about

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My name is Barbora and I am originally from Prague, Czech Republic. I grew up in Moshi, Tanzania under the snows of Kilimanjaro. After living some years in Prague I moved to Düsseldorf in Germany and later to Ipswich in England. Since 2000 I live south of Alicante in Spain on the wonderful Costa Blanca together with my husband Helmut, a dog and a cat.

When I was a girl my Mother showed me how to sew. But in the years of my full professional life I did not have time for this wonderful hobby. Since a few years I work part-time and I can enjoy my hobbies.


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Some years ago I found per accident a small shop in a nearby village that started offering patchwork classes. I decided it was time to unpack out my old sewing machine, get it rocking and learn something new. The first steps in the classes were very chaotic as we have cut our material in inches, but we were not told anything about piecing with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. The blocks came out wonky, we did a lot of stretching and pressing. Thanks to internet I got hold of some essential piecing and quilting techniques and started with my own praxis – designing, calculating fabric requirements, cutting, piecing, pressing, quilting, binding.


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My grandfather Vaclav Tikal was a surrealist painter and he loved working with colors. His favorite one was turquoise in any kind of shade, saturation of brightness. I like to sketch and draw, but I do not have the skills like my grandfather did. So for me patchwork and quilting is a symbiosis between art and craft. The possibilities are endless – in designing a patchwork top, piecing and quilting it.

So here I am : learning by doing and I am enjoying it!! It is never too late to start learning something new!!


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Each and every piece is handmade and is one of a kind – so originality is guaranteed.

Looking for a unique gift? Interested in a custom-made baby quilt, quilt throw, pillow cover, place mat … ?

Fancy a design – but not the color scheme? Need a different size? If yes, please do not hesitate to contact me.


I value your comments and would love to hear from you.


 

Comments

  1. Hi Barbora,
    I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please find details at
    http://www.ohsewtempting.wordpress.com
    All you need to do is:
    1. Link back to my blog
    2. Write seven things about yourself which you think may interest your readers
    3. Nominate and link to other blogs which you like
    I’m looking forward to your links already 🙂
    Avis x

  2. Hi Barbora! I wonder how I haven’t ‘met’ you before; I have seen your comment some where but some how our ways hadn’t crossed. I love your quilts and the beautiful colours you use! I’m from Finland but have lived 20 years in Greece. My grandfather was a painter. We have two dogs and one cat … what else we have in common?! Sunny wishes from Crete! x Teje

    • Hello Teje, thanks for stopping. It is really incredible how much in common we have. Both living in a foreign country, I have left Prague nearly 30 years ago and now living in Spain for almost 17 years. We both love animals and our grandfathers were painters. I shall mark your blog on the reader so that I can get all your latest posts! Greeting from sunny Spain, Barbora

  3. The pic of your grandfather is really cool and about how you had come to love colors, as he did. That’s really nice of you to offer tutorials and share your quilting tips here. I never could figure out how to use a sewing machine, but had been interested in taking a sewing class nearby. Your blog just reminded me to check that sewing school out, which I keep forgetting to do so. Thanks!

    • Thanks for your cheerful comment! It is never too late to start with something new. I discovered patchwork and quilting just a few years ago. The moment I started, I knew it is the right thing for me. It is all about fabrics, colors, design, piecing, cutting and quilting. Quilting is good both for your head and your hands. Hope to see some sewing progress in the near future on your blog!

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