magic monday

It has been some time since I wrote the last post. My parents were with us on a 10 day visit, so family life was the main focus in these days.  I was also fairly busy at work, interpreting and translating quotes for the construction company I work for (since 9 years now). And I gave beginner classes at my local patchwork and quilting shop. I have already done 3 Monday classes and my lady pupils are happy – lucky me. But I also must admit, that I enjoy it very much!

Monday was as good as Christmas – my three parcels arrived:

  1. 3 colorful fabrics I want to use for backing that I ordered at Hawthorne Threads
  2. High quality piecing and quilting threads that I always order at Quilt Direct
  3. Book Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts

Where shall I start first? All 3 fabrics have incredible colors. The moment I saw them, I knew they are a must for my stash. Particularly the fabric on the top from Alexander Henry House Designer from the collection Paloma, La Paloma in Multi. Hawthorne Threads is very nice online shop that concentrates on modern patchwork fabrics. They have a wonderfully designed website, all is clearly arranged and it is always a pleasure to order there.

High quality cotton threads are a must for me. After all threads have to hold the entire quilt together, from piecing to quilting. Unfortunately I cannot buy them locally, but fortunately we have internet. I have found Quilt Direct in the UK, have ordered there in the past and always got a very good service. This time I decided to buy piecing thread from Aurifil 50/2 in 4 different neutral shades. For quilting I also ordered a neutral, the big spool is from Superior King Tut 40/3. I have used in the past this thread for quilting my projects and I like the quality.

For books we have Amazon, once more a perfect marketplace to order make worldwide. The book has wonderful and colorful patterns, I just love the quilting techniques. I didn’t have time to read it, but I certainly looked at all the photos. Please visit one of the author’s blog on Sew Katie Did.

Well, it is time to start again with quilting (after my short holiday with family and making preserves). This hobby is worth everything, a perfect pursuit!

Happy quilting everyone, B.

Nomination for the Kreativ Blogger Award

There were some nice emails waiting for me when I came back home from Prague. Avis from Oh Sew Tempting had nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. That was really smashing news. Avis is a very busy blogger with lots of nice ideas and understandable tutorials. I wish I would be as hard-working on my blog and quilts as she is on hers.

First I had to come back to “normal life” – look what happened the last week at work, do some normal woman work at home and go shopping, help the gardener, groom the dog…  Also my husbands son is here for a week. After dealing with all the different obligations, I have finally got time to write a new post.

To accept the nomination for the Kreativ Blogger Award I have to give price of my “seven secrets”. Well, here they are:

  1. I love to live in Spain. After leaving my home town of Prague I have lived in Germany and the UK, but Spain is definitely my favorite European land.
  2. I like travelling, but over the years I got a bit lazy and stay rather at home. Time for a change!!
  3. I am fond of gardening – did this successfully in northern Europe. But in our garden we have only solid rock and gardening has become a very hard job.
  4. Trying to be a vegetarian – but a nice Angus steak tastes sooooooooooooo good
  5. Get the grip to write this blog more regularly and finish my started pdf tutorials.
  6. Joining a “dog school” with Strubbel was one of my good decisions this year
  7. Sometimes spending too much time on the computer and internet

Another part of the nomination is to link with my favorite blogs:

  1. Oh, Fransson ! – I think Elizabeth is very talented, knows how to work with colors and fabrics. Her tutorials are very well written and I admire here free-motion quilting style
  2. a stitch in dye – Malka has incredible colors, here fabric design is one of my favorite. But I was not fast enough to order fabrics from her latest collection
  3. lillalotta – Anna does perfect custom tapes/labels for quilts. Here illustrations and paintings are just wonderful
  4. Quilts of Hope – Deborah does a super job. By donating a patchwork block and Deborah’s commitment, you can help girls in Romania
  5. Teaginny Designs – Alex has wonderful ideas, combines perfectly patchwork blocks with quilting patterns
  6. Dianajessie – bags and purses + lot more ideas
  7. Fibra Creativa – a patchwork blog from Spain

Next time maybe some info about the Prague Patchwork meeting.

Happy Easter and till the next time, Barb

Easter Break

Time is flying so fast. It has been now over 3 months since I visited my parents. My luggage is already packed and I am off to Prague tomorrow early morning. I shall visit the 6th Prague Patchwork Meeting that is held over this weekend. I am looking forward to see lots of displayed quilts (for inspiration) and visit all the shops. My goal is to buy only quilting and piecing threads. Lets wait and see what kind off stuff I bring back!!

My teacher Loles is organising a small patchwork exhibition in Almoradi (my next village) on the 20th April. I am taking part and I wanted to display the Rock Around the Clock Quilt. But as I have sold it, I have to finish the Abstract Dreams Quilt fairly quickly. Well, I shall have time over the long Easter weekend as we have 2 days off.

That’s all for now, happy sewing, Barb

I’ve been listed in the Etsy Spring Lookbook 2012

Yesterday was my lucky day.

When I opened my emails in the morning there were 2 mails

  1. I’ve been listed in the Etsy Spring Lookbook 2012. please use this link to open the online version, my Etsy store Skala Bara is on page 74!
  2. I’ve been asked if I would be interested in participating in a project to help girls in Romania by sending a 8×8″ block. This is also something new for me and I looking forward to do it. Please find more information on this blog:

I’ve had also a check at the hospital and I am in total remission with my lymphoma. Thanks God, everything is OK 9 months after finishing with my chemo.

And last but not least – my hubby Helmut invited my for meal at our local Indian restaurant. And this means no cooking in the evening, hurrah, hurrah.

Here more info about the Rock Around the Clock Quilt or a quick tutorial how to make a sandwich:

  1. Spread the backing right side down on the floor. Tape it firmly to the floor (using strips of painter’s tape), the fabric is completely smooth. Remember : both backing and batting should be approx. 1″ bigger on each side than the quilt top.
  2. Detail of taping. I use the tile grouts as orientation lines for positioning the quilt backing and top.
  3. Spread the batting on top of the backing and smooth out any wrinkles.
  4. Spread the (well ironed)  top on the batting. Starting from the centre smooth out any wrinkles. Watch the correct alignment of the backing and top. this is your last chance for correction before pinning. I use curved safety pins, start from the centre and pin carefully through all 3 layers (backing, batting, quilt top). Once you have pinned the entire sandwich remove the tape, fold the sandwich and you can start quilting!

At the moment I am thinking about the quilting style for this special top. Should I go for free-motion quilting (with less experience) or for straight lines with a walking foot? Since I have not decided yet, I started a new project with the same wonderful batik fabrics, it is a HST Quilt.

More info next time, happy sewing


Praguer Patchwork Inspirations

Since coming back from Prague I did not dedicate much time to patchwork and quilting. The Rock Around the Clock top is finished and I want to work on it, pin it and go on with quilting. Lets put it this way: it is my goal for the weekend. The past 2 weeks we  orientated on the holiday season and cooking more than usually, relaxing on the terrace with an excellent book and enjoying the wonderful weather we have.

Prague has some inspirational pavements. I took pictures of the different patterns in the city and it is amazing what layouts can be done using just 2 colours.

Pictures from our trip to the La Manga area on New Years Day :

Friday is a holiday, so looking forward to a long patchwork weekend!! Happy sewing everyone, Barbora