Back From Barcelona

me and the city

park guell

Beach view

It’s been a week since I flew home from Barcelona and I am glad to be back!  Three weeks is a long time to be away from home, but it was a great few weeks setting up for an event for work and I even got to sneak in some touristy site-seeing (except for the Saturday I spent in bed with a stomach bug – yuck!).  Waking up with a view of the Mediterranean each day did not get old.


ribes y casal fabric1

It didn’t seem likely that it would happen, but I got a few hours free one afternoon and darted over to Ribes y Casals!  I love looking for fabric when I travel to cities and this was a store several of you recommended to me – it did not disappoint!  I only snagged this one photo inside the store since I wasn’t sure if it was ok to take photos, so I covertly took this one and went on my merry way.  What a wonderful store!  Everything was organized on tables in large rolls by fabric type and there were so many bold prints and bright colors.

What was different about this store compared to others I’ve been to, since I’ve never been to a fabric store outside of the US, is that you need to wait in line for a store clerk to come over and help you with your fabric selection, and you take them around the store and they cut out what you want.  I kept trying to get someone’s attention to help me with cutting my fabric, but then I noticed the looooong line everyone was standing in and put two and two together.  There’s no rush either if you need help, which is nice; I noticed a group of ladies running around with a clerk trying to find different kinds of fabric for their projects the whole time I was there.


ribes y casal

With my very limited Spanish, I found two beautiful poly crepes that were bright and colorful, like the city itself.  I’m thinking these will make some great dresses for summer!  Not pictured is a navy poplin I found with little white seahorses printed all over, perfect for a sleeveless Alder shirt variation.



Back at the machine

It felt good to sit down at my machine yesterday after no sewing in the past month.  I finished a Driftless Cardigan I started before I left, cut out a new project that should be done this week, and I jumped right in to Me Made May on Instagram.  Happy to be back home and in the swing of things again!



  1. Helen
    May 14, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    You one lucky lady! to have shopped at this wonderful store. 2 years ago, I came across it by accident, and 300 euros later and lots of extra weight, I had to leave. Could have bought lots more. Happy sewing with your beautiful new fabrics!!

  2. Margaret
    May 15, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Headed to Barcelona and a few other destinations at the end of June. Any more suggestions on where to stay, where to eat, where that fabric shops ::) op is would be great

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