a gift for my friend Irena

My friend Irena comes twice a year to Spain to spend some quality time at her house. Because of the pandemic, she was not able to come for two years. We were so happy to meet in August. She is born in September and this year we could celebrate her birthday together. Instead of buying something, I made for her three matching cushion covers.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

A few years ago, I made for Irena a table runner for her house. I thought it would be nice idea, to match the table runner with cushion covers. The three cushion covers have a distinct pattern, but still reflect the same style. All are 18″ x18″.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

There is a fussy cut flower in the center – same as the table runner. The solid backing fabric is Spectrum in Antique White by Makower.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts
cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

For the cushion backing I have used a matching fabric with a small flower pattern, this I had on my stock. The covers have a zipper closure on the bottom.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts
cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

All three cushion covers have the same quilting design. On the front diagonal lines 1″ apart, the diagonal lines on the back are 2″ apart. Both, front and back of the cushion covers are with a sandwich with wadding and muslin.

cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts
cushion covers for irena - skalabara quilts

Set of three cushion covers, size : 18″ x 18″

Wadding : White and Warm from Warm Company

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako 40/2 – color Light Sand #2000

Happy quilting!

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cushion cover with highland cow #2

No blogging is not equal to not sewing or quilting. Since my last post, I have finished the quilt for my Mum and a few small cushion projects. In my the first post after my extended blogging holidays, I would like to show you a cushion cover. The pattern is the highland cow from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden, website The Tartankiwi.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

This cushion cover was a wish from my friend Alice. She liked the highland cow cushion cover I made two years ago. Alice asked for a beige background instead of turquoise. But happy, colorful highland cow hair.

I have used my diverse Kona solids from stock, the background is Kona Ivory.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Quilting design is the same as the last cow cushion cover. Straight lines on the background. Copying the hair and face with colorful quilting thread.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

I have inserted a zipper on the cushion bottom. The cushion backside is with same Kona Ivory as the cow background. This time I have quilted the back in diagonal lines, 1 inch apart and stitch length of 4mm.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts
cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Highland cow cushion cover with a laurel bush in the background.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

I was taking the photos one late afternoon with less sunshine than we have normally. So this time each photo has an individual touch.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

A photo of the cushion top before turning it into a cushion cover. It was so much fun working on a paper piecing project after some time. All my other projects were “pure cutting and piecing” patterns.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Where has the summer gone? We are now heading for Christmas. The cool and dark days are here. This gives me more time to prepare new posts instead of going to the beach. I hope you have enjoyed reading my post! Happy quilting!

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cushion covers for alice – part 2

Before I write the actual blog post, I just wanted to mention that I am taking park in the Summer Sampler 2021. This time under the motto “Vintage Restyle”. Starting on 7th of June and running till 6th of September. Looks like a fun project, receiving a block pattern every Monday for 13 weeks.

But now back to the cushion covers for Alice. Alice gave me her wish just for one cushion cover. It should be a rectangle shape and use Pineapple Farm block pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. The other two cushion covers should be 15″ square and colorful. And have the same background as the pineapple block.

Fabric selection : background – Kona Ash, pineapple leaves – Kona Pewter. The yellow fabrics are from my stash.

Quilted in diagonal lines with the walking foot, 1″ apart and stitch length of 4 mm. Quilting thread is Mettler Cotton Silk Finish 40 in light grey 0331.

For the backing of all cushion covers, I have used the background fabric – Kona Ash. I have finished the cushion covers with a zipper closure on the bottom. Quilted in diagonal lines with the walking foot, 2″ apart and stitch length of 4 mm.

The other two cushion covers are with two diverse color shades. One with reddish tones and the other one with turquoise fabrics. The pattern is Color Wheel Quilt by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. I have resized the original block by printing out the pdf pattern with 90% scale instead of 100% – actual size. When cutting the concave part, I have added 2″ on the sides to increase the block size with the background fabric.

Quilted in diagonal lines with the walking foot, 1″ apart and stitch length of 4 mm. Quilting thread is Mettler Cotton Silk Finish 40 in light grey 0331.

For the backing, I have used the same Kona Ash as for the background of the Color Wheel block. The cushion cover backings have both a zipper closure.

I have thought that my “cushion cover period” is over, but enjoyed making these. Especially for my friend Alice.

Pineapple cushion cover : 16″ x 20″

2x Color Wheel Wheel block cushion cover : 15″ x 15″

Wadding : Quilters Dream Select 100% Cotton in natural

Quilting thread : Mettler Cotton Silk Finish 40 – color light grey 0331

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Happy quilting

barbora

may cushion covers – part 2

This is the last post to show my cushion cover series for April and May 2021. This time I got out of the stash a rest of a Lotta Jansdotter collection. A very Scandinavian fabric design with clear colors and bold pattern motifs.

bella cushion covers 1 - skalabara quilts

I started cutting the pieces depending on the scrap size. The first cushion cover I made was the one with the small squares. All cut size 2″ square and finished size 1,5″. The number and size of the squares define the cushion cover size : 10 x 10 = 100 squares (times 1,5″) = 15″ x 15″.

bella cushion cover squares small - skalabara quilts

The next cushion cover I made was the one with larger squares. This time the cut size is 3,5″ and finished size is 3″ squares. The cushion cover has altogether 25 squares and makes up to a final size of 15″ x 15″.

bella cushion cover squares large - skalabara quilts
bella cushion covers squares 1 - skalabara quilts

My next cushion cover design is a combination of squares and rectangles. After looking at the scrap size and amount of fabric left, I have cut the squares 2,5″ x 2,5″ and the rectangles 2,5″ x 4,5″. The pattern alternates a square and a rectangle piece. This time the cushion cover size is 18″ x 18″.

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For the next cushion cover, I have used the very last scrap pieces. These I have cut into squares or rectangles to the same height. For the pattern I have alternated a row of squares/rectangles with a white stripe row. I have also added a white border to make the cushion cover to a size of 20″ x 20″.

bella cushion cover squares and stripes 1 - skalabara quilts

The last cushion cover in this series is a “mixed” pattern. I have pieced the finished blocks and units I had on stock to make a square cushion cover. Somehow a total fantasy design. Finished cushion cover size is : 16” x 16”.

bella cushion cover mixed pattern 1 - skalabara quilts

I have used the walking foot to quilt all cushion covers. Followed straight lines on the diagonal, either 1,5″ or 2″ apart. Stitch length is 4 mm. Quilting thread is Mettler Silk Finish in 40 in light grey. Including a busy bee in the photo.

bella cushion cover squares and stripes with a bee - skalabara quilts
bella cushion covers quilting 2 - skalabara quilts

For the backing, I have selected a black/white/grey fabric with a paisley pattern. The cushion cover backing is with an envelope closure and double fabric. Paisley pattern fabric on the exterior and white lining cotton fabric on the interior.

bella cushion covers backing 3 - skalabara quilts
bella cushion covers backing 1 - skalabara quilts
bella cushion covers backing 2 - skalabara quilts

This was a fun project using all fabric leftovers. Each cushion cover has a unique design. But as all the fabrics come from the same collection, they unite the series.

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

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Quilting Cotton 40 – color light grey

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Happy quilting

barbora

may cushion covers – part 1

The last few weeks I have been working on several cushion cover projects. Something small for between larger projects. This time I would like to show you some pretty pink cushion covers made with broken dishes blocks. I got the pink half square triangles out of my stash scrap box.

cushion covers broken dishes in pink 3 - skalabara quilts

Somehow I prefer the broken dishes block to the windmill block. I know that there are many more possibilities to do with half square triangles.

cushion covers broken dishes in pink 1 - skalabara quilts

Since we have had quite a lot of rain through the winter and until now, the garden is this year is really nice. I try to take the photos for the blog with all these flowering plants. In another month we will have the heat and the garden will go to the “summer sleep”.

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I have quilted both cushion covers with the walking foot in straight lines on the diagonal. I need more practice with the stitch in the ditch quilting.

cushion covers broken dishes in pink detail 2 - skalabara quilts
cushion covers broken dishes in pink detail 1 - skalabara quilts

For the backing, I have selected a fabric with a polka dot pattern in light and dark pink. I have finished the cushion covers with an envelope closure and double fabric. Dotty pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

cushion covers broken dishes in pink backing - skalabara quilts

Following images of each cushion cover on its own.

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cushion covers broken dishes in pink 9 - skalabara quilts

You can see some aloe vera with flowers in the background, also lavender and rosemary bushes.

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cushion covers broken dishes in pink 10 - skalabara quilts

And this time a shot of the two cushion covers with some sage bushes in full flower, always a favourite of the bees.

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Broken dishes cushion covers in pink : 18″ x 18″

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

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton 40 – color natural

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Happy quilting

barbora