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

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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 :

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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 :

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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 :

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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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more paper piecing and liberty london fabric

Since I have really enjoyed making paper piecing patterns, I was looking for some new projects. I found a wonderful photo of a paper pieced highland cow and I knew I want to make it. The pattern is from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden – also know as The Tartankiwi. I must admit all patterns in this book are spectacular, the Highland Cow will not be my last project.

fpp highland cow 1 - skalabara quilts

Before I started piecing the different block sections, I had to do some homework or preparation. As there are many mane pieces in the pattern, I took out my crayons and coloured first the included colouring page and then the paper pattern pieces.

fpp highland back - skalabara quilts

fpp highland cow back detail - skalabara quilts

I used once more fabrics from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass.

The background fabric was an easy choice : a bright turquoise solid.

fpp highland cow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

fpp highland cow detail 1 - skalabara quilts

Thread snippets, fabric cuttings and paper – a lot to clean!

 

When I saw bundles of Liberty London fabric in the shop where I had my Bernina serviced, I knew I wanted to try sewing with this soft and pretty material. So I bought my first Tana Lawn cotton fabrics and I am thrilled with the quality and designs. I already have some ideas about projects I want to make with these fabrics.

liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

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hst scrap blocks make a quilt

New year – new challenge? Yes, a little bit. I always wanted to make quilt with a diagonal or on point block layout.

chair cover quilt 1 - skalabara quilts

I decided to use my scraps or small rests of diverse fabric collections and I wanted an easy pattern. I like to work with half square triangles or hourglass blocks, but always used these in a “normal horizontal” layout. The hst got preference!

The block on the left is 6″ x 6″ finished, the same block turned 45 degrees – on point is now approx. 8,5″ x 8,5″

chair cover quilt block settings - skalabara quilts

I had strips approx. 4,5″ wide and this determined the hst size. To be on the secure side, I cut my squares for the hst blocks 4″ x 4″, i.e. each hst is 3″ x 3″ finished and the blocks are 6″ x 6″ finished size.

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The quilt is actually for a chair that the cat uses as his daytime bed. As he didn’t want to pose with the quilt, the dog got photographed instead of him.

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I have quilted this piece with the walking foot in straight lines following the pattern on the diagonal and horizontal.  Backing material is plain cotton calico from IKEA (extraordinary quality and price balance).

chair cover quilt back 1 - skalabara quilts

chair cover quilt detail 1 - skalabara quilts

Because of the diagonal/on point block design, the quilt has turned out bigger than I wanted. But never mind – the cat won’t mind or even notice it!

chair cover quilt 3 - skalabara quilts

And a block in detail

chair cover quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts

chair cover quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

I have used a Kona Cotton solid in Corn Yellow with a matching thread from Mettler Quilting 40 color 500. Nearly the same yellow color as the flower with a busy bee.

chair cover quilt bee - skalabara quilts

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Quilt size : 26″ x 51″  /  Block size : 6″ x 6″

Block quantity : 28 hst / 14 side setting triangles / 4 corner settings triangles

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

Quilting thread : Gutterman Sulky Cotton 30 in variegated red/orange/pink color 4061

 

Happy quilting, until next time enjoy life!

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