more pillow covers

The hot summer weather has come to Spain very quickly. At this time of year I prefer to work on smaller projects – or even Christmas projects to get at least the “cool” feeling. I have opted once more for quilted pillow covers. My friend Kate has moved into her new house and I wanted to surprise her with a small gift. She loves bears and I have seen this wonderful pillow pattern at Sometimes Crafter. So last weekend I have started with the base cutting different red fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. Using the zigzag stitch I have sewn the blue and green bears on to the quilted base :

blue bear pillow cover -

green bear pillow cover -

And a collage with some more details of the two bear brothers :collage bear pillows in detail -

My other project was to make a set of blue pillow covers. I have joined the front and the back of the pillow covers with the normal quilt binding technique.

pillow in blue hourglass -

pillow in blue log cabin -

pillow in blue flying geese -

set pillow blue -

I have redecorated my sewing room. At this occasion I had to take everything out of the room and I found out how much material and UFOs I have. For the rest of the summer I shall finish all my half-way-through projects before starting anything new! 

Thanks for the visit and happy sewing, 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.

pillow covers -


pillow covers from the back -

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-

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 -

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 -

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