may cushion covers – part 2

This is the last post to show my cushion cover series for April and May 2021. This time I got out of the stash a rest of a Lotta Jansdotter collection. A very Scandinavian fabric design with clear colors and bold pattern motifs.

bella cushion covers 1 - skalabara quilts

I started cutting the pieces depending on the scrap size. The first cushion cover I made was the one with the small squares. All cut size 2″ square and finished size 1,5″. The number and size of the squares define the cushion cover size : 10 x 10 = 100 squares (times 1,5″) = 15″ x 15″.

bella cushion cover squares small - skalabara quilts

The next cushion cover I made was the one with larger squares. This time the cut size is 3,5″ and finished size is 3″ squares. The cushion cover has altogether 25 squares and makes up to a final size of 15″ x 15″.

bella cushion cover squares large - skalabara quilts
bella cushion covers squares 1 - skalabara quilts

My next cushion cover design is a combination of squares and rectangles. After looking at the scrap size and amount of fabric left, I have cut the squares 2,5″ x 2,5″ and the rectangles 2,5″ x 4,5″. The pattern alternates a square and a rectangle piece. This time the cushion cover size is 18″ x 18″.

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For the next cushion cover, I have used the very last scrap pieces. These I have cut into squares or rectangles to the same height. For the pattern I have alternated a row of squares/rectangles with a white stripe row. I have also added a white border to make the cushion cover to a size of 20″ x 20″.

bella cushion cover squares and stripes 1 - skalabara quilts

The last cushion cover in this series is a “mixed” pattern. I have pieced the finished blocks and units I had on stock to make a square cushion cover. Somehow a total fantasy design. Finished cushion cover size is : 16” x 16”.

bella cushion cover mixed pattern 1 - skalabara quilts

I have used the walking foot to quilt all cushion covers. Followed straight lines on the diagonal, either 1,5″ or 2″ apart. Stitch length is 4 mm. Quilting thread is Mettler Silk Finish in 40 in light grey. Including a busy bee in the photo.

bella cushion cover squares and stripes with a bee - skalabara quilts
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For the backing, I have selected a black/white/grey fabric with a paisley pattern. The cushion cover backing is with an envelope closure and double fabric. Paisley pattern fabric on the exterior and white lining cotton fabric on the interior.

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bella cushion covers backing 1 - skalabara quilts
bella cushion covers backing 2 - skalabara quilts

This was a fun project using all fabric leftovers. Each cushion cover has a unique design. But as all the fabrics come from the same collection, they unite the series.

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Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Quilting Cotton 40 – color light grey

flower small skalabara quilts

Happy quilting

barbora

may cushion covers – part 1

The last few weeks I have been working on several cushion cover projects. Something small for between larger projects. This time I would like to show you some pretty pink cushion covers made with broken dishes blocks. I got the pink half square triangles out of my stash scrap box.

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Somehow I prefer the broken dishes block to the windmill block. I know that there are many more possibilities to do with half square triangles.

cushion covers broken dishes in pink 1 - skalabara quilts

Since we have had quite a lot of rain through the winter and until now, the garden is this year is really nice. I try to take the photos for the blog with all these flowering plants. In another month we will have the heat and the garden will go to the “summer sleep”.

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I have quilted both cushion covers with the walking foot in straight lines on the diagonal. I need more practice with the stitch in the ditch quilting.

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cushion covers broken dishes in pink detail 1 - skalabara quilts

For the backing, I have selected a fabric with a polka dot pattern in light and dark pink. I have finished the cushion covers with an envelope closure and double fabric. Dotty pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

cushion covers broken dishes in pink backing - skalabara quilts

Following images of each cushion cover on its own.

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You can see some aloe vera with flowers in the background, also lavender and rosemary bushes.

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And this time a shot of the two cushion covers with some sage bushes in full flower, always a favourite of the bees.

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Broken dishes cushion covers in pink : 18″ x 18″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton 40 – color natural

flower small skalabara quilts

Happy quilting

barbora

april cushion covers – part 2

As mentioned in my last post, I have made some more cushion covers. A few weeks ago I was checking and sorting out my fabric stash. And I have found well hidden a box with half square triangles. An ideal basis to make a few cushion covers for the dog rescue center.

broken dishes cushions 2 - skalabara quilts

Different colours, different fabric patterns. But one thing in common : half square triangles. A very versatile unit with many design options.

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The green/blue cushion cover has four broken dishes blocks in the center. Followed by two borders. I have quilted this cushion cover with the walking foot in straight stitches on the diagonal.

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For the backing, I have selected a dark blue fabric from my stash. I have finished the cushion cover with an envelop closure and double fabric. Colorful pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

broken dishes cushions backing 2 - skalabara quilts

The other two cushion covers are with bright warm hues. One with some batiks and the other one with normal printed fabrics. For each block I have pieced four half square triangle units. This made the center of the square in square block. Then added thin borders to each block. Both cushion covers have also an outer border with the same fabric as the backing.

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To quilt both cushion covers, I have used the walking foot and straight stitches on the diagonal 1,5″ apart. Stitch length is 4 mm.

broken dishes cushions detail 1 - skalabara quilts

For the backing, I have selected a small flower print in beige/pink/red shades from my stash. The cushion cover backing is with an envelope closure and double fabric. Colorful pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

broken dishes cushions backing 1 - skalabara quilts

This was a fun project using some pieces from my (hidden) stock. I have still some more cushion covers on my working table. And some Kaffe Fassett scraps that need cutting for the next cushion cover project.

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broken dishes cushions 1 - skalabara quilts

Green/blue cushion cover : 14″ x 14″

2x brown/blue/pink cushion cover : 18″ x 18″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton 40 – color natural

flower small skalabara quilts

Happy quilting

barbora

april cushion covers – part 1

April is here with typical April weather – sun, rain, wind, storm, thunder. You choose, we had it. Temperatures are like on a carrousel ride, going up and down. Luckily, I didn’t have time to swap my winter and summer clothing; I am still using my winter jackets. But this unpredictable weather gives more time to stick to the sewing machine. Here my makes from the last weekend:

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I have pieced the turquoise cushion cover with fabric rests from the turquoise quilt I am making for my Mum. I have used the scraps to make 9 individual squares, each square cut to 4,5″.

april turquoise cushion 1 - skalabara quilts

The solid color fabric for the sashing is Kona Ash, one of my favourites at the moment. The hue is something between grey and beige, an ideal neutral shade for quilts.

april turquoise cushion detail - skalabara quilts

I have quilted the turquoise cushion cover using the walking foot. With a straight extra wide zigzag stich on my Bernina.

The other two cushion covers are with bright warm hues, all Kona solids. The colors are : Grellow – yellow, Kumquat – orange, Medium Pink, Bright Pink and Cerise – dark red.

april pinkie cushions 1 - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers have the same stripe blocks, each 5″ square. I have cut from each colour fabric 6 rectangle pieces 1,5″ x 5,5″. The background fabric is Kona Ash.

april pinkie cushions 3 - skalabara quilts

To quilt both cushion covers, I have used the walking foot and straight stitches. One cover has stitches in vertical and horizontal, the other one has stitches on the diagonal.

For the backing, I have selected a colorful pattern fabric from my stash. The cushion cover backing is with an envelope closure and double fabric. Colorful pattern fabric on the exterior and calico from IKEA on the interior.

This was a fun project for a rainy weekend. I have some more cushion covers on my working table that are nearly finished. Stay tuned to my next post with some newly finished projects!

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april turquoise cushion backing - skalabara quilts
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Turquoise cushion cover : 16″ x 16″

2 stripe blocks cushion cover : 14″ x 14″

4 stripe blocks cushion cover : 13″ x 13″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50 – color 0412

flower small skalabara quilts

barbora

blakely baby quilt

I have been working on a quilt for my Mum, all in turquoise – green – blue hues and I need to make some minor projects in between. This time it is a baby quilt in black – grey – white tones. Pattern is Blakely Quilt by Meghan Buchanan from Then Came June.

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The pattern is easy to follow. It perfectly explained all cutting and piecing steps. Meghan has on her website diverse color combinations of her Blakely quilt pattern. I have opted to make the baby one and I have used fabrics from my stash.

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For the baby quilt backing, I have used a bedsheet from IKEA with a paisley pattern. The colours mirror exactly all the fabrics used in this quilt.

blakely quilt backing - skalabara quilts
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The quilt was a nice weekend project and the strip piecing went quick. The blocks are a good size – 13″ square finished. It was a matter of afternoon sitting at the sewing machine to finish the top.

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I have quilted this baby project using the walking foot with a large zigzag stitch. Quilting thread used is Silk Finish Cotton in 40 from Amann Group Mettler in color 0331 light grey. I used to buy these threads in Prague. But because of the pandemic, I cannot travel. But now my Bernina representative is an official retailer of all Mettler threads and I can buy them locally.

For the quilt binding I have opted to use a yellow shade – Grellow Kona solid. This makes the baby quilt gender neutral.

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blakely quilt binding 1 - skalabara quilts
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Baby quilt size : 41″ x 41″ / Block size : 13″ x 13″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 – color 0331

flower small skalabara quilts

Happy Easter and stay safe!

barbora