work in progress – blocks and quilts

Despite not publishing any new posts lately, I have been busy knitting, sewing and quilting. I am working on the Lilac Drunkard’s Path quilt for Joan, I have helped Jane to complete her Swoon quilt by sewing the blocks together (QAYG method) and I have a new project on my table. In the moment I sew the Horizon collection by Kate Spain for Moda, I knew that this is my fabric. Not only the color palette is spectacular but also the fabric patterns. First I got only a jelly roll and I was thinking about the right quilt design. I went through my sketches, magazines and books. And finally I found a nice block in the book “500 quilt blocks” by Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green. The block is called “x and cross” and for me it is the right block to bring out this colorful Horizon collection. I had to buy some charm packs and at the same time I also decided to use a few coordinating solids. Before I started to cut and piece with the Horizon fabric, I made a test block from solids. Here my first x and cross block :

x and cross block - skalabara.com

The finished block size is 11″ x 11″ when using the charm packs and jelly rolls. I have opted for an off white solid for the background as it nicely blends in with the Horizon white. The block is easy to piece and I do like the simple but effective design. This block is ideal for charm packs or layer cakes and jelly rolls. It saves a lot of cutting and gives the quilt a range of different fabrics. Here my work progress :

x and cross quilt process collage - skalabara.com

And finally I pieced 9 blocks together and could lay them out on the floor to see at least a small part of the quilt :

x and cross quilt - skalabara.com

I have a “few” more block to do, but already now I love the colors and the design of this quilt.

Happy quilting everyone, linking with Sew Fresh Quilts, Barbora

new stash and getting back to work

We are back at home from Germany where we visited my husband’s family and friends. We had a wonderful time, the weather was cool yet not rainy. Before leaving for Germany I looked on the web to find some quilting shops in the Bonn area. The very first one I found was just in the next village. So Monday was my day and with my sister-in-law we went to the shop. It was amazing to see so many Kaffe Fassett fabrics at one place!! It took me some time to choose which fabrics I desperately need to get on my stock. At the end I went for 9 pattern fabrics and 2 Kona Solids – canary yellow and bright pink.

stash kaffe fassett - www.skalabara.com

Here some pictures when we all went walking the dog on the outskirts of Bonn.

bonn 0813 - www.skalabara.comA few weeks ago I came across this Christmas runner from Love By Hand and I just loved the block design. I have finished piecing the blocks and over the weekend I want to quilt and bind this pretty little runner.

love by hand design of xmas table runner

My free days are slowly coming to an end – Monday is my first working day after the summer break.

Thanks for stopping and happy sewing, Barbora

last week update

This time more a photo post without many words.

  • Eastern in Spain is a very traditional church festivity with many processions and celebrations all over the country. Here a few pictures taken at our local village.

 

  • Kate’s version of the Fire & Ice quilt pattern

kate's - fire & ice

 

  • Spring is in the air

cercis siliquastrum

 

 

  • I have finally made my choice of color, fabric and thread for my Skill Builder BOM

SB BOM 3

 

That’s all for this time, Barbora

 

 

 

 

first stash in 2013 has arrived

First stash in 2013 has arrived : 2 thick envelopes came from Hawthorne Threads. I have ordered the fabrics way back in December and I am so happy that they are finally here. Take a look on the wonderful colors and designs from Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection (somerville study, sloane and sienna) – these fabrics are just the right ones for quilt backings. As soon as I saw the “somerville study” with all the books in the shelves I just could not resist.

somerville study

sloane

sienna

And the last photo shows the Notting Hill Collection in magenta designed by Joel Dewberry and has a total of 12 different fabrics. Once more the colors and designs are so fresh and bright. This stash is for a custom quilt and I shall start working on it right away!!

notting hill

Happy quilting,

Barbora

new stash

 

 

The last 2 weeks have been very busy for me. Unfortunately I did not have time to work on my quilting projects or to write a new post on the blog. Today was a wonderful day, full of sunshine and blue skies. I got some time to take a few photos of my new stash. All these fabrics are sitting patiently in the cabinet waiting to be taken out and converted in a perfect quilt.

Here are my new “babies” :

1. - Bella from Lotta Jansdotter – a complete collection plus 2 matching fabrics for the backing

 

2.- A colorful stash for a custom quilt – I opted for fuchsia, orange, turquoise hues and a light pink fabric for the background

 

3.- Some fabrics for my stock, salmon in solid and my favorite polka dots in pink and orange

 

As next Tuesday and Friday are public holidays, I hope to catch up with my sewing. I do really miss this soothing sound of the sewing machine.