quilted cover for my new sewing machine

Hurray, hurray, my new Bernina has arrived! At the end I got the B 720 and the free space right to the needle is absolutely perfect.

sewing machine 1 - skalabara quilts

So over the last weekend I made a dust protection cover for the new machine. There is a cover provided by Bernina, but it is dark blue. But I need bright colors in my sewing room! Bright color fabrics = Kaffe Fassett Collective designs. I got out my stash collection and started cutting from each fabric a 4 1/2 inch square. At the end I cut double so many squares as needed. The idea was to make a rectangle of 6 x 7 squares.

sewing machine cover design - skalabara quilts

After a busy afternoon with cutting, piecing and pressing – the dust protection top is ready to quilt.

sewing machine cover sandwich - skalabara quilts

sewing machine cover sandwich 1 - skalabara quilts

This is a perfect small project to try out the new Bernina B 720 with the walking foot. I have used two different quilting threads. The red/pink variegated quilting thread is from King Tut, and the yellow one is from Gutermann Sulky.

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Added some straps using a bias tape to knot the dust cover on the sides.

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And a few colorful shots from the garden. This winter has been very mild, and we have had hardly any cold weather. Since weeks we have nice and warm sunny days, sometimes with some wind. Spring is here.

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I started writing this blog post before the pandemic spread of the corona virus. At the moment our area is secure, but this can change any moment. My trip to Prague to visit my Mum has been cancelled – which I approve. If each of us can help a little, we all together can achieve a lot. So, I shouldn’t let sewing machine wait for a long time, it is time to sew. Get out the best of the situation!

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wip – radiate quilt

Well, another WIP. From the moment I have seen the Radiate Quilt Pattern photos on the internet, I knew I wanted to make it. Meghan Buchanan designed the quilt, and she is the person behind Then Came June.

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I have pieced enough blocks to make a good size quilt throw. Once more I have alternated the size, this time my version of the quilt throw is longer than in the pattern.

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I love the straightforward design. My accent blocks are all pieced, they only need some cutting. I have opted for a dark purple/brown hue.

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The quilt has a diagonal design with 3 inches (finished width) sashing. My choice of the background is the same as in the quilt pattern – off white. Most of the fabrics are Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman. A few are Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics or Spectrum Solids by Makower. A mix and match from my stash.

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Here photos of a few of the Radiate Quilt blocks, each block has a different color combination. The block size is 10 1/2 inches unfinished.

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The next steps : cut some blocks on the diagonal. Layout the blocks on the floor and decide where to place each block. Cut sashing and piece the quilt top together.

Stay tuned to the Radiate Quilt work progress, happy quilting

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sugaridoo bernina quilt along

Since I had so much fun and learnt a lot with the Summer Sampler 2019, I have signed up for a new quilt along. This time it is a free one from the Bernina blog. Irene from Sugaridoo made the quilt design. The quilt consists of 12 rows altogether. Each row has a different design and the instructions come end of the month.

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The first row (actually row number 5 of the quilt design) was released already end of November. The next row instruction is due on the 26th of December. The quilt along will take place over the next 12 months. In meantime I have selected fabrics and will start with piecing after the holidays or even in the new year. Then I can cut and piece 2 rows at once.

sugaridoo bernina quiltalong 1 - skalabara quilts

My fabric choice :

  • background fabric is Kona Solid in Haze – Robert Kaufman
  • accent fabric is Kona Solid in Pewter – Robert Kaufman
  • diverse color solids from Kona Solids – Robert Kaufman and Bella Solids – Moda Fabrics

Looking forward to finish this new project at the end of 2020!

Maybe you want to join too?! Happy quilting

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two cushion covers with kaffe fassett fabrics

The idea to make these two cushion covers came from Saija when looking at her blogpost. Instead of the blue hues and white background, I decided to go for fabrics from my Kaffe Fasset Collective stash. For the background I have used Kona Solid in eggshell. Here the cushion covers from the front :

cushion cover red - skalabara quilts

cushion cover green - skalabara quilts

From the back :

cushion cover yellow - skalabara quilts

cushion cover orange - skalabara quilts

And some more photos :

cushion cover red green - skalabara quilts

cushion cover red orange - skalabara quilts

cushion cover gren yellow - skalabara quilts

Piecing details, the pinned sandwich before quilting. I always add backing to my cushion covers sandwich : Bomull from IKEA. The orange backside has rectangles cut 2,5″ x 3″.

cushion cover orange detail - skalabara quilts

I have pieced the yellow back with rectangles cut 2,5″ x 4,5″ and squares cut 2,5″ x 2,5″. See quilting details on the photos below.

cushion cover yellow detail - skalabara quilts

For the half-square triangles I have cut 24 squares 4″ x 4″ – from the Kona Solid in eggshell and 24 pieces 4″ x 4″ from my Kaffe Fassett Collective stash. For the golden accent triangles I have cut squares 2″ x 2″.

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I have inserted a zipper closure to both cushion covers. Quilted with my favourite walking foot in straight lines folowing the design :

cushion cover red quilting - skalabara quilts

cushion cover red quilting detail - skalabara quilts

cushion cover yellow quilting - skalabara quilts

cushion cover orange quilting - skalabara quilts

The two cushion covers together :

cushion cover red and green - skalabara quilts

cushion cover red and green in the shade - skalabara quilts

Cushion cover size  : 24″ x 18″, inserted zipper closure on the bottom

Quilting thread : diverse colors Gütermann Cotton 30

Thanks for visting, happy quilting

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working on cushion covers

As I am heading for Prague this Thursday I didn’t want to start a bigger project – like quilting the levitating jewel box quilt or starting the twin levitating jewel box quilt. Instead I decided to work on some cushion covers for the lounge – you can never have enough. One is made with EPP hexies and the other is with hst.

My first EPP hexie project : using an idea of a modern hexie cushion cover on German Bernina site. The explanation is straight forward and I am very happy with the result.

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At the moment I have just quilted the top, thinking about a design for the back. As I add the zipper closure to the bottom, I piece both sides of the cushion covers with a nice pattern.

hexie cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

The cushion cover size is 20″ x 20″ and I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box. I always like to work with them, the fabrics are so colourful, cheerful and happy.

hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

The background fabric is Kona solid in eggshell, nearly the same colour as the backing. For the back of the cushion cover quilt sandwich I always use BOMULL unbleached fabric from IKEA, perfect price and quality balance.

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The second cushion cover I have made was inspired by Saija from Pomada,  pop over to see her beautiful quilts!

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Once more I have used fabrics from my Kaffe Fassett stash box and the Kona solid in eggshell. Finished size is 18″ x 24″, each finished hst unit is 3″.  I want to make the same design for the back side, maybe piece the hst’s a bit larger – like a test size for a possible quilt throw.

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Both cushion covers are quilted using the walking foot in straight lines following the design. I have used Aurifil mako thread 40/2 in light sand, colour 2000.

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And from the back :

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hst cushion cover back 2 - skalabara quilts

And both cushion cover tops :

hst and hexie cushion cover 1 - skalabara quilts

hst and hexie cushion cover 2 - skalabara quilts

This is all for this time, happy quilting!

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