a set of quilted placemats in pink

2022 – here we go! I have started this year with a small project – two placemats for my dear neigbourghs. A little late Christmas gift. But here in Spain, the Three Holy Kings bring the presents on the eve of 6th January. And I have made it till the 6th, so it is officially a Christmas gift.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Got out my pink scrap basket and a piece of Kona Solid in Ash for the background. I have made some calculations about the size of the placemats and the individual pieces. The pink units are cut 5″ square and finished 4,5″ square.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

The borders in the center – between the pink units are 1″ finished size (cut 1,5″). The outer borders are a bit wider : 1,5″ finished size (cut 2″).

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

I have pieced altogether 12 pink scrappy units and divided them into two piles – for two placemats. When deciding on the placemat layout, I have rotated the units by 90º. So that three units are in vertical and three units are in horizontal direction.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts
set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Quilting the placemats was straight forward : stiches on the diagonal, each line is 3/4″ apart. This fairly dense quilting leaves the placemats nice and flat after washing in the future.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts
set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Quilting thread is a 40 wt cotton Silk Finish by Mettler in light gray. Stitch length is 4 mm.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

For the backing I have used the calico bought in IKEA – Bomull, an unbleached 100% cotton fabric. On the back you can see better the quilting lines.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

I have used two different pink solids for binding the placemats. Both are Kona Solids – one is Bright Pink and the other Medium Pink.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Placemat size : 14″ x 18″

This is all for the moment, I have some small projects on the table. Happy quilting!

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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.

21 CU for alice side 1-2 - skalabara quilts

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.

21 CU for alice side 2-2 - skalabara quilts

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.

21 CU for alice side 1 detail - skalabara quilts

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.

21 CU for alice 2 sides - skalabara quilts

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

21 CU for alice zipper 2 - skalabara quilts

Cushion cover size : 15″ x 15″

21 CU for alice side 1-1 - skalabara quilts

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

21 CU for alice with dotti - skalabara quilts

Happy quilting, enjoy life and stay safe!

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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.

dotti 1 - skalabara quilts

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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scrappy quilt with crosses

More scraps used! As mentioned in my previous post, I have been sorting out all my fabrics and scraps during my holidays. Did a lot of cutting, getting all fabric pieces to the same size 2,5″ x 2,5″. And I found a scrappy pattern I liked at Red Pepper Quilts : Scrappy Cross Quilt with a tutorial.

scrappy checkered quilt with crosses - skalabara quilts

I have been guarding 2,5 ” squares for some years. Cutting always some extra squares for the box whenever I was cutting fabrics for a quilt project. Before starting this scrappy quilt, I thought how many squares I already have. But when calculating the quantity, I found out that I must cut many more squares.

scrappy checkered quilt with crosses - skalabara quilts

The bright yellow for the crosses is Kona solids in Corn Yellow.

scrappy checkered quilt with crosses detail - skalabara quilts
scrappy checkered quilt with crosses detail - skalabara quilts

For the backing I have chosen a 100% cotton flat sheet from IKEA with a paisley pattern in light pink.

scrappy checkered quilt with crosses backing - skalabara quilts
scrappy checkered quilt with crosses back - skalabara quilts

Quilted in diagonal with the walking foot. For quilting I have used Aurifil Mako 40/2 cotton thread, color Light Sand and I have set the stitch length to 4 mm.

scrappy checkered quilt with crosses stitch length - skalabara quilts
scrappy checkered quilt with crosses quilting - skalabara quilts

I have used also the Corn Yellow Kona solid fabric for the binding. The quilt is already busy and the solid binding gives it a smooth finish.

scrappy checkered quilt with crosses binding - skalabara quilts
scrappy checkered quilt with crosses binding - skalabara quilts
scrappy checkered quilt with crosses - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  58″ x 78″ – 27 x 37 rows

Squares : 1035 pieces – cut size 2,5″ x 2,5″

Rectangles : 32 pieces – cut size 6,5″ x 2,5″

Wadding : 50% – 50% cotton – bamboo from Rosello

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

So, this is my other “square summer ” project finished. I had fun piecing this quilt, no need to think too much. Perfect for the summer heat!

On my to-do-list I still have the Summer Sampler 2019 : this one is waiting for quilting. I have to piece one more block to finish the Summer Sampler 2020. So another top prepared quilting.

Enjoy the weekend and happy quilting

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