petunia checker quilt

Working with Kaffe Fassett fabrics is always a pleasure. The fabric designs and patterns are so diverse, the colors vivid, but always matching. Over the years I have collected a lot of scraps from my projects. I had them always stored in a separate bags or boxes, no mixing with other fabrics or designers. It was time to use them for a quilt.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

It was clear for me that I want to do a checkerboard – post stamp quilt. As the scraps had different sizes, I made out that I need to cut the squares 2 1/4″ so that I could use as many scraps as possible. I knew I wanted a bright color for the base and I had a fabric like this on stock. It is Petunia from Moda Fabrics – Bella Solids line.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts
petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

I pieced units with 4 x 4 squares, each unit measuring 7″ x 7″ finished size. I added and extra row to the top and bottom of the quilt. Altogether there are 21 x 27 rows = 567 squares 2 1/4″. When piecing the checkered pattern there is more pressing than sewing. Accurate pressing helps to match the pattern by nesting the seams. I didn’t use one pin for the assembly of this quilt.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

The batting is a 80/20 cotton/polyester mix, a nice and cosy medium weight batting for quilts or light quilted jackets.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts
petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

For quilting I have selected an easy design – straight lines with the walking foot on the diagonal. Stitch length is 4 mm. For the pink squares I have used a Mettler Quilting 40 thread in cotton – color fuchsia. For the Kaffe Fassett squares I have selected a King Tut 40/3 in cotton by Superior Threads in a variegated version – color #934

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

I looked through my fabrics on stock and found a nice piece of a Kaffe Fasset extra wide backing fabric, the perfect match to the quilt top! Needed a bit of width, here I have added a strip of the petunia solid.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts
petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts
petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

The quilt colors are made for a small princess – with all the bright pinks, purples and oranges. To finish this baby quilt I have selected a pink for the binding, Kona Solid Medium Pink.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

This quilt was quite a while on the waiting list to get quilted. I have worked on the quilt top last year in the summer. But somehow other projects got the preference. This quilt is a donation to the rescue dog charity that my little Dotti came from.

petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts
petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts
petunia checker baby quilt - skalabara quilts

Pattern : Checkerboard or Postage Stamp quilt

Quilt size :  37″ x 47″

Wadding : 80/20 cotton polyester blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting 40 in fuchsia + King Tut 40/3 variegated #934

Happy quilting, till next time

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sun print cushion cover set

Introducing my last project from 2021 : a set of two quilted cushion covers with the last fabric pieces from Sun Print collection by Alison Glass.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

Two cushion covers, two different designs, two different quilting patterns. But the same cushion size and the same fabrics. The background fabric is Kona Haze, a solid in a very light grey shade.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers are 18″ square. They have the same backing fabric – a colorful yellow/pink/purple fabric from a Laura Ashley bedding set.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

I have opted for an envelope closure and added a lining fabric for thickness. But no wadding or quilting.

Cushion cover #1 has a simple grid design using 2,5″ cut squares from the Sun Print collection. I have cut strips 1,25″ wide for the sashing between the pattern fabric squares.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

Quilting is in straight lines using the walking foot and just following the pattern.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

For cushion cover #2 I have used all “odd or scrappy” pieces leftover from the Sun Print collection. I have pieced 9 units and cut them to 4,5″ squares.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

The sashing between the the scrappy units is 1″ finished size (cut 1,5″). The outer borders are bit wider. Here I have used strips cut 2,5″ wide.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

The quilting is in a diagonal grid with lines 1,5″ apart. For both cushion covers I have used the same quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 wt in light grey. Stitch length is 4,0 mm.

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts
quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts
quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

Cushion cover size : 18″ x 18″

Wadding : Quilters Dream in Natural, 100% cotton in “Select” quality

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

quilted cushion set with sun prints - skalabara quilts

Looking forward to new projects! I have already started a few and I am working on some small projects. I have two or three large UFOs on stock. These are on my to-do-list for 2022.

Happy quilting!

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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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