wip – february 2016

It is exactly a year that I finished the Horizon quilt top. Since then it was waiting on the shelf for further procedure. I had the backing fabrics, but no time to make the sandwich and start quilting. This week I received a bulky parcel from Cottonpatch with a delivery of my favorite wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton Natural Select. So, no more excuses and I started today piecing the backing, got the wadding out of the bag, cleaned the quilt top from loose threads and finally (after a year) made the quilt sandwich.

horizon quilt top 2 - skalabara

horizon quilt top - skalabara

horizon quilt top 3 - skalabara

horizon quilt top 4 - skalabara

horizon quilt top 5 - skalabara


This is what I have on the needles : knitting an easy triangle shawl for cool days in the winter or cool nights in the summer. I am using my last – fourth – ball of Drops Kid-Silk and I hope to finish it soon. The wool is a dream, at first I had to get used to the very thin wool, but now it’s OK. I am knitting on 47″ red lace circulars from Chiaogoo.

on the needles - skalabara

on the needles 2 - skalabara


The only project that I have finished this week was a set of four chair cushions for my friend Jane. She has redecorated her house, red is her favorite color and she wanted some cushion covers to match her new curtains and table runners.

dresden plate cushion cover - skalabara

dresden plate detail - skalabara


I’ll be linking this week with Lets Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

That is all for today, happy quilting!


pink wave quilt

My first finish of 2016! Actually I started working on this quilt at least 2 years ago. I pieced the blocks and somehow I was´t happy with the colors. So I put the blocks deep back into my patchwork storage and forgot about them. The other day I was looking through my fabrics and dreaming of my new quilting adventures when I got across the “lost” blocks. And I remembered my resolution from last year : finish all UFO´s before starting new things!

pink wave quilt - skalabara

So I pieced the quilt top together, opened a new packet of my favorite wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton – in select natural quality.

pink wave quilt - pinning - skalabara

pink wave quilt - pinning - skalabara

As the pattern is very straight forward I have decided to quilt it with wavy lines using the walking foot. Thread : Superior Threads King Tut #40/3 variegated color no. 961 canaan.

pink wave quilt - quilting detail - skalabara

pink wave quilt - quilting - skalabara

And the backing :

pink wave quilt - backing - skalabara

The binding is in bright fuchsia :

pink wave quilt - binding - skalabara

Pink Wave Quilt details

quilt size : 66″ x 50″ / 167 x 127 cm

block size : 14″ x 14″ (finished)

wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton in select natural quality

quilting thread : Superior Threads King Tut #40/3, col.no.  961

Happy quilting, Barbora

horizon quilt top + first finish in 2015

My last post was in 2014, but this doesn’t mean that I had a quilting free time. I have finished the Horizon top and it is ready for quilting. So this will be my project of the next few weeks. I haven’t decided yet how to quilt it, but it will be straight lines with the walking foot.

horizon quilt top 2 - skalabara.com

horizon quilt top - skalabara.com

horizon quilt top 3 - skalabara.com

My first finish in 2015 is a Drunkard’s Path Quilt #2 for Joan. Once more the Wedding Ring or Love Ring block design. I like how the colors came out – I specially like the combination of rich yellow and soft purple.

drunkard's path quilt with wedding ring block - skalabara.com

 Quilt size : 84″ x 84″ / 213 x 213 cm

Block size : 28″ x 28″ / 71 x 71 cm

Another quilt in QAYG technique. I have quilted all nine blocks separately and joined them together with home-made bias strips.

drunkard's path quilt with wedding ring block collage - skalabara.com

My next new project will be some pillow covers – I need to make something smaller!! I have set my eye on a charm pack from Moda Fabrics Persimmon. The color range is very soft, not exactly my normal choice. But why not try something else!?

Happy quilting, thanks for stopping, Barbora





janet’s quilt

Time goes by so quickly. Somehow I can’t imagine that it has been more than a month since I wrote my last post. I came back from Prague with a cold that stayed with me very persistently for nearly 3 weeks.

Spring is always a busy time : not only in my working life, but also in private. The house needs a spring clean-up. The dog needs some extra grooming. The garden needs more attention as usual – we did not have any rain for a very long period, it is the driest winter since 150 years.

But I have been more active on Instagram. I have enjoyed taking photos, sharing them with others and looking for new people to follow.

My patchwork and quilting is on the hold at the moment. I have helped Janet with basting her quilt. On this occasion I would like to share with you photos of Janet’s second large quilt. Janet retired a few years ago and she came to live here in Spain. She started quilting just a year ago, without having any big sewing experience. Both of her large quilts she made are in QAYG (quilt as you go) technique. The Lone Star block is the centerpiece of the quilt and is already 60″ x 60″ big.

janets lone star quilt - skalabara.com


When she added borders to the quilt the size grew up to 102″ square. Janet quilted star as well as the borders with the walking foot. The quilt was joined using a method I found on the web : made by ChrisieD.

janet lone star quilt - skalabara.com

I know Janet is very proud of her quilt and she definitely did a very good job!

Until next time, thanks for stopping, Barbora

red UFO and my sewing room

As my last quilt “Picnic with Bella” was fun (and also quick) to quilt, I decided to have a look in the wardrobe and check those UFOs, i.e. unfinished objects = quilt tops. The first one I found was the Red UFO top, found the matching backing and made a quilt sandwich with basting pins.

red ufo 1 - skalabara. com

red ufo 2 - skalabara.com

This quilt top was sitting on the shelve at least for 4 years. I always loved the quilt design, but my color choice since then has changed very much. These were my beginner years without any knowledge about modern quilting, following the classical color combinations.

I started quilting on Thursday afternoon and today midday I finished the quilt with binding.  Once more I went for free-motion quilting with meanders. As the weather is warm and sunny, but very, very windy I could not take any pictures. I have cleaned up my sewing room and decided to take some photos here. My sewing room is half for me and quilting, and half for the books we have. My husband has a lot of fantasy novels and always has problems finding his favorite book as they are stacked in 2 rows.

sewing room 3 - skalabara.com

sewing room 2 - skalabara.com

sewing room 1 - skalabara.com

Above a close up with my flower photos which are developed on metallic photo paper and have incredible colors. The pair on the left ares my parents about 55 years ago. The 2 small children are my husband Helmut and his sister Waltraud about 65 years ago.

Tomorrow I shall have a day of from sewing, but never the less I can think about my next quilting projects!

Have a nice Sunday, Barbora