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

red UFO and my sewing room

As my last quilt “Picnic with Bella” was fun (and also quick) to quilt, I decided to have a look in the wardrobe and check those UFOs, i.e. unfinished objects = quilt tops. The first one I found was the Red UFO top, found the matching backing and made a quilt sandwich with basting pins.

red ufo 1 - skalabara. com

red ufo 2 - skalabara.com

This quilt top was sitting on the shelve at least for 4 years. I always loved the quilt design, but my color choice since then has changed very much. These were my beginner years without any knowledge about modern quilting, following the classical color combinations.

I started quilting on Thursday afternoon and today midday I finished the quilt with binding.  Once more I went for free-motion quilting with meanders. As the weather is warm and sunny, but very, very windy I could not take any pictures. I have cleaned up my sewing room and decided to take some photos here. My sewing room is half for me and quilting, and half for the books we have. My husband has a lot of fantasy novels and always has problems finding his favorite book as they are stacked in 2 rows.

sewing room 3 - skalabara.com

sewing room 2 - skalabara.com

sewing room 1 - skalabara.com

Above a close up with my flower photos which are developed on metallic photo paper and have incredible colors. The pair on the left ares my parents about 55 years ago. The 2 small children are my husband Helmut and his sister Waltraud about 65 years ago.

Tomorrow I shall have a day of from sewing, but never the less I can think about my next quilting projects!

Have a nice Sunday, Barbora