dotti and spinning windmill quilt throw

It has been lately quiet on my blog about my projects. But in this time I concentrated on other things then sewing or quilting. A big change came two months ago : we have finally adopted a dog – so please meet Dotti, a rescue bitch approx. three years old.

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Dotti is a mix bread, it is hard to identify the parents, but is very gentle and brings life to our house.

In the middle of the confinement here in Spain, just after Easter, we have lost our loyal and handsome companion of 10 years, Strubbel the Catalan sheepdog. The loss came from one moment to another, and it took us by surprise. I believe that he is happy in his hunting heaven chasing all those rabbits. He will stay with us forever in our memories.

strubbel - catalan sheep dog

After working with tiny blocks on the last cushion covers – read this blog post – I wanted to work on a quick and easy project. I have always been fond of any windmill blocks and made a quilt throw for the rescue kennels that Dotti came from. Finally, I selected a 12″ square spinning windmill block to do the throw.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

I took out the fabric bundle that I ordered earlier this year : Sun Print 2020 by Alison Glass. The collection includes 27 quilting cotton fabrics in diverse colors. From my fabric stack I have matched the solids, mostly Kona from Robert Kaufman.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

I have made 20 blocks with a quilt layout of 4 x 5 blocks, adding borders to left/right and top/bottom. The background solid fabric is Kona Solid in Silver by Robert Kaufman.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

The backing fabric is once again a colorful Ikea bedding cover, with tropical birds and flowers.

spinning windmill quilt throw backing - skalabara quilts

The binding is this time colorful, made up with all the diverse solid color fabrics that I have used for the center spinning windmill blocks.

I have quilted this throw with the walking foot selecting the curvy running stitch #4 on the Bernina. I have adjusted the stitch length to 3,75 and increased the curve length to 250%.

spinning windmill quilt throw quilting detail - skalabara quilts

I have enjoyed making this happy quilt throw as it was a quick finish.

spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts
spinning windmill quilt throw - skalabara quilts

Quilt size :  54″ x 66″ / Block size : 12″ x 12″

Wadding : Natur Bamboo Blend by Rosello – 50/50 bamboo cotton blend

Quilting thread : Aurifil Mako NE 40/2 – color 2600 Dove

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and let’s look positive into the year 2021!

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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.

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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
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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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scrappy churn dash quilt

A scrappy churn dash quilt was on my “to do quilt list” for ages. I know I have several unfinished quilts  – Radiate quilt, Summer Sampler and a few more… But I couldn’t resist to make a quilt only with classical churn dash blocks.

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I got out all my boxes with diverse fabrics and also the scrappy baskets. The finished churn dash block size is 9″ x 9″, set diagonally. This must be the second time I am using a diagonal block layout. Altogether I have prepared and cut fabrics for piecing 50 blocks.

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Cutting and piecing was straightforward (no wonder with my new Bernina sewing machine). I pressed open all seams, avoiding problems with nesting seams. This left me free with the block distribution and layout.

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For the quilt backing, I have used bedding sheets from Laura Ashley. I found a set on sale and the price/quality was exceptional.

churn dash quilt backing 1 - skalabara quilts

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Quilted with a wavy pattern with the walking foot, stitch #4 on the Bernina.

churn dash quilt detail 1 - skalabara quilts

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churn dash quilt detail 2 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt backing 2 - skalabara quilts

For the binding I have used the same fabric as for the filler triangles on the quilt sides.

churn dash quilt binding 2 - skalabara quilts

churn dash quilt binding 1 - skalabara quilts

Quilt size : 64″ x 77″  diagonal set /  Block size : 9″ x 9″ – 50 blocks

Wadding : Quilters Dream Select 100% cotton

Quilting thread : Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 colour 2600 dove

Wishing you a wonderful Easter. Here in Spain we are still in a total lockdown. We are staying at home.

Happy quilting

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