Sunday, July 30, 2017

New York, New York

Over the past years, my family has come to learn that going on vacation also means adjusting our travel routes to accommodate trips to quilt shops. This aspect of vacationing has its current origins in our trip to the east coast 10 years ago this summer. During our visit to New York City, we stopped by the City Quilter quilt shop in Manhattan. Sadly, this store closed in October 2016, however, they are now an online shop only and focus on New York City-themed fabrics.
My purchase from this shop was a bundle of six different New York City-themed fat quarters. For those of you who don't know what a fat quarter is, it is 1/4 yard of fabric that has been cut in the dimensions of 18 x 22 inches versus 9 x 44 inches to allow for a more versatile piece of fabric. Granted, at the time, I didn't have the slightest notion how I would use those fabrics, but I decided they would make a nice souvenir for me.
Fast forward about another year, and I decided it was time to decide what to do with these fabrics. I took them to a local quit shop to get some ideas. Fortunately, the owner had some time and helped me find a pattern that would accommodate the prints and helped me find some coordinating solids that would bring out the key colors in the prints and also tie them all together.
Here are some close up views of the blocks and prints in the quilt. I really like the variety of prints from art deco to graffiti, from the Statue of Liberty to taxis, an uptown Manhattan print, and some greyscale scenes around New York City. I was very pleased at the end result and they all fit together into a larger whole.
This picture gives you a close up of the art deco print and the graffiti print. You can also see the silhouettes of the Statue of Liberty on the dark blue print. The greyscale is of the fountain in Central Park.
Here is another close up. The greyscale print is of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Because of the sizes of the images on the greyscale print, that piece was the most challenging to cut up to include in the quilt blocks. 
 Here's a close up of the taxis. You can also see some of the detail in the quilting. An all-over crown-type pattern in the center of the quilt and then stars in the inner border.
For fun, I thought I would also share a few images from our trip to New York City. Of course, our trip included a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
This is among the buildings at Ellis Island where the immigrants were received. I don't have access to official records, but I anticipate that several of my own family line came through Ellis Island.
 The Manhattan skyline as viewed from the ferry to Ellis Island.
Little Italy in the evening. I loved how the streets were blocked to traffic in the evenings to allow the restaurants to extend seating out into the streets.
The Apple store in Manhattan. We visited the day after the release of the iPhone.
One of the most fascinating things about New York City is that, more than any other place in the United States, one can encounter individuals from so many different parts of the world. Although each individual is distinct, collectively they add to the beauty of the city - similar to the manner in which the distinct patterns of the fabric add to the whole of the quilt. 
Among my favorite memories of church as a young girl was learning to care about people in other places around the world. I was fortunate to be part of a faith community that emphasized missions and God's love for all people and His desire for all to come to faith in Him. I love the imagery in the revelation that the apostle John received of the multitude of believers who will be present in heaven. By his describing them of being of "every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, I can't help but believe that we will somehow be distinguishable based on our ancestry here on earth. I look forward to seeing the beauty of all of these faces as we worship around the throne.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands, and they cry out with a loud voice saying, "Salvation to our God who sites on the throne, and to the Lamb." Revelation 7:9-10.