Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Love New York

I spent Friday and Saturday in NYC with three of my quilting buddies.  We checked in early on Friday and headed for the garment district.  It can be a little overwhelming but we browsed through many shops,  including Mood, filled with lace, fabric and baubles.  I picked up some lovely trim to use on my paintchip challenge quilt which is my next project.

We ended our day at The City Quilter which has expanded their store. I found lots of great fabrics for my paintchip challenge as well as other stuff. After a long day of shopping, we hit the bar for martinis and then had dinner at Shula's Steakhouse. Sadly, we are not the party animals of old. We were in our jammies by 9 watching basketball.

Saturday morning we were quickly out the door to the Empire Quilters quilt show.  Hit the line about 10 minutes before the doors opened and started our busy day.

The quilts were lovely.  There was something for everyone. Of course, being a New York quilt guild, they had an Urban theme.  Here are is one of the lovely NYC quilts.

 The Verrazano Bridge

This quilt and the next are tributes to Vermeer's "A Girl with a Pearl Earring".  The first one was done in silks. The second in African fabrics.

 I really liked how this quilter extended the image into the border with 1 inch squares. 

This one is for the Calico Cat.. What part of MEOW don't you understand??

And this one is for Libby.  Girlfriend, these yo-yos were about an inch big!!

Check out Empire Quilters' website later this week for pictures of all the quilts. It's definitely worth a look!

What was especially great at this show were the VENDORS!!  There were at least three booths with Japanese fabric and one exclusively with kimono fabric.  I picked up a panel with butterflies that is fantastic. There was African fabric, Batiks, a vendor with European fabrics. It was quite a smorgasbord!  My poor little credit card was smoking at the end of the day!!

Our last stop was The Crumb Shop.  Yes, ladies, a shop that specializes in cupcakes!!! I picked up a six pack for my hubby.  It was really just to divert his attention from the credit card receipts!!  My favorite was the Irish Creme.

Lastly, and certainly not least, thanks to all who offered to send me charms!  You guys are really generous.  This lovely package was waiting for me from Paula the Quilter when I got home from NYC.
Thanks Paula!!  Well, I probably won't be posting til next week. Basketball and the final four are coming up this weekend.  Go UConn!


Peggi said...

Did you go see the Red and White quilt show at the American Folk Art Museum?

Anonymous said...

That sounds like so much fun.

Karen said...

I am sooo far behind in my reading!
Looks like you had a fabulous time in NYC. Thanks for the great photos. Will have to check the website for others. The hexagon quilt was awesome- but not something I'm going to do in the near (or distant) future!
I can admire however....

ali lichtenstein said...

What a fun trip--I'm envious! I'm also eager to see what you do with your Japanese fabrics. Happy piecing!

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