animals real and quilted

More animals after the hedgehogs! It was such fun to work on the “large” hedgehogs, that I decided to do some smaller ones. I used the idea from Elizabeth Hartman’s website and made pillow covers with a hedgehog between two foxes. The real Mickey cat is enjoying his animal company!

mickey and the animals - skalabara

The fox block was sewn quickly as there are not so many pieces. To get a good result when sewing the small hedgehog, I started to check the unit sizes after each step. So when I sew all units together that they match. The small hedgehog as an ideal block to train an exact 1/4″ seam allowance and precise pressing. Anyway it was fun to see how the block comes together. The hedgehog/fox pillow covers are free-motion quilted – stippled.

Since I have passively followed the Dog Gone Cute quilt along by Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts, I thought it was time to make some more hairy friends. I decided to make some pillow covers that will stay on our sofa. As I am a big fan of Kaffe Fasset, the fabric choice was made quickly – both for the hedgehog/fox and dog blocks.

dog gone cute quilt along - skalabara

dog gone cute quilt along detail - skalabara

Lorna has made a superb job with the pattern, it is understandable and easy to follow. I have quilted these covers using the walking foot in an irregular wavy pattern.

On this place I would like to share photos from Andrea of the table runner I gave her. Andrea likes bright colors and it can be seen also in here home. Love it!

table runner for andrea on the spot - skalabara

This is my last sewing project in 2015, I am slowly getting packed for my trip to Prague. I have sorted out my stash, cleaned up my sewing room and I am getting ready for the festive season.

Have a wonderful week, thank for stopping, Barbora

new quilt, 4 blocks and the design wall

Even though I haven’t posted for some time, I have done some homework.

  • I have finally decided on the design of my next quilt using the wonderful Bella collection from Lotta Jansdotter. I have had the fabric in my sewing room for some time and now I know exactly what to make with it.

bella collection by lotta jansdotter

  • My other project  (at the moment just on my computer) was inspired by 4 basic blocks on my design wall :

block games

Here are some quilt designs based on the blocks :

quilt designs

Each of the 9 quilt designs transmits a totally different atmosphere. I have used just 2 colors to underline the diverse block layout. I only need to decide which design approaches me the most, think about the color palette and start sewing!

So there is lot to do and no time to get bored, thanks for stopping,

Barbora

luxor throw finished – but why luxor?

This Thursday I am flying to see my Mum in Prague. Looking forward to that, I can visit a few patchwork shops and get some quilting threads. When I come back home I have quilting work waiting for me – a double bed quilt in the QAYG method. This kind of quilting I can manage well on my Bernina sewing machine.

In the meantime I have finished quilting and binding the Luxor throw.

luxor throw

luxor throw chair

luxor throw quilting detail

Description : Luxor Throw, size 60″ x 70″, designed with chevron log cabin blocks

Fabrics : made with red a blue fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett, solid “zig zag” fabric is in salmon pink, binding in bright orange

Quilting : free-motion quilting with meanders

Now – why the name Luxor? During my last visit to Prague we went to one of the largest book stores that is directly in the heart of the city on the Wenceslas Square and this building is called Luxor Palace. Here I spotted an original floor mosaic and I couldn’t resist taking a photo.

luxor mosaic

And I also shall have a small handmade present for my Mum packed in my suitcase :

This is my 100th post – I shall treat myself with a sip of champaign today evening. Thanks for visiting,

Barbora

log cabin block variations and 2 quilt alongs

I do like to keep the blog up to date with my sewing and quilting whereabouts, but sometimes I just can’t get on the computer and write post. Anyway, I have finished 4 pillow covers for Mary. Mary wanted them in green hues and with log cabin blocks. I made 2 different sizes : 16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm and 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm.

mary 1

mary 2

mary 3

mary 4

Whilst reading some quilting blogs, I came over 2 projects :

  1. The first one is by Alyssa from Pile O’ Fabric and I decided to take part. The quilt has a nice modern design, is a QAYG. Here I can learn and practice free-motion quilting skills. Yesterday I decided on the colors I want to use for this project and Kona Solids have won. I have ordered a lot of FQs at The Village Haberdashery in the UK.
  2. The second project caught my eye because of the rectangular blocks and very different techniques. Find all details at the cute life under Something New Sampler.

Linking with Better of Thread and Sew Cute Tuesday. Have a look on the website – maybe you can find some new interesting blogs!!

 

Lots of sewing ahead….

Thanks for visiting my blog, Barbora

first stash in 2013 has arrived

First stash in 2013 has arrived : 2 thick envelopes came from Hawthorne Threads. I have ordered the fabrics way back in December and I am so happy that they are finally here. Take a look on the wonderful colors and designs from Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection (somerville study, sloane and sienna) – these fabrics are just the right ones for quilt backings. As soon as I saw the “somerville study” with all the books in the shelves I just could not resist.

somerville study

sloane

sienna

And the last photo shows the Notting Hill Collection in magenta designed by Joel Dewberry and has a total of 12 different fabrics. Once more the colors and designs are so fresh and bright. This stash is for a custom quilt and I shall start working on it right away!!

notting hill

Happy quilting,

Barbora