my dog and living in civilization

I am still taking some time of from quilting to get my brand new toy (mac and ipad) into the right shape. Nevertheless I do go dog walking every morning. Sometimes I see motifs that I want to capture with my camera. My dog is always a favorite :

strubbel - catalan sheepdog -


The other morning I took a look around myself and I saw all the things that come with a modern life :  masts for electricity cables or mobile phone antennas and graffiti. This all is part of our lives, the price we pay for civilization and communication. The landscapes change, more and more man-made elements take over the nature.

living with mobile phones -

iving with electricity -

graffiti, dog and myself -


But I love the area where we live – it is near the Mediterranean sea, with mild climate in the winter, hardly any industry with pollution and 3 bigger cities half an hour away by car.

Enjoy your weekend, thanks for stopping, Barbora

quilting is on hold

Since my last post I have pieced units and blocks for my new quilt. I was happy with the progress, but suddenly a change of priorities occurred. My Xmas present came with a delay (and I am not so sure if it is a Xmas gift or not) : a brand new apple computer! So first I have to stuff it with all my files, get used to the new programs and only then I can start my piecing and quilting routine. Here a small preview of the blocks : #1 is all pieced and #2 is at the moment on hold.

picnic - block #1 -

picnic - block #2 -

And a self-portrait with the dog :

self-portrait with strubbel -


Have a nice week and “see” you soon, Barbora

welcome 2014

After holidays and a few computer and internet free days I have finally started with a new quilt. Actually this one I wanted to make last summer, but never found the time. All bits are cut out and I have started piecing. More in next post.

starting a new quilt -

On New Years Day we made a short trip to Mar Menor in the Murcia region, visited San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagan. The weather was sunny and we had a wonderful piece of cake and coffee on a café terrace.

salinas de san pedro del pinatar - lo pagan mar menor - skalabara.commarina de las salinas mar menor -

Air crossroads :

air crossroads -

Before the wind came :

before the wind came -

Hope you all have had a wonderful 2013 and all the best for 2014. Thanks for stopping, Barbora








merry christmas

Time is rushing and the festive season is nearly knocking on the door. Another year closes and 2014 is already waiting for us impatiently. A big thank to my followers and visitors for all the cheerful comments and likes.

Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014 with a lot of new stash, ideas and magic sewing hands!

I would like to share with you a few nativity scenes photos. As every year in Spain big nativity scenes are on display on the main squares of villages or cities. Last weekend we went to see our local nativity and this time I had at least my iphone with me.

nativity scene torrevieja 1 - skalabara.comnativity scene torrevieja 4 - nativity scene torrevieja 8 - nativity scene torrevieja 7 -

Thanks for stopping and I shall be back next year, Barbora


just photos

Yesterday evening I have arrived back home from Prague. The weather there was warm for this time of year, Thursday and Friday the thermometer climbed even up to 17ºC (62F). Last year there was snow in the streets. We had some short showers, but I had to get out the umbrella only once. Here in Spain we have a stable weather condition since many weeks with clear skies and sunshine. The other day I read in the newspaper that we have had the warmest October since about 120 years. Nevermind the weather : there is no bad weather – it all depends on what you are wearing.

Here a few impressions from Prague 2 – Namesti Miru (Peace Square) with the neo gothic church of St. Ludmila and Vinohrady Theatre:

church of st. ludmila prague 2 -

namesti miru prague 2 -

namesti miru prague 2 -

Nearby the square you can find the old market hall (and before a factory) – today wonderfully restored and converted into a shop with designer furniture. Name : Vinohradska Trznice, found on the web under Pavilon.

Before going on my trip I was happy to make some photos of starlings on the move. I haven´t seen before so may birds in the air, very impressive.

starlings on the move -

starlings on the move -

All photos taken with my iPhone 4. Hope I shall have some time for sewing and that my next post shall be about a new quilt (who knows), anyway thanks for stopping,