knitting and quilting

A few weeks ago I picked up the knitting needles (after 30 years of absence in the knitting world) and started to test my skills. Well, the easiest way is to make some small projects – like shawls or scarfs and so I did. Somehow it feels funny to put on shawl when we have 28°C in the sun. But winter will come sooner or later. Also a photo of my “favorite” shop at the moment.

shawls - skalabara.com

woolshop - skalabara.com

Not only knitting was on my agenda, but also some quilting. I was asked to make a sample of a Lone Star block. The result was not as good as I expected it – a bit too crooked for my taste. I suppose I have to practice more precise piecing.

lone star block - skalabara.com

And my last project over the last few weeks is another quilt for Joan : Lilac Drunkard’s Path. Once more a quilt as you go. I have all 9 blocks pieced, 5 are in lilac and 4 in orange/red hues, each block is 28″ square.

lilac drunkard's path 1 - skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path detail- skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path back - skalabara.com

We have spent a wonderful day in Alicante, just wandering through the city and marina, eating some tapas and enjoying an ice cream.

alicante explanada - skalabara.com

Thanks for stopping, enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy quilting, Barbora

quilting sunday

This time a quick photo post with my latest finished quilt : Elementary Squares – quilted with the walking foot, using the wavy stitch #4 on the Bernina.

elementary squares 1 - skalabara.com

elementary squares 2 - skalabara.comQuilting detail :

elementary squares 3 - skalabara.com

and from the back :

elementary squares 4 - skalabara.com

I tried to take a photo of the quilt outside but the wind was just to strong. The quilt started to behave as a sail and even my husband could not hold the it.

elementary squares 5 - skalabara.com

Quilt size : 76″ x 85″ / 195 x 216 cm

Material : Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda using 2 charm packs, 1 jelly roll, solid fabrics in light beige/ivory and black

 

Thanks for stopping, happy quilting and have a nice week, Barbora

 

 

 

 

quilting in circles

Today I just realized that it has been some time since my last post. As we had some rain this afternoon (after months) and the temperature dropped, I decided that it was the right time to get on the computer and share some news. We have had very hot and sunny weather over the past weeks and I did not feel like sitting inside for a long time and sewing. But after all I finished another 2 small projects for Christmas :

  • a set of place mats for my sister-in-law. The design is by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts  :

christmas place mats - skalabara.com

  • a wall hanging pattern that I found at Wooden Spoon on Flickr. I like to work with small squares and I wanted to try quilting in circles.

christmas wall hanging - skalabara.com

The outer circles are easy to quilt with the walking foot, but the smaller the circles are a challenge. Next time I have to sew slower and with a firm and steady hand.

So, for this year I have my Christmas decoration done. I am looking forward to start with my next project. This will be a new sewing room in the house and it means moving some furniture. I will have all my fabrics, wadding, tools and the design wall in one room. No need to tidy up every time I stop as I can close the door and leave everything as it is till the next time.

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping, Barbora

 

 

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