black, white and grey pillow covers

Over the last few weeks I have worked on my “mystery” blocks and today I can show you the right side of the pillow covers. This is my first time to work with black, white and grey. It was something else, but I do prefer bright colors.

There are 6 different patterns, all quilted in straight lines with the walking foot and a zipper closure. The size is 20″ x 20″; only the Dresden Plate pillow cover is 18″ x 18″. All pieces are put together with a decorative binding in matching fabrics.

black and white triangles closeup - skalabara

black and white hexagons closeup - skalabara

black and white dresdner plate closeup - skalabara

black and white drunkards path 1 closeup - skalabara

black and white apple core closeup - skalabara

black and white drunkards path 2 closeup - skalabara


You can find the pillow covers listed for sale on my Etsy shop.

Enjoy the summer, thanks for stopping, Barbora

charm pack + 1

After finishing a few large quilts I wanted to make something much smaller. So what possibilities do I have? Mini quilts, place mats, table runners or pillow covers. I went for the last, bought a charm pack from Moda Fabrics Persimmon collection and a matching very light brown or dark beige solid fabric. I have not worked with charm packs yet, but I had an idea what I want to make. At the end I pieced 4 pillow covers with one charm pack and a meter of solid plus the fabric for the pillow backs. All pillow covers have slightly different sizes, starting from 16″ x 16″ and ending with 20″ x 20″. So here are the 4 different patterns for the charm pack pillow covers :

  • half square triangles
  • zig zag with half square triangles
  • hourglass
  • broken dishes

Why charm pack + 1? Easy answer – I needed 43 pieces of 5″ squares to complete the 4 pillow cases. As a charm pack has “only” 42 pieces I had to get one more square. I found a matching solid fabric on my stash. Bet that you cannot find the “extra” charm square!

I have made another 2 covers with blocks that I had for some time in my design wall. This one is Wonky Stars :

pillow cover wonky stars -

The last pillow cover is my favorite. I have made it with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the drunkard’s path block. This baby stays at home on the sofa :

pillow cover half circles -

I have quilted the pillow cases with the walking foot in straight lines next to the seams. All pillow covers have a zipper closure on the back.

Photos of all pillow cases from the front and back before I send them together. Sorry about the colors, I took the photos on a late afternoon.

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pillow covers from the back -

Linking with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Thanks for stopping, enjoy quilting, Barbora


lilac drunkard’s path quilt finished

Well, I finally finished the lilac quilt for Joan. The last drunkard’s path blocks for some time. Now I need to do some straight sewing and quilting! I have worked on this quilt for some time and now it is ready for delivery. Each block was quilted separately with the walking foot. I have joined the blocks together with golden strips on the front and with red ones on the back. The binding is also golden.

lilac drunkard's path 1 - skalabara.comQuilt size : 84″ x 84″ / 213 x 213 cm

Block size : 28″ x 28″ / 71 x 71 cm

lilac drunkard's path 2 -

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And here some impressions from my early morning dog walks :

morning sky - skalabara.comLast weekend we went to Balneario de Archena near the town of Murcia to enjoy a few days in a spa. The hotel is situated in wonderful Valle de Ricote on the river Segura :

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Thanks for stopping, have nice weekend and happy quilting, 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 -

and from the back :

drunkard's path block 2 -

and quilted from the front :

drunkard's path block 3 -

and quilted from the back :

drunkard's path block 4 -

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 -

Our cat enjoys the hot summer : Mickey having a small nap at siesta time :

mickey has a siesta nap -


njoy your weekend, I am off to the pool and shall have a small nap too, Barbora