charles bridge, prague, november 2018

When I went to Prague a few weeks ago, I passed over the Charles Bridge on a wonderful sunny autumn morning. The light was incredible and there were hardly any tourists on the Charles Bridge, I just had to take a few photos. Here a selection of my favorite ones :

charles bridge by sunrise - skalabara quilts

lesser town bridge towers prague - skalabara quilts

charles bridge 2 - skalabara quilts

charles bridge 1 - skalabara quilts

charles bridge 3 - skalabara quilts

petrin park prague - skalabara quilts

kampa prague - skalabara quilts

river vltava from charles bridge - skalabara quilts

The National Theater with the river Vltava on a foggy morning :

national theater prague - skalabara quilts

And a few autumn impressions from Prague 6 – Stresovice district :

autumn impressions prague 1 - skalabara quilts

autumn impressions prague 2 - skalabara quilts

autumn impressions prague 3 - skalabara quilts

autumn impressions prague 4 - skalabara quilts

Thanks for visiting !

barbora  flower small skalabara quilts

prague july 2018

Once more I was visiting my Mum in Prague. I had super summer weather, sunshine and blue skies. Since I am living nearly 20 years in Spain, I am not anymore used to see such an abundance of green hues in the nature. Visiting different parks in the district of Prague 6 I found sooooo many greens that I couldn´t resist to take loads of photos. But lets start from the beginning : my favourite panorama view is, was and shall always stay the Hradcany – Prague Castle that overlooks the river Vltava nad Charles Bridge.

prague panorama view over the river Moldavia - skalabara quilts

prague Hradcany Castle - skalabara quilts

The Church and Monastery of Our Lady of the Snows in Prague town center:

prague church Maria Snow - skalabara quilts

The photo below is taken from the restaurant at the Garden Center Chladek overlooking their plant exposition and the quiet Hanspaulka district :

prague 6 garden center chladek - skalabara quilts

prague 6 view of Hanspaulka - skalabara quilts

Another “green” place to visit in Prague 6 is the restaurant/ coffee-house situated in the Kajetanka park :

prague 6 garden Kajetanka - skalabara quilts

prague 6 garden Kajetanka - skalabara quilts

Green impressions from the park at the Benedictine Arch-Abbey of St. Adalbert and St. Margaret :

prague 6 park at Brevnov monastery - skalabara quilts

prague 6 park at Brevnov monastery - skalabara quilts

1807 praha

Hope you have enjoyed this small journey through Prague, more about sewing in the next post.

Have a wonderful weekend,   barbora   flower small skalabara quilts

 

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

morning walks are my favorite

On the calendar we have nearly end of October and I just can’t believe the wonderful weather we still have. My favorite time of the day is early morning when go out with the dog. Sometimes I am on the road exactly when the sun comes up, sometimes still in the dark and sometimes just to late to enjoy the walk. The air is clear, no traffic on the streets,  other dogs and their owners still in bed or at the breakfast table. Sometimes the fog covers the sun and all the surroundings and I have to look well for my doggy. And than I find him totally wet from dew on the grass and shrubs that we pass on our morning walk.

sunrise in october - skalabara.com

morning impression - skalabara.com october morning flowers - skalabara.com

october sun - skalabara.com

But lets look on the darker side of life. The world crisis has left also some traces in our region. Infrastructure once ready for building more houses has been overtaken by nature. I have found a tree growing out of the water distribution box or a new pine tree fighting for life on wasteland.

nature and wasteland - skalabara.com

nature versus wasteland - skalabara.com

Let me finish this post with another quote I found on the web. This one is by Buddha :

THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME  

So this time, happy thinking …… Barbora