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.

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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!

barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

 

 

hst scrap blocks make a quilt

New year – new challenge? Yes, a little bit. I always wanted to make quilt with a diagonal or on point block layout.

chair cover quilt 1 - skalabara quilts

I decided to use my scraps or small rests of diverse fabric collections and I wanted an easy pattern. I like to work with half square triangles or hourglass blocks, but always used these in a “normal horizontal” layout. The hst got preference!

The block on the left is 6″ x 6″ finished, the same block turned 45 degrees – on point is now approx. 8,5″ x 8,5″

chair cover quilt block settings - skalabara quilts

I had strips approx. 4,5″ wide and this determined the hst size. To be on the secure side, I cut my squares for the hst blocks 4″ x 4″, i.e. each hst is 3″ x 3″ finished and the blocks are 6″ x 6″ finished size.

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The quilt is actually for a chair that the cat uses as his daytime bed. As he didn’t want to pose with the quilt, the dog got photographed instead of him.

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I have quilted this piece with the walking foot in straight lines following the pattern on the diagonal and horizontal.  Backing material is plain cotton calico from IKEA (extraordinary quality and price balance).

chair cover quilt back 1 - skalabara quilts

chair cover quilt detail 1 - skalabara quilts

Because of the diagonal/on point block design, the quilt has turned out bigger than I wanted. But never mind – the cat won’t mind or even notice it!

chair cover quilt 3 - skalabara quilts

And a block in detail

chair cover quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts

chair cover quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

I have used a Kona Cotton solid in Corn Yellow with a matching thread from Mettler Quilting 40 color 500. Nearly the same yellow color as the flower with a busy bee.

chair cover quilt bee - skalabara quilts

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Quilt size : 26″ x 51″  /  Block size : 6″ x 6″

Block quantity : 28 hst / 14 side setting triangles / 4 corner settings triangles

Wadding : Bosal Acadia Premium 80% cotton / 20% polyester Autumn weight in white

Quilting thread : Gutterman Sulky Cotton 30 in variegated red/orange/pink color 4061

 

Happy quilting, until next time enjoy life!

barbora flower small skalabara quilts

charm pack + 1

After finishing a few large quilts I wanted to make something much smaller. So what possibilities do I have? Mini quilts, place mats, table runners or pillow covers. I went for the last, bought a charm pack from Moda Fabrics Persimmon collection and a matching very light brown or dark beige solid fabric. I have not worked with charm packs yet, but I had an idea what I want to make. At the end I pieced 4 pillow covers with one charm pack and a meter of solid plus the fabric for the pillow backs. All pillow covers have slightly different sizes, starting from 16″ x 16″ and ending with 20″ x 20″. So here are the 4 different patterns for the charm pack pillow covers :

  • half square triangles
  • zig zag with half square triangles
  • hourglass
  • broken dishes

Why charm pack + 1? Easy answer – I needed 43 pieces of 5″ squares to complete the 4 pillow cases. As a charm pack has “only” 42 pieces I had to get one more square. I found a matching solid fabric on my stash. Bet that you cannot find the “extra” charm square!

I have made another 2 covers with blocks that I had for some time in my design wall. This one is Wonky Stars :

pillow cover wonky stars - skalabara.com

The last pillow cover is my favorite. I have made it with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the drunkard’s path block. This baby stays at home on the sofa :

pillow cover half circles - skalabara.com

I have quilted the pillow cases with the walking foot in straight lines next to the seams. All pillow covers have a zipper closure on the back.

Photos of all pillow cases from the front and back before I send them together. Sorry about the colors, I took the photos on a late afternoon.

pillow covers - skalabara.com

 

pillow covers from the back - skalabara.com

Linking with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Thanks for stopping, enjoy quilting, Barbora

 

my first quilt in 2014

The almond trees have started to show their pretty white flowers. This means that spring is not far away. We can still have some cold nights in February, but the sun rays are getting stronger even in the morning hours.

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So – I have finished my very first quilt in 2014 and it is called “Picnic with Bella”! This one is staying at home and is for my hubby Helmut for his everyday siesta on the sofa. I am planning to make a few matching pillow covers with the fabric rests.

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The fabric I have used is from the “Bella” collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. It came out at least a year ago, but I never had time to make a quilt. I have made another quilt with an earlier collection by Lotta Jansdotter : Abstract Dreams. I like her fabric designs and her color choice – modern, bright and fresh. There is a new collection arriving soon “Mormor” – you check it here at Hawthorne Threads.

A few weeks ago I have received a parcel from the UK from Cottonpatch with a new (for me) wadding type : Quilters Dream Cotton in Select. This is a mid loft thickness and it was wonderful to quilt. It is not too thick, but very soft and smooth. I think this will be my favorite wadding (or batting?) for my future quilts.

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Quilt size : 54″ x 84″ / 137 x 213 cm – Finished block size : 6″ x 6″, one block with 4 half-square triangle units and the other block with log cabin units with mitered corners.

Free-motion quilted with meanders using Gütermann Sulky machine quilting thread in light grey, #1328.

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I was so happy to find the fabric for the binding in my local shop Kate’s Craft and Quilting – a yellowish-green from Moda Fabrics that matches exactly with the Bella colors.

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This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora

butterfly, thread and fmq

There was no spectacular sunrise this morning to take photos, but instead I found a butterfly on the street. He looked like that he is having a rest. But he wasn’t – what I found was just a colorful dead body of a butterfly.

butterfly on the pavement

As I am going to Prague this Saturday I was finishing my last pieces that I want to take with me. I made more Christmas Tree Blocks – original design by Christen from Love By Hand. Each block is on its own and makes a nice table decoration or a wall hanging. I have used (as before) Kaffe Fassett fabric designs. Once I had made the quilt sandwich I realized that I do not have any of my “neutral” thicker quilting thread. But I had the exact hue in Aurifil Mako 50/2 as I have pieced the blocks with this thread. I just wasn’t sure if I can take it also for quilting. After some research on the web ( a nicer expression for google ) about threads I decided to stick with this lighter weight thread also for free-motion quilting. According to the motto : learning by doing. Over the years I found out that there are no strict rules in quilting. Each quilter can find its own way, own technique that they prefer, threads that they love. I have also done some experimenting with threads and I always  go back to Aurifil Mako 50/2 for piecing and Sulky from Gutermann for quilting.

aurifil mako 50/2

aurifil mako 50/2 thread - skalabara.com

Here a close up of my meander design free-motion quilting:

meander fmq - skalabara.com

And the 2 Christmas Tree Blocks:

red and blue - skalabara.com

Happy sewing, I am over to have a look on Bloggers’ Quilt festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Next time hopefully with one of my quilts!

Barbora