a set of quilted placemats in pink

2022 – here we go! I have started this year with a small project – two placemats for my dear neigbourghs. A little late Christmas gift. But here in Spain, the Three Holy Kings bring the presents on the eve of 6th January. And I have made it till the 6th, so it is officially a Christmas gift.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Got out my pink scrap basket and a piece of Kona Solid in Ash for the background. I have made some calculations about the size of the placemats and the individual pieces. The pink units are cut 5″ square and finished 4,5″ square.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

The borders in the center – between the pink units are 1″ finished size (cut 1,5″). The outer borders are a bit wider : 1,5″ finished size (cut 2″).

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

I have pieced altogether 12 pink scrappy units and divided them into two piles – for two placemats. When deciding on the placemat layout, I have rotated the units by 90º. So that three units are in vertical and three units are in horizontal direction.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts
set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Quilting the placemats was straight forward : stiches on the diagonal, each line is 3/4″ apart. This fairly dense quilting leaves the placemats nice and flat after washing in the future.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts
set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Quilting thread is a 40 wt cotton Silk Finish by Mettler in light gray. Stitch length is 4 mm.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

For the backing I have used the calico bought in IKEA – Bomull, an unbleached 100% cotton fabric. On the back you can see better the quilting lines.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

I have used two different pink solids for binding the placemats. Both are Kona Solids – one is Bright Pink and the other Medium Pink.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Placemat size : 14″ x 18″

This is all for the moment, I have some small projects on the table. Happy quilting!

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patchwork city quilt in turquoise

In this blog post, I want to share with you the turquoise quilt I made for my Mum. The only condition she had was to use her favorite color palette : blue/turquoise/green. After checking my Kona Solids on stock, I selected a few more shades from the Kona Solid colour chart.

Since the Brexit, I cannot order easy in the UK. Some shops stopped delivering to continental Europe because of the customs. But I have found a super online shop in Germany stocking a wide range of Kona solids. So I sent my order to Quiltzauberei.de and within a week I had all my fabrics at home.

I had a special quilt pattern on my mind, one that I wanted to try out for a long time. It is from the book Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman. Since I purchased the e-book back in 2014, it was sitting a long time on the shelf. At the end, I selected the pattern Uptown because of the dimensions.

I am not writing a review about this book, but I must admit, it is written very well. There are 3 block sizes (5″ x 8″ ; 8″ x 8″ ; 5″ x 14″) that make up pieced together a block 14″ square. There are different techniques, like precise cutting and piecing or foundation paper piecing.

The first half of this year I was working on this secret project, quilt for my Mum. She wanted a new quilt for the couch in her kitchen. The “old” one has come into years, I made over 10 years ago. Actually, it was my first big quilt I made on my own. A sampler quilt with 12 blocks, each 12″ square, using batiks in blue/turquoise/yellow. I didn’t even take photos of this quilt.

I started February this year and till the end of August I made the 60 individual blocks needed for the Uptown Quilt design. I got used to working with very thin fabric strips and my piecing got accurate. Since I knew I was going to Prague in October, I had Septmber to finish the quilt.

An I made it! Ende September I could take photos of the finished quilt. Piecing the quilt blocks went well and the quilt came out beautifully.

As the pattern is very geometrical, I though quilting with wavy stitches would break it up a bit. Quilting thread is Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40, color 2792 turquoise and the stitch length is 4,0 mm.

For the quilt backing I have used a bedsheet with paisley pattern purchase at Zara Home.

The binding has all the different fabric hues from the quilt, pieced with 20″ long strips.

This was my big project for 2021. All the other quilts or quilted cushion covers I made this year are here : quilts made 2021.

Uptown from Patchwork City – Quilt size :  65″ x 81″ / Block size : 14″ x 14″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 – color 2792 turqouise

Thanks for visiting my blog in 2021 and taking part in my quilting adventures. Wishing you a wonderful festive season and all the best for 2022! Happy sewing and quilting.

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sneak peek of the turquoise quilt

The first half of this year I was working on a secret project – a quilt for my Mum. She asked me to make her a new quilt for the couch in her kitchen. Her colour choice for the new quilt was the same blue/turquoise/green.

cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts

Matching to the new quilt, I made 5 cushion covers. All with the same color palette and all Kona solids. The background fabric is Kona solid in Ash – a wonderful hue between beige and grey. A very versatile neutral color.

Browsing my computer to upload photos of all five cushions covers, I couldn’t find them. Ohhh jeee, forgot to save them properly. This one I have pieced from all the leftover scraps. See this blog post.

patchwork city improvisional cushion cover - skalbara quilts

The two cushion covers have geometrical patterns. One is a checkerboard block with 2,5″ cut squares, finished cushion size is 18″ square.

cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts
cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts

Quilted with the walking foot in diagonal lines, stitch length is 4,0 mm. I have added a turquoise binding as a decoration element.

The second cushion cover has a stripe pattern, using 1,5″ wide fabric pieces. The quilting is in diagonal, the stitching lines are 1″ apart. Cushion size is 16″ square.

For both cushion covers, I have used the same thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50, color 2792 in turquoise.

cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts
cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts

Here a few more shots :

cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts
cushion covers in turquoise - skalabara quilts

Turquoise checkerboard cushion cover : 18″ x 18″

Turquoise stripe blocks cushion cover : 16″ x 16″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 – color 2792 turquoise

Lesson learned : save photos correctly on the computer to find them later ! Happy quilting.

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a gift for my friend Irena

My friend Irena comes twice a year to Spain to spend some quality time at her house. Because of the pandemic, she was not able to come for two years. We were so happy to meet in August. She is born in September and this year we could celebrate her birthday together. Instead of buying something, I made for her three matching cushion covers.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

A few years ago, I made for Irena a table runner for her house. I thought it would be nice idea, to match the table runner with cushion covers. The three cushion covers have a distinct pattern, but still reflect the same style. All are 18″ x18″.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

There is a fussy cut flower in the center – same as the table runner. The solid backing fabric is Spectrum in Antique White by Makower.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts
cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

For the cushion backing I have used a matching fabric with a small flower pattern, this I had on my stock. The covers have a zipper closure on the bottom.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts
cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

All three cushion covers have the same quilting design. On the front diagonal lines 1″ apart, the diagonal lines on the back are 2″ apart. Both, front and back of the cushion covers are with a sandwich with wadding and muslin.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts
cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

Set of three cushion covers, size : 18″ x 18″

Wadding : White and Warm from Warm Company

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako 40/2 – color Light Sand #2000

Happy quilting!

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cushion cover with highland cow #2

No blogging is not equal to not sewing or quilting. Since my last post, I have finished the quilt for my Mum and a few small cushion projects. In my the first post after my extended blogging holidays, I would like to show you a cushion cover. The pattern is the highland cow from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden, website The Tartankiwi.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

This cushion cover was a wish from my friend Alice. She liked the highland cow cushion cover I made two years ago. Alice asked for a beige background instead of turquoise. But happy, colorful highland cow hair.

I have used my diverse Kona solids from stock, the background is Kona Ivory.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Quilting design is the same as the last cow cushion cover. Straight lines on the background. Copying the hair and face with colorful quilting thread.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

I have inserted a zipper on the cushion bottom. The cushion backside is with same Kona Ivory as the cow background. This time I have quilted the back in diagonal lines, 1 inch apart and stitch length of 4mm.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts
cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Highland cow cushion cover with a laurel bush in the background.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

I was taking the photos one late afternoon with less sunshine than we have normally. So this time each photo has an individual touch.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

A photo of the cushion top before turning it into a cushion cover. It was so much fun working on a paper piecing project after some time. All my other projects were “pure cutting and piecing” patterns.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Where has the summer gone? We are now heading for Christmas. The cool and dark days are here. This gives me more time to prepare new posts instead of going to the beach. I hope you have enjoyed reading my post! Happy quilting!

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