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 - skalabara.com

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 - skalabara.com

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.

pillow covers - skalabara.com

 

pillow covers from the back - skalabara.com

Linking with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Thanks for stopping, enjoy quilting, Barbora

 

twister quilt and ready for new challenges in 2015

Even though it was not my goal to finish the twister quilt this year, I made it with a bit of luck (and time). I also have a name for this colorful piece : Indian Summer Quilt. The red and yellow hues remind me of a wonderful sunny and windy autumn day when the leaves start to change their colors. Shimmer of green trees and sparkling blue water surface. It was fun to work with the twister tool : cut, piece, cut and piece the blocks.

indian summer twister quilt chair- skalabara.com

The quilt has 12 blocks, each is 23″ x 23″. Quilted in straight lines with the walking foot with distance of 1/2″ between the stitches. When putting the quilt together, I have alternated the vertical and the horizontal stitch direction.

indian summer twister quilt front- skalabara.ocmFor the backing I have used red marble and solid light green fabrics. For the blocks I have used a range of Kaffe Fassett fabrics in different hues. More details here :

indian summer twister quilt back - skalabara.comQuilt size : 69″ x 92″ / 175 x 233 cm

Block size : 23″ x 23″ / 58 x 58 cm

Now I have time to work on my Horizontal quilt and I have a custom quilt on order – with Drunkard’s Path block.

Wishing everybody a very happy 2015, Barbora

merry christmas and work in progress

Since returning from my pre-Christmas visit in Prague I have worked on the twister quilt. Now I have all 12 blocks finished and they are ready to quilt, one by one. Yes, once more a quilt as you go termination. This is my WIP for the end of 2014 and January 2015. Maybe I can squeeze in some work on my Horizon quilt.

color twister 1 - skalabara.comI had a wonderful time in Prague with my mum and other family members. The weather was mild for the time of year, but one frosty morning.

a frosty day in prague - skalabara.comShopping was also on my agenda. Not only I visited some malls but also the Christmas market on the Old Town Square in the heart of the city.

christmas impressions from prague 2014 - skalabara.com

Herewith I would like to wish all my friends and followers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015. Thanks for all your comments and support.

See you soon, 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

twister tool tested

Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :

twister block different layouts - skalabara.com

 

Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :

  • 12 green 5″ square
  • 12 red 5″ squares
  • 1 yellow 5″ square
  • 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)

Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.

twister block layout - skalabara.com

Add the borders and press seams open :

twister block layout with borders - skalabara.com

Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.

twister block cutting - skalabara.com

Here a cutting detail :

twister block cutting detail - skalabara.com

Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!

Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :

twister wreath - skalabara.com

 

Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora