knitting and quilting

A few weeks ago I picked up the knitting needles (after 30 years of absence in the knitting world) and started to test my skills. Well, the easiest way is to make some small projects – like shawls or scarfs and so I did. Somehow it feels funny to put on shawl when we have 28°C in the sun. But winter will come sooner or later. Also a photo of my “favorite” shop at the moment.

shawls - skalabara.com

woolshop - skalabara.com

Not only knitting was on my agenda, but also some quilting. I was asked to make a sample of a Lone Star block. The result was not as good as I expected it – a bit too crooked for my taste. I suppose I have to practice more precise piecing.

lone star block - skalabara.com

And my last project over the last few weeks is another quilt for Joan : Lilac Drunkard’s Path. Once more a quilt as you go. I have all 9 blocks pieced, 5 are in lilac and 4 in orange/red hues, each block is 28″ square.

lilac drunkard's path 1 - skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path detail- skalabara.com

lilac drunkard's path back - skalabara.com

We have spent a wonderful day in Alicante, just wandering through the city and marina, eating some tapas and enjoying an ice cream.

alicante explanada - skalabara.com

Thanks for stopping, enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy quilting, Barbora

prague in rain

Last Thursday I came back home from Prague. I left the city in rain, had one day with full sunshine and since yesterday we have here also rainy weather. As we have had hardly any rain since November we are really happy to see some water come down from the sky. This gave me also time to sort all the photos I have taken. Here a collage with cloudy impressions of the city, on the biggest photo is Charles Bridge over the river Vltava.prague before rain - skalabara.com

We have visited the historical Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace situated next to Charles Bridge that is a part of the Prague Gallery. The palace is worth visiting as it is in a very original state, with hardly any changes made over the centuries.

colloredo-mansfeld palace in prague - skalabara.com

interior colloredo-mansfeld palace prague - skalabara.com

rague detail from colloredo-mansfeld palace - skalabara.com

And as last some photos from Prague 6, with its green spaces, parks and a village atmosphere.

prague 6 - skalabara.com

Next time a quilting post, have a nice Sunday, Barbora

 

 

 

 

visit to kutna hora, czech republic

Last friday my mum and me went for a day trip to the town of Kutna Hora, about 60 miles east of Prague. The day was full of discoveries, magic places and history. The originally gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara :

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A short walk to the historical town centre passing the Jesuit College and a wonderful view of the church of St. James. Next to the statues there is a vineyard. We we lucky with the weather, it was a sunny day until we went back. Prague welcomed us with heavy rain and storm.

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Cute little lanes and streets in the historical part around the main square.

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The original stone well for water supply in the middle ages.

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Detail of the ossuary in the nearby village of Sedlec :

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This is all for the moment, next time some more impressions from Prague. Thanks for stopping, enjoy the rest of Sunday, Barbora

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