matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt

It has been some time since I have finished the Atmosphere Quilt, a pattern by Lee A. Heinrich. But only now I have made 2 matching cushion covers to the quilt. As this quilt is a gift for a good friend, I thought some extra cushion covers would be nice.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

I had so many half-square triangles left over from piecing the Atmosphere Quilt top. I had them all in a box and this box I have had many times in my hands to through the tiny pieces away. But somehow I always resisted and left the box content for further use.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

The block pattern Broken Dishes is on the lower cushion cover. The pattern on the top cushion cover happened as a mistake. I rotated one unit when piecing the half-square triangles. And I liked the pattern, so I used it to make the other cushion cover.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

The half-square triangle blocks are 2″ x 2″ finished, i.e. each half-square triangle unit is 1″ x 1″ finished. I have added borders to make the cushion covers 20″ x 20″.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Quilted in diagonal lines with the walking foot, stitch length 3,75 mm. Quilting thread is Aurifil Mako 40/2, color 2600 Dove.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

To match the quilt, I have finished the cushion covers with the same binding fabric that I have used on the quilt.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

This time I have opted for an envelope closure instead of adding a zipper. I have lined the backing fabric with calico for strength.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Fabrics used : Kona solid in Silver, Bella solid in Mustard and Etchings Slate.

matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts
matching cushion covers to atmosphere quilt - skalabara quilts

Happy quilting!

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finished – radiate quilt

Summer of quilt finishes : yes, I have one quilt less from my to-do-list. Radiate quilt, that I have started way back in February, is now all done. This post is about work in progress.

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For this quilt I have used different solids from my stock, mostly Kona fabrics. Background is in white and the accent color is a deep warm purple.

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I quilted this top with the walking foot, following the block seams with a straight stich. I am not a friend of dense over all quilting, so I am happy with the result. Stitch in the ditch isn’t my favourite technique. Here I need more sewing practice to “bury” the stitches in the seam.

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I have used for the backing the rest of the black and white duvet cover from IKEA with butterflies and beetles.

radiate quilt backing 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt backing 3 - skalabara quilts

A few more shots of the quilt. The late afternoon sun had the right brightness to show the beauty and the colours of this quilt.

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The binding is in a mustard shade, the same solid that is also in the blocks.

radiate quilt binding 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt binding 2 - skalabara quilts
radiate quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts
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radiate quilt 2 - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  54″ x 74″

Wadding : 80% – 20% cotton – polyester Bosal Acadia in Autumn

Quilting thread : Mettler Quilting 40 – color 4 Natural

Stay tuned to more quilt finishings, happy quilting

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placemats for andrea

During the corona lockdown times, I have more time for sewing and quilting. Andrea asked. If I could make her a set of placemats. Something geometrical, maybe triangles. And in her her favourite colours : blues, pinks, purples and turquoise.

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I have seen this pattern some time ago on Craftsy/Bluprint, and saved this project for later. The pattern is by Jess Toye and the name is Thirty-Two Carat Paper-Piecing Pattern. I loved the design, and this is the right pattern for Andrea’s placemats.

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placemats 2 - skalabara quilts

Jesse has written the pattern instructions very well. In the pattern she explains both cutting and paper-piecing steps. Jesse has also included in the pdf file a few project ideas with this paper-pieced block. From placemats to a king size quilt and with different color options. Thanks to my fabric on stock, I could choose the (hopefully) right colours for Andrea.

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Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines, 1/2″ apart. I have used quilting cotton thread King Tut 40/3 from Superior Threads, variegated color 939

placemats detail 4 - skalabara quilts

placemats detail 1 - skalabara quilts

Binding is Kona Solid in Bright Pink. To attach the binding I have used Mettler cotton quilting thread 40, color 959.

placemats detail 2 - skalabara quilts

placemats detail 3 - skalabara quilts

The backing fabric is once more Bomull calico from IKEA, 100% unbleached cotton.

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placemats 8 - skalabara quilts

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Placemat size : 12″ x 18″ / paper-pieced unit size : 3″ x 9″


Thanks for visiting, keep safe and carry on sewing

barbora   flower small skalabara quilts

neutrals with a colour touch

Since we have changed the couch upholstery fabric from burgundy to a neutral beige/grey shade, I have made some new cushion covers for the lounge. Up to now I have hardly worked with neutrals (because I think they are boring). But maybe now was the right time for some change.

I wasn’t sure about the neutral colours, but I was lucky to find some beautiful Bella Solids in Flax and Etching Slates in my local store.

cushion cover hourglass 2x 1 - skalabara quilts

cushion cover hourglass 2x 2 - skalabara quilts

These two shades were the base for the cushion covers. As I made the hourglass blocks, I thought that I should add some colours to them. Only neutral colors didn’t feel right. So I got out my Kona Cotton Collection fabrics and started to look for some eye-catching colours.

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I made two cushion cover designs – one entirely with hourglass blocks and the other with adding borders to the hourglass blocks in the center. Quilted and sewn them together to make two cushion covers that are quilted on both sides.

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cushion cover hourglass 2 - skalabara quilts

Closure is with zipper on the bottom:

cushion cover hourglass zipper - skalabara quilts

Quilted with Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread using the walking foot in straight lines copying the hourglass block pattern.

cushion cover hourglass detail 1 - skalabara quilts


Happy quilting,  barbora flower small skalabara quilts

twister tool tested

Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :

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Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :

  • 12 green 5″ square
  • 12 red 5″ squares
  • 1 yellow 5″ square
  • 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)

Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.

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Add the borders and press seams open :

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Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.

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Here a cutting detail :

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Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!

Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :

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Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora