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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More from the Garment District of NY...

Seeing as there is some interest in what we saw and where we went on this fabulous tour of the 'Garment District' of New York, I thought you might like to see more photos of this particular warehouse. 
One of the others girls took this photo of Jenny contemplating what she wanted to purchase.
Check out these buttons - there was more on the other side of the aisle!!!!!  Boxes of buttons, not little containers. 
 And then of course there were the trims - you name it, they had it. There was a whole wall of them.
It was very hard not to go overboard, but I had to keep in mind that this was at the beginning of our trip and we still had 3 weeks to go with Houston at the end, so I was very 'practical' and only purchased that one piece of material in the posting below.  I also actually found it hard to decide on anything (??) there was sooooo much.  We went to a couple of other warehouses as well, not quite as big as this one, a little different also, but just as interesting very very tempting.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A New York purchase...

While in NY last year one of the many places we went to was the Garment District in downtown New York. A truly interesting and fabulous area of the city.  Not as many warehouses or designer studios as would have been there, say 20 years ago, but still lot of interesting little nooks and crannies.  In one building with a ride in an 'interesting' old lift, we ventured into a huge warehouse full of bolts and bolts of materials. 
 Most of the girls bought cottons and dressmaking stuff etc, but I went rumaging in a renmant bin and came across this absolutely beautiful piece of material.  It is two panels of black and white printed silk and yes, you can see the signature - it is by Ralph Lauren!!!! I paid $8 US for the piece.
My problem - what do I actually make with it? 
Originally when I purchased it I was going to make an outfit for my son's wedding in Palm Cove (Nth Qld), but when we got back I didn't have the time to make anything.  Summer has now gone and we are heading for winter - of course there is always next summer!  If anyone has a brilliant idea of what to do with this please put forward your suggestions. 
The actual size of this piece of stunning material is 2m x 2m with 2 square panels (one of which you see here and 3 smaller panels which go down one side.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Missing Quilt

A fellow Scquilter from Tasmania has just posted some devastating news - a very special quilt of hers that was hanging in an exhibition in Tasmania has been stolen.  Naturally everyone who was involved in the exhibition are very upset.  If you click here it will take you to her website which has the lost quilt on the front page.  You can also read the full story as well.  So please, please anyone out there who has seen this quilt or knows anything, no matter how small could you let her know via the link.

We all know how precious our quilts are and how much time we put into them to have one disappear like this is, to put it midly (in Australian language!) bloody awful!!  Thank you in anticipation....Joy

Friday, April 2, 2010

Famous friend

A friend and fellow blogger Frances Leate of Quilting Owl has had another beautiful quilt published in Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Vol.19 No.1 - it is not in the shops yet - I got mine as a subscriber.  The quilt designed by Frances is called Hampton Court and is on page 36.  Frances and her husband Peter own the Cairns  Craft Centre in Cairns, North Queensland.
A beautiful quilt Frances.