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

first qayg project finished – mary’s quilt

After a “lazy” winter, the work in my professional life has picked up. I have had a few busy weeks and there is no change in sight. So for the moment I had to reduce patchwork and quilting just to classes. I enjoy the classes very much, my lady pupils are wonderful and we have a good time together. We are working on a QAYG quilt, most of the blocks are now ready for quilting. Last week I have helped Mary to finish her quilt and decided to go for FMQ with meanders :

swoon mary detail

Here a detail of the QAYG seams that join the individually quilted blocks :

QAYG seams

And finally a photo of the finished quilt :

swoon mary

Maybe over the weekend I can work on the blocks of the Skill Builder BOM by Pile Of Fabric.

Happy sewing everyone, thanks for stopping, Barbora