hedgehog parade

Here is my hedgehog parade :

hedgehog parade pillow covers - skalabara

Christmas is coming quickly. This year I am going to spend the festive season with my Mum in Prague. As I have 5 kids in the family, I was thinking about some sewn presents for them. Two years ago I made these pillow covers :  birds and planes. This year I came over a wonderful hedgehog pattern for a pillow cover or a quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.

hedgehog parade pillow covers 6 - skalabara

So here I am – sewing 5 little hedgehogs for the kids. The pattern is very clear and all steps are well explained. I have followed the color palette suggestion in the pattern. This time I got out my stash box with all the solids. I am happy how the hedgehogs turned out – gloriously colorful and bright!

hedgehog parade pillow covers 3 - skalabara

All pillow covers are free-motion quilted, each with a color matching thread. I have used different quilting threads from my stock : Mettler – Quilting Cotton 40/3, Cotton Patch – Cotty 40/3, Superior Threads – King Tut 40/3 and Gutermann – Sulky 30.

hedgehog parade pillow covers collage - skalabara

The backing fabric I have bought some time ago. It has in the pattern all the colors I have used for the hedgehogs. All pillow covers have zippers on the back – here a quick and easy to follow tutorial by Riley Blake Designs.

hedgehog parade pillow covers collage detail and back - skalabara

Happy quilting, have wonderful weekend, Barbora

mary’s quilt

First of all : Happy Easter to all.

I have enjoyed the extended weekend (Friday and Monday are holidays here) and did some quilting for Mary. She has pieced the Swoon stars and I quilted them for here one by one. The blocks are free-motion quilted with meanders using Gutermann Sulky cotton thread. Another QAYG project. This time I had a helping hand from Strubbel – he collected thread pieces that landed on the floor.

strubbel - the helping dog - skalabara.com

Attaching the binding. I use the ironing board as an extra table on the left side. This quilt is 84″ x 84″ – so there is some material to move!

adding the binding - skalabara.com

Hurray – I have finished the quilt. Unfortunately it is too windy today to take a picture of the quilt outside in the garden.

Mary's woon quilt - skalabara.com

Mary also pieced some pillow covers that match here quilt she got for Christmas. I quilted them with straight lines using the walking foot.

mary's pillow covers - skalabara.com

Next week I shall have time to carry on with my quilting project.

Thanks for stopping, Barbora




butterfly, thread and fmq

There was no spectacular sunrise this morning to take photos, but instead I found a butterfly on the street. He looked like that he is having a rest. But he wasn’t – what I found was just a colorful dead body of a butterfly.

butterfly on the pavement

As I am going to Prague this Saturday I was finishing my last pieces that I want to take with me. I made more Christmas Tree Blocks – original design by Christen from Love By Hand. Each block is on its own and makes a nice table decoration or a wall hanging. I have used (as before) Kaffe Fassett fabric designs. Once I had made the quilt sandwich I realized that I do not have any of my “neutral” thicker quilting thread. But I had the exact hue in Aurifil Mako 50/2 as I have pieced the blocks with this thread. I just wasn’t sure if I can take it also for quilting. After some research on the web ( a nicer expression for google ) about threads I decided to stick with this lighter weight thread also for free-motion quilting. According to the motto : learning by doing. Over the years I found out that there are no strict rules in quilting. Each quilter can find its own way, own technique that they prefer, threads that they love. I have also done some experimenting with threads and I always  go back to Aurifil Mako 50/2 for piecing and Sulky from Gutermann for quilting.

aurifil mako 50/2

aurifil mako 50/2 thread - skalabara.com

Here a close up of my meander design free-motion quilting:

meander fmq - skalabara.com

And the 2 Christmas Tree Blocks:

red and blue - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, I am over to have a look on Bloggers’ Quilt festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Next time hopefully with one of my quilts!




another quilt finished and quilt care labels

I am so happy that I have finished the lap quilt for my mum. 500 little squares found their place in this quilt. Cutting square size is 2 1/2″, finished square size is 2″.  It turned out nicely, the colors are not exactly from my usual palette, but I think the result is nice. It is actually the first time that I have used so many fabrics in gray and black. I have quilted it with a straight line pattern in diagonals. I have used a dark gray quilting thread from Gütermann Sulky in 30 weight. The binding is completely machine stitched from back to front.

happy birthday, mum


happy birthday, mum detail


happy birthday, mum backing


Another issue that kept me busy the last week was designing labels for quilts. People have asked me how they can wash a quilt without ruining it. So I decided to make some labels with not only quilt care but also quilt name and size. Inside the labels is free space for a personal note.

quilting label front

quilting label care instructions

This Tuesday I go Prague, looking forward to that! No sewing or quilting for the next 10 days, Barbora

finished quilt – floating colors 15

Finally finished – the second of the “floating quilts”. The first one is smaller with 2 rows of 4 rectangle. This one has 3 rows of 5 rectangles. The blocks and sashing in both quilts are the same size.

This is my experiment – I wanted to see in reality not only the differences in the size, but also in the quilting technique. I quilted the small one with a walking foot with straight lines, the big one is free-motion quilted. I decided to quilt only the white fabric with two patterns : pebbles (white fabric in the rectangles) and waves (sashing). I have used my new thread  from Superior Threads So Fine! #50 in white and I am happy with the result. The quilting looks finer and the thread does not stand out. I think I shall use the thicker thread (a #40 or #30) for straight line quilting or free-motion quilting with a larger pattern and the #50 thread for fine, dense quilting.

I have updated my Etsy and Dawanda shops.

Now I have to get back to my quilting room and tidy it up !!!!

Till next time, happy quilting, Barbora