table runner for Irena

My friend Irena has done some house refurbishing and asked me if I could make her a table runner. So last week we got the colors sorted, I bought some fat quarters by Moda Fabrics and found a nice pattern on the web by Modify Tradition. This is how my design wall looked earlier this week :

my design wall in may - skalabara.com

I am preparing a Dresden Plate design for patchwork classes and shall make a pillow cover out of it. Following the finished table runner, size 21″ x 36″ :

table runner for irena 1 - skalabara.com

Quilted with the walking foot, straight lines in diagonal and some squares, detail :

table runner for irena 2 - skalabara.com

table runner for irena 5 - skalabara.com

There is some more work waiting for me – pieced units for a new quilt :

units for a new quilt - skalabara.com

and leftover half-square triangles ready to press from the Swoon quilt for Mary :

hst ready to press - skalabara.com

Something for the belly – I have opened the jam making season with medlar or loquat and the first apricots :

loquat preserve - skalabara.com

apricot preserve - skalabara.com

And something for the eye – my flowering orchids :

orchids - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, thanks for stopping and till next time,

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

spring is in the air (at least today)

We have had some stormy and rainy weather over the last few days. But today is full of sun, clear blue skies and no wind. The other day I have also seen the first almond trees in blossom (but no camera with me). Just a moment ago I had a nice cup of coffee in the garden. From my chair I could see all the busy bees working on the bright yellow flowers of aeonium arboreum. So I got out my camera and took some photos :

aeonium arboreum - skalabara.com

 

aeonium arboreum - skalabara.com

 

And the pretty white flowers of eriocephalus africanus. This hardy shrub is originally from South Africa, but grows also well the Mediterranean climate.

eriocephalus africanus - skalabara.com

Sewing is high on my list for the weekend, so maybe my next post will be with photo with a pieced patchwork top.

Thanks for stopping, have a nice weekend, Barbora