All shipshape and Bristol fashion

Don’t be disappointed: no sewing to be had in this post! But I’m sure you’ll be happy to bear with me while I get to grips with the local wildlife:


or whatever limited means of transportation there is:


At least the navigation is competent and ever vigilant


and I get to spend time with some half clad crew


So yes, not much sewing to be had…


However – I did get to do some shopping! With the course of the dollar against the Euro being what it is money is syphoning off through my prettily varnished hands more quickly than I can say “She sells seashells by the sea shore” and  I didn’t throw myself into fabric shopping with gay abandon (plus, here in South West Florida there don’t seem to be many fabrics suitable for a Northern European autumn). But I did stock up on quilting supplies:

IMG_2289 (Haha, just on a side note, can you see the empty note pad at the top left of the picture? Yes, that would be the one I brought to prepare for the coming school year and the philosphy exams I am meant to be taking in the spring. And yes again, I only used one page – to scetch out the American kitchen complete with ice cube making fridge that I now know I need as a matter of urgency 😉 )

Anyways, I completely fell for a new to me quilting thing called One Block Wonders . Basically, you take only one fabric, preferably with a hideous print, like so


and then you cut it all up in triangles which you rearrange in cunning ways in order to make a stunning quilt like this:


Because I don’t trust myself with the whole process just yet I bought a fabric that is actually nice, the flowery one in the picture above along with loads of other quilting supplies (and nail varnish!). I went to Joann’s, with was an experience in itself and now I have coupons burning holes in my wallet where my dollars should be. Oh well, apparently it’s the plastic that pays it all.

In order to make up for the sins of the present I have gone along with Teresa of Navybluethreads and committed myself to a three months ban on RTW shopping. I might even add a half hearted stash diet as well (with the exception of the bi-annnual fabric market in Fürth, of course) because I have a feeling I should push the philosophy exams to the top of my agenda rather than autumn sewing. And did they want me to start work again in 12 days? Hmm, not sure – I might have to go and ask el Presidente.


Apparently, Monday, which is Labor day here in the US, marks the end of summer. It hardly feels like it here in Florida, but I’ll take their word for it.

What have you been up to during the summer? And wild sewing plans for autumn? Or do you plan to be good like I do? Famous last words….


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5 thoughts on “All shipshape and Bristol fashion

  1. navybluethreads September 4, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply

    Looks like a fab holiday 🙂 Am now jealous that I didn’t get chance to visit the famous Joann’s when we were over there. Yours looks a much more relaxing holiday than ours was… Fab to have you join me on the RTW fast, I predict that I may well need some moral support round about half way through… Good to have you back 🙂

  2. SewingElle September 4, 2015 at 11:31 am Reply

    Oh how Totally Fabulous! Of course you should do philosophy exams and not autumn sewing 😉

  3. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! September 5, 2015 at 9:38 am Reply

    Looks like you had lovely weather and a lovely time!

  4. Thimberlina September 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm Reply

    The wild life look a bit troublesome! Looks an amazing holiday – hope you wore your jumpsuits for your shopping trips! Good luck with the fast – I won’t be joining in as it’s just a way of life for me now. since I did a whole year last year I only buy what I really can’t make. I just don’t enjoy clothes shopping any more. The fast might change you too 😃

  5. ellegeemakes September 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm Reply

    What a great break you had! And it sounds like the visit to Joann’s was a success. I’m just starting to think about fall sewing. Might have to sew a jacket, maybe a skirt or two. I often make plans, but then trash them because something I see on someone’s blog (maybe yours?) teases me into starting a project that I love but is quite unexpected.

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