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!

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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.

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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 :

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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.

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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:

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And the 2 Christmas Tree Blocks:

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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

 

 

avenue loop – another quilt is finished

We had some rain over the weekend. So this was the right time to finish my Avenue Loop quilt. Somehow I got hook on half-square triangles. An easy unit, but thousands of possibilities how to finish a quilt design. Here I used Freshcut collection by Heather Bailey. Love the colors and the fabrics were nice to work with.

Size : 55″ x 69″ or 140 x 176 cm. Quilting detail of the center piece – once more meanders with loops. This time I used a white polyester quilting thread So Fine! #50 from Superior Threads.

Backing has a favorite fabric from Freshcut collection and a soft aqua hue in solid.

Double folded binding is machine stitched from front to back using the soft aqua solid fabric.

As mentioned before we have had some rain lately. The dog stayed inside :

and the cat took over his kennel and enjoyed the soft land-rain, fresh air and the peace outside :

 

Happy quilting………..