modern sampler

Over Christmas I have started a new quilt and finally I managed to piece the top. I have used a pattern by Emily Dennis from her great book Modern Quilts. It is not a one-to-one copy of the Block by Block Sampler. Some blocks were not my favourite ones plus I have changed the quilt size.

modern sampler - skalabara quilts

The original quilt design is 60 x 66 inches. My quilt top is 56 x 67 inches as I prefer rectangular quilt shapes to the square ones. I have also used other block layout. I had so much fun selecting the fabric colors, cutting and piecing each block.

modern sampler detail 2 - skalabara quilts

Once more I have used only solid fabrics, most of them are Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.

modern sampler - churn dash - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - compass star - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - first place - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - hopscotch - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - hourglass - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - shine on - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - sideway arrows - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - tiled stars - skalabara quilts

A detail quilt top view

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modern sampler detail 4 - skalabara quilts

This week I want to visit the Bernina representative in my area (2 hours drive) to try out the Bernina 720 and 770QE. I am so happy with my Bernina 440QE, I have had it for at least 10 years now and it is time to move on, to a higher level. What I like on the 720/770 is the larger space to the right of the needle. 3 inches more space make a big difference. This is the reason I am piecing so many blocks and not quilting. I want to leave it for the new machine!

Happy quilting !

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two cushion covers with kaffe fassett fabrics

The idea to make these two cushion covers came from Saija when looking at her blogpost. Instead of the blue hues and white background, I decided to go for fabrics from my Kaffe Fasset Collective stash. For the background I have used Kona Solid in eggshell. Here the cushion covers from the front :

cushion cover red - skalabara quilts

cushion cover green - skalabara quilts

From the back :

cushion cover yellow - skalabara quilts

cushion cover orange - skalabara quilts

And some more photos :

cushion cover red green - skalabara quilts

cushion cover red orange - skalabara quilts

cushion cover gren yellow - skalabara quilts

Piecing details, the pinned sandwich before quilting. I always add backing to my cushion covers sandwich : Bomull from IKEA. The orange backside has rectangles cut 2,5″ x 3″.

cushion cover orange detail - skalabara quilts

I have pieced the yellow back with rectangles cut 2,5″ x 4,5″ and squares cut 2,5″ x 2,5″. See quilting details on the photos below.

cushion cover yellow detail - skalabara quilts

For the half-square triangles I have cut 24 squares 4″ x 4″ – from the Kona Solid in eggshell and 24 pieces 4″ x 4″ from my Kaffe Fassett Collective stash. For the golden accent triangles I have cut squares 2″ x 2″.

cushion cover blue - skalabara quilts

I have inserted a zipper closure to both cushion covers. Quilted with my favourite walking foot in straight lines folowing the design :

cushion cover red quilting - skalabara quilts

cushion cover red quilting detail - skalabara quilts

cushion cover yellow quilting - skalabara quilts

cushion cover orange quilting - skalabara quilts

The two cushion covers together :

cushion cover red and green - skalabara quilts

cushion cover red and green in the shade - skalabara quilts

Cushion cover size  : 24″ x 18″, inserted zipper closure on the bottom

Quilting thread : diverse colors Gütermann Cotton 30

Thanks for visting, happy quilting

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pineapple mini quilt

As you know I am a big fan of all quilt patterns designed by Elizabeth Hartman. So I decided to make for my sister-in-law a table runner for her kitchen using the Pineapple Farm pattern.

table runner pineapple 1 - skalabara quilts

Free-motion quilted with a meander pattern.

table runner pineapple detail 1 - skalabara quilts

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table runner pineapple quilting1 - skalabara quilts

For the pineapple blocks I have used Kaffe Fassett collective fabrics. Background fabric is Kona Solid Eggshell. Backing fabric is Bomull bought at IKEA. All fabrics are from my stash.

table runner pineapple 2 - skalabara quilts

 

Happy quilting, barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

no quilting in sight

Well, I think my sewing machine is getting rusty, just standing on the table for the last six weeks with no movement at all. In the meantime I went to visit my mum in Prague and also visit the Prague Patchwork Meeting. I go there for several years now, but I haven’t seen the event so full like this year. I was trying to take some photos of the wonderful quilts on display, but after a while I gave up. It was totally impossible to take an “only quilt” photo. Visitor crowds were found in all sections of the location, well distributed between the quilt exposition, fabric and template shops or stands with sewing and quilting machines. This time I had a close look on the Bernina stand. I  got detailed information about the high end sewing machines and could try my sewing and quilting skills. What a luxury, something to dream about! I think I must start saving for a Bernina 770 QE.

The Easter here in Spain was very cold and extremely rainy. But I was lucky to attend a golden wedding anniversary in Germany and we had the most beautiful Easter weather since years. The few days I spent near Bonn were a real retreat.

Two weeks ago I went to Alicante to visit a patchwork exhibition of the clubs in the Alicante, Murcia and Valencia regions. It was located in the old building of the Alicante railway station. So many nice quilts to admire and there were also about 20 fabric and patchwork shops. In the center there were tables and chairs so that the clubs could spend a day together working on craft and sewing projects.

alicante quilts collage - skalabara quilts

alicante quilts come together - skalabara quilts

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alicante 3 - skalabara quilts

alicante 2 - skalabara quilts

Hopefully  next time I can share with you some new sewing or quilting projects!

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working on cushion covers

As I am heading for Prague this Thursday I didn’t want to start a bigger project – like quilting the levitating jewel box quilt or starting the twin levitating jewel box quilt. Instead I decided to work on some cushion covers for the lounge – you can never have enough. One is made with EPP hexies and the other is with hst.

My first EPP hexie project : using an idea of a modern hexie cushion cover on German Bernina site. The explanation is straight forward and I am very happy with the result.

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At the moment I have just quilted the top, thinking about a design for the back. As I add the zipper closure to the bottom, I piece both sides of the cushion covers with a nice pattern.

hexie cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

The cushion cover size is 20″ x 20″ and I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box. I always like to work with them, the fabrics are so colourful, cheerful and happy.

hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is Kona solid in eggshell, nearly the same colour as the backing. For the back of the cushion cover quilt sandwich I always use BOMULL unbleached fabric from IKEA, perfect price and quality balance.

hexie cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hexie cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

The second cushion cover I have made was inspired by Saija from Pomada,  pop over to see her beautiful quilts!

hst cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

Once more I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box and the Kona solid in eggshell. Finished size is 18″ x 24″, each finished hst unit is 3″.  I want to make the same design for the back side, maybe piece the hst’s a bit larger – like a test size for a possible quilt throw.

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Both cushion covers are quilted using the walking foot in straight lines following the design. I have used Aurifil mako thread 40/2 in light sand, colour 2000.

hst cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

And from the back :

hst cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hst cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

And both cushion cover tops :

hst and hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

hst and hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

This is all for this time, happy quilting!

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