Prague – Czech Republic – Photos

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

When I visited Prague Patchwork, I also had several wonderful days to explore Prague itself.  This photo is actually the Basilica within the Palace complex rather than the Palace itself.  The palace complex lies on a hill dominating the Prague skyline – I was a wimp and took a bus to get there, although I did walk down the hill afterwards!  This is the largest coherent castle complex in the world.

The Basilica of St George was extraordinary on the outside and just as delightful inside.




Inside the basilica

Inside the basilica

Prague Castle complex

The Czech government is still based in in the castle and it is also the home of the Czech president.  For this reason many parts are obviously not open to the public.  However for me the basilica was the star of the show anyway.

Cottage in Golden Lane

Cottage in Golden Lane

Down the side of the basilica lies Golden Lane which has been restored to its original function of workmen’s cottages.  It’s a fascinating street and many of the cottages have been renovated to show the homes and workplaces of different trades.  Naturally I homed in on the cottage with a sewing machine kept beside the bed – although my sewing dominates the house I haven’t quite reached the stage of keeping my machine beside my bed yet.

Golden Lane was home to Franz Kafka and other writers for many years.  It also had a reputation for being the home of alchemists striving to turn metals into gold.

King Charlemagne

King Charlemagne

Wenceslas Square

As a child I can remember images of Russian tanks filling Wenceslas Square in 1968, so it was wonderful to walk down this vibrant square.  This photo was taken from half way down the square looking back up to the Art Gallery and the statue of King Wenceslas.  He is the patron saint of Bohemia and was a much loved King, not just the guy in the Christmas carols.

Straw figures in Wenceslas Square

Straw figures in Wenceslas Square

Nowadays the middle of the square is filled with street food vendors and although it was expensive it was very tasty!

These two figures were made of straw and were quite delightful.

Old Town Square Prague

Old Town Square Prague

Old Town Square Prague

This wonderful square contains the Old Town Hall with its wonderful 15th century astronomical clock.  We watched this striking the hour twice and I did take a video of it but can’t seem to find it now.  You can see more about it in the link above.  The clock is one of the major attractions in this square, but the whole square is wonderful.

St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church

Prague is brimming over with wonderful buildings, not just churches.  I’m sure that I missed many of them during my walks in Prague, but one that stands out is the St Nicholas Church in Old Town Square.  Wikipedia describes it as the finest baroque in Prague.

The church is lovely outside and totally stunning on the inside.

Stained glass windows

Stained glass windows

Many wonderful stained glass windows fill the church with coloured light.

Rose window

Rose window

This rose window is superb.  I could go on for ever about this beautiful church.

Unusual tomb

Unusual tomb

I enjoyed this tomb – there was something refreshing about seeing the man appearing to sit up and talk rather than the usual view of someone lying in state.

Sorry but I can’t remember whose tomb it is.

Other places I visited include the Charles Bridge over the River Vitlava.  This is the one with statues all the way across and if you rub one particular one it means that you will return to Prague.  I didn’t take any photos here because the whole bridge was so crowded.

John Lennon wall

John Lennon wall

Just the other side of the bridge, tucked away around a corner, we happened upon the John Lennon Wall.  If I’m honest, this seemed to be a wall of street art featuring John among others.

Overall I found Prague enchanting.  It wasn’t just the romance and beauty of the city – it was also amazing how friendly and helpful the people of Prague.

Irish Chain Star Quilt Pattern

Irish chain star quilt

Irish chain star quilt

My Irish chain star quilt was intended to be more of an Irish chain but I kept adding extra elements so I’m not sure if it still qualifies as an Irish chain quilt.  All three blocks are very simple to make.  I’ve used two batik fabrics and I’m really pleased with how the quilt looks now.  There are twenty five 9″ blocks finished size in the design.  The quilt measures 53″ square and I have used 1.3/4 yards of blue batik, 1 yard of cream, 3/4 yard of white and 1/2 yard of green batik.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  As it’s my 65th birthday on Sunday I am also offering an additional 20% off all purchases over £6.  Details at the bottom of the page.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Irish star quilt

3,1/2″ squares:  sixty five blue, sixty eight white, four cream  – but check the pattern before you cut these as they can be pieced using strip piecing

3.7/8″ squares:  eight cream, eight white

9.7/8″ squares:  four green, four blue

For the borders you will need five 2.1/2″ cream strips and five 2.1/2″ blue strips cut across the width of fabric.

Strip piecing

Strip piecing

Make the nine patch units

Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of blue, white, blue and of white, blue, white.  Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals.  This gives you rectangles 9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ which can be used to form the nine patch units.

Nine patch unit

Nine patch unit

Lay down a blue-white-blue strip at the top and bottom with a white-blue-white strip between them.  Sew the three strips to each other.  This forms the nine patch unit.  At this stage it measures 9.1/2″ square and you need to make thirteen of these.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the alternate block

Use the 9.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Lay a blue and a green square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Cut along the marked line to produce two half square triangle units.  Trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  This unit measures 9.1/2″ square now and you need to make eight of them.

Star block layout

Star block layout

Make the star blocks

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the same way as above.  Place a 3.1/2″ cream square in the middle with white squares in each corner.  Add four half square triangle units in the remaining spaces.  Check the photo to see that you place the triangles correctly.  You need to have a cream edge lying against the central square.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  This block measures 9.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make four of them.

Rows one and two

Rows one and two

Assemble the Irish chain star quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.

In row one place a nine patch unit in positions one, three and five with a blue/green half square triangle in positions two and four.  Place the half square triangles so that the green is on the outside.  The seam line begins to form a line going from the top middle of the quilt to the middle of the sides.

For row two lay a half square triangle at each end with a nine patch, star, nine patch between them.  Again place the half square triangles so that the green is on the outside.

Rows three and four

Rows three and four

In row three, the central row, place nine patch units in positions one, three and five.  Lay two star blocks in positions two and four.

Row four is similar to row two – a half square triangle at each end with a nine patch, star and nine patch between them.  Note that the half square triangles are angled differently now, so that the seams now begin to form lines running from the sides to the middle of the bottom edge.

Row five

Row five

Row five is similar to row one – nine patch units in positions one, three and five with half square triangles in positions two and four.  Again the half square triangles are placed so that the green is on the outside.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the borders

Add the borders

Add the quilt borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of cream fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

Make the second border with 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric – two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 53.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Irish chain quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

https://youtu.be/ffqrXk512Mg

Prague patchwork 2019

Prague patchwork 2019

A few weeks ago I fulfilled one of my ambitions and went to Prague Patchwork 2019.  I first heard about it years ago and have always wanted to visit it.  It was a magnificent exhibition and you can see my photos by clicking here or click on the photo.

Now at the top of the page I mentioned that on Sunday I will reach the ripe old age of 65.  In order to celebrate this I am offering a 20% discount across the shop on all purchases over £6.  There is no code required – the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.  You can visit the shop here.

20% off all purchases over £6

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