Are you tired of the trip yet? Well hang on to hour hats, this was the BEST day ever!! I took the bus to the city and walked to Victoria's flat (bumblebeans). She showed me around her wonderful home and it was so kind of her to take me around to some amazing spots. We went to B & J Fabrics and it was overwhelming. Just look at all these rolls of fabrics.
It was great to be able to see so many awesome fabrics in person but they are a little pricey so nice to look at but better to buy online! Except for this amazing bit I happened to find that is not available anywhere else.
We had gone to a great shop in the garment district that has LOADS of Dupioni silks, good to know for the next trip! You have to buy a yard at a time but it is not too unreasonable. Also saw loads of Liberty of London at B & J as well as later at the Purl.
Victoria and I walked to a Japanese bookstore that was fabulous too, right across from Bryant Park. We went to the park and got someone to take our photo so here you go, Victoria is the tall thin on. Really, what a doll!
She gave me some suggestions of some places to visit on the way to Soho and she walked me through how to use the subway, great info, Victoria, so helpful! She also told me that if I needed any other help to call or text and she would help me. We hugged and I went off to the subway on the way to Union Square. I can't thank you enough Victoria for spending your morning with me, I really enjoyed meeting you and spending time with you. If you are ever in the Detroit area you know who to call!
So I took the subway to Union Square and ended up smack dab in the middle of the farmers market, that was fun. I looked around there and then went to ABC Culture to look around (suggested by Victoria). It was an amazing shop, I loved this adorable Christmas display and this Madona was so beautiful.
I wandered around there for awhile, then back to the market and bought a cookie and got back on the subway to to to Soho.
Once there Victoria suggested The Pearl River which is an Asian import shop. Very fun to look around in. I bought a few little Japanese luck cats, just little ones and headed to the Purl to meet Heather Ross. I was quite early so I did my shopping and then sat down to wait. Here is what I bought. Some Far Far Away II
Some more of the peacock fabric
And I broke down and bought a little Liberty of London (expensive). I figure if I keep to one color way and just buy a little I can collect enough over time for a beautiful quilt!
Just look at all this beautiful Liberty fabric, and the FFQ II line too
Then the meeting I was so looking forward to...Heather Ross. She walked into the shop and looked to the back and directly at me. She knew it was me and I knew it was her and she made her way to the back of the shop and we hugged, just like we had been friends for a long time. I gave her the bag that PTM had made for her along with the tea towels PTM ad I had embroidered for her. PTM send some raspberry jam and I sent salsa, I hope she liked them. You can tell by the look on her face that she was thrilled with the bag.
She graciously signed the 652 pieces of fabric PTM sent me with as well as my Princess and the Pea fabric, such a good sport! She even put her signature cricket on a few things.
I spent about the next hour and a half just talking with her and her friend Maria (who happened to be there to meet up with Heather and give her some things from another friend). It was so nice, she is such a genuinely nice person. Here we are, I know the first one is blurry but look at the expression on Heather's face...priceless.
PTM thought we could be sisters (I'm the MUCH older one) but our coloring is similar. It was as wonderful as I had hoped it would be. I really hope that we will be able to keep in touch.
Both Heather and Maria suggested dinner at The Pearl Oyster Bar (Maria works there) so DH called me and came into the city and guess what? He had to ask me how to use the subway and guess what?? I could tell him!! So he came to Soho and we went to the POB. Heather and Maria suggested the lobster roll and the cod so that's what we ordered. I was so hungry I almost forgot to get a pic of my lobster roll but here you go, partially eaten, LOL
You can see us here after the meal.
We took the subway back uptown and walked around Times Square. You see a very tired me in Times Square!
WE took the bus back to the hotel and collapsed!
Today DH has his last session in the flight simulator so I am hanging out at the hotel and will go there and join him at Flight Safety. We are going to head out to the Scranton PA area and do a slow road trip and overnight somewhere along route 6 in PA on Friday. We will head out and home on Saturday.
It has been a wonderful trip so far and I was so thrilled to meet Heather. Can't wait to do this again!