Sunday, August 2, 2015

49 hours in NYC with ATP


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ATP, Kashi, and me.  
ATP was back in the tri-state area this weekend so of course we met up and went to NYC.  This time we had 49 hours in the city, our longest visit ever together in NYC.  Of course, our first stop was still Kashi at Metro Textiles.  He greeted us with hugs.  Love Kashi.

I brought the backpack I made from his fabric (exterior fabric) and he said I should sell them, that he didn't know that fabric could look that good.   (He still has that fabric in two colorways btw--the black and silver that I used and black and gold.)
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Pawing through the fabric at Kashi's. 
ATP is wearing a dress she recently stitched up out of fabric she bought at Kashi's during her last visit. Such a great dress and great print, isn't it?
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Kashi said there are people who complain when he gives them extra.  Say what?  Kashi and I assured him that we do not complain.  Kashi is always generous with his cuts.  He said it was more about there being flaws in the fabric, that he will give them the amt they asked for and the piece with the flaw, and they complain about the flaw.  No worries, I can work around the flaw especially when you cut more!
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This bolt was SUPER HEAVY.
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The largest change since my last visit is that there is more floor space then I've ever seen in Kashi's store. It made it a lot easier to look around and see all the fabric.
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This was the HUGE pile of fabric I bought.    When we left he said, "happy sewing!"
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NYC quilt, made from NYC subway fabric, at the City Quilter.

We also went to Paron Fabrics,  a new trim shop called Lauren Trimming, and the City Quilter and a short stop at Mood where I bought a scant half yard.  We even hit up Pacific Trimming, but I had not made a list of what I need so I bought nothing there (that's a first).
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NYC sunflower and bumble bees Saturday afternoon.
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Washington Square Park

Saturday was a clothes shopping day though neither of us bought any clothes; we went to several stores in Soho and even stopped in Purl Soho.
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Here's when we were stitching sashiko on the Highline. The Highline is *great*. It's sort of like walking on a boardwalk, but high up in the city.  When you see pix of it online (or even that epi of PR a few seasons ago) it looked kind of....abandoned?  dilapidated?  not like somewhere you'd want to spend time?  to me. But it is just the opposite--full of life, breezy and cooler up there, has tons of people walking around, and benches to sit on.  We were able to walk faster up there compared to on street level, no stop lights or waiting.
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ATP and the sashiko she started and finished during our trip.  She has never stitched sashiko before, but since we had more time on this trip I was able to teach her.  I think she did a great job.
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We celebrated her upcoming birthday.  I gave her the best present I will ever give her: woven labels with her logo on them. I will not be able to outdo this present, ever.
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I downloaded the logo of her website (RockOnTinyRebel) and sent it to CustomLabels4u.com.  They look SO good.  I kept this secret for ~2 months.
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Yes, we totally were tourists!   Looking up from the 86th floor at the Empire State Building
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The Chrysler Building as seen from the 86th floor of the ESB last night.

ATP and I said adieu early this afternoon, but my next meetup will be this Wednesday at my house...stay tuned!

Be well!

30 comments:


  1. Sounds like a good meetup and your birthday surprise was fab.

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    1. I will never be able to outdo that present.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me.

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  3. Sounds like you both had a great time!

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  4. I have my eye on the bag your friend is carrying. Did she make it? If so what pattern did she use?

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    1. Hello there, you're asking about the little bag with the Matryoshka dolls? If so, yes, I made it. No pattern. It's a full fat quarter, sewn into a small boxy bag with a zipper top (zipper is sandwiched between the lining and self). I used plain black canvas remnants for the handles. Super simple, and no measuring or pattern required!

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    2. Thank you for responding . I will give it a try. Janie

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    3. I was looking at the bag this morning and realized it was not made from a fat quarter -- but from a FAT EIGHTH. 9" x 21". I sewed the two short sides together to make the single vertical seam, then sewed the long sides together on one end to create the "bottom" of the bag, then boxed the corners. Straps and lining are made from remnants from other projects. I'd received this fat eighth of canvas fabric in a giveaway bag and was stumped as to what to do -- and this was a great way to make something I'd use regularly, as well as to minimize waste in the design. Good luck.

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  5. OMG Blogger. I'm going to scream, and not in a good way. I had THE BEST weekend, and can't believe how much we crammed into the more-than-usual time we had. Why do we always end up so productive in NYC? Yes, you outdid yourself with the labels, for sure. Can't wait to hear about your upcoming adventures!

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    1. Why do we always end up so productive in NYC? Because it is who we are!

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  6. I need to get sewing so I can be ready for my NYC trip in March!

    Looks like you had an amazing time!

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    1. Ooooh! You are going to love the Garment District!!

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  7. Sounds like you both had a fun time in the Big Apple!

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  8. Looks like it was fun. Love Kashi's fabric. But, really love your shoes. What brand are they? Nora

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    1. Kyle thinks you're asking about my shoes, but maybe you're asking about hers? In case you're asking about my shoes, they are Converse x Comme des Garçons Play -- can't remember if they are called "peek" officially, but the print is not of the full heart, just the heart peeking up from the bottom of the shoe. If you were really asking about Kyle's shoes, reply again please. :)

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  9. Looks like such a fun weekend . Kashi/ Metro is on my list on next visit to NYC . I happened upon Lauren's Trimmings last May - days after they opened . Such nice people & great shop . Love hearing about your adventures !!!

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    1. Thanks MaryEllen! You *must* go to Kashi's. You will love it.

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  10. I'm lusting after your Missoni-esque knit!!!!!

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  11. Yes, I was asking about Kyle's shoes. Thanks. Nora

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    1. Hi Nora, They are Skechers and the style is called "A-Game". They have memory foam so they are quite comfy, but sometimes it is hard for me to get the velcro just right to keep them securely on my feet.

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  12. What a fun 49 hours! Can't wait to see what the next meet up is about!

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    1. The next meetup is blogger-rific, that's for sure!

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  13. People complain about more fabric? Wha? I have no words for that! What a great trip. Kashi's seems to be the place...I know Slapdash Sewist has always come back with gorgeous fabrics from there, and it seems so friendly and personal! I wish NYC was more accessible for me. I did get back from SF this weekend where I got to hit up a number of stores. There's fabric all over my sewing room. A good problem to have!

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  14. You look like you had SO MUCH FUN!! I have never been to NYC, but would love to visit one day. You are such a thoughtful friend to come up with such a great gift. I am amazed you kept it a secret for that long, LOL! And I did check out the bag you referenced, since you made it in my hiatus from sewing blogs, and it is absolutely AMAZING!

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  15. I love Metro Textiles and always stop by when in the city. Thank you for your pictures! Kashi: I will never complain about extra fabric!

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  16. Oh my god, what a whirlwind and such fun. I love seeing bits of your life.

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