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

 

lilac drunkard’s path quilt finished

Well, I finally finished the lilac quilt for Joan. The last drunkard’s path blocks for some time. Now I need to do some straight sewing and quilting! I have worked on this quilt for some time and now it is ready for delivery. Each block was quilted separately with the walking foot. I have joined the blocks together with golden strips on the front and with red ones on the back. The binding is also golden.

lilac drunkard's path 1 - skalabara.comQuilt size : 84″ x 84″ / 213 x 213 cm

Block size : 28″ x 28″ / 71 x 71 cm

lilac drunkard's path 2 - skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path 3 - skalabara.com

And here some impressions from my early morning dog walks :

morning sky - skalabara.comLast weekend we went to Balneario de Archena near the town of Murcia to enjoy a few days in a spa. The hotel is situated in wonderful Valle de Ricote on the river Segura :

balneario de archena, murcia - skalabara.com

 

Thanks for stopping, have nice weekend and happy quilting, Barbora

knitting and quilting

A few weeks ago I picked up the knitting needles (after 30 years of absence in the knitting world) and started to test my skills. Well, the easiest way is to make some small projects – like shawls or scarfs and so I did. Somehow it feels funny to put on shawl when we have 28°C in the sun. But winter will come sooner or later. Also a photo of my “favorite” shop at the moment.

shawls - skalabara.com

woolshop - skalabara.com

Not only knitting was on my agenda, but also some quilting. I was asked to make a sample of a Lone Star block. The result was not as good as I expected it – a bit too crooked for my taste. I suppose I have to practice more precise piecing.

lone star block - skalabara.com

And my last project over the last few weeks is another quilt for Joan : Lilac Drunkard’s Path. Once more a quilt as you go. I have all 9 blocks pieced, 5 are in lilac and 4 in orange/red hues, each block is 28″ square.

lilac drunkard's path 1 - skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path detail- skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path back - skalabara.com

We have spent a wonderful day in Alicante, just wandering through the city and marina, eating some tapas and enjoying an ice cream.

alicante explanada - skalabara.com

Thanks for stopping, enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy quilting, Barbora

dresden plate quilt finished

Today, on a hot Friday afternoon in Spain I have sewn on the binding to the Dresden Plate quilt. Now I just have to cut of some threads and I can start my weekend – and holidays!

I have used the walking foot to quilt Dresden Plate block. I have marked the echoing lines using a small square ruler and a bone folder – normally used in card making. I prefer this tool to a pen as I do not have to iron off the marked lines.

dresden plate quilt 3 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 1 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 4 - skalabara.com

After quilting all the blocks I have prepared contineous strips to sew together the quilt, using the bias tape maker by Clover, sizes 18 and 25. I have trimmed the blocks to the same size, joined the blocks with wide zigzag stitches and added the strips. The thinner strips (cut 1,5″) in yellow and orange on the back. The wider strip (cut 2″) in dark red on the front. QAYG tutorial by Made by Chrissie D.

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

Now I am adding on the binding. This time I have cut the strips 3″ to finish with a wider binding.

dresden plate quilt 5 - skalabara.com

And here some information about this quilt :

Quilt size : 85″ x 85″ / 216 x 216 cm

Block size : 21″ x 21″ / 53 x 53 cm

Dresden Plate size : 15,5″ x 15,5″ / 40 x 40 cm; center circle : 4 ” / 10 cm

Quilted with the walking foot using Guterman Sulky 30 quilting threads in dark red, variegated yellow/orange and natural.

dresden plate quilt 7 - skalabara.com

dresden plate quilt 8 - skalabara.com

So, now I am ready to go on holidays.

Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful weekend, Barbora