santini’s architecture in western bohemia

During my last visit to Prague I went with my Mum on a day trip through western Bohemia to see some works of the architect Jan Santini Aichel (1677 – 1723). All the sites we have visited are very impressing, specially knowing that the author is nearly 300 years dead. The ground plans of this baroque architect show many star variations.

First stop was at Hubenov visiting a farm-house that is in private hands. The owners started with the restoration work with lot of enthusiasm and patience.

santini - hubenov 1

santini - hubenov 2

Our second stop was at Marianska Tynice – a pilgrimage site near the monastery in Plasy.

santini - mariansaka tynice view

santini - marianska tynice collage

In a small village Mladotice we visited a chapel.

santini - mladotice

The interesting thing about this chapel is that the exterior and interior perimeters are the same. The outside walls are very smooth, but in the interior the walls follow a star pattern.


The last stop was at the monastery in Kladruby. Very impressing, the church is a real hidden gem.

santini - kladruby church

santini - kladruby church detail

santini - kladruby collage

Hope you have enjoyed a photo visit to the architectural treasures of western Bohemia and maybe one day, you shall visit them personally.

Thanks for stoping, Barbora

new stash from ppm

What is PPM? It is Prague Patchwork Meeting and it was held this year for the tenth time. It takes place each year on the first weekend in April. As I haven’t to this meeting since many years, I thought it was time to go back and enjoy the exhibition as well as the fabric shops concentrated all on one site. There was lots see – wonderful patchwork quilts as well as art quilts. I’ll be posting some photos after the stash ones.

These are all the new fabrics I got :

stash from ppm - skalabara

I love the two FQ bundles with different colors and patterns from the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. The colors are so rich a saturated, you can see each thread on the photos.

sun print collection in reds by alisson glass for andover - skalabara


sun print collection by alisson glass for andover - skalabara

I couldn’t pass a shop with Kaffe Fassett prints without buying a few of them. Love the colors as well as the designs.

kaffe fassett prints - skalabara

I didn’t have any grey fabrics in my collection and I found some wonderful shades, exactly what I was looking for. And some Ivory from Kona Solids – there are never enough neutrals in a stash.

greys from anover and makower and ivory from kona solids - skalabara

Lime and oranges are always handy colors, bright and shiny.

fatquartes in yellow and orange and lime from kona solids - skalabara

So now is time to share some photos from the Prague Patchwork Meeting exhibition. I only took photos of the quilts I really liked. They are more art quilts then ordinary every day ones, but interesting to see. The following piece of art called Metamorphosis is my very favorite. The theme and idea, colors, precise quilting – all matches perfectly.

ppm metamorphosis 1

ppm metamorphosis 3

ppm alerchino

ppm jeans quilts shark

ppm quilt from poland

ppm traditional fabrics

ppm traditional fabrics 1

ppm colorful quilt

ppm circles

I shall post a few more photos from the Prague Patchwork Meeting next time.


Wishing all followers and readers a wonderful weekend, happy stitching,



photos from alicante

Last week we went for a day to Alicante. This city is a small mystery to me – every time I go back it is like going there for the first time. Even though I know Alicante for 20 years now, there is always something new to see each time I go back. The marina and wonderful beaches, the avenues that invite for a stroll, the parks and plazas with centenary ficus trees that give a perfect shade and coolness in the summer, the castle of Santa Barbara with a panoramic view. Not to forget the bars, cafes and restaurants as well as great shops!

lion on guard in alicante spain - skalabara

marina in alicante spain - skalabara

trees in alicante spain - skalabara

paseos in alicante spain - skalabara

And also a few sunrise impressions when I walk the dog. All photos were taken with iPhone6, all sunrise photos are in original with no filters.

sunrise - skalabara

sunrise - no filter - skalabara

Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful Sunday and a good start into the new week!


photos from Prague and Santa Pola

Instead of posting about quilting I would like to share here with you some photo impressions from my last visit to Prague. A late afternoon walk at the Petrin Park with wonderful views over the city, Prague Castle and the mini Eifel tower on top of Petrin Hill. The tower is worth visiting, the views in all directions are spectacular.

late afternoon in Prague - skalabara

Village atmosphere near where my Mum lives in the district of Prague 6.

Prague 6 - afternoon moments- skalabara

Enjoying a nice cup of coffee at the Pavilon in Prague 2 Vinohrady. It is an old market hall converted into modern furniture shops and interior design offices. - skalabara


Moments from our visit to Santa Pola marina and the nearby lighthouse on New Year´s Day.

1.1.2016 in Santa Pola Alicante - skalabara

lighthouse at cabo de Santa Pola Alicante - skalabara

Now, back to sewing and quilting. Have a wonderful weekend,


merry christmas and work in progress

Since returning from my pre-Christmas visit in Prague I have worked on the twister quilt. Now I have all 12 blocks finished and they are ready to quilt, one by one. Yes, once more a quilt as you go termination. This is my WIP for the end of 2014 and January 2015. Maybe I can squeeze in some work on my Horizon quilt.

color twister 1 - skalabara.comI had a wonderful time in Prague with my mum and other family members. The weather was mild for the time of year, but one frosty morning.

a frosty day in prague - skalabara.comShopping was also on my agenda. Not only I visited some malls but also the Christmas market on the Old Town Square in the heart of the city.

christmas impressions from prague 2014 -

Herewith I would like to wish all my friends and followers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015. Thanks for all your comments and support.

See you soon, Barbora