quilt along part 3

Well, hello everyone! It has been some time since my last post. This late summer and autumn, I took time off from sewing and patchwork, but enjoyed reading instead. I have found some great books and couldn’t stop reading them. I was a very regular customer in the wonderful bookstores in the city center of Prague. Not only did I get books in my native language Czech but also in German and English.

Autumn has arrived and let the outdoor temperatures drop. And I have finally finished piecing the rest of the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I could check my skills in different piecing techniques. Accurate cutting and piecing. Improvisational piecing, sewing curves, foundation paper piecing, hexagons, flying geese, half rectangle blocks.

So, here the last batch of photos before I start piecing the quilt top. Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #14 – #21 :

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summer sampler 2019 block 15 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 16 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 17 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 18 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 19 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 21 - skalabara quilts
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Even though there are two alternative finishings in the Quilt Along, I will make my design. Both quilts designs are very large. Far too large to quilt on a normal sewing machine.
Till next time, happy quilting                 barbora   flower small skalabara quilts

pineapple mini quilt

As you know I am a big fan of all quilt patterns designed by Elizabeth Hartman. So I decided to make for my sister-in-law a table runner for her kitchen using the Pineapple Farm pattern.

table runner pineapple 1 - skalabara quilts

Free-motion quilted with a meander pattern.

table runner pineapple detail 1 - skalabara quilts

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table runner pineapple quilting1 - skalabara quilts

For the pineapple blocks I have used Kaffe Fassett collective fabrics. Background fabric is Kona Solid Eggshell. Backing fabric is Bomull bought at IKEA. All fabrics are from my stash.

table runner pineapple 2 - skalabara quilts

 

Happy quilting, barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

quilt along part 2

Catching up with the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I have cut and pieced (nearly) all blocks. Each block is so different, with diverse sewing techniques. But all blocks are fun to make and with each block I have learned something new. All tips, hints and video tutorials are super helpful. At the moment, I have only put one block to the side: Oasis block with circles.

Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #6 – #8:

summer sampler 2019 block 6 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 7 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 8 - skalabara quilts

The center piece (petrol hue) is approx. 1 1/4″ finished, the next star in turquoise and orange is 4″ finished size. This was a real challenge!

summer sampler 2019 block 8 detail - skalabara quilts

Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #10 – #13:

summer sampler 2019 block 10 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 11 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 12 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 13 - skalabara quilts

Blocks with curves:

summer sampler 2019 block 11 + 6 - skalabara quilts

Foundation paper piecing blocks:

summer sampler 2019 block 7 + 10 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 8 quer - skalabara quilts

 

Looking forward to work on the next blocks, happy quilting

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my first quilt along

Each year I have followed the Summer Sampler series, but never took part in any quilt along. Until this year, I changed my mind as soon as I saw the project. I fell in love with the diversity of blocks in the Summer Sampler 2019 and the final quilt design – two different designs to choose from.

There are 21 blocks in the Summer Sampler 2019. All with different sewing techniques. This series started with accurate piecing, sewing on the bias, sewing curves and circles, paper piecing, improvisional patchwork…. I.e. a lot to learn with each new block. That is why I took part. Each block is “individual”, a one of a kind. All blocks have excellent documentation. Detailed description of materials needed, templates, cutting instructions, sewing steps and techniques.

Some blocks need a lot of patience and a seam ripper. Cutting and sewing skills come handy.  Up to now, I have put together five blocks. Five more are on the table and ready to work on. But I have set one block aside, one day I will work on it (maybe?). Not my favourite one at the moment.

Here are my Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #1 – #5:

summer sampler 2019 block 1 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 2 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 3 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 4 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 5 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 1 + 3 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 4 + 5 - skalabara quilts

So, I’ll be back to the sewing machine and get the remaining blocks pieced!

Happy quilting!

barbora   flower small skalabara quilts

experience with wool wadding

In today’s blog post, I would like to share with you my experience with wool wadding/batting Quilters Dream Wool. Maybe this is not the right time to write about wool. Here in Spain we have full summer with high temperatures; over the weekend we had nearly 40°C.

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I have used wool wadding for the first time in my two levitating jewel box quilts with Liberty London fabrics – see blog posts here and here.

What I found out is that wool wadding doesn’t crease or fold. A big plus in my eyes. When I took the king-size wadding out of the packaging and I rolled it open, it was flat in a moment with no visible folds. I could cut the wool wadding exactly to the size needed having no problems. The wadding didn’t move on the quilt backing, and this made cutting it with scissors very easy.

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Also pin basting the quilt sandwich was quick. Even-though the wool wadding has a higher loft than cotton; the pins went through the three layers smoothly. Once more, the wool wadding was stable, flat and did not move.

Because of the higher loft of the wool wadding I could easily mark my quilting lines with a Hera marker and a long ruler. The marked lines were perfectly visible.

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My experience with quilting wool wadding is positive. At the beginning, I was afraid of the high loft. Will my sewing machine manage it? But because the wool wadding is so soft, I had no problems so ever with quilting. I have used the standard Bernina walking foot, Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 thread and 90/12 jeans sewing needles.

On the contrary : the wadding did not move between the layers, no shifting or creasing. Over all I am satisfied with the result and I know, I shall use wool wadding for my future quilting projects. 

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I have washed the quilts with the wool wadding several times in the washing machine (using a special program for wool with low temperature and a detergent for delicate fibres). No creases, no folds, the quilts dried quickly.

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My opinion about wool wadding :

  • warm and breathable, perfectly warm in the winter, cool in the summer
  • soft drape, resists folds and creases
  • lighter compared with cotton
  • sustainable and renewal natural fibre, environment friendly
  • machine washable
  • suitable for both hand and machine quilting

Do you have any experience (good or bad) with wool wadding, please let me know!

Happy quilting!

barbora   flower small skalabara quilts