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,


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

animals real and quilted

More animals after the hedgehogs! It was such fun to work on the “large” hedgehogs, that I decided to do some smaller ones. I used the idea from Elizabeth Hartman’s website and made pillow covers with a hedgehog between two foxes. The real Mickey cat is enjoying his animal company!

mickey and the animals - skalabara

The fox block was sewn quickly as there are not so many pieces. To get a good result when sewing the small hedgehog, I started to check the unit sizes after each step. So when I sew all units together that they match. The small hedgehog as an ideal block to train an exact 1/4″ seam allowance and precise pressing. Anyway it was fun to see how the block comes together. The hedgehog/fox pillow covers are free-motion quilted – stippled.

Since I have passively followed the Dog Gone Cute quilt along by Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts, I thought it was time to make some more hairy friends. I decided to make some pillow covers that will stay on our sofa. As I am a big fan of Kaffe Fasset, the fabric choice was made quickly – both for the hedgehog/fox and dog blocks.

dog gone cute quilt along - skalabara

dog gone cute quilt along detail - skalabara

Lorna has made a superb job with the pattern, it is understandable and easy to follow. I have quilted these covers using the walking foot in an irregular wavy pattern.

On this place I would like to share photos from Andrea of the table runner I gave her. Andrea likes bright colors and it can be seen also in here home. Love it!

table runner for andrea on the spot - skalabara

This is my last sewing project in 2015, I am slowly getting packed for my trip to Prague. I have sorted out my stash, cleaned up my sewing room and I am getting ready for the festive season.

Have a wonderful week, thank for stopping, Barbora

table runner for andrea and doris

When Andrea came to visit us this summer, she had brought some fabrics with her to sew a pillow cover for her sofa. There was enough material left over to make a table runner. I came over this pattern for a table runner and coasters by Laura Jane Taylor called ModernGeometrics and I really liked it.

table runner for Andrea - skalabara

I made 8 blocks with flying geese as in the pattern but at the end I went for a different layout of the blocks. Once more I quilted this table runner in straight lines following the pattern with the walking foot.

TR Andrea collage - skalabara

Table runner for Andrea

Size : 12,5″ x 48″ / 32 x 122 cm

The other table runner I made is for my sister-in-law. She likes bright colors and this table runner brings colour on her kitchen table. I have used a variety of Kaffe Fassett fabrics from my stash. To cut the fabrics I have finally made use of the Hex N More ruler from Jaybird Quilts. The pattern is like Tiny Dancer, but to finish each block I have used two different fabric patterns.

hexie star table runner detail - skalabara

hexie star table runner 2 - skalabara

It was a pleasure to piece this table runner, all seams came well together and have matching points. This time I decided to get out the quilting foot and practice some free-motion quilting.

hexie stars table runner - skalabara

Table runner for Doris

Size : 16″ x 36″ / 40 x 92 cm

Thanks for stopping and reading, have a wonderful day, Barbora

more pillow covers

The hot summer weather has come to Spain very quickly. At this time of year I prefer to work on smaller projects – or even Christmas projects to get at least the “cool” feeling. I have opted once more for quilted pillow covers. My friend Kate has moved into her new house and I wanted to surprise her with a small gift. She loves bears and I have seen this wonderful pillow pattern at Sometimes Crafter. So last weekend I have started with the base cutting different red fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. Using the zigzag stitch I have sewn the blue and green bears on to the quilted base :

blue bear pillow cover - skalabara.com

green bear pillow cover - skalabara.com

And a collage with some more details of the two bear brothers :collage bear pillows in detail - skalabara.com

My other project was to make a set of blue pillow covers. I have joined the front and the back of the pillow covers with the normal quilt binding technique.

pillow in blue hourglass - skalabara.com

pillow in blue log cabin - skalabara.com

pillow in blue flying geese - skalabara.com

set pillow blue - skalabara.com

I have redecorated my sewing room. At this occasion I had to take everything out of the room and I found out how much material and UFOs I have. For the rest of the summer I shall finish all my half-way-through projects before starting anything new! 

Thanks for the visit and happy sewing, Barbora