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.
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.
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.
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
Binding is Kona Solid in Bright Pink. To attach the binding I have used Mettler cotton quilting thread 40, color 959.
The backing fabric is once more Bomull calico from IKEA, 100% unbleached cotton.
Placemat size : 12″ x 18″ / paper-pieced unit size : 3″ x 9″
Thanks for visiting, keep safe and carry on sewing
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.
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.
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.
Closure is with zipper on the bottom:
Quilted with Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread using the walking foot in straight lines copying the hourglass block pattern.
Happy quilting, barbora
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 :
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.
Add the borders and press seams open :
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.
Here a cutting detail :
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 :
Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora
The week is nearly over and I have started working on a new quilt. No new design, just new colors. All are from the Kona Solids collection.
I am very proud of my new rotary cutter with a tulip design. And I have also got a brand new cutting mat. I have had the old one for many, many years and it is not anymore in a perfect shape. But I can still use it when cutting the quilt sandwich and trimming it to shape before adding the binding. So that all the batting fluff stays in the old cutting mat.
Chain piecing on my Bernina:
We have some extremely warm days here on the Costa Blanca, on Sunday the weather is back to normal and maybe with some rain – exactly the right conditions for a sewing day!
Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping, Barbora
It’s done : Fire & Ice quilt is finally finished! I have “cheated” a bit with the quilting. The last few quilts were in free-motion technique. So this time I decided to work with the walking foot. The wave or serpentine is a standard stitch on the Bernina 440. Never tried before, but I have seen some quilts with this finishing and I thought this would break the strict geometrical pattern.
The finished size is 60″ x 84″. I just love the blue tulips backing fabric from Fabric Freedom.
Happy quilting, Barbora