new stash and getting back to work

We are back at home from Germany where we visited my husband’s family and friends. We had a wonderful time, the weather was cool yet not rainy. Before leaving for Germany I looked on the web to find some quilting shops in the Bonn area. The very first one I found was just in the next village. So Monday was my day and with my sister-in-law we went to the shop. It was amazing to see so many Kaffe Fassett fabrics at one place!! It took me some time to choose which fabrics I desperately need to get on my stock. At the end I went for 9 pattern fabrics and 2 Kona Solids – canary yellow and bright pink.

stash kaffe fassett -

Here some pictures when we all went walking the dog on the outskirts of Bonn.

bonn 0813 - www.skalabara.comA few weeks ago I came across this Christmas runner from Love By Hand and I just loved the block design. I have finished piecing the blocks and over the weekend I want to quilt and bind this pretty little runner.

love by hand design of xmas table runner

My free days are slowly coming to an end – Monday is my first working day after the summer break.

Thanks for stopping and happy sewing, Barbora

last week update

This time more a photo post without many words.

  • Eastern in Spain is a very traditional church festivity with many processions and celebrations all over the country. Here a few pictures taken at our local village.


  • Kate’s version of the Fire & Ice quilt pattern

kate's - fire & ice


  • Spring is in the air

cercis siliquastrum



  • I have finally made my choice of color, fabric and thread for my Skill Builder BOM



That’s all for this time, Barbora





first stash in 2013 has arrived

First stash in 2013 has arrived : 2 thick envelopes came from Hawthorne Threads. I have ordered the fabrics way back in December and I am so happy that they are finally here. Take a look on the wonderful colors and designs from Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection (somerville study, sloane and sienna) – these fabrics are just the right ones for quilt backings. As soon as I saw the “somerville study” with all the books in the shelves I just could not resist.

somerville study



And the last photo shows the Notting Hill Collection in magenta designed by Joel Dewberry and has a total of 12 different fabrics. Once more the colors and designs are so fresh and bright. This stash is for a custom quilt and I shall start working on it right away!!

notting hill

Happy quilting,


new stash



The last 2 weeks have been very busy for me. Unfortunately I did not have time to work on my quilting projects or to write a new post on the blog. Today was a wonderful day, full of sunshine and blue skies. I got some time to take a few photos of my new stash. All these fabrics are sitting patiently in the cabinet waiting to be taken out and converted in a perfect quilt.

Here are my new “babies” :

1. - Bella from Lotta Jansdotter – a complete collection plus 2 matching fabrics for the backing


2.- A colorful stash for a custom quilt – I opted for fuchsia, orange, turquoise hues and a light pink fabric for the background


3.- Some fabrics for my stock, salmon in solid and my favorite polka dots in pink and orange


As next Tuesday and Friday are public holidays, I hope to catch up with my sewing. I do really miss this soothing sound of the sewing machine.


back home and meters of new fabric

Late Sunday I got back home from Prague with my suitcase full of goodies. I got some new rulers (my favorite ones from Olfa), wonderful and colorful quilting threads from Mettler and Gütermann plus many, many meters of solids in dark & light grey, aqua, white, canary yellow and fuchsia.

And the party goes on – today I received my magic envelope from Hawthorne Thread with the following stuff :

  • The Birds and the Bees – Sunset Palette by Tula Pink

  • Kona Modern Quilt in Berry by Cynthia Frenette

  • A colorful design to be used as a backing (sorry, but forgot the fabric name)

My experience over the years is that the best for me is to order fat quarters from a fabric collection of my choice. I receive nicely matched colors and patterns. Plus I always order extra yardage for the backing and for stock.

I am very happy as over the last weeks I have received custom orders and a few inquiries for quilts. The only problem I have is a lack of time. August in Spain can be very hot and I am quite happy that there is no dog training nor yoga classes. It is like having holidays in the evenings, there is no rush to be on time somewhere. I also have a few new ideas how to remodel my sewing studio – to get more space for storing all my new stash.

Lots to do, let’s get started!!