april cushion covers – part 1

April is here with typical April weather – sun, rain, wind, storm, thunder. You choose, we had it. Temperatures are like on a carrousel ride, going up and down. Luckily, I didn’t have time to swap my winter and summer clothing; I am still using my winter jackets. But this unpredictable weather gives more time to stick to the sewing machine. Here my makes from the last weekend:

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I have pieced the turquoise cushion cover with fabric rests from the turquoise quilt I am making for my Mum. I have used the scraps to make 9 individual squares, each square cut to 4,5″.

april turquoise cushion 1 - skalabara quilts

The solid color fabric for the sashing is Kona Ash, one of my favourites at the moment. The hue is something between grey and beige, an ideal neutral shade for quilts.

april turquoise cushion detail - skalabara quilts

I have quilted the turquoise cushion cover using the walking foot. With a straight extra wide zigzag stich on my Bernina.

The other two cushion covers are with bright warm hues, all Kona solids. The colors are : Grellow – yellow, Kumquat – orange, Medium Pink, Bright Pink and Cerise – dark red.

april pinkie cushions 1 - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers have the same stripe blocks, each 5″ square. I have cut from each colour fabric 6 rectangle pieces 1,5″ x 5,5″. The background fabric is Kona Ash.

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To quilt both cushion covers, I have used the walking foot and straight stitches. One cover has stitches in vertical and horizontal, the other one has stitches on the diagonal.

For the backing, I have selected a colorful pattern fabric from my stash. The cushion cover backing is with an envelope closure and double fabric. Colorful pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

This was a fun project for a rainy weekend. I have some more cushion covers on my working table that are nearly finished. Stay tuned to my next post with some newly finished projects!

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april turquoise cushion backing - skalabara quilts
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Turquoise cushion cover : 16″ x 16″

2 stripe blocks cushion cover : 14″ x 14″

4 stripe blocks cushion cover : 13″ x 13″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50 – color 0412

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baby quilt and matching cushion covers

This week I would like to show you a colourful baby quilt and matching cushion covers. The pattern is Campfire Glow Quilt by Meghan from Then Came June.

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I really liked the simplicity of the pattern. A super combination of nine patch blocks and sawtooth star blocks. How come I didn’t get this idea?

21 Q campfire glow 1 - skalabara quilts

The nine patch blocks are strip pieced and are quick to make. As I had some “leftover” blocks, I made two matching cushion covers.

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All three pieces were fun to make. Only working with these colours, summer comes into the house! All fabrics are Robert Kaufman from the collection Kona Solids.

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I have used the following Kona Solids : Medium Pink with Ash Grey, Bright Pink with Pewter Grey, Kumquat Orange with Grellow Yellow.

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Backing fabric is a duvet cover from IKEA. Used on both the quilt and cushion covers. The cushion covers have an envelope closure with a double layer of fabric : the flower pattern on top and calico on the interior.

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I have quilted all three pieces in straight lines with the walking foot. The cushion covers only in one diagonal direction with dense stitching. And the baby quilt has stitches in both diagonal directions, but is not as dense as the cushion covers.

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21 Q campfire glow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

For quilting, I have used a stitch length of 4 mm. Quilting thread for the cushion covers is Superior Threads King Tut 40/3 cotton in color 962 – a grey variegated thread. The quilting thread for the baby quilt is my favourite from Amann Group Mettler Silk Finish Cotton in 40 weight and color 0331 light grey.

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For the binding I have selected the Kona Solid in Bright Pink. It is such a happy and bright color!

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And here two captures of the quilt sandwich with all the safety pins.

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21 Q campfire glow pinning 1 - skalabara quilts

These pieces are going to the dog rescue center where I got Dotti. Also, both the Summer Sampler 2019 and the 2020 went to the rescue center as donations.

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Baby quilt size : 54″ x 42″ / Block size : 6 x 6″

Cushion cover size : 18″ x 18″ / Block size : 6″ x 6″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread for baby quilt : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 – color 0331

Quilting thread for cushion covers : Superior King Tut Cotton 40/3 – color 962

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Happy quilting and stay safe!

barbora

summer sampler 2020 quilt

The next quilt finished : Summer Sampler 2020! After the quilting series Summer Sampler 2019, I have also made the 2020 version. But with some changes. Instead of making only 16 blocks, I have opted for a similar version of the 2019 Summer Sampler and made 20 blocks.

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The layout is 4 x 5 blocks with sashing and corner stones. All blocks are 12″ finished and sewn with different patchwork techniques. Like foundation paper piecing, sewing curves or half-square triangles. This time an easy piecing quilt along with some fabulous blocks designs.

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I have added two inch wide strips between the blocks. The corner stone units with square in square block – are also two inches finished size. For the interior squares I have used all solids as in the quilt, mostly Kona solids.

Backing is a bedding sheet from IKEA with a paisley pattern in white/grey/black colors.

summer sampler 2020 backing - skalabara quilts

I have quilted the Summer Sampler 2020 with a wavy stich pattern using the walking foot quilting. Quilting thread is from Aurifil – Mako 40/2 – color 2600 Dove.

For the binding I have used all solid fabrics in the quilt, changing color shade all 20″.

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Summer Sampler 2020 Quilt size :  58″ x 72″ / 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

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Happy quilting and have a good time until next blog post !

barbora

summer sampler 2019 quilt

2021 – a year of finishes … Like this one : Summer Sampler 2019 Quilt. Finally pieced together and quilted! Here links to my piecing progress in this quiltalong : first part, second part and third part.

summer sampler 2019 - skalabara quilts

I have opted for a 4 x 5 block layout and I did not piece one block of the 21 Summer Sampler 2019 block series. All blocks are 12″ finished and sewn with different patchwork techniques. Like foundation paper piecing and freehand foundation piecing, a variation of the drunkards path block with curves, half hexagons and half rectangle triangles or working with diamond cuts. A very good quiltalong to learn new piecing and sewing techniques

summer sampler 2019 - skalabara quilts

I have added two inch wide strips between the blocks. The corner stone units with square in square block – are also two inch finished. For the interior squares I have used all solids as in the quilt, mostly Kona solids.

Backing is a bedding sheet from IKEA with a paisley pattern in white/grey/black colors.

summer sampler 2019 backing 
 - skalabara quilts
summer sampler 2019 backing 
- skalabara quilts

I have quilted the Summer Sampler 2019 with a wavy stich pattern using the walking foot quilting. Quilting thread is from Aurifil – Mako 40/2 – color 2600 Dove.

For the binding I have used all solid fabrics in the quilt, changing color shade all 20″.

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And a sneak peak photo with a hint for my next blog post :

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Summer Sampler 2019 with 20 blocks – Quilt size :  58″ x 72″ / 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

flower small skalabara quilts

Happy quilting and have a good time until next blog post !

barbora

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.

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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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