quilted cushion cover for alice

My friend Alice asked me a few weeks ago, if I could make here a quilted cushion cover for her favorite armchair at home. She liked the quilted cushion covers I have made for our lounge sofa. So the cushion design was a straightforward decision.

21 CU for alice side 1-2 - skalabara quilts

I have opted to use Kona solids in Dove and Pewter for the basic hourglass blocks. Alice also wanted some bright colors added to the neutral shades. For this I have used fabric from my stock in a burgundy, fuchsia, pink, orange and yellow shades.

21 CU for alice side 2-2 - skalabara quilts

Alice can use the cushion cover can on both sides. One side has only hourglass blocks – finished size of a unit is 3″ square. The other side has the smaller hourglass blocks – finished size is 2,5″ square. To this I have added a 0,5” wide border in burgundy, before finishing the cushion cover with the light grey fabric.

21 CU for alice side 1 detail - skalabara quilts

Quilted with my new favourite thread from Amman Mettler Silk Finish in cotton 40, color 0331. I have used the walking foot and stitch length 4,0 for straight quilting in diagonal. The meeting point of both sides.

21 CU for alice 2 sides - skalabara quilts

I have added a zipper to the bottom of the cushion cover.

21 CU for alice zipper 2 - skalabara quilts

Cushion cover size : 15″ x 15″

21 CU for alice side 1-1 - skalabara quilts

And the last photo is with Dotti, our new doggie.

21 CU for alice with dotti - skalabara quilts

Happy quilting, enjoy life and stay safe!

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summer sampler 2019 quilt

2021 – a year of finishes … Like this one : Summer Sampler 2019 Quilt. Finally pieced together and quilted! Here links to my piecing progress in this quiltalong : first part, second part and third part.

summer sampler 2019 - skalabara quilts

I have opted for a 4 x 5 block layout and I did not piece one block of the 21 Summer Sampler 2019 block series. All blocks are 12″ finished and sewn with different patchwork techniques. Like foundation paper piecing and freehand foundation piecing, a variation of the drunkards path block with curves, half hexagons and half rectangle triangles or working with diamond cuts. A very good quiltalong to learn new piecing and sewing techniques

summer sampler 2019 - skalabara quilts

I have added two inch wide strips between the blocks. The corner stone units with square in square block – are also two inch finished. For the interior squares I have used all solids as in the quilt, mostly Kona solids.

Backing is a bedding sheet from IKEA with a paisley pattern in white/grey/black colors.

summer sampler 2019 backing 
 - skalabara quilts
summer sampler 2019 backing 
- skalabara quilts

I have quilted the Summer Sampler 2019 with a wavy stich pattern using the walking foot quilting. Quilting thread is from Aurifil – Mako 40/2 – color 2600 Dove.

For the binding I have used all solid fabrics in the quilt, changing color shade all 20″.

summer sampler 2019 binding 2 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 3 - skalabara quilts

And a sneak peak photo with a hint for my next blog post :

summer sampler 2019 and 2020 - skalabara quilts

Summer Sampler 2019 with 20 blocks – Quilt size :  58″ x 72″ / Block size : 12″ x 12″

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

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2600 Dove

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Happy quilting and have a good time until next blog post !

barbora

colorful cushion covers

In my last post of 2020, I have shown you my quilt throw Spinning Windmill. With the new year here, I have used the “cut-offs” from this project to make three different quilted cushion covers.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

The half-square triangles come from the flying geese units – I have used the stitch and flip method. Whilst piecing the flying geese units for the quilt, I have sewn the half-square triangles.

Click on the link to get the “spinning windmill” quilt throw pattern. And the tip how to make the extra half-square triangles.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

I have also finished a cushion cover with a star motif. Originally I wanted to use this block as an extra block for the Summer Sampler 2020 Quiltalong. But at the end, I have used a different design to finish the quilt. Find the pattern for the wonky star block here.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

This time I have combined different stitches to do the quilting on the cushion covers. From the back you can see better all the stitching on the calico fabric.

I have used a new thread type that I have bought – it is silk-finish cotton in 40 from Mettler (Amann Group), color 0331 light grey. It is a great thread, very smooth and shiny. Ideal to use for all quilting projects.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

For the back side of the cushion covers, I have taken a nice paisley pattern fabric in black/white/grey hues. I have finished the cushion covers with an envelope closure on the back. With double fabric – the paisley pattern fabric and the calico on the cushion interior.

colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts
colorful cushion covers - skalabara quilts

Wishing you a wonderful 2021 with lots of creative projects, happy sewing!

barbora

dotti and spinning windmill quilt throw

It has been lately quiet on my blog about my projects. But in this time I concentrated on other things then sewing or quilting. A big change came two months ago : we have finally adopted a dog – so please meet Dotti, a rescue bitch approx. three years old.

dotti 1 - skalabara quilts

Dotti is a mix bread, it is hard to identify the parents, but is very gentle and brings life to our house.

In the middle of the confinement here in Spain, just after Easter, we have lost our loyal and handsome companion of 10 years, Strubbel the Catalan sheepdog. The loss came from one moment to another, and it took us by surprise. I believe that he is happy in his hunting heaven chasing all those rabbits. He will stay with us forever in our memories.

strubbel - catalan sheep dog

After working with tiny blocks on the last cushion covers – read this blog post – I wanted to work on a quick and easy project. I have always been fond of any windmill blocks and made a quilt throw for the rescue kennels that Dotti came from. Finally, I selected a 12″ square spinning windmill block to do the throw.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

I took out the fabric bundle that I ordered earlier this year : Sun Print 2020 by Alison Glass. The collection includes 27 quilting cotton fabrics in diverse colors. From my fabric stack I have matched the solids, mostly Kona from Robert Kaufman.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

I have made 20 blocks with a quilt layout of 4 x 5 blocks, adding borders to left/right and top/bottom. The background solid fabric is Kona Solid in Silver by Robert Kaufman.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

The backing fabric is once again a colorful Ikea bedding cover, with tropical birds and flowers.

spinning windmill quilt throw backing - skalabara quilts

The binding is this time colorful, made up with all the diverse solid color fabrics that I have used for the center spinning windmill blocks.

I have quilted this throw with the walking foot selecting the curvy running stitch #4 on the Bernina. I have adjusted the stitch length to 3,75 and increased the curve length to 250%.

spinning windmill quilt throw quilting detail - skalabara quilts

I have enjoyed making this happy quilt throw as it was a quick finish.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts
spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  54″ x 66″ / Block size : 12″ x 12″

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

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2600 Dove

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and let’s look positive into the year 2021!

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matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt

It has been some time since I have finished the Atmosphere Quilt, a pattern by Lee A. Heinrich. But only now I have made 2 matching cushion covers to the quilt. As this quilt is a gift for a good friend, I thought some extra cushion covers would be nice.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

I had so many half-square triangles left over from piecing the Atmosphere Quilt top. I had them all in a box and this box I have had many times in my hands to through the tiny pieces away. But somehow I always resisted and left the box content for further use.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

The block pattern Broken Dishes is on the lower cushion cover. The pattern on the top cushion cover happened as a mistake. I rotated one unit when piecing the half-square triangles. And I liked the pattern, so I used it to make the other cushion cover.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

The half-square triangle blocks are 2″ x 2″ finished, i.e. each half-square triangle unit is 1″ x 1″ finished. I have added borders to make the cushion covers 20″ x 20″.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Quilted in diagonal lines with the walking foot, stitch length 3,75 mm. Quilting thread is Aurifil Mako 40/2, color 2600 Dove.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

To match the quilt, I have finished the cushion covers with the same binding fabric that I have used on the quilt.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

This time I have opted for an envelope closure instead of adding a zipper. I have lined the backing fabric with calico for strength.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Fabrics used : Kona solid in Silver, Bella solid in Mustard and Etchings Slate.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Happy quilting!

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