magenta and golden flowers – free pdf quilt pattern

As promised in my last post – quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics – I have written the pattern for this quilt. It is a free pdf pattern that I would like to share with the large quilting community.

For the quilt I have combined two variations of a classical log cabin block – one is the courthouse steps block and the other block is a log cabin with stitch and flip squares around the flower panel.

magenta and gold flowers quilt - skalabara quilts

magenta and golden flowers quilt – pdf pattern

Fabric details :

  • flower panel 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ is Corsage in Gold by Kaffe Fassett
  • solid is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK
  • all other prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective

 

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!

barbora flower small skalabara quilts

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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small fancy forest quilt

When I first saw the Fancy Forest quilt from Elizabeth Hartmann I knew it was the right project for a wall hanging to decorate the spare bedroom. First I got the Hazel Hedgehog pattern and made pillow covers for kids in the family. At the Prague Patchwork Meeting I finally found a fabric collection that was the right one to start with the Fancy Forest quilt. The pattern is written very clearly, it is easy to follow. Precise cutting and precise piecing with a 1/4″ allowance is a must. It was fun work and finally I pieced all the blocks needed for the small version of the pattern. I have added the sashing and the quilt is now prepared for quilting.

fancy forest small quilt - skalabara quilts

Here details of the individual blocks :

fancy forest foxes - skalabara quilts

fancy forest bunnies - skalabara quilts

fancy forest owls - skalabara quilts

fancy forest thistles - skalabara quilts

I wasn’t very precise with cutting and piecing with the upper firefly block and it turned out that it was a 1/4 inch narrower than it was supposed to be. I had to make a new one and changed the colors. I shall make a place mat with this one.

fancy forest fireflies - skalabara quilts

Now it is time to select a backing, make a sandwich and start quilting! A good project for the next week (or maybe weeks).

You are welcome to leave a comment, I appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by and have a good start into the new week,

barbora   

a year of finishes – horizon quilt

When going through my blog posts I found out that the Horizon quilt sat more than a year on the shelve. On Friday I made the last stitches to attach the binding. And here is the Horizon quilt:

horizon quilt - skalabara

Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines following the block pattern in vertical, horizontal and diagonal directions. Once more I have used machine quilting thread from Mettler no. 40 in color natural 04. I have pieced the back with two different fabrics : a green-blue plain and a colorful pattern fabric Cocoon in Sapphire by Valori Wells for Free Spirit. For the backing I have used 2 yards from each fabric.

horizon quilt backing - skalabara

The binding is a plain fabric in light lavender and stitched to the Horizon quilt entirely with the sewing machine.

horizon quilt binding - skalabara

Details piecing and quilting.

horizon quilt detail 2 - skalabara

horizon quilt detail 4 - skalabara

horizon quilt detail 1 - skalabara

horizon quilt detail 3 - skalabrara

Horizon Quilt

quilt size : 66″ x 77 ” / 168 x 195 cm

blocks : 42 pieces x and cross blocks

finished block size : 11″ x 11″,

wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton in select natural quality

quilting thread : Mettler Quilting No. 40, col. nat.-4

I have made the Horizon quilt with 4 charm packs, a jelly roll and 10 coordinating plains. Here cutting details for the x and cross block :

block x and cross charm pack

Here the first and second post about the Horizon quilt. From the rest of the jelly roll fabric I made this baby quilt with bentobox blocks.

Thanks for visiting my blog, have a wonderful week and happy quilting,

Barbora