april cushion covers – part 1

April is here with typical April weather – sun, rain, wind, storm, thunder. You choose, we had it. Temperatures are like on a carrousel ride, going up and down. Luckily, I didn’t have time to swap my winter and summer clothing; I am still using my winter jackets. But this unpredictable weather gives more time to stick to the sewing machine. Here my makes from the last weekend:

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I have pieced the turquoise cushion cover with fabric rests from the turquoise quilt I am making for my Mum. I have used the scraps to make 9 individual squares, each square cut to 4,5″.

april turquoise cushion 1 - skalabara quilts

The solid color fabric for the sashing is Kona Ash, one of my favourites at the moment. The hue is something between grey and beige, an ideal neutral shade for quilts.

april turquoise cushion detail - skalabara quilts

I have quilted the turquoise cushion cover using the walking foot. With a straight extra wide zigzag stich on my Bernina.

The other two cushion covers are with bright warm hues, all Kona solids. The colors are : Grellow – yellow, Kumquat – orange, Medium Pink, Bright Pink and Cerise – dark red.

april pinkie cushions 1 - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers have the same stripe blocks, each 5″ square. I have cut from each colour fabric 6 rectangle pieces 1,5″ x 5,5″. The background fabric is Kona Ash.

april pinkie cushions 3 - skalabara quilts

To quilt both cushion covers, I have used the walking foot and straight stitches. One cover has stitches in vertical and horizontal, the other one has stitches on the diagonal.

For the backing, I have selected a colorful pattern fabric from my stash. The cushion cover backing is with an envelope closure and double fabric. Colorful pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

This was a fun project for a rainy weekend. I have some more cushion covers on my working table that are nearly finished. Stay tuned to my next post with some newly finished projects!

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april turquoise cushion backing - skalabara quilts
april cushions 2 - skalabara quilts

Turquoise cushion cover : 16″ x 16″

2 stripe blocks cushion cover : 14″ x 14″

4 stripe blocks cushion cover : 13″ x 13″

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

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50 – color 0412

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baby quilt and matching cushion covers

This week I would like to show you a colourful baby quilt and matching cushion covers. The pattern is Campfire Glow Quilt by Meghan from Then Came June.

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I really liked the simplicity of the pattern. A super combination of nine patch blocks and sawtooth star blocks. How come I didn’t get this idea?

21 Q campfire glow 1 - skalabara quilts

The nine patch blocks are strip pieced and are quick to make. As I had some “leftover” blocks, I made two matching cushion covers.

21 CU campfire glow 1 - skalabara quilts

All three pieces were fun to make. Only working with these colours, summer comes into the house! All fabrics are Robert Kaufman from the collection Kona Solids.

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I have used the following Kona Solids : Medium Pink with Ash Grey, Bright Pink with Pewter Grey, Kumquat Orange with Grellow Yellow.

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Backing fabric is a duvet cover from IKEA. Used on both the quilt and cushion covers. The cushion covers have an envelope closure with a double layer of fabric : the flower pattern on top and calico on the interior.

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I have quilted all three pieces in straight lines with the walking foot. The cushion covers only in one diagonal direction with dense stitching. And the baby quilt has stitches in both diagonal directions, but is not as dense as the cushion covers.

21 Q campfire glow detail 3 - skalabara quilts
21 Q campfire glow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

For quilting, I have used a stitch length of 4 mm. Quilting thread for the cushion covers is Superior Threads King Tut 40/3 cotton in color 962 – a grey variegated thread. The quilting thread for the baby quilt is my favourite from Amann Group Mettler Silk Finish Cotton in 40 weight and color 0331 light grey.

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For the binding I have selected the Kona Solid in Bright Pink. It is such a happy and bright color!

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And here two captures of the quilt sandwich with all the safety pins.

21 Q campfire glow pinning 2 - skalabara quilts
21 Q campfire glow pinning 1 - skalabara quilts

These pieces are going to the dog rescue center where I got Dotti. Also, both the Summer Sampler 2019 and the 2020 went to the rescue center as donations.

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Baby quilt size : 54″ x 42″ / Block size : 6 x 6″

Cushion cover size : 18″ x 18″ / Block size : 6″ x 6″

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

Quilting thread for baby quilt : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 – color 0331

Quilting thread for cushion covers : Superior King Tut Cotton 40/3 – color 962

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Happy quilting and stay safe!

barbora

quilted cushion cover for alice

My friend Alice asked me a few weeks ago, if I could make here a quilted cushion cover for her favorite armchair at home. She liked the quilted cushion covers I have made for our lounge sofa. So the cushion design was a straightforward decision.

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I have opted to use Kona solids in Dove and Pewter for the basic hourglass blocks. Alice also wanted some bright colors added to the neutral shades. For this I have used fabric from my stock in a burgundy, fuchsia, pink, orange and yellow shades.

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Alice can use the cushion cover can on both sides. One side has only hourglass blocks – finished size of a unit is 3″ square. The other side has the smaller hourglass blocks – finished size is 2,5″ square. To this I have added a 0,5” wide border in burgundy, before finishing the cushion cover with the light grey fabric.

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Quilted with my new favourite thread from Amman Mettler Silk Finish in cotton 40, color 0331. I have used the walking foot and stitch length 4,0 for straight quilting in diagonal. The meeting point of both sides.

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I have added a zipper to the bottom of the cushion cover.

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Cushion cover size : 15″ x 15″

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And the last photo is with Dotti, our new doggie.

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Happy quilting, enjoy life and stay safe!

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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

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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