favorite panorama

Even though I left Prague many, many years ago, it is still my favorite city and I always love to come back, Walk through the historic quarters, visit cultural events and meet friends. So why write to many words – here some photos :

prague panorama with castle - skalabara.com

prague panorama petrin park - skalabara.com

Moldau river in the front, Kampa Park behind and Petrin Park on the hill with a small copy of the Eifel Tower build right at the top. A few impressions of the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) situated under the Prague Castle.

prague impressions - skalabara.com

I have taken last photos in the passage of Adria Palace which is on the Corner of Narodni and Jungmanova streets.

mosaic in prague - skalabara.com

I am enjoying the time with my Mum and quilting can wait. The weather in Prague is very warm for this time of the year and we have had a lot of sunshine.

Thanks for visiting, until next time and enjoy life, Barbora

my first quilt in 2014

The almond trees have started to show their pretty white flowers. This means that spring is not far away. We can still have some cold nights in February, but the sun rays are getting stronger even in the morning hours.

almond blossom - skalabara.com

almond blossom 2 - skalabara.com

So – I have finished my very first quilt in 2014 and it is called “Picnic with Bella”! This one is staying at home and is for my hubby Helmut for his everyday siesta on the sofa. I am planning to make a few matching pillow covers with the fabric rests.

picnic with bella 1 - skalabara.com

The fabric I have used is from the “Bella” collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. It came out at least a year ago, but I never had time to make a quilt. I have made another quilt with an earlier collection by Lotta Jansdotter : Abstract Dreams. I like her fabric designs and her color choice – modern, bright and fresh. There is a new collection arriving soon “Mormor” – you check it here at Hawthorne Threads.

A few weeks ago I have received a parcel from the UK from Cottonpatch with a new (for me) wadding type : Quilters Dream Cotton in Select. This is a mid loft thickness and it was wonderful to quilt. It is not too thick, but very soft and smooth. I think this will be my favorite wadding (or batting?) for my future quilts.

picnic with bella 3 - skalabara.com

Quilt size : 54″ x 84″ / 137 x 213 cm - Finished block size : 6″ x 6″, one block with 4 half-square triangle units and the other block with log cabin units with mitered corners.

Free-motion quilted with meanders using Gütermann Sulky machine quilting thread in light grey, #1328.

picnic with bella 2 - skalabara.com

I was so happy to find the fabric for the binding in my local shop Kate’s Craft and Quilting – a yellowish-green from Moda Fabrics that matches exactly with the Bella colors.

icnic with bella 5 - skalabara.com

picnic with bella 4 - skalabara.com

This all for the moment, thanks for stopping and looking forward to read your cheerful comments! Have a great week, Barbora

spring is in the air (at least today)

We have had some stormy and rainy weather over the last few days. But today is full of sun, clear blue skies and no wind. The other day I have also seen the first almond trees in blossom (but no camera with me). Just a moment ago I had a nice cup of coffee in the garden. From my chair I could see all the busy bees working on the bright yellow flowers of aeonium arboreum. So I got out my camera and took some photos :

aeonium arboreum - skalabara.com

 

aeonium arboreum - skalabara.com

 

And the pretty white flowers of eriocephalus africanus. This hardy shrub is originally from South Africa, but grows also well the Mediterranean climate.

eriocephalus africanus - skalabara.com

Sewing is high on my list for the weekend, so maybe my next post will be with photo with a pieced patchwork top.

Thanks for stopping, have a nice weekend, Barbora

 

my dog and living in civilization

I am still taking some time of from quilting to get my brand new toy (mac and ipad) into the right shape. Nevertheless I do go dog walking every morning. Sometimes I see motifs that I want to capture with my camera. My dog is always a favorite :

strubbel - catalan sheepdog - skalabara.com

 

The other morning I took a look around myself and I saw all the things that come with a modern life :  masts for electricity cables or mobile phone antennas and graffiti. This all is part of our lives, the price we pay for civilization and communication. The landscapes change, more and more man-made elements take over the nature.

living with mobile phones - skalabara.com

iving with electricity - skalabara.com

graffiti, dog and myself - skalabara.com

 

But I love the area where we live – it is near the Mediterranean sea, with mild climate in the winter, hardly any industry with pollution and 3 bigger cities half an hour away by car.

Enjoy your weekend, thanks for stopping, Barbora

quilting is on hold

Since my last post I have pieced units and blocks for my new quilt. I was happy with the progress, but suddenly a change of priorities occurred. My Xmas present came with a delay (and I am not so sure if it is a Xmas gift or not) : a brand new apple computer! So first I have to stuff it with all my files, get used to the new programs and only then I can start my piecing and quilting routine. Here a small preview of the blocks : #1 is all pieced and #2 is at the moment on hold.

picnic - block #1 - skalabara.com

picnic - block #2 - skalabara.com

And a self-portrait with the dog :

self-portrait with strubbel - skalabara.com

 

Have a nice week and “see” you soon, Barbora