cushion covers and a placemat

Before starting to work on my UFOs and giving it a go to finish them, I have decided to piece a few smaller projects. What could be better to work on than a cushion cover or a placemat?! I have promised my colleague to make two cushion covers with the Bunny block from the Fancy Forest quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. It is not the first time I have worked with this pattern. The cutting and piecing of the individual blocks is explained very well and easy to follow. I have a quilt top with one section of the Fancy Forest ready to quilt. I checked what sizes of cushion inserts are available and found the right size for the Bunny cushion covers : 30 x 40 cm / 12″ x 16″. The actual block has a finished size 8″ x 11″ and by adding the borders I got the desired cushion size.

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I have quilted the cushion covers in a wavy pattern with the walking foot. My favourite quilting pattern at the moment! Thread used is Gutermann Sulky 30 cotton in light grey #1328, wadding is Quilters Dream Cotton Natural Select.fancy forest bunny cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

 

Both cushion covers  have a zipper closure on the back.

fancy forest bunny cushion cover back - skalabara quilts

 

The next cushion cover is knitted and it is for a charity auction. I have used one 100g ball of Aura yarn by Sirdar and the knitting pattern is called Chevron Seed Stitch. As I have mentioned before, I do like to knit, but only basic patterns. This is why I look for knitting patterns that use only knit and purl stitches. The cushion size is 16″ x 16″. The back is in a coordinated burgundy fabric and has a zipper closure.

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The Chevron Seed knitting pattern in detail.

knitted chevron seed cushion cover detail - skalabara quilts

 

My last project over the weekend was a placemat inspired by Tomomi from Slaney HandCraft. This is and ideal project using fabrics from the scrap basket. The size is approx. 12″ x 18″.

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The photo of the back shows well the quilting – straight lines with the walking foot following the seams. Thread is Mettler Quilting 40 #0959 in fuchsia.

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And a close up of the quilting.

placemat leave detail - skalabara quilts

 

Well, hope you all have a good week,

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Joan’s quilt

Joan bought fabrics for the quilt of her choice, but due to an eye operation she could not start with piecing. She asked me to take over and finish the quilt.

The pattern is called Moscato d’Asti and Joan wanted a throw size for this quilt.moscato d'asti 1 - skalabara quiltsI started piecing the blocks without purchasing the pattern. The block is straight forward and suitable for beginners, but precise sewing is of advantage. An ideal pattern for jelly rolls. Each block is finished 10″ x 10″ and consists of 5 differently pieced strips. The blocks sewn together make a nice star pattern. I didn’t add the outer borders as in the original pattern. The throw size is 74″ x 54″.moscato d'asti 4 - skalabara quiltsI have quilted this throw with the wavy stitch (#4 on the Bernina aurora 440) using the walking foot. Thread is Gutermann Sulky Cotton 30.moscato d'asti 5 - skalabara quiltsThe quilt backing is a marbled purple fabric as well as the binding.

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week,

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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.

 

 

 

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fancy forest frances firefly - skalabaraquilts

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

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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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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:

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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

weekend in orange shades – more cushion covers

The Horizon top is ready to quilt, but instead of starting working on a large throw, I decided to make a set of 4 cushion covers for my Mum’s neighbor Eliska.

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Eliska was a big help for my Mum when she broke her arm and could not cook. Eliska made for her all warm meals over a period of 6 weeks. These cushion covers are for the sofa in her kitchen where all cupboards are in orange. I made my “classical” set of cushion covers using half-square triangles. But my favorite stays the hourglass block. I selected a strong orange quilting thread from Mettler. First I had out an off-white quilting thread but the orange is more visible.

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On the above collage you can already see the backing fabric. I have sewn 4 backs with a zipper closure. I use this tutorial from Riley Blake.

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All photos have a bit different colors. We had very variable weather over the weekend, starting with blue skies and sun, getting cloudy and today we have strong winds and some rain. All photos were taken this time inside, outside the cushion covers would fly away.

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The cushion covers on the working table in my sewing room.

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Set of 4 Cushion Covers

cushion size : 16″ x 16″ and unit size 4″ x 4″ (both finished)

thread : Mettler Quilting color 594 – strong orange

quilting : straight line with walking foot

 

And this can happen when you sew over pins, so be very careful :

sewing over pins - skalabara

And as last a photo is of a very happy cat – Mikesch enjoying a nap on the sofa.

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

 

Have wonderful week and happy quilting!

Barbora