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″.

19 cu santa fe 5 - skalabara quilts

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 :

summer sampler 2019 block 14 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 15 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 16 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 17 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 18 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 19 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 20 - skalabara quilts
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summer sampler 2019 block 21 - skalabara quilts
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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

quilt along part 2

Catching up with the Summer Sampler 2019 blocks. I have cut and pieced (nearly) all blocks. Each block is so different, with diverse sewing techniques. But all blocks are fun to make and with each block I have learned something new. All tips, hints and video tutorials are super helpful. At the moment, I have only put one block to the side: Oasis block with circles.

Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #6 – #8:

summer sampler 2019 block 6 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 7 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 8 - skalabara quilts

The center piece (petrol hue) is approx. 1 1/4″ finished, the next star in turquoise and orange is 4″ finished size. This was a real challenge!

summer sampler 2019 block 8 detail - skalabara quilts

Summer Sampler 2019 blocks #10 – #13:

summer sampler 2019 block 10 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 11 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 12 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 13 - skalabara quilts

Blocks with curves:

summer sampler 2019 block 11 + 6 - skalabara quilts

Foundation paper piecing blocks:

summer sampler 2019 block 7 + 10 - skalabara quilts

summer sampler 2019 block 8 quer - skalabara quilts

 

Looking forward to work on the next blocks, happy quilting

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quilted cushion cover

Something for in between projects : a double sided quilted cushion cover. I made the hexie side a few weeks ago – see this post. When I was sorting out my sewing room, I found an extra log cabin block for a quilt I made earlier – Magenta and Golden Flowers.  All I needed was to add strips to the original log cabin un till I had a finished cushion cover size of 20″ x 20″.

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 1 - skalabara quilts

I have used for both cushion cover sides bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

CU kaffe fassett log cabin detail 5 - skalabara quilts

The log cabin strips are 1″ wide when finished; i.e. cutting is 1,5″. The center square is 2″ finished; i.e. cutting 2,5″.

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 3 - skalabara quilts

Quilted in straight lines with the walking foot along all seams. I have used a diagonal stitch so that I could quilt this cushion cover in one go, without cutting off and burying any threads.

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 6 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 7 - skalabara quilts

Here the finished cushion cover :

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 9 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 8 - skalabara quilts

My favourite zipper insert – tutorial by veni vidi vicky

cushion cover log cabin with kaffe fassett fabrics 10 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting, happy quilting!

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working on cushion covers

As I am heading for Prague this Thursday I didn’t want to start a bigger project – like quilting the levitating jewel box quilt or starting the twin levitating jewel box quilt. Instead I decided to work on some cushion covers for the lounge – you can never have enough. One is made with EPP hexies and the other is with hst.

My first EPP hexie project : using an idea of a modern hexie cushion cover on German Bernina site. The explanation is straight forward and I am very happy with the result.

hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

At the moment I have just quilted the top, thinking about a design for the back. As I add the zipper closure to the bottom, I piece both sides of the cushion covers with a nice pattern.

hexie cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

The cushion cover size is 20″ x 20″ and I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box. I always like to work with them, the fabrics are so colourful, cheerful and happy.

hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is Kona solid in eggshell, nearly the same colour as the backing. For the back of the cushion cover quilt sandwich I always use BOMULL unbleached fabric from IKEA, perfect price and quality balance.

hexie cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hexie cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

The second cushion cover I have made was inspired by Saija from Pomada,  pop over to see her beautiful quilts!

hst cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

Once more I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box and the Kona solid in eggshell. Finished size is 18″ x 24″, each finished hst unit is 3″.  I want to make the same design for the back side, maybe piece the hst’s a bit larger – like a test size for a possible quilt throw.

hst cushion cover 3 - skalabara quilts

Both cushion covers are quilted using the walking foot in straight lines following the design. I have used Aurifil mako thread 40/2 in light sand, colour 2000.

hst cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

And from the back :

hst cushion cover back 1 - skalabara quilts

hst cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

And both cushion cover tops :

hst and hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

hst and hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

This is all for this time, happy quilting!

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