janet’s quilt

Time goes by so quickly. Somehow I can’t imagine that it has been more than a month since I wrote my last post. I came back from Prague with a cold that stayed with me very persistently for nearly 3 weeks.

Spring is always a busy time : not only in my working life, but also in private. The house needs a spring clean-up. The dog needs some extra grooming. The garden needs more attention as usual – we did not have any rain for a very long period, it is the driest winter since 150 years.

But I have been more active on Instagram. I have enjoyed taking photos, sharing them with others and looking for new people to follow.

My patchwork and quilting is on the hold at the moment. I have helped Janet with basting her quilt. On this occasion I would like to share with you photos of Janet’s second large quilt. Janet retired a few years ago and she came to live here in Spain. She started quilting just a year ago, without having any big sewing experience. Both of her large quilts she made are in QAYG (quilt as you go) technique. The Lone Star block is the centerpiece of the quilt and is already 60″ x 60″ big.

janets lone star quilt - skalabara.com

 

When she added borders to the quilt the size grew up to 102″ square. Janet quilted star as well as the borders with the walking foot. The quilt was joined using a method I found on the web : made by ChrisieD.

janet lone star quilt - skalabara.com

I know Janet is very proud of her quilt and she definitely did a very good job!

Until next time, thanks for stopping, Barbora

red UFO quilt photos

Even though we have a windy and rainy weather prediction for today, nothing happened unto now. I had a sunny dog walk in the morning, did some sweeping around the house and managed to take photos of my last quilt. I want to keep this one for myself. So no headaches to find a proper quilt name – “Red UFO” is OK with me.

red ufo 10 - skalabara.com

Quilt size : 54″ x 77,5″ / 137 x 197 cm - Finished block size : many different sizes, log cabin and spiral blocks – Batting : Warm and Natural

Free-motion quilted with meanders using YLI machine quilting thread 40/3 in color : Beijing Red Square

red ufo 11 - skalabara.com

Makes also a nice table decoration :

red ufo 12 - skalabara.com

 

Thanks for stopping, enjoy life, Barbora

 

my first quilt in 2014

The almond trees have started to show their pretty white flowers. This means that spring is not far away. We can still have some cold nights in February, but the sun rays are getting stronger even in the morning hours.

almond blossom - skalabara.com

almond blossom 2 - skalabara.com

So – I have finished my very first quilt in 2014 and it is called “Picnic with Bella”! This one is staying at home and is for my hubby Helmut for his everyday siesta on the sofa. I am planning to make a few matching pillow covers with the fabric rests.

picnic with bella 1 - skalabara.com

The fabric I have used is from the “Bella” collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. It came out at least a year ago, but I never had time to make a quilt. I have made another quilt with an earlier collection by Lotta Jansdotter : Abstract Dreams. I like her fabric designs and her color choice – modern, bright and fresh. There is a new collection arriving soon “Mormor” – you check it here at Hawthorne Threads.

A few weeks ago I have received a parcel from the UK from Cottonpatch with a new (for me) wadding type : Quilters Dream Cotton in Select. This is a mid loft thickness and it was wonderful to quilt. It is not too thick, but very soft and smooth. I think this will be my favorite wadding (or batting?) for my future quilts.

picnic with bella 3 - skalabara.com

Quilt size : 54″ x 84″ / 137 x 213 cm - Finished block size : 6″ x 6″, one block with 4 half-square triangle units and the other block with log cabin units with mitered corners.

Free-motion quilted with meanders using Gütermann Sulky machine quilting thread in light grey, #1328.

picnic with bella 2 - skalabara.com

I was so happy to find the fabric for the binding in my local shop Kate’s Craft and Quilting – a yellowish-green from Moda Fabrics that matches exactly with the Bella colors.

icnic with bella 5 - skalabara.com

picnic with bella 4 - skalabara.com

This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora

butterfly, thread and fmq

There was no spectacular sunrise this morning to take photos, but instead I found a butterfly on the street. He looked like that he is having a rest. But he wasn’t - what I found was just a colorful dead body of a butterfly.

butterfly on the pavement

As I am going to Prague this Saturday I was finishing my last pieces that I want to take with me. I made more Christmas Tree Blocks – original design by Christen from Love By Hand. Each block is on its own and makes a nice table decoration or a wall hanging. I have used (as before) Kaffe Fassett fabric designs. Once I had made the quilt sandwich I realized that I do not have any of my “neutral” thicker quilting thread. But I had the exact hue in Aurifil Mako 50/2 as I have pieced the blocks with this thread. I just wasn’t sure if I can take it also for quilting. After some research on the web ( a nicer expression for google ) about threads I decided to stick with this lighter weight thread also for free-motion quilting. According to the motto : learning by doing. Over the years I found out that there are no strict rules in quilting. Each quilter can find its own way, own technique that they prefer, threads that they love. I have also done some experimenting with threads and I always  go back to Aurifil Mako 50/2 for piecing and Sulky from Gutermann for quilting.

aurifil mako 50/2

aurifil mako 50/2 thread - skalabara.com

Here a close up of my meander design free-motion quilting:

meander fmq - skalabara.com

And the 2 Christmas Tree Blocks:

red and blue - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, I am over to have a look on Bloggers’ Quilt festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Next time hopefully with one of my quilts!

Barbora

 

 

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