cross tile quilt – a variation

In my earlier post I have shared the finished Cross Tile Quilt – pattern by Emily of Quilty Love. I was so happy with the result that I wanted to make another one. This is Cross Tile Quilt Variation :

cross tile quilt variation - skalabara quilts

I did not want to piece a new quilt exactly the same, but it should be very similar and matching. So I decided to swap the cross in the block center for a simple log cabin-like square feature. The fabrics used and the block outline are the same as in the original quilt, but the “block inside” is different.

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I have also added only a square to the sashing – instead of a cross in the original pattern :

cross tile quilt variation detail 2 - skalabara quilts

Matching quilts mean matching quilting – straight lines (mostly) one inch apart using the walking foot :

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cross tile quilt variation quilting - skalabara quilts

Matching quilts mean matching backing – used the same fabrics for both quilts (luckily bought enough material during my last visit in Prague) :

cross tile quilt variation backing - skalabara quilts

and the same fabrics for binding of both quilts – Kona solid in silver .

cross tile quilt variation binding - skalabara quilts

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Here the two quilts in comparison :

 

Quilt size : 62″ x 78″  /  Block size : 14″ x 14″

Wadding : Warm & White by The Warm Company

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton col. nat 4 and Aurifil 40/2 colour 2600

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cushion covers for kate

Last year I have made a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics – see here.  This quilt was donated, as a few more of my quilts to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Center. All procedures go to this charity organisation that takes care of abandoned horses and donkeys not only in our area, but also through entire Spain. Please take a moment and visit the website.

I had some flower panels left on the shelf and I thought it would be a good idea to make some matching cushion covers for Kate, as she has acquired the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt.

cushion covers for kate - skalabara

All the cushion covers I have made up till now, did not have a quilted back. But I have decided, that a nicely quilted front needs also a nicely quilted back. So from now on I am quilting both sides of the cushion covers.

cushion covers for kate front and back - skalabara

Using my favorite walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread I have quilted the cushion covers in straight lines :

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As both sides of the cushion covers are quilted, I have inserted the zipper on the bottom of the cushion cover. I have found this great tutorial at VENI VIDI VICKY Quilts website – here a big thank you Vicky for sharing – and followed the instructions :

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Even though I did not publish any posts since August, I did sew, so more posts to come!

Happy quilting everyone!

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quilt with kaffe fassett fabrics

Visiting the yearly Prague Patchwork Meeting is always a pleasure. Not only to see and marvel at all the different quilts on exhibition (classical, modern or art quilts), but also to get up to date with sewing, longarm quilting and embroidery machines. Plus to visit all the shops with fabrics and notions, threads and rulers and much more. A few of the shops stock Kaffe Fassett design fabrics and I decided to expand this particular fabric collection with some new designs. Provided I start using them to make quilts….

Said and done : when I came back home I got out all my Kaffe Fassett fabrics and was shocked about the amount of the different designs that came together over the years. So where shall I start? My favorite fabric (and I bought enough in Prague) is Corsage in Gold with the wonderful flower design and a warm golden background. Each flower can be cut out separately, leaving you with a 6,5″ x 6,5″ square panel. The quilt designed by Kaffe Fassett with this particular fabric is called Alba Quilt and can be purchased as a quilt kit. I decided to go for my own design and finally got a vision about the finished quilt. I wanted to combine the flower panel and a log cabin block. To unify the two blocks I selected a wonderful warm deep purple linen texture fabric from Makower. I used the linen texture for the center of the log cabin and to frame the flower panel. Both blocks ended up 8,5″ x 8,5″ unfinished.

A quick comment about Makower fabrics : I have worked with them on my Fancy Forrest quilt and all the fabrics have a very good quality. The fabrics are thin but woven densely, have a smooth and lightly shimmering surface, the colors are shiny. When sewing they do not fray and can be pressed easily.

Fabric chaos on the working table

magenta and gold flowers quilt sewing - skalabara quilts

First log cabin blocks on the design wall

magenta and gold flowers quilt log cabin block - skalabara quilts

Flower blocks are getting into shape

magenta and gold flowers quilt flower block - skalabara quilts

And finally the finished quilt

magenta and gold flowers quilt - skalabara quilts

Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt

quilt size : 56″ x 72 ” / 142 x 183 cm

blocks : 31 pieces log cabin blocks and 32 flower blocks

finished block size : 8″ x 8″,

wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton in select natural quality

quilting thread : Gütermann Sulky Quilting Cotton 30, col. 4030 variegated

 

 

Quilted with the walking foot in diagonal lines following the quilt pattern.

magenta and gold flowers quilt backing - skalabara quilts

Backing fabric in orange hues with a flower pattern.

magenta and gold flowers quilt binding - skalabara quiltsStraight-grain binding in solid bright orange fabric pieced attached with the walking foot from back to front.

 

I have donated this quilt and a few others to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre.

For my next post I shall prepare a pdf pattern for this quilt including block dimensions and cutting instructions – so stayed tuned !

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mini quilts

Over the last few weeks I have finished some mini quilts for decoration at Kate’s new shop. Yes, Kate from our local patchwork and craft shop has moved to new – larger and brighter premises. And I thought mini quilts would be the right present for a new shop.pineapple farm mini quilt - skalabara quiltsI have practiced a new free-motion quilting pattern with squares/rectangles instead of a curvy, meander style. It was a bit challenging at first, but only practice helps to get more confidence with free-motion quilting. I was really happy with my first “squary” free-motion mini quilt finishing. Not perfect, but nearly.pineapple farm quilting - skalabara quiltspineapple farm back detail - skalabara quilts

The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman – Pineapple Farm. Last year I have made with the same pattern a table runner for my sister-in-law as a Christmas present.pineapple farm 5 - skalabara quiltsI have used the leftover cuts from both pineapple minis to create a raw edge triangle application design that is framed with dense pebble-free motion quilting.raw edge mini quilt - skalabara quiltsAnd photos from the design and sewing process.raw edge - skalabara quiltsraw edge detail - skalabara quiltsThe other two mini quilts I have made are with squares that Kate has received as samples from Makower Fabrics. I have decided to use the same design but different quilting. The Marina mini quilt is quilted with the walking foot with a wavy design.marina sample mini quilt - skalabara quiltsmarina sample mini quilt detail - skalabara quiltsThe Fantasy mini quilt is quilted with the free-motion squares/rectangles all over design. Well, I have to practice this one!fantasy mini quilt - skalabara quiltsfantasy quilting detail 1 - skalabara quiltsThanks for stopping and enjoy quilting!

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cushion covers and a placemat

Before starting to work on my UFOs and giving it a go to finish them, I have decided to piece a few smaller projects. What could be better to work on than a cushion cover or a placemat?! I have promised my colleague to make two cushion covers with the Bunny block from the Fancy Forest quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. It is not the first time I have worked with this pattern. The cutting and piecing of the individual blocks is explained very well and easy to follow. I have a quilt top with one section of the Fancy Forest ready to quilt. I checked what sizes of cushion inserts are available and found the right size for the Bunny cushion covers : 30 x 40 cm / 12″ x 16″. The actual block has a finished size 8″ x 11″ and by adding the borders I got the desired cushion size.

fancy forest bunny cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

 

 

I have quilted the cushion covers in a wavy pattern with the walking foot. My favourite quilting pattern at the moment! Thread used is Gutermann Sulky 30 cotton in light grey #1328, wadding is Quilters Dream Cotton Natural Select.fancy forest bunny cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

 

Both cushion covers  have a zipper closure on the back.

fancy forest bunny cushion cover back - skalabara quilts

 

The next cushion cover is knitted and it is for a charity auction. I have used one 100g ball of Aura yarn by Sirdar and the knitting pattern is called Chevron Seed Stitch. As I have mentioned before, I do like to knit, but only basic patterns. This is why I look for knitting patterns that use only knit and purl stitches. The cushion size is 16″ x 16″. The back is in a coordinated burgundy fabric and has a zipper closure.

knitted chevron seed cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

 

The Chevron Seed knitting pattern in detail.

knitted chevron seed cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

 

My last project over the weekend was a placemat inspired by Tomomi from Slaney HandCraft. This is and ideal project using fabrics from the scrap basket. The size is approx. 12″ x 18″.

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The photo of the back shows well the quilting – straight lines with the walking foot following the seams. Thread is Mettler Quilting 40 #0959 in fuchsia.

placemat leave back - skalabara quilts

 

And a close up of the quilting.

placemat leave detail - skalabara quilts

 

Well, hope you all have a good week,

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