no quilting in sight

Well, I think my sewing machine is getting rusty, just standing on the table for the last six weeks with no movement at all. In the meantime I went to visit my mum in Prague and also visit the Prague Patchwork Meeting. I go there for several years now, but I haven’t seen the event so full like this year. I was trying to take some photos of the wonderful quilts on display, but after a while I gave up. It was totally impossible to take an “only quilt” photo. Visitor crowds were found in all sections of the location, well distributed between the quilt exposition, fabric and template shops or stands with sewing and quilting machines. This time I had a close look on the Bernina stand. I  got detailed information about the high end sewing machines and could try my sewing and quilting skills. What a luxury, something to dream about! I think I must start saving for a Bernina 770 QE.

The Easter here in Spain was very cold and extremely rainy. But I was lucky to attend a golden wedding anniversary in Germany and we had the most beautiful Easter weather since years. The few days I spent near Bonn were a real retreat.

Two weeks ago I went to Alicante to visit a patchwork exhibition of the clubs in the Alicante, Murcia and Valencia regions. It was located in the old building of the Alicante railway station. So many nice quilts to admire and there were also about 20 fabric and patchwork shops. In the center there were tables and chairs so that the clubs could spend a day together working on craft and sewing projects.

alicante quilts collage - skalabara quilts

alicante quilts come together - skalabara quilts

alicante - skalabara quilts

alicante 3 - skalabara quilts

alicante 2 - skalabara quilts

Hopefully  next time I can share with you some new sewing or quilting projects!

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sneak peek – levitating jewel box quilt

Since I have received the Liberty London fabrics I was thinking about a quilt design. I knew I wanted to make two quilts, one for my husband and the other one for me. The choice for the background fabric was easy : Kona cotton solid in silver for my husband and Kona cotton solid in eggshell for my quilt.

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 5 - skalabara quilts

On the following sheet you can see the quilt design evolution. These are not all designs I was playing with, but you can see the direction going towards the final quilt design.

19 liberty quilt designs

Butterfly charm block paper piecing – this is the link to free paper pieced butterflies  designed by Nicole from lillyella. I was also thinking integrating a few butterflies into the quilt design. At the end I decided against – so many tiny pieces, maybe next time, need more FPP practice and patience.

My final design decision : the jewel box blocks look as they are levitating over a silver background. This design (in my eyes) is lighter as the one with only blocks quilt design without any borders.

19 B jewel box liberty FINAL

So far I have pieced the silver version. I shall post more details about the jewel box block and quilt size shortly.

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 1 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 3 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

levitating liberty jewel box quilt 4 - skalabara quilts

At the moment I am working on some other projects, more about that next time. Untill then happy quilting!

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liberty wheel placemats

This April my sister-in-law and her husband are celebrating their golden wedding. She asked me to make her two quilted placemats to celebrate this special anniversary. I choose a simple wedding ring pattern and I knew that I wanted to use my “new” Liberty London fabrics.

liberty wheel placemats 5 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is from Makower Linen Texture in cream. The pattern template is from Teresa Down Under : Sewn Up, blog post Improvisational Paper Piecing.

I traced the middle ring by hand reusing paper with incorrectly printed out templates. Instead of improvisational piecing of the middle ring, I folded the template into six sections. For each placemat I cut 24 squares 2,5″ x 2,5″; distributed the fabric squares into 4 sections and chain pieced the middle ring.

liberty wheel placemats piecing 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats piecing 2 - skalabara quilts

The pieced middle rings before and after cutting, after removing the paper template :

liberty wheel placemats piecing 3 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats piecing 4 - skalabara quilts

The finished placemats are oval shape – this is why I have cut out the concave pieces asymmetrically, adding 2,5″ on one side of the outer ring template.

liberty wheel placemats left right - skalabara quilts

All prepared for piecing curves :

liberty wheel placemats piecing 5 - skalabara quilts

The four blocks are ready to make a placemat.

liberty wheel placemats piecing 6 - skalabara quilts

I have decided to finish the placemats without binding, i.e. I have quilted only the top and wadding (no backing fabric) in straight lines using the walking in foot.

19 PM liberty wheel piecing 7

And the placemats in “action” :

liberty wheel placemats 2 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats 1 - skalabara quilts

After adding the backing fabric (Kona solid in silver) I have quilted two circles to bond the layers :

liberty wheel placemats back - skalabara quilts

Quilting details :

liberty wheel placemats detail 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats detail 2 - skalabara quilts

Photo of each placemat separately :

liberty wheel placemats 4 - skalabara quilts

liberty wheel placemats 3 - skalabara quilts

Placemat size : 19″ x 14″ – oval template from Purl Soho

Aurifil Mako thread : piecing – 50/2 in dove 2600 / quilting – 40/2 in dove 2600

Wadding : Bosal Acadia Premium 80% cotton / 20% polyester Autumn in white

 

Happy quilting,

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liberty london fabric fat quarters

When I held the first tana lawn cotton fabrics in my hand I knew I wanted more! The fabric is so soft but strong, has wonderful designs and colours. I decided to order more at Alice Caroline – the online shop offers a very good Liberty fabric selection and excellent service.

liberty london fabric fat quarters - skalabara quilts

Since some time I was thinking of making two new quilts for the summer. So the first selection ist done – I have now 33 different Liberty London fabrics in fat or long quarters. The next part was to select a matching background fabric. I want to repeat the pattern on both quilts but just change the background colour.

liberty london fabric fq lemon 210 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq lemon 210 – skalabara quilts

My first choice is Kona solid in silver for one quilt. For the second quilt I wanted to use Kona solid mustard. But mustard would “eat” the pretty yellow Liberty patterns. Since I have started using Kona solids, I have made a sample chart with fabric colours and names. I picked out of this chart eggshell – it is not white, not yellow, not beige. And it is a same soft shade as the Kona solid in silver and both colors match nicely together.

liberty london fabric fq rachel collection - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq rachel collection – skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq violet & rosa classics 40th 942 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq violet & rosa classics 40th 942 – skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq primary classics 40th 940 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric fq primary classics 40th 940 – skalabara quilts

 Next time some photos of the quilt top progress! 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.

fpp highland cow 1 - skalabara quilts

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.

fpp highland back - skalabara quilts

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.

fpp highland cow detail 2 - skalabara quilts

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.

liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 1 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 5 - skalabara quilts

liberty london fabric bundle 4 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

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