a set of quilted placemats in pink

2022 – here we go! I have started this year with a small project – two placemats for my dear neigbourghs. A little late Christmas gift. But here in Spain, the Three Holy Kings bring the presents on the eve of 6th January. And I have made it till the 6th, so it is officially a Christmas gift.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Got out my pink scrap basket and a piece of Kona Solid in Ash for the background. I have made some calculations about the size of the placemats and the individual pieces. The pink units are cut 5″ square and finished 4,5″ square.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

The borders in the center – between the pink units are 1″ finished size (cut 1,5″). The outer borders are a bit wider : 1,5″ finished size (cut 2″).

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

I have pieced altogether 12 pink scrappy units and divided them into two piles – for two placemats. When deciding on the placemat layout, I have rotated the units by 90º. So that three units are in vertical and three units are in horizontal direction.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts
set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Quilting the placemats was straight forward : stiches on the diagonal, each line is 3/4″ apart. This fairly dense quilting leaves the placemats nice and flat after washing in the future.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts
set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Quilting thread is a 40 wt cotton Silk Finish by Mettler in light gray. Stitch length is 4 mm.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

For the backing I have used the calico bought in IKEA – Bomull, an unbleached 100% cotton fabric. On the back you can see better the quilting lines.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

I have used two different pink solids for binding the placemats. Both are Kona Solids – one is Bright Pink and the other Medium Pink.

set of quilted placemats in pink - skalabara quilts

Placemat size : 14″ x 18″

This is all for the moment, I have some small projects on the table. Happy quilting!

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patchwork city quilt in turquoise

In this blog post, I want to share with you the turquoise quilt I made for my Mum. The only condition she had was to use her favorite color palette : blue/turquoise/green. After checking my Kona Solids on stock, I selected a few more shades from the Kona Solid colour chart.

Since the Brexit, I cannot order easy in the UK. Some shops stopped delivering to continental Europe because of the customs. But I have found a super online shop in Germany stocking a wide range of Kona solids. So I sent my order to Quiltzauberei.de and within a week I had all my fabrics at home.

I had a special quilt pattern on my mind, one that I wanted to try out for a long time. It is from the book Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman. Since I purchased the e-book back in 2014, it was sitting a long time on the shelf. At the end, I selected the pattern Uptown because of the dimensions.

I am not writing a review about this book, but I must admit, it is written very well. There are 3 block sizes (5″ x 8″ ; 8″ x 8″ ; 5″ x 14″) that make up pieced together a block 14″ square. There are different techniques, like precise cutting and piecing or foundation paper piecing.

The first half of this year I was working on this secret project, quilt for my Mum. She wanted a new quilt for the couch in her kitchen. The “old” one has come into years, I made over 10 years ago. Actually, it was my first big quilt I made on my own. A sampler quilt with 12 blocks, each 12″ square, using batiks in blue/turquoise/yellow. I didn’t even take photos of this quilt.

I started February this year and till the end of August I made the 60 individual blocks needed for the Uptown Quilt design. I got used to working with very thin fabric strips and my piecing got accurate. Since I knew I was going to Prague in October, I had Septmber to finish the quilt.

An I made it! Ende September I could take photos of the finished quilt. Piecing the quilt blocks went well and the quilt came out beautifully.

As the pattern is very geometrical, I though quilting with wavy stitches would break it up a bit. Quilting thread is Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40, color 2792 turquoise and the stitch length is 4,0 mm.

For the quilt backing I have used a bedsheet with paisley pattern purchase at Zara Home.

The binding has all the different fabric hues from the quilt, pieced with 20″ long strips.

This was my big project for 2021. All the other quilts or quilted cushion covers I made this year are here : quilts made 2021.

Uptown from Patchwork City – Quilt size :  65″ x 81″ / Block size : 14″ x 14″

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

Quilting thread : Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 40 – color 2792 turqouise

Thanks for visiting my blog in 2021 and taking part in my quilting adventures. Wishing you a wonderful festive season and all the best for 2022! Happy sewing and quilting.

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scrappy churn dash quilt

A scrappy churn dash quilt was on my “to do quilt list” for ages. I know I have several unfinished quilts  – Radiate quilt, Summer Sampler and a few more… But I couldn’t resist to make a quilt only with classical churn dash blocks.

churn dash quilt sandwich 4 - skalabara quilts

I got out all my boxes with diverse fabrics and also the scrappy baskets. The finished churn dash block size is 9″ x 9″, set diagonally. This must be the second time I am using a diagonal block layout. Altogether I have prepared and cut fabrics for piecing 50 blocks.

churn dash quilt 3 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt 6 - skalabara quilts

Cutting and piecing was straightforward (no wonder with my new Bernina sewing machine). I pressed open all seams, avoiding problems with nesting seams. This left me free with the block distribution and layout.

churn dash quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

For the quilt backing, I have used bedding sheets from Laura Ashley. I found a set on sale and the price/quality was exceptional.

churn dash quilt backing 1 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt backing 3 - skalabara quilts

Quilted with a wavy pattern with the walking foot, stitch #4 on the Bernina.

churn dash quilt detail 1 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt detail 4 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt backing 2 - skalabara quilts

For the binding I have used the same fabric as for the filler triangles on the quilt sides.

churn dash quilt binding 2 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt binding 1 - skalabara quilts

Quilt size : 64″ x 77″  diagonal set /  Block size : 9″ x 9″ – 50 blocks

Wadding : Quilters Dream Select 100% cotton

Quilting thread : Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 colour 2600 dove

Wishing you a wonderful Easter. Here in Spain we are still in a total lockdown. We are staying at home.

Happy quilting

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cross tile quilt – a variation

In my earlier post I have shared the finished Cross Tile Quilt – pattern by Emily of Quilty Love. I was so happy with the result that I wanted to make another one. This is Cross Tile Quilt Variation :

cross tile quilt variation - skalabara quilts

I did not want to piece a new quilt exactly the same, but it should be very similar and matching. So I decided to swap the cross in the block center for a simple log cabin-like square feature. The fabrics used and the block outline are the same as in the original quilt, but the “block inside” is different.

cross tile quilt variation detail 1 - skalabara quilts

I have also added only a square to the sashing – instead of a cross in the original pattern :

cross tile quilt variation detail 2 - skalabara quilts

Matching quilts mean matching quilting – straight lines (mostly) one inch apart using the walking foot :

cross tile quilt variation detail 3 - skalabara quilts

cross tile quilt variation quilting - skalabara quilts

Matching quilts mean matching backing – used the same fabrics for both quilts (luckily bought enough material during my last visit in Prague) :

cross tile quilt variation backing - skalabara quilts

and the same fabrics for binding of both quilts – Kona solid in silver .

cross tile quilt variation binding - skalabara quilts

cross tile quilt variation 3 - skalabara quilts

cross tile quilt variation 2 - skalabara quilts

cross tile quilt variation 4 - skalabara quilts

Here the two quilts in comparison :

 

Quilt size : 62″ x 78″  /  Block size : 14″ x 14″

Wadding : Warm & White by The Warm Company

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting Cotton col. nat 4 and Aurifil 40/2 colour 2600

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magenta and golden flowers – free pdf quilt pattern

As promised in my last post – quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics – I have written the pattern for this quilt. It is a free pdf pattern that I would like to share with the large quilting community.

For the quilt I have combined two variations of a classical log cabin block – one is the courthouse steps block and the other block is a log cabin with stitch and flip squares around the flower panel.

magenta and gold flowers quilt - skalabara quilts

magenta and golden flowers quilt – pdf pattern

Fabric details :

  • flower panel 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ is Corsage in Gold by Kaffe Fassett
  • solid is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK
  • all other prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective

 

Happy quilting,

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