working on cushion covers

As I am heading for Prague this Thursday I didn’t want to start a bigger project – like quilting the levitating jewel box quilt or starting the twin levitating jewel box quilt. Instead I decided to work on some cushion covers for the lounge – you can never have enough. One is made with EPP hexies and the other is with hst.

My first EPP hexie project : using an idea of a modern hexie cushion cover on German Bernina site. The explanation is straight forward and I am very happy with the result.

hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

At the moment I have just quilted the top, thinking about a design for the back. As I add the zipper closure to the bottom, I piece both sides of the cushion covers with a nice pattern.

hexie cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

The cushion cover size is 20″ x 20″ and I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box. I always like to work with them, the fabrics are so colourful, cheerful and happy.

hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is Kona solid in eggshell, nearly the same colour as the backing. For the back of the cushion cover quilt sandwich I always use BOMULL unbleached fabric from IKEA, perfect price and quality balance.

hexie cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hexie cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

The second cushion cover I have made was inspired by Saija from Pomada,  pop over to see her beautiful quilts!

hst cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

Once more I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box and the Kona solid in eggshell. Finished size is 18″ x 24″, each finished hst unit is 3″.  I want to make the same design for the back side, maybe piece the hst’s a bit larger – like a test size for a possible quilt throw.

hst cushion cover 3 - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers are quilted using the walking foot in straight lines following the design. I have used Aurifil mako thread 40/2 in light sand, colour 2000.

hst cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

And from the back :

hst cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hst cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

And both cushion cover tops :

hst and hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

hst and hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

This is all for this time, happy quilting!

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fpp circle of geese and quilting the highland cow

I have finally quilted the highland cow – see this post about paper piecing the block. I decided to highlight the hair by quilting each strand separately with variegated quilting thread from King Tut.

fpp highland cow quilted 1 - skalabara quilts

I have stitched around the face, mouth, nose and horns. So even from the back you can clearly see the cow silhouette.

fpp highland cow quilted back - skalabara quilts

Quilting in detail :

fpp highland cow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

fpp highland cow detail 1 - skalabara quilts

And because I like the piecing and quilting result one more photo of the highland cow :

fpp highland cow quilted 2 - skalabara quilts

 

A friend of mine saw a block on the internet and asked me if I could make her a cushion cover using this special block. It was called Double Circle of Geese and is designed by Lynne from Lily’s Quilts. The block is now featured in Modern Blocks book under the name Windmill. I have make the block, next step is quilting. The question is how?

fpp double circle of geese 3 - skalabara quilts

I think quilt tops should be shown also from the back :

fpp double circle of geese back 2 - skalabara quilts

Piecing process : I knew that I wanted to use the colourful fabrics from the Alison Glass Sun Print collection to make the outer circle of geese.

fpp double circle of geese 1 - skalabara quilts

Once I had the outer parts pieced I got out my solid stash box and selected matching fabrics for the inner circle.

fpp double circle of geese 2 - skalabara quilts

And a piecing detail from the back :

fpp double circle of geese back 1 - skalabara quilts

So, these are all my quilting news for this time, be happy and keep sewing!

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sneak peek – levitating jewel box quilt

Since I have received the Liberty London fabrics I was thinking about a quilt design. I knew I wanted to make two quilts, one for my husband and the other one for me. The choice for the background fabric was easy : Kona cotton solid in silver for my husband and Kona cotton solid in eggshell for my quilt.

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 5 - skalabara quilts

On the following sheet you can see the quilt design evolution. These are not all designs I was playing with, but you can see the direction going towards the final quilt design.

19 liberty quilt designs

Butterfly charm block paper piecing – this is the link to free paper pieced butterflies  designed by Nicole from lillyella. I was also thinking integrating a few butterflies into the quilt design. At the end I decided against – so many tiny pieces, maybe next time, need more FPP practice and patience.

My final design decision : the jewel box blocks look as they are levitating over a silver background. This design (in my eyes) is lighter as the one with only blocks quilt design without any borders.

19 B jewel box liberty FINAL

So far I have pieced the silver version. I shall post more details about the jewel box block and quilt size shortly.

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 1 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 3 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 4 - skalabara quilts

At the moment I am working on some other projects, more about that next time. Untill then happy quilting!

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liberty wheel placemats

This April my sister-in-law and her husband are celebrating their golden wedding. She asked me to make her two quilted placemats to celebrate this special anniversary. I choose a simple wedding ring pattern and I knew that I wanted to use my “new” Liberty London fabrics.

liberty wheel placemats 5 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is from Makower Linen Texture in cream. The pattern template is from Teresa Down Under : Sewn Up, blog post Improvisational Paper Piecing.

I traced the middle ring by hand reusing paper with incorrectly printed out templates. Instead of improvisational piecing of the middle ring, I folded the template into six sections. For each placemat I cut 24 squares 2,5″ x 2,5″; distributed the fabric squares into 4 sections and chain pieced the middle ring.

liberty wheel placemats piecing 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats piecing 2 - skalabara quilts

The pieced middle rings before and after cutting, after removing the paper template :

liberty wheel placemats piecing 3 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats piecing 4 - skalabara quilts

The finished placemats are oval shape – this is why I have cut out the concave pieces asymmetrically, adding 2,5″ on one side of the outer ring template.

liberty wheel placemats left right - skalabara quilts

All prepared for piecing curves :

liberty wheel placemats piecing 5 - skalabara quilts

The four blocks are ready to make a placemat.

liberty wheel placemats piecing 6 - skalabara quilts

I have decided to finish the placemats without binding, i.e. I have quilted only the top and wadding (no backing fabric) in straight lines using the walking in foot.

19 PM liberty wheel piecing 7

And the placemats in “action” :

liberty wheel placemats 2 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats 1 - skalabara quilts

After adding the backing fabric (Kona solid in silver) I have quilted two circles to bond the layers :

liberty wheel placemats back - skalabara quilts

Quilting details :

liberty wheel placemats detail 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats detail 2 - skalabara quilts

Photo of each placemat separately :

liberty wheel placemats 4 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats 3 - skalabara quilts

Placemat size : 19″ x 14″ – oval template from Purl Soho

Aurifil Mako thread : piecing – 50/2 in dove 2600 / quilting – 40/2 in dove 2600

Wadding : Bosal Acadia Premium 80% cotton / 20% polyester Autumn in white

 

Happy quilting,

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liberty london fabric fat quarters

When I held the first tana lawn cotton fabrics in my hand I knew I wanted more! The fabric is so soft but strong, has wonderful designs and colours. I decided to order more at Alice Caroline – the online shop offers a very good Liberty fabric selection and excellent service.

liberty london fabric fat quarters - skalabara quilts

Since some time I was thinking of making two new quilts for the summer. So the first selection ist done – I have now 33 different Liberty London fabrics in fat or long quarters. The next part was to select a matching background fabric. I want to repeat the pattern on both quilts but just change the background colour.

liberty london fabric fq lemon 210 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq lemon 210 – skalabara quilts

My first choice is Kona solid in silver for one quilt. For the second quilt I wanted to use Kona solid mustard. But mustard would “eat” the pretty yellow Liberty patterns. Since I have started using Kona solids, I have made a sample chart with fabric colours and names. I picked out of this chart eggshell – it is not white, not yellow, not beige. And it is a same soft shade as the Kona solid in silver and both colors match nicely together.

liberty london fabric fq rachel collection - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq rachel collection – skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq violet & rosa classics 40th 942 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq violet & rosa classics 40th 942 – skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq primary classics 40th 940 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq primary classics 40th 940 – skalabara quilts

 Next time some photos of the quilt top progress! Happy quilting,

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