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!

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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.

wool wadding 1 - skalabara quilts

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!

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quilted cushion cover

Something for in between projects : a double sided quilted cushion cover. I made the hexie side a few weeks ago – see this post. When I was sorting out my sewing room, I found an extra log cabin block for a quilt I made earlier – Magenta and Golden Flowers.  All I needed was to add strips to the original log cabin un till I had a finished cushion cover size of 20″ x 20″.

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 1 - skalabara quilts

I have used for both cushion cover sides bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

CU kaffe fassett log cabin detail 5 - skalabara quilts

The log cabin strips are 1″ wide when finished; i.e. cutting is 1,5″. The center square is 2″ finished; i.e. cutting 2,5″.

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 3 - skalabara quilts

Quilted in straight lines with the walking foot along all seams. I have used a diagonal stitch so that I could quilt this cushion cover in one go, without cutting off and burying any threads.

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 6 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 7 - skalabara quilts

Here the finished cushion cover :

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 9 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 8 - skalabara quilts

My favourite zipper insert – tutorial by veni vidi vicky

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 10 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting, happy quilting!

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quilt finish #1 with liberty fabrics

Hip, hip, hurray, I have finally quilted the grey (Kona Solids in silver) levitating jewel box quilt using Liberty London Tana Lawn fabrics. In this earlier post, you can see the design process and photos of the finished quilt top.

levitating liberty jewel box silver quilt 10 - skalabara quilts

Actually, it was the first jewel box quilt top I have made, but quilted it as the second one.

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As both the beige and grey quilts have the same design, I have quilted them both the same. Using my favorite walking foot for the Bernina. I have opted once more to use Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2, but this time in the shade 2600 dove. I have marked the straight lines on the quilt sandwich with the help of a Hera marker and a long ruler.

levitating liberty jewel box silver quilt detail 12 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box silver quilt detail 13 - skalabara quilts

The straight line quilting went fairly quickly and so the next day I could finish the quilt by adding the binding.  Once more, I used the same fabric for the background and for the binding, Kona Solid in silver. Both quilt bindings for comparison.

levitating liberty jewel box silver eggshell quilt 25 - skalabara quilts

I have used the Bomull unbleached calico from IKEA as the backing fabric. The fabric width is exactly what I needed, and the colour is a natural beige.

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levitating liberty jewel box silver quilt backing 14 - skalabara quilts

Quilt size : 56″ x 80″  /  Block size : 8″ x 8″

Wadding : Quilters Dream Wool

Quilting thread : Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 colour 2600 dove

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levitating liberty jewel box silver eggshell quilt 22 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box silver eggshell quilt 24 - skalabara quilts

Enjoy the photos. I think I need not write more details in this post. Happy quilting!

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