pink and turquoise – a pillow cover for beginners

My husband’s niece Andrea and her partner Dietmar visited us the last week. To my surprise Andrea brought me some fabric as a present. But she also got some fabrics that she liked and wanted to make a pillow cover, a pattern for a patchwork beginner. We looked through a few books and magazines and Andrea found the design she liked. It is a minimalist bento box block with a border, finished pillow size 18″ x 18″ with an envelope back.

pink and turquoise 1 - skalabara

Andrea doesn’t have much sewing experience, but together (and with help of the seam ripper) we managed a perfect 1/4″ seam allowance and straight line quilting. First of all we cut the fabrics :pink and turquoise cutting chart - skalabara

The next step was to piece 4 units with the pink and turquoise squares together. Press seams open and add the rectangles. Press seams open and check the size of each pink and turquoise unit : 6,5″ x 6,5″. Piece units together to make the central minimalist bento box block. Add the borders on the top and bottom, left and right. Make a quilt sandwich with wadding and light muslin backing fabric.

Andrea quilted the pillow cover with straight lines (using the walking foot) following all the seams.  For the envelope back we need to 2 pieces 18,5″ x 14″. Sew a hem on the longer side of the rectangles. To finish the pillow cover lay the quilted top and the back pieces (with hems overlapping) right sides together and sew 1/4″ around the edge. Turn right side out, insert an inlet and place your finished pillow on the sofa!

pink and turquoise 2 - skalabara


Please visit Teje’s blog to see a nice pink bunny!! Happy quilting, Barbora

feather picture and knitted pillow covers

This is my very first feather block I made. Today I have added binding and 2 triangles as holders to the back so that I can hang it up in my sewing room.

feather block - skalabara

feather detail - skalabara

feather back - skalabara

I have also finished one position from my UFO-list. The knitted pillow covers sat for some time on the shelf as I knitted them already in the winter. I have lined them with muslin and made an envelope closure.

knitted pillows - skalabaraknitted pillow 1- skalabaraknitted pillow 2 - skalabaraknitted pillows back - skalabara

Have a wonderful August, thanks for stopping and happy quilting, Barbora

feathers and pebbles

Even though I have tried not to start any new project and finish all the UFOs I have on stock, I could not resist to try paper piecing. I wanted to make some pillow covers for a good friend of mine. It is Mary’s birthday end of this month. I thought it was time to try out a pattern I had for some time on my mind : Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. I must admit I really enjoyed working on this project. The block with 2 feathers is 18″ x 18″ finished and it makes an ideal size for pillows.

When I thought how to quilt the pillow covers I gathered that free motion quilting is the only choice. I copied the shape of the feathers with a brownish thread and went for a pebble pattern for the background. As I haven’t done free motion quilting for some I changed my piecing foot to a free motion foot and started practicing on some scraps. I am happy with the result, free motion quilting requires a lot of practice. I have some days off in August and practicing free motion quilting will be on the top of my agenda.

Here the 2 different pillow covers :

feather pillows 1 - skalabara

feather pillows 2 - skalabaraA quilting detail – copying the feather shape and pebbles for the background :

feather pillows detail fmq - skalabaraFor the back side of the pillow covers I choose a beige/gold fabric and a zipper closure :

feather pillows collage - skalabaraHope you are having a wonderful summer, Barbora

black, white and grey pillow covers

Over the last few weeks I have worked on my “mystery” blocks and today I can show you the right side of the pillow covers. This is my first time to work with black, white and grey. It was something else, but I do prefer bright colors.

There are 6 different patterns, all quilted in straight lines with the walking foot and a zipper closure. The size is 20″ x 20″; only the Dresden Plate pillow cover is 18″ x 18″. All pieces are put together with a decorative binding in matching fabrics.

black and white triangles closeup - skalabara

black and white hexagons closeup - skalabara

black and white dresdner plate closeup - skalabara

black and white drunkards path 1 closeup - skalabara

black and white apple core closeup - skalabara

black and white drunkards path 2 closeup - skalabara


You can find the pillow covers listed for sale on my Etsy shop.

Enjoy the summer, thanks for stopping, Barbora

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