curved log cabin block and new stash

New stash is always exciting : these fabrics are from my friend Kate. She visited in Las Vegas not only shows, but also a few quilting shops. It is a perfect collection of blenders and patterns in bright hues.

stash 1606 - skalabara quilts

 

The colors come together really nicely and it is a great addition to my stash.

 

new stash = new idea = new project

The other day I was on the internet looking what other fellow quilters are up to and I came across a curved log cabin block. Log cabin is always a versatile block with different quilt layout possibilities. But the curved log cabin block makes a nice optical illusion – it looks more like a circle than a square block. I just had to try this new variant of the classical block. What better could I do with the new fabrics I got!

17 different fabrics + white background + yellow binding later :

curved log cabin 8 1 - skalabara quilts

 

The result is a mini quilt measuring 19″ x 19″ with 4 curved log cabin blocks. This block type is ideal for a QAYG (quilt as you go) pattern, but the block should be larger, lets say at least 24″ square. This size is good for a cushion cover or for a throw. I have a few ladies attending my classes that prefer to work on larger, individual blocks and piece them first together when all blocks are quilted. I am starting to be an expert on QAYG patterns. At the moment I am revising my scribbles and feeding the computer with all the QAYG patterns I have written down in my paper notebook.

curved log cabin 8 3 - skalabara quilts

 

I shall keep this mini quilt, that I have free-motion quilted with a loop pattern, as a sample for patchwork and quilting classes. Over the last few months I have started preparing different patchwork blocks and quilting samples to show to my patchwork and quilting pupils.

For the next block I have pieced, I added one more strip. Piecing four blocks together and adding an outer border makes the block 21″ square.

curved log cabin 10 2 - skalabara quilts

 

Here a detail (trying to take a nice pic on a windy day)

curved log cabin 10 detail - skalabara quilts

 

The block is now larger, but still not big enough for a QAYG pattern. I added one more strip and this brings the block including the outer border to a size of 26″ x 26″; i.e. the quilt size is 78″ x 78″ when making 9 blocks.

curved log cabin QAYG block

 

More details on the curved log cabin QAYG project coming soon!

barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

new quilt – new colors

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.

picnic colors 1 - skalabara.com

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.

sewing room 4 - skalabara.com

Chain piecing on my Bernina:

chain piecing - skalabara.com

chain piecing pile - skalabara.com

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

 

a new stash and this time from organic cotton

Over the weekend I did some online “window” shopping for new stash. I was looking for fabric shops, preferably in Europe, that also stock organic cotton. I don’t know how, but I finally found Eclectic Maker in the UK. They have a range of fabrics from Birch Organic Fabrics and Cloud9 Fabrics. Plus many others. Anyway, I got a pack from Cloud9 – In the Forrest by Steffie Brocoli. Ordered on Saturday and received today per mail, perfectly packed and the fat quarters were nicely folded into neat squares. Very professional. So maybe you, my readers, have a spare minute to check the Eclectic Maker !

cloud9 organic fabrics - skalabara.com

cloud9 organic fabrics- skalabara.com

And not only they have a nice website, but they also stock Kaffe Fassett fabrics – my favorite designer at the moment. So I couldn’t resist and got these two pieces in red and rust.

Kaffe Fassett Fabric - skalabara.com

In 2 days time I am on my way to Mum. Hopefully the weather is not too cold in Prague. We had some rain and thunderstorms here on Tuesday, the temperature dropped significantly and I had to get out some sweaters with long sleeves.

Thanks for stopping, happy Halloween

Barbora

new quilt, 4 blocks and the design wall

Even though I haven’t posted for some time, I have done some homework.

  • I have finally decided on the design of my next quilt using the wonderful Bella collection from Lotta Jansdotter. I have had the fabric in my sewing room for some time and now I know exactly what to make with it.

bella collection by lotta jansdotter

  • My other project  (at the moment just on my computer) was inspired by 4 basic blocks on my design wall :

block games

Here are some quilt designs based on the blocks :

quilt designs

Each of the 9 quilt designs transmits a totally different atmosphere. I have used just 2 colors to underline the diverse block layout. I only need to decide which design approaches me the most, think about the color palette and start sewing!

So there is lot to do and no time to get bored, thanks for stopping,

Barbora