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.

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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

wool for a shawl

Last week I received some wool and it was time to unwind the lace yarn and have it ready to start my new knitting project. A design by Asa Tricosa : non troppo wrap. It is another shawl with purl and knit stitches, but has some new techniques for me. Looking forward to do some knitting and I am wondering if I can understand and follow the pattern. Up to now I have made my own calculations for the things I have knitted.

drops baby alpaca lace - skalabara

I have chosen jeans blue and apple green to knit the stripes. The Drops Lace yarn is a mixture of 70% baby alpaca and 30% mulberry silk, 100 g = 800 m / 875 yd. The Drops Kid-Silk is a mix of 70% super kid mohair and 30% silk, ball 25 g = 200 m / 218 yd. When I see how thin the yarn is, I shall be still knitting next year!!

drops baby alpaca lace with mohair kid silk - skalabara

drops baby alpaca lace and mohair for shawl - skalabara

And here photos of the finished white triangle shawl, knitted also with Drops Kid-Silk. It is warm and cosy. As the winter is gone, I hope I can use it in the spring over the shoulders.

white shawl - skalabara

where shawl detail - skalabara

After a week with strong cold I am happy to be back on my feet. So there is nothing new in this post on quilting or sewing.

Anyway, happy quilting, thanks for stopping and a good start into the new week,

Barbora

Sheila’s quilt – a QAYG project

This time I am writing a post is about Sheila’s quilt, a QAYG project. A project were all pieces are quilted separately and later sewn together with a zigzag stitch. To cover the zigzag we use a thinner decoration strip sewn first on the back and a wider strip sewn on the front. Sheila has pieced and quilted this piece herself. She only asked me to sew the last two long strips because the quilt is getting heavy.

quilt detail sheila - skalabara

This quilt has 12 blocks, each block is 20″ x 20″.  The quilt top is now 60″ x 80″ and it has a perfect size to fit the mattress. The next phase is to add borders for the drop. We have calculated the exact measurements so that the drop borders just about touch the floor. Sheila has used for this QAYG quilt 3 charm packs and a light green solid to make the broken dishes block. Each block has 9 broken dishes units and is finished with a blue border.

quilt top sheila - skalabara

A colorful quilt back. This is QAYG magic!

quilt back sheila - skalabara

Detail of the strips covering the zigzag stitch when sewing the blocks together.

quilt sheila QAYG - skalabara

And some more details of the quilt so far :

quilt sheila collage - skalabara

Have you done QAYG projects? What is your experience? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping, happy quilting!

Barbora

weekend in orange shades – more cushion covers

The Horizon top is ready to quilt, but instead of starting working on a large throw, I decided to make a set of 4 cushion covers for my Mum’s neighbor Eliska.

cushion covers in orange 1 - skalabara

Eliska was a big help for my Mum when she broke her arm and could not cook. Eliska made for her all warm meals over a period of 6 weeks. These cushion covers are for the sofa in her kitchen where all cupboards are in orange. I made my “classical” set of cushion covers using half-square triangles. But my favorite stays the hourglass block. I selected a strong orange quilting thread from Mettler. First I had out an off-white quilting thread but the orange is more visible.

cushion covers in orange 6 - skalabara

cushion covers in orange 7 - skalabara

On the above collage you can already see the backing fabric. I have sewn 4 backs with a zipper closure. I use this tutorial from Riley Blake.

cushion covers in orange 2 - skalabara

All photos have a bit different colors. We had very variable weather over the weekend, starting with blue skies and sun, getting cloudy and today we have strong winds and some rain. All photos were taken this time inside, outside the cushion covers would fly away.

cushion covers in orange 3 - skalabara

The cushion covers on the working table in my sewing room.

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Set of 4 Cushion Covers

cushion size : 16″ x 16″ and unit size 4″ x 4″ (both finished)

thread : Mettler Quilting color 594 – strong orange

quilting : straight line with walking foot

 

And this can happen when you sew over pins, so be very careful :

sewing over pins - skalabara

And as last a photo is of a very happy cat – Mikesch enjoying a nap on the sofa.

mikesch the happy cat - skalabara

 

I’ll be linking this week with Lets Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

 

Have wonderful week and happy quilting!

Barbora

wip – february 2016

It is exactly a year that I finished the Horizon quilt top. Since then it was waiting on the shelf for further procedure. I had the backing fabrics, but no time to make the sandwich and start quilting. This week I received a bulky parcel from Cottonpatch with a delivery of my favorite wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton Natural Select. So, no more excuses and I started today piecing the backing, got the wadding out of the bag, cleaned the quilt top from loose threads and finally (after a year) made the quilt sandwich.

horizon quilt top 2 - skalabara

horizon quilt top - skalabara

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This is what I have on the needles : knitting an easy triangle shawl for cool days in the winter or cool nights in the summer. I am using my last – fourth – ball of Drops Kid-Silk and I hope to finish it soon. The wool is a dream, at first I had to get used to the very thin wool, but now it’s OK. I am knitting on 47″ red lace circulars from Chiaogoo.

on the needles - skalabara

on the needles 2 - skalabara

 

The only project that I have finished this week was a set of four chair cushions for my friend Jane. She has redecorated her house, red is her favorite color and she wanted some cushion covers to match her new curtains and table runners.

dresden plate cushion cover - skalabara

dresden plate detail - skalabara

 

I’ll be linking this week with Lets Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

That is all for today, happy quilting!

Barbora