small fancy forest quilt

When I first saw the Fancy Forest quilt from Elizabeth Hartmann I knew it was the right project for a wall hanging to decorate the spare bedroom. First I got the Hazel Hedgehog pattern and made pillow covers for kids in the family. At the Prague Patchwork Meeting I finally found a fabric collection that was the right one to start with the Fancy Forest quilt. The pattern is written very clearly, it is easy to follow. Precise cutting and precise piecing with a 1/4″ allowance is a must. It was fun work and finally I pieced all the blocks needed for the small version of the pattern. I have added the sashing and the quilt is now prepared for quilting.

fancy forest small quilt - skalabara quilts

Here details of the individual blocks :

fancy forest foxes - skalabara quilts

fancy forest bunnies - skalabara quilts

fancy forest owls - skalabara quilts

fancy forest thistles - skalabara quilts

I wasn’t very precise with cutting and piecing with the upper firefly block and it turned out that it was a 1/4 inch narrower than it was supposed to be. I had to make a new one and changed the colors. I shall make a place mat with this one.

fancy forest fireflies - skalabara quilts

Now it is time to select a backing, make a sandwich and start quilting! A good project for the next week (or maybe weeks).

You are welcome to leave a comment, I appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by and have a good start into the new week,

barbora   

work in progress – blocks and quilts

Despite not publishing any new posts lately, I have been busy knitting, sewing and quilting. I am working on the Lilac Drunkard’s Path quilt for Joan, I have helped Jane to complete her Swoon quilt by sewing the blocks together (QAYG method) and I have a new project on my table. In the moment I sew the Horizon collection by Kate Spain for Moda, I knew that this is my fabric. Not only the color palette is spectacular but also the fabric patterns. First I got only a jelly roll and I was thinking about the right quilt design. I went through my sketches, magazines and books. And finally I found a nice block in the book “500 quilt blocks” by Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green. The block is called “x and cross” and for me it is the right block to bring out this colorful Horizon collection. I had to buy some charm packs and at the same time I also decided to use a few coordinating solids. Before I started to cut and piece with the Horizon fabric, I made a test block from solids. Here my first x and cross block :

x and cross block - skalabara.com

The finished block size is 11″ x 11″ when using the charm packs and jelly rolls. I have opted for an off white solid for the background as it nicely blends in with the Horizon white. The block is easy to piece and I do like the simple but effective design. This block is ideal for charm packs or layer cakes and jelly rolls. It saves a lot of cutting and gives the quilt a range of different fabrics. Here my work progress :

x and cross quilt process collage - skalabara.com

And finally I pieced 9 blocks together and could lay them out on the floor to see at least a small part of the quilt :

x and cross quilt - skalabara.com

I have a “few” more block to do, but already now I love the colors and the design of this quilt.

Happy quilting everyone, linking with Sew Fresh Quilts, Barbora

new stash and getting back to work

We are back at home from Germany where we visited my husband’s family and friends. We had a wonderful time, the weather was cool yet not rainy. Before leaving for Germany I looked on the web to find some quilting shops in the Bonn area. The very first one I found was just in the next village. So Monday was my day and with my sister-in-law we went to the shop. It was amazing to see so many Kaffe Fassett fabrics at one place!! It took me some time to choose which fabrics I desperately need to get on my stock. At the end I went for 9 pattern fabrics and 2 Kona Solids – canary yellow and bright pink.

stash kaffe fassett - www.skalabara.com

Here some pictures when we all went walking the dog on the outskirts of Bonn.

bonn 0813 - www.skalabara.comA few weeks ago I came across this Christmas runner from Love By Hand and I just loved the block design. I have finished piecing the blocks and over the weekend I want to quilt and bind this pretty little runner.

love by hand design of xmas table runner

My free days are slowly coming to an end – Monday is my first working day after the summer break.

Thanks for stopping and happy sewing, Barbora

last week update

This time more a photo post without many words.

  • Eastern in Spain is a very traditional church festivity with many processions and celebrations all over the country. Here a few pictures taken at our local village.

 

  • Kate’s version of the Fire & Ice quilt pattern

kate's - fire & ice

 

  • Spring is in the air

cercis siliquastrum

 

 

  • I have finally made my choice of color, fabric and thread for my Skill Builder BOM

SB BOM 3

 

That’s all for this time, Barbora

 

 

 

 

first stash in 2013 has arrived

First stash in 2013 has arrived : 2 thick envelopes came from Hawthorne Threads. I have ordered the fabrics way back in December and I am so happy that they are finally here. Take a look on the wonderful colors and designs from Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection (somerville study, sloane and sienna) – these fabrics are just the right ones for quilt backings. As soon as I saw the “somerville study” with all the books in the shelves I just could not resist.

somerville study

sloane

sienna

And the last photo shows the Notting Hill Collection in magenta designed by Joel Dewberry and has a total of 12 different fabrics. Once more the colors and designs are so fresh and bright. This stash is for a custom quilt and I shall start working on it right away!!

notting hill

Happy quilting,

Barbora