neutrals with a colour touch

Since we have changed the couch upholstery fabric from burgundy to a neutral beige/grey shade, I have made some new cushion covers for the lounge. Up to now I have hardly worked with neutrals (because I think they are boring). But maybe now was the right time for some change.

I wasn’t sure about the neutral colours, but I was lucky to find some beautiful Bella Solids in Flax and Etching Slates in my local store.

cushion cover hourglass 2x 1 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover hourglass 2x 2 - skalabara quilts

These two shades were the base for the cushion covers. As I made the hourglass blocks, I thought that I should add some colours to them. Only neutral colors didn’t feel right. So I got out my Kona Cotton Collection fabrics and started to look for some eye-catching colours.

cushion cover hourglass 1 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover hourglass 3 - skalabara quilts

I made two cushion cover designs – one entirely with hourglass blocks and the other with adding borders to the hourglass blocks in the center. Quilted and sewn them together to make two cushion covers that are quilted on both sides.

cushion cover hourglass 4 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover hourglass 2 - skalabara quilts

Closure is with zipper on the bottom:

cushion cover hourglass zipper - skalabara quilts

Quilted with Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread using the walking foot in straight lines copying the hourglass block pattern.

cushion cover hourglass detail 1 - skalabara quilts


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prague july 2018

Once more I was visiting my Mum in Prague. I had super summer weather, sunshine and blue skies. Since I am living nearly 20 years in Spain, I am not anymore used to see such an abundance of green hues in the nature. Visiting different parks in the district of Prague 6 I found sooooo many greens that I couldn´t resist to take loads of photos. But lets start from the beginning : my favourite panorama view is, was and shall always stay the Hradcany – Prague Castle that overlooks the river Vltava nad Charles Bridge.

prague panorama view over the river Moldavia - skalabara quilts

prague Hradcany Castle - skalabara quilts

The Church and Monastery of Our Lady of the Snows in Prague town center:

prague church Maria Snow - skalabara quilts

The photo below is taken from the restaurant at the Garden Center Chladek overlooking their plant exposition and the quiet Hanspaulka district :

prague 6 garden center chladek - skalabara quilts

prague 6 view of Hanspaulka - skalabara quilts

Another “green” place to visit in Prague 6 is the restaurant/ coffee-house situated in the Kajetanka park :

prague 6 garden Kajetanka - skalabara quilts

prague 6 garden Kajetanka - skalabara quilts

Green impressions from the park at the Benedictine Arch-Abbey of St. Adalbert and St. Margaret :

prague 6 park at Brevnov monastery - skalabara quilts

prague 6 park at Brevnov monastery - skalabara quilts

1807 praha

Hope you have enjoyed this small journey through Prague, more about sewing in the next post.

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cushion covers with granny square blocks

This year was a year of refurbishing and renovations at our house. We have bought some new furniture pieces, got new upholstery fabric for the sofa and painted the rooms in bright hues. And it was also time to change the cushion covers in all rooms. These are for the spare bedroom.

cushion cover granny squares 6 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover granny squares 5 - skalabara quilts

I have made two cushion covers – both sides have a block pattern and are quilted. The pattern is a classical granny square block, only the layout direction is different.

The cushion cover below has 3″ squares finished size, i.e. square cutting size is 3 1/2″. I have quilted this cushion cover on the left and right from each seam in straight lines with the walking foot.

cushion cover granny squares 3 - skalabara quilts

The same block but different size of the squares – this time the finished squares are 2 1/2″, i.e. square cutting size is 3″. I have quilted this cushion cover using the walking foot with a wavy pattern in horizontal and vertical lines.

cushion cover granny squares 1 - skalabara quilts

The other two cushion covers have the granny square block set in a vertical/horizontal layout. The finished square size is 2″, i.e. cutting square size is 2 1/2″. I have quilted both with the walking foot in straight lines on the diagonal.

cushion cover granny squares 4 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover granny squares 2 - skalabara quilts

Quilting in detail :

cushion cover granny squares 7 detail - skalabara quilts

cushion cover granny squares 8 detail - skalabara quilts

I have added the zipper closure on the bottom of the cushion covers.

cushion cover granny squares 9 zipper - skalabara quilts

The cushion covers are 20″ x 20″ – a standard cushion inlet size.

Solids are from Kona Cotton collection, background fabric is magenta from the Linen Texture collection by Makower UK.

Quilting thread is Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 in different colours.

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tri bull block – paper piecing

More foundation paper piecing going on this year. When I saw this block on Craftsy, I thought that the design is so pure and modern. And as I live in Spain, a bull would be the perfect addition to all the other quilted animal blocks I have made. Many thanks to Jo from Unicornharts for the pattern.

tri bull paper piecing block - skalabara quilts

As first I pieced the block on the right  (the one with the fly on it), just grabbed a few favourite Kona Solids from the box and started sewing. The pattern is straight forward with easy to follow instructions. I took the colours from the staple top to bottom, without any plan. I do like the way the block turned out, but was not happy with the colour order. So I went to plan B and though more about the colour design. Instead of 5 colours as on the right, I added one more hue and placed the colors in a graduating order.

tri bull paper piecing block 1 - skalabara quilts

Capture of the block back :

tri bull paper piecing block back 1 - skalabara quilts

tri bull paper piecing block back 2 - skalabara quilts

Instead of glueing to paper pieces together, I prefer to sew them together with the machine – see right side. Before I sew the individual pieces together, I tear off the paper on the seam. This makes it easier to press the seams (normally) open.

An detailed photos of the block:

tri bull paper piecing block detail 1 - skalabara quilts

tri bull paper piecing block detail 2 - skalabara quilts

As next I have to decide how to finish the blocks – both on the final block size and the quilting.

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the little cockatoo

Earlier this year we have painted the living room and when I took down the pictures from the walls, I decided that not all of them are going back. Reading a magazine I came over some wonderful bird photos by Leila Jeffreys. I thought this was a perfect idea how to re-decorate a lounge wall! I bought 2 cockatoo photos on Etsy, got them printed and framed. When I was looking for other paper piecing blocks, I found the matching motif : cockatoo paper piecing block by Quiet Play .

cockatoo cushion cover - skalabara quiltsBoth the front with the cockatoo block as well as the back of the cushion cover are quilted using the walking foot and Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread.

cockatoo cushion cover back- skalabara quiltsSize :  16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm – a standard inlet cushion size. Quilting details of the cockatoo and the cushion cover backing :

cockatoo cushion cover detail quilting - skalabara quilts

cockatoo cushion cover back quilting - skalabara quiltsI have finished this cushion cover with a zipper on the bottom :

cockatoo cushion cover zipper- skalabara quilts

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