One week ago at this time I was in New York City at the beginning of a quick getaway with my twin sister, Diane. It was supposed to be the beginning of a three-week vacation with the Dear Husband — four nights in New York, two weeks traveling in Portugal and Spain, and four nights in New York on the way back. Alas, the trip had to be postponed because the DH needs a new hip.

We had planned to rendezvous with Diane in NYC at the beginning of our trip. She had already bought a ticket to NYC from her home in Georgia. Happily, my sweet husband was fine with the idea of me running off in high spirits and leaving him at home, so off I went.

Diane and I saw five plays in four days . . .

. . . a comedy, a tragedy, and three musicals — all terrific productions.

Here we are enjoying an after-theater dinner at Osteria al Doge, one of our favorite restaurants in the theater district:

We dined on prosciutto-wrapped shrimp served on a bed of soft polenta garnished with watercress:

Yes, it was delizioso!

We saw some excellent exhibits, including two at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and one on Venice at the New York Public Library (NYPL):

We also saw a fabulous exhibit on 40 years of musical theater in London and New York, shown at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. For lovers of musical theater like Diane and me, this was a little bit of heaven.

I also went to New York on a quilt-related mission: to visit the shop of Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Another bit of heaven! We were greeted warmly at the shop by Lindsey, who gave me permission to take photos:

Barbara B., a student in one of my “Sew with Dawn” classes at the Pine Needle, bought Victoria’s new pattern Star Storm recently:

Barbara asked for my help in enlarging this 80″ square quilt to fit a queen-size bed. I wanted to discuss my ideas with Victoria or a member of her staff. Victoria was vacationing with her family in Japan last week so I met with Kim, who was extraordinarily kind and helpful. She gave me a great idea that I can’t wait to share with Barbara.

Even without an agenda, the trip to the shop would have been worth it. So much color, whimsy, and quilting loveliness packed into a relatively small space!

Here is Victoria’s Victory Block quilt and a Dresden Plate block featuring some of her new fabrics:

I was excited to see a different version of Star Storm on display:

Here’s a close-up of the quilting:

I find the combination of straight lines (both horizontal and vertical) and feathers very pleasing.

You can bet that Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s shop will be on my list of places to visit on future trips to New York City.

Just so you know: the DH did just fine without me, though he is happy to have me home. He’s scheduled for hip replacement surgery April 11, which happens to be our 36th wedding anniversary.




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14 Responses to NYC and VFW

  1. What an amazing trip!

  2. Diane says:

    I had the time of my life! A trip with Dawn is guaranteed to be a huge success. Except for a few cab rides on one VERY cold day, we walked everywhere. On our best day, we walked over 6 miles, which made it easier to rationalize menu choices at our favorite restaurant! Thanks for a great time, Nubs!

  3. Vickie says:

    I am green with envy. I love everything Victoria Findlay Wolfe. She has such a great creative spirit. An unusual way to spend your anniversary. Hope Charlie is up and around without any pain quickly after the surgery.

    Love the picture of you and Diane. Beautiful ladies!

  4. Nancy says:

    What a fabulous trip and such beautiful things for all of your senses! Love the star storm quilt looks amazing!

  5. Patricia McLain says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip! What a great get-away.

  6. Auntie Em says:

    Wow, you packed a lot of fun into one trip! Hope your husband does well with his surgery.

  7. Carol Stark says:

    Morning Dawn:

    Love all your posts, so fun and informative!!! Sometimes great trips are not planned!!
    Love all the pictures, especially the stars…

    Thanks for sharing, Carol

  8. Dianne says:

    What did you think of Sunset Boulevard? I saw it in February and thought it was good. New York City is a fun place. You found some great places to visit!

    • Dawn says:

      Oh Dianne, we loved it! We had seen Glenn Close in the first version of Sunset Boulevard 23 years ago. It was so cool to see her reprise her role. The set, while much less ornate than the first one, was very cleverly designed.

  9. AnnMarie says:

    Lucky you! And, Happy Anniversary in a few weeks!

  10. Linda Dyer says:

    Sounds so magical! Five plays and they all looked wonderful! So glad you and your sister could share that trip together

  11. Regina says:

    Such a very nice post! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

  12. charlie says:

    Glad you could enjoy New York with your twin.

  13. Anne Bender says:

    What an amazing, beautiful trip!! Can you exhibit your quilts in NY?
    Wishing your DH all the best and a very happy anniversary!!

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