Sewing in NYC

I spent four nights in NYC at the end of May and when I arrived at my hotel I was greeted by a sign saying I was staying in Garment District and this giant button and needle was at the end of my road (block?!)

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I promise it was purely by chance!! But it meant I couldn’t wait to drop off the suitcase and start exploring! !
The first shop I went into was Daytona Trimmings (251 W. 39th Street) and I was greeted by this (rather large!) cat as well as racks and racks of all sorts of beautiful ribbons

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After doing workshops with Janet Haigh at Heart Space Studios based on her book Little Ribbon Patchwork and Applique I have been hooked on building a ribbon stash!

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So I dutifully bought myself a yard (American measurements!) of this ribbon. Both the front and back are as beautiful as each other (front of the ribbon is the photo on the left, back of the ribbon is the photo on the right)!

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The following day I came across M&J Trimming (1008 Sixth Avenue).

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This store was even larger with mood boards adorning the walls that were beautiful in themselves!

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Again, there were so many ribbons it was hard to choose!

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I settled on this ribbon because I loved the colours of the floral pattern plus the back was gorgeous too (front of the ribbon in the top photo, back of the ribbon in the bottom photo).

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On Tuesday, after accidentally getting the wrong subway (oops!), we travelled through Central Park to get to Pins and Needles (1045 Lexington Avenue) – I was a girl on a mission!!

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The owner was incredibly friendly and welcoming and the fabrics in the shop were just stunning! There was also a gorgeous selection of Liberty Tana Lawn!

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I couldn’t resist the ribbon again and ended up buying a quarter yard of these two to add to my rapidly growing NYC ribbon stash (the front of the ribbons are in the top photo, the back of the ribbons are in the bottom photo)!

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I also bought two pink fat quarters. I am making a 2016 memories quilt so during this year every time I go away or go somewhere special I am trying to buy 2 (pinkish) fat quarters to go in my quilt as a memory of that trip or occassion (I’ll do another blog post on this to itself!)

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Finally, I visited The City Quilter (133 West, 25th Street) on the morning of my last day – I’d saved it until the last day because I had a feeling it would be too tempting otherwise!! It was incredible – like an Aladdin’s Cave of all things fabric-y!

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I also bought another two pinky fat quarters from here to add to the 2016 memories quilt.

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And then I just couldn’t resist so I bought quarter yards of these too…

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And inbetween all these ribbons, trimmings and fat quarters I even managed to see the sights of NYC too!!
Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous June sunshine!
N xx

June Block – Little Boxes

I’m still slightly jetlagged and exhausted having been to NYC during half term (this may need a blog post all to itself with pictures of the fabrics and ribbons I bought en route!). But I felt I needed a slightly easier block to do this month that wouldn’t be too taxing! So for June I have done the Little Boxes block (still using Amy Butler’s 20 Simple Block Designs from issue 4 of Love Patchwork and Quilting).

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You’ll need three different fabrics. Cut four squares measuring 3 1/2 inches  (fabric A). From fabric B cut four pieces measuring 2inches by 6 1/2 inches (B1) and four pieces measuring 2inches by 3 1/2 inches (B2). From fabric C cut four pieces measuring 2inches by 6 1/2 inches (C1) and four pieces measuring 2inches by 3 1/2 inches (C2). A quarter inch seam allowance was used throughout.

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Sew a B2 strip either side of your fabric A square:

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Then sew a B1 strip on the other 2 edges of your fabric A square:

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Then repeat this process by sewing a C2 strip either side of a fabric A square:

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And then sew a C1 strip on the other 2 edges of a fabric A square:

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Then join these two squares together:

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Repeat these steps again so you have two sets of these joined two squares. Then join these two two-squares together to make a four patch final block:

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Ta da!! The June block is finished!!
Looking forward to July already but I hope to post about NYC before then.
N xx