I had a great time and any time I can get to New York is ok by me. Polly met me for 1 day and we did a bit of shopping and walking. What do 2 ladies who wake up very early do in the city? Well, they go to Soho and stand in line for a Cronut.
What is a Cronut? Well, it's a fantastic combination of puff pastry (croissant) cut into a doughnut shape, then deep fried and rolled in sugar. Oh, and then they add pastry cream inside with a bit of strawberry jam. Was it good? Oh yes. Would I wait in line every morning for one? Probably not, but I sure would one time. This was the tiny little bakery that sells out of these wondrous things about an hour after they open up at 8am. There is also a 2 Cronut limit. Yeah, there is a bit of a black market of Cronuts in the Big Apple.
Oh, and there were several hundred people in front of us when we got there about 7:30. They only accommodated about 30 or 40 people behind us in line before they were sold out for the day. Do not despair. They have other "special" things they make. We bought some madeleines also to take with us back to the hotel. Fabulous.
What else? Well, friends, food, and walking, - and sweet talking cab drivers into taking me 4 blocks with 3 huge suitcases. You see, if a cabbie sees you with 3 suitcases he assumes you need a ride to the airport. The suitcases were filled with quilts for the trunk show. Some of those fellas are less than hospitable when they know the fare will be small. Hey, I'm a big tipper and I let them know!
After my class I treated myself to one of my more fanciful obsessions - the Japanese bookstore.
Shelf after shelf of Japanese quilt books. All beautiful. All inspiring. And all unintelligible (to me). But I can follow the wonderful graphics and I don't have to read a word of Japanese. This place is right across the street from Bryant Park in the Garment District and it is called Kinokuniya Books.
There was a delivery here in Ann Arbor while I was out of town. Remember when I said we would be carrying hand quilting tools….. well the hoops are here….
I found this hoop at International Quilt Market and boy, was I happy to find it. This is not the hoop you see at chain stores. I have never even seen it at quilt shops. It is a German handcrafted beauty. Smooth, dense hardwood with unobtrusive hardware. It is the only hoop I have found that compares to my 35 year old, anonymous wood hoop. This does not bend at all. It will last you your quilting career.
When I handed it over to Bill (who is a cabinet maker - and now a semi-retired cabinetmaker) he quickly told me to order them. You see, he has been tinkering around trying to recreate my old one. He did make one but it took him many, many hours. You think it would be easy. He said it was easy actually - but it's involved. These are well made - and have a price to match. They cost $46.00. You can find them here in our Etsy store.
I have some new Japanese needles ordered and they will be in our store too. Keep watching.