My brain is full. I suspect my camera is full too. So many images, ideas, people, places and things that I hardly know where to start but I will start with I am home. My beautiful pillow rested my weary travel head last night and I woke feeling refreshed and energized. Travelling is such a time warp. We left Quilting by the Lake early Saturday morning and arrived home early Monday morning having lost one day somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. I used to hate flying but I have grown to accept the length of time it takes in the air and to enoy the chance to catch up on movies, stitching and my thoughts.
It is nice to wake up home at last but I was wondering where I left off. Last week was a busy one with my classes at QBL consuming the day and the evening spent with friends old and new. Just before leaving NYC I had a few events. One was teaching at City Quilter. Upon entering the shop on Saturday morning I found Karla Alexander's quilt on the wall! Having just spent a week teaching with her in Sisters it was a reminder of how many new friends are now on the list. Karla is one of those quilters that seems to effortless demystify a technique with a clever tool. She works with Creative Grid and makes fun templates that make fun quilts like this one...
It hung just outside the room where I was teaching Red Center as a reminder that the quilting world makes us all part of tightly woven circle of creative friends! Inside my room we got busy making a variety of Red Center quilts with all kinds of fabric choices from Kaffe and shot cottons ...
to colorful florals on black and white.
Although at times a mind bender there were lots of successes in this class with a variety of different looks.
I enjoyed the day immensely. City Quilter is a shop filled with discoveries and quilters. It was fun to step out of the classroom in search of fabric options and make my way through the choices which were at times familiar and at times new. Cathy has a great collection of New York City prints that were interesting to consider as a reminder of such a great city.
As we walked through the streets I was amazed at how much the city had changed since I lived there. Once there were good neighborhoods and bad but it seems that now all the areas of the city are open for exploration and discovery. My camera was on overload and I am wondering just how to manage all the images that I need to study before getting back to "work". One fo the new sites was
This divine restaurant produced the most delicious and visually satisfying meal of my life! I know I can exaggerate but we were treated to an endless stream of beautiful small dishes of tasty treats for two hours. My friend Anne and I used to spend hours together in Irish bars listening to music and carrying on with our Irish friends. She has now moved to the Italian side, working for Il Buco...a set of restuarants each filled with culinary and visionary delights. Il Buco on Great Jones Street is a tiny, antique filled cave full of generations of memories and the newer location Allimentari is...well, nothing short of a valuable life memory.
It was our last big night in the city and we went out in style with Anne steering us through the menu. I now have new memories of Anne to squeeze into my heart sitting next to the treasured old ones. Good friends never grow old and despite our acquisition of decades being together felt good and promising that old friends are never old...just nicely aged.
There are many images of New York in my head. I love these stacks of cars.
Another treat was John Derian, a shop filled with beautifully executed creative items.
Even the outside with these colourful chairs was a visual delight.
I still have heaps of things to download and post including five full days of colourful quilting experiences from Quilting by the Lake! However, I have lost this post once already today and must now get a wiggle on to see what has been happening in my home away from home at the shop! I am sure there are lots of new fabrics I need to see! Not to mention the wonderful gals we left behind on our excellent adventure...I will say this while it is fresh in my mind...traveling with friends is often stated to be a relationship changing event. For me it just strengthened my awareness of how much I love my friends new and old. We had so many laughs, thrills and challenges of travels but to Cath, Carolyn and Wendy...thanks for sharing the load of the road and making it one fun day after another...more to come...k