the little cockatoo

Earlier this year we have painted the living room and when I took down the pictures from the walls, I decided that not all of them are going back. Reading a magazine I came over some wonderful bird photos by Leila Jeffreys. I thought this was a perfect idea how to re-decorate a lounge wall! I bought 2 cockatoo photos on Etsy, got them printed and framed. When I was looking for other paper piecing blocks, I found the matching motif : cockatoo paper piecing block by Quiet Play .

cockatoo cushion cover - skalabara quiltsBoth the front with the cockatoo block as well as the back of the cushion cover are quilted using the walking foot and Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread.

cockatoo cushion cover back- skalabara quiltsSize :  16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm – a standard inlet cushion size. Quilting details of the cockatoo and the cushion cover backing :

cockatoo cushion cover detail quilting - skalabara quilts

cockatoo cushion cover back quilting - skalabara quiltsI have finished this cushion cover with a zipper on the bottom :

cockatoo cushion cover zipper- skalabara quilts

Happy quilting,

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unicorn #2 cushion cover

When my husband’s niece Andrea saw a photo of the unicorn cushion cover for Kate, she revealed that she also loves unicorns. This was shouting for one more unicorn project! Since my paper piecing skills got better, I decided that I need a more challenging unicorn pattern. So I got on the web and found a unicorn pattern with more pieces – designed by Robynie from Robynieland.

rainbow unicorn 2 - skalabara quilts

I had the pattern a few days just on the computer before I had the right spirit to start with the project. The only question I asked Andrea, was what color she would like for the background. Andrea went for turquoise to match her other cushions and decoration elements in her lounge.

rainbow unicorn 1 - skalabara quilts

I have used fabrics from the 2016 collection designed by Alison Glass – the same as for the “Et Dömsche” placemats.

Once the piecing was done I had to decide on the quilting design. At the moment I prefer quilting with the walking foot and thought that quilting each color of the mane and face separately would underline the fabulous unicorn design. I got out my box with the quilting threads and selected the matching colors.

rainbow unicorn back 1 - skalabara quilts

All threads used are either Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 or King Tut quilting thread from Superior Threads.

rainbow unicorn detail 1 - skalabara quilts

rainbow unicorn detail 2 - skalabara quilts

rainbow unicorn detail 3 - skalabara quilts

And a few detail photos from the back :

rainbow unicorn back detail 1 - skalabara quilts

rainbow unicorn back detail 2 - skalabara quilts

rainbow unicorn back detail 3 - skalabara quilts

I was so keen to send the unicorn cushion cover and the “Et Dömsche” placemats that I forgot to take photos of the finished cushion cover. I have used the turquoise solid fabric also for the back and I have quilted with straight lines using the walking foot.

Thanks for stopping and happy quilting

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more paper piecing

Some time ago I have seen the “Et Dömsche” block by Dorthe from lalala patchwork quilting & more and I knew exactly for whom I wanted to make it! The “Et Dömsche” is a nickname for the cathedral in Cologne/Germany.

I thought directly of my sister-in-law and her husband, they live near Cologne and are big fans of the city.  I decided to make 2 placemats using the block pattern.

cathedral cologne block place mats - skalabara quilts

cathedral cologne block 2 - skalabara quilts

cathedral cologne block 1 - skalabara quilts

I have used colorful fabrics designed by Alison Glass from here 2016 collection.

cathedral cologne block detail 1 - skalabara quilts

cathedral cologne block detail 2 - skalabara quilts

As an extra to the block I have added the German name for Cologne : Köln. The letter patterns are by Sheryl from Temecula Quilt Company – Little Farmer, all posts labeled Little Letters. All letter designs are free and have a nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

cathedral cologne block detail 3 - skalabara quilts

cathedral cologne block detail 4 - skalabara quilts

My sister-in-law was really exited when she received the placemats as it was a total surprise to her. (But actually it was a postponed Christmas present.)

Happy quilting,

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unicorn cushion cover

Paper piecing is the next adventure on my quilting journey. I have made a few small projects some time ago with this technique and I was not really keen on it. But when I wanted to make a cushion cover with a unicorn block, there was no way around, but to start once more with paper piecing.

unicorn cushion cover for kate 1 - skalabara

The cushion cover is for Kate and I have used the same fabrics as for the previous cushion covers and the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt. The background fabric is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK and the prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective.

unicorn cushion cover for kate detail - skalabara quilts

The pattern is from Unicornharts shop at Craftsy.

I have quilted the unicorn cushion cover using the walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread in straight lines, both on the front as well as on the back.

unicorn cushion cover for kate back - skalabara quilts

unicorn cushion cover for kate - skalabara quilts

Size : 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm – for a standard inlet cushion size

By the time I have made the unicorn paper pieced block I started to like this sewing technique and I got confident with it. So I knew that I shall continue with paper piecing. The next project was already on my list … – more in my next post.

Happy quilting,

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cushion covers for kate

Last year I have made a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics – see here.  This quilt was donated, as a few more of my quilts to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Center. All procedures go to this charity organisation that takes care of abandoned horses and donkeys not only in our area, but also through entire Spain. Please take a moment and visit the website.

I had some flower panels left on the shelf and I thought it would be a good idea to make some matching cushion covers for Kate, as she has acquired the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt.

cushion covers for kate - skalabara

All the cushion covers I have made up till now, did not have a quilted back. But I have decided, that a nicely quilted front needs also a nicely quilted back. So from now on I am quilting both sides of the cushion covers.

cushion covers for kate front and back - skalabara

Using my favorite walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread I have quilted the cushion covers in straight lines :

17 cu kaffe detail 1

17 cu kaffe 2

As both sides of the cushion covers are quilted, I have inserted the zipper on the bottom of the cushion cover. I have found this great tutorial at VENI VIDI VICKY Quilts website – here a big thank you Vicky for sharing – and followed the instructions :

cushion covers for kate zipper 1 - skalabara

cushion covers for kate zipper 2 - skalabara

cushion covers for kate zipper 3 - skalabara

Even though I did not publish any posts since August, I did sew, so more posts to come!

Happy quilting everyone!

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