modern sampler

Over Christmas I have started a new quilt and finally I managed to piece the top. I have used a pattern by Emily Dennis from her great book Modern Quilts. It is not a one-to-one copy of the Block by Block Sampler. Some blocks were not my favourite ones plus I have changed the quilt size.

modern sampler - skalabara quilts

The original quilt design is 60 x 66 inches. My quilt top is 56 x 67 inches as I prefer rectangular quilt shapes to the square ones. I have also used other block layout. I had so much fun selecting the fabric colors, cutting and piecing each block.

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Once more I have used only solid fabrics, most of them are Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.

modern sampler - churn dash - skalabara quilts

modern sampler - compass star - skalabara quilts

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modern sampler - hopscotch - skalabara quilts

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A detail quilt top view

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This week I want to visit the Bernina representative in my area (2 hours drive) to try out the Bernina 720 and 770QE. I am so happy with my Bernina 440QE, I have had it for at least 10 years now and it is time to move on, to a higher level. What I like on the 720/770 is the larger space to the right of the needle. 3 inches more space make a big difference. This is the reason I am piecing so many blocks and not quilting. I want to leave it for the new machine!

Happy quilting !

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tri bull blocks quilted

It has been some time since I have made the two tri bull blocks. I checked my original post and it has been more than a year and half ago!? Gosh, where did the time go? I added fabric to the original block and now both blocks are 20″ x 20″. A good size for cushion covers.

Block A – the one with better fabric choice :

19 CU tribull A 1

19 CU tribull A 5

19 CU tribull A 7

19 CU tribull A back 1

And block B – the first one I made, my color choice was not so ideal :

19 CU tribull B 1

19 CU tribull B 4

19 CU tribull B 7

19 CU tribull B back 1

And here to compare the two blocks and quilting :

 

 

Thanks for visiting, happy quilting!

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sugaridoo bernina quilt along

Since I had so much fun and learnt a lot with the Summer Sampler 2019, I have signed up for a new quilt along. This time it is a free one from the Bernina blog. Irene from Sugaridoo made the quilt design. The quilt consists of 12 rows altogether. Each row has a different design and the instructions come end of the month.

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The first row (actually row number 5 of the quilt design) was released already end of November. The next row instruction is due on the 26th of December. The quilt along will take place over the next 12 months. In meantime I have selected fabrics and will start with piecing after the holidays or even in the new year. Then I can cut and piece 2 rows at once.

sugaridoo bernina quiltalong 1 - skalabara quilts

My fabric choice :

  • background fabric is Kona Solid in Haze – Robert Kaufman
  • accent fabric is Kona Solid in Pewter – Robert Kaufman
  • diverse color solids from Kona Solids – Robert Kaufman and Bella Solids – Moda Fabrics

Looking forward to finish this new project at the end of 2020!

Maybe you want to join too?! Happy quilting

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grey cushion cover – a last minute christmas present

Before flying to Prague over the weekend, I have made a quilted grey cushion cover as a Christmas present for my Mum. The pattern is Santa Fe from the Fat Quarter Shop blog.

19 cu santa fe chair - skalabara quilts

I must admit, that it was a mistake to choose at late night the fabrics for this cushion cover. The light grey fabric for the middle half-square triangles doesn’t have enough contrast to the white fabric.

19 cu santa fe 3 detail - skalabara quilts

Well, there is always something new to learn with each new quilting project.

19 cu santa fe 1 - skalabara quilts

I like the pattern and will make some more next year. But will be more careful with the colours and intensity of each hue.

On the following two photos you can se the optical difference when the cushion cover is moved 90°. The cushion cover is 20″ x 20″.

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19 cu santa fe 6

Quilted in straight lines using the walking foot.

19 cu santa fe quilting 1 - skalabara quilts

19 cu santa fe quilting 2 - skalabara quilts

19 cu santa fe 4 detail - skalabara quilts

Cushion cover size : 20″ x 20″ with an envelope closure

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako 40/2 color 2600

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a very happy year 2020! And looking forward to new quilting a sewing projects!

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quilt along part 3

Well, hello everyone! It has been some time since my last post. This late summer and autumn, I took time off from sewing and patchwork, but enjoyed reading instead. I have found some great books and couldn’t stop reading them. I was a very regular customer in the wonderful bookstores in the city center of Prague. Not only did I get books in my native language Czech but also in German and English.

Autumn has arrived and let the outdoor temperatures drop. And I have finally finished piecing the rest of the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I could check my skills in different piecing techniques. Accurate cutting and piecing. Improvisational piecing, sewing curves, foundation paper piecing, hexagons, flying geese, half rectangle blocks.

So, here the last batch of photos before I start piecing the quilt top. Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #14 – #21 :

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Even though there are two alternative finishings in the Quilt Along, I will make my design. Both quilts designs are very large. Far too large to quilt on a normal sewing machine.
Till next time, happy quilting                 barbora   flower small skalabara quilts