wip – radiate quilt

Well, another WIP. From the moment I have seen the Radiate Quilt Pattern photos on the internet, I knew I wanted to make it. Meghan Buchanan designed the quilt, and she is the person behind Then Came June.

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I have pieced enough blocks to make a good size quilt throw. Once more I have alternated the size, this time my version of the quilt throw is longer than in the pattern.

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I love the straightforward design. My accent blocks are all pieced, they only need some cutting. I have opted for a dark purple/brown hue.

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The quilt has a diagonal design with 3 inches (finished width) sashing. My choice of the background is the same as in the quilt pattern – off white. Most of the fabrics are Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman. A few are Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics or Spectrum Solids by Makower. A mix and match from my stash.

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Here photos of a few of the Radiate Quilt blocks, each block has a different color combination. The block size is 10 1/2 inches unfinished.

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The next steps : cut some blocks on the diagonal. Layout the blocks on the floor and decide where to place each block. Cut sashing and piece the quilt top together.

Stay tuned to the Radiate Quilt work progress, happy quilting

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grey cushion cover – a last minute christmas present

Before flying to Prague over the weekend, I have made a quilted grey cushion cover as a Christmas present for my Mum. The pattern is Santa Fe from the Fat Quarter Shop blog.

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I must admit, that it was a mistake to choose at late night the fabrics for this cushion cover. The light grey fabric for the middle half-square triangles doesn’t have enough contrast to the white fabric.

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Well, there is always something new to learn with each new quilting project.

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I like the pattern and will make some more next year. But will be more careful with the colours and intensity of each hue.

On the following two photos you can se the optical difference when the cushion cover is moved 90°. The cushion cover is 20″ x 20″.

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Quilted in straight lines using the walking foot.

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Cushion cover size : 20″ x 20″ with an envelope closure

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako 40/2 color 2600

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a very happy year 2020! And looking forward to new quilting a sewing projects!

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pineapple mini quilt

As you know I am a big fan of all quilt patterns designed by Elizabeth Hartman. So I decided to make for my sister-in-law a table runner for her kitchen using the Pineapple Farm pattern.

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Free-motion quilted with a meander pattern.

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For the pineapple blocks I have used Kaffe Fassett collective fabrics. Background fabric is Kona Solid Eggshell. Backing fabric is Bomull bought at IKEA. All fabrics are from my stash.

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Happy quilting, barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

my first quilt along

Each year I have followed the Summer Sampler series, but never took part in any quilt along. Until this year, I changed my mind as soon as I saw the project. I fell in love with the diversity of blocks in the Summer Sampler 2019 and the final quilt design – two different designs to choose from.

There are 21 blocks in the Summer Sampler 2019. All with different sewing techniques. This series started with accurate piecing, sewing on the bias, sewing curves and circles, paper piecing, improvisional patchwork…. I.e. a lot to learn with each new block. That is why I took part. Each block is “individual”, a one of a kind. All blocks have excellent documentation. Detailed description of materials needed, templates, cutting instructions, sewing steps and techniques.

Some blocks need a lot of patience and a seam ripper. Cutting and sewing skills come handy.  Up to now, I have put together five blocks. Five more are on the table and ready to work on. But I have set one block aside, one day I will work on it (maybe?). Not my favourite one at the moment.

Here are my Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #1 – #5:

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So, I’ll be back to the sewing machine and get the remaining blocks pieced!

Happy quilting!

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more paper piecing and liberty london fabric

Since I have really enjoyed making paper piecing patterns, I was looking for some new projects. I found a wonderful photo of a paper pieced highland cow and I knew I want to make it. The pattern is from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden – also know as The Tartankiwi. I must admit all patterns in this book are spectacular, the Highland Cow will not be my last project.

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Before I started piecing the different block sections, I had to do some homework or preparation. As there are many mane pieces in the pattern, I took out my crayons and coloured first the included colouring page and then the paper pattern pieces.

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fpp highland cow back detail - skalabara quilts

I used once more fabrics from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass.

The background fabric was an easy choice : a bright turquoise solid.

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fpp highland cow detail 1 - skalabara quilts

Thread snippets, fabric cuttings and paper – a lot to clean!

 

When I saw bundles of Liberty London fabric in the shop where I had my Bernina serviced, I knew I wanted to try sewing with this soft and pretty material. So I bought my first Tana Lawn cotton fabrics and I am thrilled with the quality and designs. I already have some ideas about projects I want to make with these fabrics.

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liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

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