back to quilting

Hello there, I have just realized that I didn’t write a post for more than 3 months! Where did the time go? I definitely had some long holidays away from sewing and quilting. In these 3 months I went to see my Mum in Prague, we have had some work done around the house and we had family staying us.

I made this baby quilt for a small lady :

baby quilt progress - skalabara.com

baby quilt - skalabara.com

baby quilt back - skalabara.com

Quilt details : 81 hourglass blocks and 2 borders, size 40″ x 40″. Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines. Material used :

  • 1 Moda Charm Pack Hubba Hubba by Me and My Sister Designs
  • 1 m solid pink
  • 0,5 m solid yellow
  • 0,25 m solid fuchsia for binding
  • 1,10 m backing fabric
  • 1,10 x 1,10m wadding

The other project that I am working on is still in progress, so just photos from the back with the various quilting patterns :

block #1 - skalabara.com

block #2 - skalabara.com

block #3 - skalabara.com

block #4 - skalabara.com

And last but not least : I am knitting. This is my pattern for a new jacket. The white wool is Sublime Superfine Alpaca dk and the colors are Drops Baby Merino. Both knitting wools have a superb quality. To start this project I have to receive a parcel with Red Lace circular needles from Chiagoo.

pattern with stripes - skalabara.com

That is all for now, thanks for stopping, Barbora

 

getting back to quilting

It has been nearly a month since my last post. Don´t know where the time has gone, but it was a busy time for me : my Mum was with us, had some challenging work at my daytime job and sorted out the garden before the summer heat arrives. Last Thursday (13th!) we have experienced 2 fairly strong earthquakes. One got me out of bed early in the morning at about 5:30 and the other one when I had my siesta after lunch. As our house is build on a rocky hill, we could really hear and feel the earth moving. Luckily nothing serious happened, only a few pictures in the house were hanging crooked.

The spring has come to an end : the first crop of figs is ripe on the tree (have to eat them before the birds spot them) and my favorite pot plants are in blossom – Agapanthus africanus alias African Lily or Lily Of The Nile. I just love the wonderful blue flowers. What a pity that they do not flower for a longer time.

agapanthus

fig (breva)

Also all of my orchids on the windowsill are full with flowers. They are so easy-growing plants and give so much joy with their long-lasting flowers in all the different colors.

orchids

Talking about WIP : I have finally finished the “Squirrel” quilt that I started last year in November. The collection I have used is “The Birds and The Bees” by Tula Pink and some solids I had in my stock. The quilt size is 48″ x 60″, I have pieced nine patch and log cabin blocks together. Quilted straight line with the walking foot in diagonal. There are 2 panels with squirrels that gave the quilt its name : Meet the Squirrels.

sq 1

My new project is with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Somehow I can not resist his fabric designs and colors. Both packages have 20 different fabrics cut into 6″ strips – Happy and Blue; purchased at the Fat Quarter Shop. I have a quilt design on my mind, just need to do some calculating and hopefully I can start cutting later today.

kafee fassett fabrics

That’s for now, thanks for stopping, Barbora

As it is Monday I am linking up with Lucy over at Charm About You for Plum and June’s Let’s Get Acquainted Link Up!

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

oh, baby, baby #2 – another little quilt finished

Today was entirely dedicated to quilting. I have pieced the top during the week and yesterday I could finally prepare the sandwich. All fabrics with pattern are from Kaffe Fassett. I always wanted to make a quilt using his wonderfully designed fabrics.

I decided to finish this quilt with both free-motion and straight line quilting. The hourglass block literally invites you to quilt with the walking foot, this one is in diagonal. I was wondering how I could highlight the BABY part. After looking on the title page of the book Quilting Modern, I decided to try the pebble quilting. It also matches the fabric pattern that I used for the letters BABY. Pebble quilting is a new technique for me and I enjoyed learning something new. Here the result :

And a detail with both quilting techniques :

I have used different colors of quilting threads. Yellow for the top and yellow/orange variegated for the bottom of the letter part. For the hourglass block part I have used red/orange/lilac variegated thread. And for the double folded binding in pink I have taken a matching color.

Please find this quilt listed on my Etsy shop.

Happy quilting, B.

 

oh, baby, baby – a cosy little quilt finished

Today I managed to finish a small and cosy baby quilt. The log cabin blocks were a rest from my Abstract Dreams quilt. I was thinking how to complement this quilt with a unique touch. After all I decided to try something new and added a few letters to the quilt. I went for BABY as it is a baby quilt. First I draw the letters on paper, divided them in segments, cut the fabric and pieced them. Here the result :

Please find this quilt listed on my Etsy shop. S O L D ! !