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 !

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