easy sewing machine cover

My friend Kate’s birthday was coming quickly and I didn’t have a clue what to give her for her special day. With a bit of luck I found out that she doesn’t have a sewing machine cover for her new Bernina. Kate is a lover of all Kaffe Fassett fabric designs (same as me). So this was an easy decision to make : quilt a colorful sewing machine cover.

Fabric choice was all clear. But what about the pattern? Normal piecing, paper piecing or even appliqué design? At the end it was a n easy decision : I prefer colorful fabrics and easy patterns. So I took measurements of my Bernina and went for squares – charm pack size 5″ x 5″. A layout of 4 x 6 rows, i.e. 24 different squares all in bright reds, pinks and oranges.

sewing machine cover 1 - skalabara

After piecing the squares I made a sandwich and quilted the sewing machine cover with wavy lines using the walking foot. I have added 4 straps and the binding. Voila, here we have the finished cover. I have tested it on my sewing machine if the cover fits well. From the front :

sewing machine cover 2 - skalabara

and from the back :

sewing machine cover 3 - skalabara

Quilting detail :

sewing machine cover detail - skalabara

Backing and quilting :

sewing machine cover backing - skalabara

Have a nice day and happy quilting,


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.

horizon quilt detail 2 - skalabara

horizon quilt detail 4 - skalabara

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,


pink quilt for a baby girl

This quilt is for a baby girl just a few weeks old. She is the granddaughter of my friend Joan. Last year when browsing on the net I saw this baby quilt at Craftbuds and I liked the design. Here my version :

pink baby quilt 1 - skalabara

When Joan asked me to a make baby quilt, I remembered the Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt. So I got out my pink fabrics and started. When I made the first layout just with the pinks I thought it would be nice to get in also a touch of yellow. The quilt I made is larger than in the Craftbuds post. I have altogether 80 blocks instead of 42. The quilt is approx. a cot size. I have worked with the same cutting directions : 6,5″ squares as well as 2,5″ squares for the corners, but I used double of the material.

Some details of piecing and pinning :

pink baby quilt befor quilting - skalabara

I decided to quilt it in free-motion with meanders as I do not want to get out of practice.

pink baby quilt detail - skalabara

Binding is in a light fuchsia shade.

pink baby quilt binding 1 - skalabara


pink baby quilt collage - skalabara

Pink Baby Quilt details

quilt size : 48″ x 60″ / 122 x 152 cm

wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton in select natural quality

quilting thread : Mettler Quilting No. 40, col. nat.-4

I shall be linking with Sew Fresh Quilts : Let’s Bee Social. Have wonderful Sunday and carry on quilting, Barbora

pink wave quilt

My first finish of 2016! Actually I started working on this quilt at least 2 years ago. I pieced the blocks and somehow I was´t happy with the colors. So I put the blocks deep back into my patchwork storage and forgot about them. The other day I was looking through my fabrics and dreaming of my new quilting adventures when I got across the “lost” blocks. And I remembered my resolution from last year : finish all UFO´s before starting new things!

pink wave quilt - skalabara

So I pieced the quilt top together, opened a new packet of my favorite wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton – in select natural quality.

pink wave quilt - pinning - skalabara

pink wave quilt - pinning - skalabara

As the pattern is very straight forward I have decided to quilt it with wavy lines using the walking foot. Thread : Superior Threads King Tut #40/3 variegated color no. 961 canaan.

pink wave quilt - quilting detail - skalabara

pink wave quilt - quilting - skalabara

And the backing :

pink wave quilt - backing - skalabara

The binding is in bright fuchsia :

pink wave quilt - binding - skalabara

Pink Wave Quilt details

quilt size : 66″ x 50″ / 167 x 127 cm

block size : 14″ x 14″ (finished)

wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton in select natural quality

quilting thread : Superior Threads King Tut #40/3, col.no.  961

Happy quilting, Barbora

2015 in quilting

As 2015 is slowly, but steadily coming to an end, I have sorted my stash, cleaned up my sewing room and I am already back home from my trip to Prague.

So this post is all about 2015 finishes – a photo journal of my quilting year 2015. Lots of pillow covers and a few quilts.

2015 quilts and pillows by skalabara

2015 quilts and pillows - colorful by skalabara

2015 quilts and pillows - neutrals by skalabara

2015 quilts and pillows - black and white by skalabara

2015 quilts and pillows - orange by skalabara

2015 quilts and pillows - persimon by skalabara

2015 quilts and pillows - blue and orange by skalabara

Wishing everybody all the best for 2016, lots of ideas for new sewing projects!! Enjoy the last day of 2015 with your families and loved ones, Barbora