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

magenta and gold flowers quilt detail 3 - skalabara quilts

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.

magenta and gold flowers quilt chair 1 - skalabara quilts

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 !

Happy quilting, barbora flower small skalabara quilts

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.

ananas farm mini quilt - skalabara quilts

I 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 quilts

pineapple 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 quilts

I 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 quilts

raw edge mini quilt - skalabara quilts

And photos from the design and sewing process.

raw edge - skalabara quilts

raw edge detail - skalabara quilts

The 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 quilts

marina sample mini quilt detail - skalabara quilts

The 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 quilts

fantasy quilting detail 1 - skalabara quilts

 

Thanks 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

xmas 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.

christmas wreath - skalabara quilts

christmas wreath twister tool - skalabara quilts

christmas star with circle quilting - skalabara quilts

christmas trees table runner - skalabara quilts

 

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

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curved log cabin block and new stash

New stash is always exciting : these fabrics are from my friend Kate. She visited in Las Vegas not only shows, but also a few quilting shops. It is a perfect collection of blenders and patterns in bright hues.

stash 1606 - skalabara quilts

The colors come together really nicely and it is a great addition to my stash.

stash 1606 detail - skalabara quilts

new stash = new idea = new project

The other day I was on the internet looking what other fellow quilters are up to and I came across a curved log cabin block. Log cabin is always a versatile block with many different quilt layout possibilities. But the curved log cabin block makes a nice optical illusion – it looks more like a circle than a square block. I just had to try out this new variant of the classical block. What better could I do with the new fabrics I got!

17 different fabrics + white background + yellow binding later :

curved log cabin 8 3 - skalabara quilts

The result is a mini quilt measuring 19″ x 19″ with 4 curved log cabin blocks. This block type is ideal for a QAYG (quilt as you go) pattern, but the block should be larger, lets say at least 24″ square. This size is good for a cushion cover or for a throw. I have a few ladies attending my classes that prefer to work on larger, individual blocks and piece them first together when all blocks are quilted. I am starting to be an expert on QAYG patterns. At the moment I am revising my scribbles and feeding the computer with all the QAYG patterns I have written down in my paper notebook.

curved log cabin 8 3 - skalabara quilts

I shall keep this mini quilt, that I have free-motion quilted with a loop pattern, as a sample for patchwork and quilting classes. Over the last few months I have started preparing different patchwork blocks and quilting samples to show to my patchwork and quilting pupils.

For the next block I have pieced, I added one more strip. Piecing four blocks together and adding an outer border makes the block 21″ square.

curved log cabin 10 2 - skalabara quilts

Here a detail (trying to take a nice pic on a windy day)

curved log cabin 10 detail - skalabara quilts

The block is now larger, but still not big enough for a QAYG pattern. I added one more strip and this brings the block including the outer border to a size of 26″ x 26″; i.e. the quilt size is 78″ x 78″ when making 9 blocks.

curved log cabin QAYG block

More details on the curved log cabin QAYG project coming soon!

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place mat with frances firefly block from the fancy forest pattern

This place mat is the result of a Frances Firefly block that was not wide enough to use it in a small version of the Fancy Forest quilt. Precise piecing is a must for all blocks as well as accurate cutting and pressing. So that you do not end with a few more place mats.

I have decided to practice my free motions skills on this small project and got out some variegated cotton threads from Superior Threads : King Tut Quilting Thread. I have been using this thread for many years and I think that the quality is outstanding. I buy neutral colors in cones and color threads in spools.

fancy forest frances firefly thread - skalabara quilts

But what free motion pattern? I started practicing an “eight” pattern on some scraps. After getting more confident I filled the wings and the body with the new design. Even though my Bernina sewing machine came with a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) for easy free motion quilting, I prefer the ordinary embroidery foot. And practice, practice and practice …….

fancy forest frances firefly wings quilting - skalabara quilts

For the background quilting I used the pebbles pattern. It keeps the place mat nicely flat and smooth.

fancy forest frances firefly pebble quilting - skalabara quilts 1

fancy forest frances firefly pebble quilting 2 - skalabara quilts

The binding fabric is a solid in bright fuchsia. Solids are my favorite fabrics for binding a quilt – it is like adding a frame to a nice picture. It should underline the quilt design, but it shouldn’t be the highlight.

fancy forest frances firefly place mat - skalabara quilts

I didn’t quilt the small colorful 1″ squares on top, they just pop up.

fancy forest frances firefly - skalabaraquilts

My next project is a second place mat with Hazel Hedgehog block, once more with free motion quilting finishing to match this place mat.

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