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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Armani Fabric anyone?

If you saw my previous post, you might recall that my husband was very sick and in the hospital. I am happy to report that he came home yesterday, after spending 10 days there, and is recovering slowly. He is just so glad to be home and feeling better, and we are so happy to have him home too!

So now back to business...I mean fun! Remember that trip to New York City that Elizabeth and I took a few weeks ago? I mentioned it here, here and here. Seems like such a distant memory after these past 10 days, but it really did happen and we really did have a great time.

Today I thought I'd show you one of our stops in the garment district on the first day we were there. I had never heard of the place, but as you will see, they carry some pretty high end fabric...

Hybiscus in New York CityBut first, we found pots and pots and pots of these gorgeous hibiscus flowers growing in the median strips on our walk from our hotel (Hotel Edison on 47th which I highly recommend) into the garment district just a few blocks away. They were so huge and healthy looking and such a nice surprise of greenery among so much concrete and glass and metal.

B&J FabricsWe were not looking for this place, but decided to stop in anyway to see what we might see in a fabric store in New York City. Perhaps a nice selection of Moda or Henry Glass? Or maybe some of the wonderful new designs out of Australia that I never seem to find in my more local fabric shops? Silly me! It's not called the garment district for no reason! Of course they didn't carry quilting fabric!

B&J FabricsThere were rows and rows and rows that looked just like this, with bolts upon bolts of super high end garment fabric in every color, shade and fiber that you can imagine.

B&J FabricsYep, that's Armani fabric from Italy at $82.95 per yard! This store was way out of my league! But super fun to poke around in!

B&J FabricsChain mail anyone? It's only $300 for a piece barely larger than a fat quarter! Uh, no thanks! Not for me!

We didn't spend too much time in this store since we had been up since 3:00 in the morning and this was now somewhere around noon and we had already walked almost the entire distance that we paid a taxi to drive us earlier from Penn Station to our hotel! So we giggled at a few more high priced labels and really funky looking fabrics, and then hit the streets again to find what we were really looking for...M&J Trimming on 6th Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, just about a block away.

M&J was much more my kind of store, and next time I'll show you why it was so hard to leave it! Fun!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Mary Grace,
    Glad to hear your husband is on the mend. Your trip to NY was so much fun to read about. I love the cliff hanger at the end. :-) Can't wait to read part two!


    By Blogger Unknown, At June 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM  

  • Mary Grace I am so happy that your husband is well and is doing well.It was fun to see where all you went on your trip.some pretty expensive fabric.Good to see you back.have a good weekend.

    By Blogger starry, At June 20, 2010 at 12:14 AM  

  • I'm trying to picture you showing up at a band function in chain mail.... Maybe a nice bustier (or however you spell that) under the band sweatshirt? Or in a more practical vein, a glam bag to carry the extra black socks and white gloves the kids are always forgetting, as well as their extra waterbottle, granola bar wrappers...OK, maybe not.

    By Blogger Karen M, At June 20, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

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