Greetings! We had a wonderful 3 days in New York City. We met our Canadian friends, Paul and Lee, who flew in from Nova Scotia. We all stayed in midtown Manhattan at the Hotel Elysee, the site of the famous Monkey Bar:
We had 3 fabulous dinners and our son and his partner who live in Brooklyn joined us for the first one. I forgot to get a picture!
We visited the Metropolitan Museum and saw some great art. I was truly inspired!
A special exhibit on Armenian art:
And a special exhibit on “body adornment/jewelry”:
Also some miscellaneous sights walking between exhibits – Greek Vases and a Matisse, for example:
We saw an excellent play on Broadway – great acting!!!:
We browsed in The Strand bookstore in Greenwich Village – the largest bookstore in Manhattan. I bought Becky Goldsmith’s new book on Bullseye Quilts there along with a small book on the concept of Wabi Sabi which should be interesting.
I went to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) while others went shopping at Bloomingdales and other places. While there I focused entirely on their permanent 1880-1940 exhibit:
Cezanne – I love his use of contrasting rich warm and cool colors!!
Classic Rousseau with so many interesting details, including beautiful foliage!!:
With this viewing of this Van Gogh, I fell in love again with the blue/yellow/gold/orange colors:
They have a room with Monet’s waterlilies, similar to the one in France. A place to meditate on color:
And Jackson Pollock – this particular Pollock feels Japanese to me:
Sunday morning before leaving Al and I took a walk:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral:
A Swarovski studded Nutcracker going for $4500.00 at FAO Schwartz!
And we previously window shopped on Madison Avenue – love the gorgeous dinnerware and decorative plates!
The night we got back I got sick with some sort of virus and didn’t start to feel better till yesterday so not much sewing has been done. I did start working on the sashing for the baby quilt yesterday and now have 2/3 of it done:
And I started hand quilting stars again:
I have a quilt dilemma!!! A few blog posts ago I showed 2 “Bird of Paradise” or “Civil War Bride” quilts from the Houston show and mentioned that I would perhaps consider making this quilt one day. I received an email from my friend and quilting idol Bobbie Korengold, who has made a fantastic version of this antique quilt, offering to send me a copy of her hand drafted pattern for the quilt! She drafted her pattern from the original and called it The Lost Boy. What an incredible gift I received last month!
A picture of her quilt – all hand done:
The first pattern (they’re all there including the border):
What’s my dilemma? Do I start this one or do I join Barbara Brackman’s new quilt-along for this year which is an album style quilt honoring civil war nurses with nine 18 inch appliquéd album style blocks and and appliquéd border that can be added or not? I’ve been wanting to start an appliqué project and I can’t start both, can I?:):) I’ll let you know soon what I decide!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi