colorful cushion covers

In my last post of 2020, I have shown you my quilt throw Spinning Windmill. With the new year here, I have used the “cut-offs” from this project to make three different quilted cushion covers.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

The half-square triangles come from the flying geese units – I have used the stitch and flip method. Whilst piecing the flying geese units for the quilt, I have sewn the half-square triangles.

Click on the link to get the “spinning windmill” quilt throw pattern. And the tip how to make the extra half-square triangles.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

I have also finished a cushion cover with a star motif. Originally I wanted to use this block as an extra block for the Summer Sampler 2020 Quiltalong. But at the end, I have used a different design to finish the quilt. Find the pattern for the wonky star block here.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

This time I have combined different stitches to do the quilting on the cushion covers. From the back you can see better all the stitching on the calico fabric.

I have used a new thread type that I have bought – it is silk-finish cotton in 40 from Mettler (Amann Group), color 0331 light grey. It is a great thread, very smooth and shiny. Ideal to use for all quilting projects.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

For the back side of the cushion covers, I have taken a nice paisley pattern fabric in black/white/grey hues. I have finished the cushion covers with an envelope closure on the back. With double fabric – the paisley pattern fabric and the calico on the cushion interior.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

Wishing you a wonderful 2021 with lots of creative projects, happy sewing!

barbora

dotti and spinning windmill quilt throw

It has been lately quiet on my blog about my projects. But in this time I concentrated on other things then sewing or quilting. A big change came two months ago : we have finally adopted a dog – so please meet Dotti, a rescue bitch approx. three years old.

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Dotti is a mix bread, it is hard to identify the parents, but is very gentle and brings life to our house.

In the middle of the confinement here in Spain, just after Easter, we have lost our loyal and handsome companion of 10 years, Strubbel the Catalan sheepdog. The loss came from one moment to another, and it took us by surprise. I believe that he is happy in his hunting heaven chasing all those rabbits. He will stay with us forever in our memories.

strubbel - catalan sheep dog

After working with tiny blocks on the last cushion covers – read this blog post – I wanted to work on a quick and easy project. I have always been fond of any windmill blocks and made a quilt throw for the rescue kennels that Dotti came from. Finally, I selected a 12″ square spinning windmill block to do the throw.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

I took out the fabric bundle that I ordered earlier this year : Sun Print 2020 by Alison Glass. The collection includes 27 quilting cotton fabrics in diverse colors. From my fabric stack I have matched the solids, mostly Kona from Robert Kaufman.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

I have made 20 blocks with a quilt layout of 4 x 5 blocks, adding borders to left/right and top/bottom. The background solid fabric is Kona Solid in Silver by Robert Kaufman.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

The backing fabric is once again a colorful Ikea bedding cover, with tropical birds and flowers.

spinning windmill quilt throw backing - skalabara quilts

The binding is this time colorful, made up with all the diverse solid color fabrics that I have used for the center spinning windmill blocks.

I have quilted this throw with the walking foot selecting the curvy running stitch #4 on the Bernina. I have adjusted the stitch length to 3,75 and increased the curve length to 250%.

spinning windmill quilt throw quilting detail - skalabara quilts

I have enjoyed making this happy quilt throw as it was a quick finish.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts
spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  54″ x 66″ / Block size : 12″ x 12″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2600 Dove

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and let’s look positive into the year 2021!

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matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt

It has been some time since I have finished the Atmosphere Quilt, a pattern by Lee A. Heinrich. But only now I have made 2 matching cushion covers to the quilt. As this quilt is a gift for a good friend, I thought some extra cushion covers would be nice.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

I had so many half-square triangles left over from piecing the Atmosphere Quilt top. I had them all in a box and this box I have had many times in my hands to through the tiny pieces away. But somehow I always resisted and left the box content for further use.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

The block pattern Broken Dishes is on the lower cushion cover. The pattern on the top cushion cover happened as a mistake. I rotated one unit when piecing the half-square triangles. And I liked the pattern, so I used it to make the other cushion cover.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

The half-square triangle blocks are 2″ x 2″ finished, i.e. each half-square triangle unit is 1″ x 1″ finished. I have added borders to make the cushion covers 20″ x 20″.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Quilted in diagonal lines with the walking foot, stitch length 3,75 mm. Quilting thread is Aurifil Mako 40/2, color 2600 Dove.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

To match the quilt, I have finished the cushion covers with the same binding fabric that I have used on the quilt.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

This time I have opted for an envelope closure instead of adding a zipper. I have lined the backing fabric with calico for strength.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Fabrics used : Kona solid in Silver, Bella solid in Mustard and Etchings Slate.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Happy quilting!

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finished – radiate quilt

Summer of quilt finishes : yes, I have one quilt less from my to-do-list. Radiate quilt, that I have started way back in February, is now all done. This post is about work in progress.

radiate quilt backing 5 - skalabara quilts

For this quilt I have used different solids from my stock, mostly Kona fabrics. Background is in white and the accent color is a deep warm purple.

radiate quilt 1 - skalabara quilts

I quilted this top with the walking foot, following the block seams with a straight stich. I am not a friend of dense over all quilting, so I am happy with the result. Stitch in the ditch isn’t my favourite technique. Here I need more sewing practice to “bury” the stitches in the seam.

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I have used for the backing the rest of the black and white duvet cover from IKEA with butterflies and beetles.

radiate quilt backing 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt backing 3 - skalabara quilts

A few more shots of the quilt. The late afternoon sun had the right brightness to show the beauty and the colours of this quilt.

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radiate quilt 3 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt 5 - skalabara quilts

The binding is in a mustard shade, the same solid that is also in the blocks.

radiate quilt binding 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt binding 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt detail 6 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  54″ x 74″

Wadding : 80% – 20% cotton – polyester Bosal Acadia in Autumn

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting 40 – color 4 Natural

Stay tuned to more quilt finishings, happy quilting

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a train quilt for baby adam

A few weeks ago my mum asked me if I could make a quilt for a baby boy. A quilt for her friend’s great grandson, Adam. Little Adam is turning one this summer and a baby quilt would be the right gift. They gave me a theme: a pattern with trains.

train quilt detail 1 - skalabara quilts

I found a nice a pattern with a train motif, but it was too large. The quilt pattern is All Aboard by It’s Sew Emma and it is for a twin size or a wall hanging. I needed only a pattern for a baby quilt. So I “redesigned” the train block to the right size and added Adam’s name.

train quilt 5 - skalabara quilts

There are 4 train blocks, each block is 32″ x 10″ finished size. I have added background fabric to the top and bottom and the outer borders are 4″ finished.

train quilt detail 1 - skalabara quilts
train quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts

The letter blocks are a free design over at Temecula Quilt Company. All Little Letters are easy to piece and have explicite instructions. The letter blocks are 4″ x 4″ finished size.

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The background fabric is Kona Solid in Dove. This is a wonderful neutral shade that matches with the blueish color of the border and letters. This fabric from the Linea Collection by Makower in Duck Egg.

Rest of the backing fabric is also from Makower – Baby Jungle Alphabet (that I bought to make a dress).

train quilt backing 2 - skalabara quilts

Quilting is once more with my favourite walking foot. I used stich number 4 on the Bernina, a wavy pattern that I quilted 1″ apart.

And the binding :

train quilt binding 1 - skalabara quilts

Here photos of the quilt sandwich with lines prepared for quilting. I have marked the lines with Hera Marker from Clover. And I still prefer to prepare the quilt sandwich with basting pins.

train quilt sandwich 3 - skalabara quilts
train quilt sandwich 1 - skalabara quilts

I am going to visit my Mum in a few days and shall take Adam’s Train Quilt with me.

train quilt 4 - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  42″ x 54″

Wadding : Quilters Dream in Select – 100% cotton

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2600 Dove

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Thanks for visiting, enjoy life and quilting

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