.com

There is some more work waiting for me – pieced units for a new quilt :

units for a new quilt - skalabara.com

and leftover half-square triangles ready to press from the Swoon quilt for Mary :

hst ready to press - skalabara.com

Something for the belly – I have opened the jam making season with medlar or loquat and the first apricots :

loquat preserve - skalabara.com

apricot preserve - skalabara.com

And something for the eye – my flowering orchids :

orchids - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping and till next time,

Barbora

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 !