flowers for the window

As you know, I am a big fan of Elizabeth Hartman and here playful quilt designs and clearly written patterns. This time I have been working with her Greenhouse Quilt pattern. I have made only a small quilt to cover the (ugly) shutter box over the window in the spare room.

greenhouse for window 1 - skalabara quilts

Since I have made some new cushion covers for the spare room and also got some new curtains, the old shutter cover would look a bit funny. It was in black and white with birds sitting on a branch – all in applique. Well, it matched the old curtains.

The Greenhouse Quilt pattern is written straight forward and is easy to follow. The “worst” part was to decide on a color palette. I used the same fabrics as for the cushions – so this was easy – various hues from Kona Solids by Robert Kaufmann. Here photos of the flowers in detail :

greenhouse for window detail 2 - skalabara quilts

greenhouse for window detail 1 - skalabara quilts

I added a sleeve on the back to hang the quilt on a curtain pole. I have sewn the top part of the sleeve with the binding, the lower part of the sleeve is finished by hand.

greenhouse for window back 3 - skalabara quilts

Once more wavy quilting with the walking foot – the “easy” free-motion quilting version. I have added binding in the same fabric as used for the background. The backing fabric is calico from IKEA – a good price/quality purchase.

greenhouse for window back 2 - skalabara quilts

I have followed the small Greenhouse Quilt pattern version to piece the flowers, but made some adjustments to the size of the quilt – added more fabric to the left and right of the flowers and less fabric on the top and bottom of the flowers.

greenhouse for window 3 - skalabara quilts

And the quilt “in action” :

greenhouse in window - skalabara quilts

quilt size : 16″ x 54″  /  block sizes vary : 6″ x 11″ – 15″

wadding : Quilters Dream Request – very thin

quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton col. nat 4

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Happy quilting!    barbora  flower small skalabara quilts





11 comments on “flowers for the window

  1. Susan says:

    This is a great idea to cover up an undesirable view – it really gives that spot a WOW! factor. And I love the quilting you did on it – perfect!

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  2. Anita L Jackson says:

    Most adorable! Do you have troubles with your quilts discoloring when hanging them as a curtain? Just curious. I may have to do this for some window boxes I have. Great Idea!


    • barbora says:

      Hi Anita, thanks for visiting!
      I have no problems with discoloring when I hang the small quilt just to cover the shutter box. I do not have experience what happens with long quilted curtains and sunshine.


  3. Frédérique says:

    Cute cactus 😉


  4. Jayne says:

    What a fun quilt and wonderful way to make use of it! Your colors are fantastic. It can be overwhelming at times to decided on the colors! Great job!

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  5. Cute way to cover up and add color and whimsy to a room.

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  6. That looks great on your window. So pretty.


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