Monday, May 24, 2010

I ♥ New York

On Saturday, my daughter Alison and I met my daughter, Lauren and her boyfriend, Bryan in New York City. They took a bus up from Maryland. Alison and I took the train into New York. We are lucky to live so close to the city.
After a discussion about how many Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks there are in the city, we started walking...and walking... We started in midtown Manhattan, walked for about an hour, hopped on the subway and caught the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.

Hopped back on the ferry and went over to Ellis Island. My great-great grandparents and my great grandparents on my Mom's and my Dad's side came to Ellis Island from Italy.

View of Ellis Island from the ferry

One of the buildings on the island

Some of the luggage the immigrants used to carry their belongings

Some of the clothing worn by the immigrants

Some of the household items brought over..

...including sewing machines!!!
My great Grandmother, my Grandmother and my Mom all sew. I have my great Grandmom's treadle machine. I ♥ her machine, it reminds me of her.

This is inside the main building, it houses the museum now. This is one of the buildings where the immigrants were processed when they arrived here. Many lived here for months if they were ill and needed care.

Sooo...back in Battery Park, where the ferry docks....what can I say...only in New York...

We headed up to the Financial District to see where it all started...the rise and fall of our economy.
Wall Street

After that, we needed a drink, so we headed over to South Street Seaport for some lunch. We ate at an outdoor restaurant. Good food and very relaxing.

After lunch we walked over to Ground Zero. They're busy rebuilding on the site.

Ground Zero...

This is the Ground Zero Cross, found amidst the ruins of the World Trade Center

We visited St. Paul's Chapel.

St. Paul's was built in 1766. The 9/11 recovery workers were cared for in this beautiful old church.

The fence surrounding the church became the main spot for visitors to place memorials. After it became filled with flowers, photos, teddy bears, and other paraphernalia, chapel officials decided to erect a number of panels on which visitors could add to the memorial. They estimated that only 15 would be needed , they eventually required 400.

Many of the memorials are on display inside the chapel.

This memorial is a policeman's uniform covered with police and firefighters patches sent from all over the world. It's hard to believe that this tragedy happened almost nine years ago. It still brings tears to my eyes...never forget...

We hopped on the subway and went to the Empire State are some views from the is breathtaking...

Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoyed the tour...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

 Amy over at Amy's Creative Side is hosting an online quilt show. A Blogger's Quilt Festival... How cool is that?? A virtual quilt show!!! You can wear whatever you want. Who's going to know? I'm thinking you can even touch the quilts!! No white glove ladies at this show. Check it out, be inspired, make new friends, be amazed!!

Here is my entry. I know it's called Fox and Geese. I believe I got the pattern from Quilters Newsletter Magazine way back when...calicoes were HOT. But apparently I forgot to put a label on my quilt. When I taught at the local quilt shop here, I stressed the importance of putting a label on your quilt. Heck...I even taught a label making class. Go figure. Anyway, I had this quilt professionally quilted and it has a place of honor on my bed.

Fox and Geese

Quilting Detail

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the show. I can't wait to see everyone's quilts!

Click here to go there!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Sammy!!

Today Sammy is 13 years old. He is my best friend...

Sammy got a new toy for his birthday

Sammy loves his new toy

Happy Birthday Sammy. Thank you for always being here for me.... always happy to see me...always there to cheer me up, to make me laugh. You make being alone a little less like being alone...Love you my furry little friend...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stashed Stash

Bird's eye My eye view of my studio

After reading Kelly's post at Charming Chatter and Polly's post at Aunt Polly's Porch, I thought I'd share my fabric stash too. I have my fabric organized, for the most part, by color. Yardage on the bottom, fat quarters and smaller pieces on the top. Solids all on the same shelf by color. A plastic container here and there with patterns, hand dyed and "what was I thinking when I bought these??!!" fabrics.

Plastic bins for all of my decorative threads

This is my Dear Jane basket. This is a "patiently waiting for her to come back and finish me" quilt.

This is my "it's not a quilt until it's quilted" basket. Yep! just need to be quilted!

This is my, "needs piecing, quilting, or a good swift kick in my butt to finish" container. But only the top one...the bottom is some finished art quilts that don't look good on the beds. :-)

I have been quilting and buying fabric for almost 30 years. I sold a lot of fabric and books to a new quilter at a garage sale I had. Wait! That means I have room for more...I'm going shopping...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Wishing every Mom out there a Happy Mother's Day....