unicorn cushion cover

Paper piecing is the next adventure on my quilting journey. I have made a few small projects some time ago with this technique and I was not really keen on it. But when I wanted to make a cushion cover with a unicorn block, there was no way around, but to start once more with paper piecing.

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The cushion cover is for Kate and I have used the same fabrics as for the previous cushion covers and the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt. The background fabric is magenta from the linen texture collection by Makower UK and the prints are diverse fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective.

unicorn cushion cover for kate detail - skalabara quilts

The pattern is from Unicornharts shop at Craftsy.

I have quilted the unicorn cushion cover using the walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread in straight lines, both on the front as well as on the back.

unicorn cushion cover for kate back - skalabara quilts

unicorn cushion cover for kate - skalabara quilts

Size : 20″ x 20″ / 50 x 50 cm – for a standard inlet cushion size

By the time I have made the unicorn paper pieced block I started to like this sewing technique and I got confident with it. So I knew that I shall continue with paper piecing. The next project was already on my list … – more in my next post.

Happy quilting,

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cushion covers for kate

Last year I have made a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics – see here.  This quilt was donated, as a few more of my quilts to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Center. All procedures go to this charity organisation that takes care of abandoned horses and donkeys not only in our area, but also through entire Spain. Please take a moment and visit the website.

I had some flower panels left on the shelf and I thought it would be a good idea to make some matching cushion covers for Kate, as she has acquired the Magenta and Golden Flowers Quilt.

cushion covers for kate - skalabara

All the cushion covers I have made up till now, did not have a quilted back. But I have decided, that a nicely quilted front needs also a nicely quilted back. So from now on I am quilting both sides of the cushion covers.

cushion covers for kate front and back - skalabara

Using my favorite walking foot and Gutermann Sulky Cotton No. 30 thread I have quilted the cushion covers in straight lines :

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17 cu kaffe 2

As both sides of the cushion covers are quilted, I have inserted the zipper on the bottom of the cushion cover. I have found this great tutorial at VENI VIDI VICKY Quilts website – here a big thank you Vicky for sharing – and followed the instructions :

cushion covers for kate zipper 1 - skalabara

cushion covers for kate zipper 2 - skalabara

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Even though I did not publish any posts since August, I did sew, so more posts to come!

Happy quilting everyone!

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place mat with frances firefly block from the fancy forest pattern

This place mat is the result of a Frances Firefly block that was not wide enough to use it in a small version of the Fancy Forest quilt. Precise piecing is a must for all blocks as well as accurate cutting and pressing. So that you do not end with a few more place mats.

I have decided to practice my free motions skills on this small project and got out some variegated cotton threads from Superior Threads : King Tut Quilting Thread. I have been using this thread for many years and I think that the quality is outstanding. I buy neutral colors in cones and color threads in spools.

 

But what free motion pattern? I started practicing an “eight” pattern on some scraps. After getting more confident I filled the wings and the body with the new design. Even though my Bernina sewing machine came with a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) for easy free motion quilting, I prefer the ordinary embroidery foot. And practice, practice and practice …….

fancy forest frances firefly wings quilting - skalabaraquilts

 

For the background quilting I used the pebbles pattern. It keeps the place mat nicely flat and smooth.fancy forest frances firefly pebble quilting 2 - skalabaraquilts

The binding fabric is a solid in bright fuchsia. Solids are my favorite fabrics for binding a quilt – it is like adding a frame to a nice picture. It should underline the quilt design, but it shouldn’t be the highlight.

 

 

 

fancy forest frances firefly place mat - skalabara quilts

 

fancy forest frances firefly - skalabaraquilts

I didn’t quilt the small colorful 1″ squares on top, they just pop up.

fancy forest frances firefly pebble quilting - skalabaraquilts1

 

My next project is a second place mat with Hazel Hedgehog block, once more with free motion quilting finishing to match this place mat.

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easy sewing machine cover

My friend Kate’s birthday was coming quickly and I didn’t have a clue what to give her for her special day. With a bit of luck I found out that she doesn’t have a sewing machine cover for her new Bernina. Kate is a lover of all Kaffe Fassett fabric designs (same as me). So this was an easy decision to make : quilt a colorful sewing machine cover.

Fabric choice was all clear. But what about the pattern? Normal piecing, paper piecing or even appliqué design? At the end it was a n easy decision : I prefer colorful fabrics and easy patterns. So I took measurements of my Bernina and went for squares – charm pack size 5″ x 5″. A layout of 4 x 6 rows, i.e. 24 different squares all in bright reds, pinks and oranges.

sewing machine cover 1 - skalabara

After piecing the squares I made a sandwich and quilted the sewing machine cover with wavy lines using the walking foot. I have added 4 straps and the binding. Voila, here we have the finished cover. I have tested it on my sewing machine if the cover fits well. From the front :

sewing machine cover 2 - skalabara

and from the back :

sewing machine cover 3 - skalabara

Quilting detail :

sewing machine cover detail - skalabara

Backing and quilting :

sewing machine cover backing - skalabara

Have a nice day and happy quilting,

Barbora

a year of finishes – horizon quilt

When going through my blog posts I found out that the Horizon quilt sat more than a year on the shelve. On Friday I made the last stitches to attach the binding. And here is the Horizon quilt:

horizon quilt - skalabara

Quilted with the walking foot in straight lines following the block pattern in vertical, horizontal and diagonal directions. Once more I have used machine quilting thread from Mettler no. 40 in color natural 04. I have pieced the back with two different fabrics : a green-blue plain and a colorful pattern fabric Cocoon in Sapphire by Valori Wells for Free Spirit. For the backing I have used 2 yards from each fabric.

horizon quilt backing - skalabara

The binding is a plain fabric in light lavender and stitched to the Horizon quilt entirely with the sewing machine.

horizon quilt binding - skalabara

Details piecing and quilting.

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Horizon Quilt

quilt size : 66″ x 77 ” / 168 x 195 cm

blocks : 42 pieces x and cross blocks

finished block size : 11″ x 11″,

wadding : Quilters Dream Cotton in select natural quality

quilting thread : Mettler Quilting No. 40, col. nat.-4

I have made the Horizon quilt with 4 charm packs, a jelly roll and 10 coordinating plains. Here cutting details for the x and cross block :

block x and cross charm pack

Here the first and second post about the Horizon quilt. From the rest of the jelly roll fabric I made this baby quilt with bentobox blocks.

Thanks for visiting my blog, have a wonderful week and happy quilting,

Barbora