pillow covers and fmq

The last few weeks were very quiet – both sewing wise as well as blogging wise. Even though I have received new fabrics, I didn’t really do a lot. I was preparing some patterns especially for lady-pupils that come to my open classes, taking in account all their quilt design wishes. Nevertheless I made these 2 pillow covers with the Swoon block pattern:

swoon block - skalabara.com

swoon block red - skalabara.com

fmq detail meandring - skalabara.com

I have used all the rests from swoon blocks I have found and pieced another 3 pillow covers. All pieces are free motion quilted with meanders. Practice is the best teacher!

pillow from swoon block rests - skalabara.com

Pinwheels and broken dishes blocks in orange.

pinwheels - skalabara.com

broken dishes - skalabara.com

Thanks for visiting and till next time, happy quilting, Barbora

short quilting vacation

It has been some time since my last post. I have set aside the cutter, needle, thread and sewing machine and made a short quilting vacation. We have such wonderful weather here in Spain, warm but not too hot, sunny everyday and clear skies. I just want to enjoy the warm sunbeams before autumn takes over. So why stay inside and work? Why not enjoy my free time outside with the doggy or reading a nice book on the terrace?

early morning end september - skalabara.com

early morning end september #2 - skalabara.com

early morning in october - skalabara.com

Swallows are long-distance migrants. They are now preparing for a long journey to Africa where they spend the winter and come back to Europe in the spring. New moon in the background.

swallows and new moon - skalabara.com

swallows - skalabara.com

 

Anyway, I did sew a bit. As I am visiting my Mom in 2 weeks time and I was preparing some quilting presents. Now a very big thank to Teje from Nero’s Post and Patch - her Bird on my Pillow was a great inspiration to make presents for 3 little girls in Prague, daughters of my cousins.

three little birds

And not to forget the two boys. For them I have made airplane pillows. I made them without paper piecing, but used some fabrics before everything matched. The yellow airplane was my first attempt, the second one has better proportions (from my point of view).

airplanes

I would like to round-up this post with a quote I found on a coffee sugar and freely translated from Spanish :

There are only 2 days when you cannot do anything – one is yesterday and the other is tomorrow. Today is the day to live and enjoy!

So happy sewing, quilting, living, …………. Barbora

 

Don’t forget the link up with Thursday Threads by Julie 627handworks which is hosted this week by Susan from The Bored Zombie !

luxor throw finished – but why luxor?

This Thursday I am flying to see my Mum in Prague. Looking forward to that, I can visit a few patchwork shops and get some quilting threads. When I come back home I have quilting work waiting for me – a double bed quilt in the QAYG method. This kind of quilting I can manage well on my Bernina sewing machine.

In the meantime I have finished quilting and binding the Luxor throw.

luxor throw

luxor throw chair

luxor throw quilting detail

Description : Luxor Throw, size 60″ x 70″, designed with chevron log cabin blocks

Fabrics : made with red a blue fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett, solid “zig zag” fabric is in salmon pink, binding in bright orange

Quilting : free-motion quilting with meanders

Now – why the name Luxor? During my last visit to Prague we went to one of the largest book stores that is directly in the heart of the city on the Wenceslas Square and this building is called Luxor Palace. Here I spotted an original floor mosaic and I couldn’t resist taking a photo.

luxor mosaic

And I also shall have a small handmade present for my Mum packed in my suitcase :

This is my 100th post – I shall treat myself with a sip of champaign today evening. Thanks for visiting,

Barbora

log cabin block variations and 2 quilt alongs

I do like to keep the blog up to date with my sewing and quilting whereabouts, but sometimes I just can’t get on the computer and write post. Anyway, I have finished 4 pillow covers for Mary. Mary wanted them in green hues and with log cabin blocks. I made 2 different sizes : 16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm and 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm.

mary 1

mary 2

mary 3

mary 4

Whilst reading some quilting blogs, I came over 2 projects :

  1. The first one is by Alyssa from Pile O’ Fabric and I decided to take part. The quilt has a nice modern design, is a QAYG. Here I can learn and practice free-motion quilting skills. Yesterday I decided on the colors I want to use for this project and Kona Solids have won. I have ordered a lot of FQs at The Village Haberdashery in the UK.
  2. The second project caught my eye because of the rectangular blocks and very different techniques. Find all details at the cute life under Something New Sampler.

Linking with Better of Thread and Sew Cute Tuesday. Have a look on the website – maybe you can find some new interesting blogs!!

 

Lots of sewing ahead….

Thanks for visiting my blog, Barbora

another quilt finished : lollipop III and 2 pillow covers

Once more a very busy week not only at work but also on the quilting side. I have finished the Lollipop III quilt with 2 matching pillow covers. So instead of writing lots of words I shall post some photos :

lollipop III quilt

Today I had a hard time taking a few shots, the sun was shining but the wind was quite strong and the quilt was very lively. Both other photos were taken indoors and the colors are a bit different.

lollipop III set

And the pillow covers backing is with my favorite fabric :

lollipop III backing

Happy sewing, Barbora