unicorn cushion cover

Paper piecing is the next adventure on my quilting journey. I have made a few small projects some time ago with this technique and I was not really keen on it. But when I wanted to make a cushion cover with a unicorn block, there was no way around, but to start once more with paper piecing.

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The cushion cover is for Kate and I have used the same fabrics as for the previous cushion covers and the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt. The background fabric is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK and the prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective.

unicorn cushion cover for kate detail - skalabara quilts

The pattern is from Unicornharts shop at Craftsy.

I have quilted the unicorn cushion cover using the walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread in straight lines, both on the front as well as on the back.

unicorn cushion cover for kate back - skalabara quilts

unicorn cushion cover for kate - skalabara quilts

Size : 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm – for a standard inlet cushion size

By the time I have made the unicorn paper pieced block I started to like this sewing technique and I got confident with it. So I knew that I shall continue with paper piecing. The next project was already on my list … – more in my next post.

Happy quilting,

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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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christmas and quilting

Wow, hello everyone! I haven’t posted for some time, but this doesn’t mean I have stopped with patchwork or quilting. I have fully enjoyed my August holidays that I divided between 2 weeks in Prague and 2 weeks at home. I went back to work in September, both in the office and teaching patchwork and quilting.  September was filled with visitors that came to see us after the hot months of July and August.  With October nearly over I am slowly getting back to my normal routine.

Never the less I have worked in the meantime on a few small Christmas projects :

table runner

table runner Kate - skalabara quilts

 

table runner size : 60″ x 18″; free motion quilted with meander pattern using Gutermann Sulky

A lady from my quilting classes send me a photo of a table runner with this design that she liked on Pinterest. As there was no pattern on the web, I started cutting fabrics and piecing until I got all the measurements right. It is a straight forward design, a table runner that you can make in an afternoon.

place mats

xmas placemats - skalabara quilts

 

place mat size : 12″ x 18″; quilted with walking foot following the tree shapes with Gutermann Sulky

I found this pattern for place mats and a matching table runner in a quilting magazine, but can’t remember which one it was. It is quick and easy design with appliqué.

mini quilt version #II

x mas mini quilt - skalabara quilts

 

mini quilt size : 23″ x 24″; free motion quilted with meander pattern using Gutermann Sulky

Below is a photo of version #I of the mini quilt. But I wasn’t satisfied with the design, I thought that the Christmas tree glass ornaments and the present boxes turned out too bulky. So I refined the design – see the photo above with version #II.

christmas wallhanging - skalabara quilts

 

mini quilt size : 23″ x 24″; free motion quilted with meander pattern using Gutermann Sulky thread

Some older Christmas mini quilts that I made over the years and shall donate all of them for charities in our area.

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Thanks for stopping, feel free to leave a comment, enjoy the rest of the weekend,

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