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

 

 

 

 

 

 

twister tool tested

Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :

twister block different layouts - skalabara.com

 

Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :

  • 12 green 5″ square
  • 12 red 5″ squares
  • 1 yellow 5″ square
  • 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)

Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.

twister block layout - skalabara.com

Add the borders and press seams open :

twister block layout with borders - skalabara.com

Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.

twister block cutting - skalabara.com

Here a cutting detail :

twister block cutting detail - skalabara.com

Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!

Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :

twister wreath - skalabara.com

 

Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora

another top pieced and ready to sandwich

This week I wanted to finish my Avenue Loop quilt, but I wasn’t in the mood to work on a large quilt. Saturday I decided that it is the right time to carry on with work and prepare a quilt sandwich. To my surprise I did not have enough batting. Now I have to wait for another week till the shop opens after holidays. Since I haven’t been on the sewing machine for some time, I really wanted to work and make a smaller project (to fit in my rest batting). I found a nice quilt tutorial at Hyacinth Quilt Designs called Sanctuary Squares. I downsized it and used fabrics from the collection Freshcut by Heather Bailey. As solids I chose a bright fuchsia and aqua in light blue/green. The top as well as the backing are now ready, tomorrow I shall make the quilt sandwich. I tried to take a photo this afternoon, but we always have wind – so everything was moving.

Still thinking about the quilting pattern and I am looking forward to finish it.  Anyway, the best part with each quilt is binding (at least for me). And I hope I can bind this one later this week.

Happy quilting, Barbora

MINI pattern

Over the last week I have worked on the computer to design a MINI pattern on one sheet of paper. This provides a photo and basic information about each quilt. The pattern is divided in 4 standard sections :

  1. fabric requirements
  2. cuttings instructions
  3. making the block
  4. quilt assembly diagram

MINI patterns for some of the quilts I made :

Floating Colors 8 – pdf file

Floating Colors 15 – pdf file

Abstract Dreams – log cabin block pdf file

Please be free and leave a comment about the MINIs, I would be happy to hear from you!!

Barbora