New York – Los Angeles

Statue of Liberty, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York

I had never been to New York so when I was invited to my niece’s wedding celebrations in Los Angeles, it seemed the perfect opportunity to spend a week in New York on my way.

New York Sightseeing

The Statue of Liberty was every bit as impressive when seen close up as I had hoped.  I took two boat trips while I was in New York – one went a small way up the Hudson River and came back via the Statue, while the other one was a ferry to Staten Island, just for a look around.



There was a heat wave on while I was there and even though I had packed comfortable shoes, they didn’t stay comfortable when my feet swoll up in the heat.  There was so much that I wanted to see that I couldn’t help rushing everywhere to fit in as much as possible.  I hadn’t planned on doing any shopping, but I felt that Macy’s, the largest retail store in the world, was somewhere that I had to visit.

New York Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Then I began a tour of the museums and art galleries – what a treat that was!  The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery (and the most visited) in America.  Deservedly so.  Please forgive me if I’m showing the wrong photo for the Met – I had so many photos to sort through that I may have accidentally selected one of a different museum!

Pleated cape

Pleated cape

They had a fashion section with one part devoted to pleated fashion.  That was absolutely fascinating.  The cape shown was made with heavy pleating, but there were many more garments that I could have chosen which were just as interesting in their use of pleats.

Ground Zero

Ground Zero

Ground Zero

I also had to visit the Ground Zero area.  There is a very simple and touching water feature with the names of all those who lost their lives on that dreadful day engraved on the edges.

I also saw lots of other places when I was lost, which happened quite frequently, but it was all fun and interesting.

The Museum of Modern Art was smaller than the Met but just as interesting and along with the Museum of Native Indian Art I have come back with plenty of ideas for quilts in the coming months.

New York skyline across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir

New York skyline across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir

Central Park

My hotel was just across Central Park from the Museum Mile.  The view across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir shows a very different view of the New York skyline – very peaceful.

Big bubbles

Big bubbles

At the entrance to Central Park there was a man blowing the most enormous bubbles I have ever seen.  He was dipping two ropes in bubble solution and then separating the ropes to create the bubbles.  The delightful thing about this image was that the man appeared to be having just as much fun as the small children for whom he was blowing the bubbles!

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Art Gallery (full name Solomon R Guggenheim Museum) had a delightfully simple layout – it is created in the form of a spiral and you can wander gently round the coils of the spiral till you get to the top – and then come back down again.  I bought a few Christmas presents there.

Moholy-Nagy work

Moholy-Nagy work

The exhibition showing there at the moment is Moholy-Nagy:  Future Present.  I could see lots of ideas for modern quilts in his work – the one in the photo is far more complex than it looks, with different widths and sizes of the elements and shapes and lines running behind each other.  I haven’t figured out how I could translate this into a quilt yet – but I’m working on it.

Vivien and Paul

Vivien and Paul

Los Angeles

My week in New York came to an end and I flew across to Los Angeles for my niece Vivien’s wedding to Paul.  The celebrations took place in a restaurant in a canyon just outside Los Angeles.  Vivien looked like a princess.  Most of my photos of the event are too dark for me to show you, but it was a lovely evening.

By coincidence, I sat beside a quilter at the reception.  She has a longarm machine and runs a business quilting for others.

Sonoma County

The next morning we had brunch on Venice Beach and then my daughter Samantha and I hired a car and drove north along the coast.  Well, I say we, but she wouldn’t actually trust me to drive.  In fact she didn’t even trust me with hotel room keys.  Anyone would think I was in the habit of losing things.  On that subject, someone told me that there are two stages of memory loss:  in the first stage you lose your keys while in the second stage you find the keys but can’t think what they are for.  I think I definitely qualify for stage one.

Samantha amid the sunflowers

Samantha amid the sunflowers

When we reached Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, we stopped for a few days visiting vineyards and wine tasting.  At one vineyard there was a picnic area beside the river and some huge sunflowers.  I don’t think that I have ever seen such tall sunflowers.

Quilt shop in Healdsburg

Quilt shop in Healdsburg

In Healdsburg, we came across a quilt shop.  The staff were really friendly and they had some lovely quilts on display – all made either by themselves or by students of their workshops.

Finally, last Friday I flew from San Francisco to New York and then on back to the UK – while Samantha flew down to Las Vegas for a few days.  The end of a wonderful holiday – and I was lucky enough to be upgraded by BA so I had a very comfortable flight home.

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  1. Hi Rose, I just got around to reading my emails. My 8 year old great niece and nephew (twins) stayed with me for 2 1/2 days. Believe me, I was grateful that they each had their own iPads and there were cartoons to watch on TV. I was pretty much exhausted after they left. I’m getting too old to kid sit.
    Thanks for sending the photos of your niece’s wedding and of Samantha amid the sunflowers. Every summer my next door neighbor grows one single sunflower in the front of his house. It’s against the rules because the flower is so tall but we all look the other way because he’s in his nineties and uses the seeds for cooking.

    Love your pattern and the choice of colors.

    • Hi Claire. I can imagine that looking after 8 year old twins must have been exhausting. I read your comment first as 2.1/2 year old twins and that would have been inredibly hard work! I’m sure that ipads and TV must make child sitting quite a bit easier than it used to be. I suppose your climate must be good for sunflowers – I’d only ever seen them about 5 or 6 feet tall. They are so lovely and cheerful, aren’t they.

  2. Hi Rose – Thanks for the trip to New York. I was born in the City and lived there for 53 years. Although I visit frequently (I live in New Jersey), I forget to appreciate all the wonderful things it offers. Next time, I’ll behave like a tourist and see things with new eyes.
    Loved your pictures and, of course, your quilt patterns.

    • Hi Mimi. They say that’s always the way – most of us don’t appreciate our home towns because the sights are always there. I tried to see as much as I could in a week, but there are still many places that I didn’t have time to visit.

  3. Lola Howard says:

    Rose you should have come to Kentucky and stayed with me for a week and taught me how to quilt . loved your stories today , glad you enjoyed your visit Have a blessed week end .

    • Hi Lola. I don’t know where any of my readers live! All I have are email addresses, which of course give no indication of where they are located. Next time I’m in Kentucky …

  4. Thanks for yet another stunning quilt. I look forward to seeing the quilts inspired by your trip to the states.

  5. Marion Barrett says:

    New York has been on my wish list for a very long time so my daughter suggested we go next year. Now booked to go at Easter 2017 with daughter and granddaughter in the school holidays. We are all so excited especially as we decided to add on a visit to Las Vegas. From NY we are making a one day trip to Niagara Falls and Las Vegas to Grand Canyon. Then I think my bucket list will be complete. My friend and I are going to the Houston Quilt Show in October this year, I went many years ago but she hasn’t been at all. Both very excited.
    Thank You for sharing your pictures.

    • Hi Marion. Like you, New York had been on my bucket list for a long time – and it was well worth it when I got there. I hope you have a wonderful trip there next year. How lucky to be going to Houston next month – that’s a show that’s definitely on my bucket list, but I certainly won’t manage it this year. Maybe next year …

  6. Olive Procyshyn says:

    Oh Rose what can I say other than a big thank you for letting me read all about your holiday stateside.
    I hope to see some of the quilts that your trip has inspired you to design.
    Olive Procyshyn

    • Thanks, Olive. I’m too jetlagged to think of any quilts based on my holiday yet, but I hope that will soon wear off.

  7. Carol Williams says:

    Dear Rose, it is always one of the highlights of my week to find your latest quilt design email in my inbox. I loved reading about all your travels this week and I admire your courage and confidence in traveling around on your own to visit such amazing places. Your niece looked stunning at her wedding.
    Thank you for all the pleasure you bring to your followers with your wonderful quilt designs and fascinating stories.

    • Hi Carol. Thank you so much for your kind words. What I do find is that I don’t get lost all the time when I’m with my daughter – but then I see all sorts of interesting places when I’m on my own and get lost constantly!

  8. So pleased you and Samantha had such a wonderful time – I’m enjoying living vicariously via your travels! Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m sure your newly married niece and her husband were delighted with the beautiful quilt that you made for their wedding gift.

    • Hi June. I always worry that people will be bored by my holiday pics! It was a wonderful trip – I’m just sorry I missed Steph.

  9. Carole Manuel says:

    Sound like a wonderful trip. You certainly fitted a lot in. A trip to New York is high on my bucket list!

    • Hi Carole. It’s always been on my bucket list and I am so pleased that I finally managed to visit it. I know I sound corny, but I was wandering round with a huge grin on my face!

  10. Colleen McKinlay says:

    What a great trip….New York is an amazing city. Enjoyed your pictures. What a beautiful bride. How special for you to be part of her special day.

    • Hi Colleen. It certainly was an amazing occasion – Samantha and I are now encouraging all my children/nieces/nephews to get married in foreign locations!

  11. Diane Ashton says:

    Glad you had a great time! I have been to New York city several times – it sure is fascinating. Never been to Los Angeles but did go to San Francisco. I like all your posts about quilting.

    • Thanks, Diane. You’re very kind. There was so much to see that I feel that I just scratched the surface of all three places.

  12. Oh how I would love to go to New York and see all the awesome sites! One day perhaps. Thank you for sharing your amazing trip!

  13. Sounds like such a nice vacation. I’m born N Y er although my family is all French (Bretagne and Nord pas Calais)
    I love your blog and how you teach. One day if I come to England, perhaps we can meet.
    June (currently living in Texas)

  14. Carol Tambourine says:

    I love it when you tell us about your travels. Happy you had a wonderful time. I look forward to many quilts with a native American influence.

  15. HI Rose, love your pictures. You must have had a wonderful time with all the sights. You have seen some place that I have yet to visit, so my eyes are a tad green. I am so excited for your adventures. Many wonderful memories were made I’m sure. So glad you were able to make such a big trip. Was that your first trip to America?
    Now to watch for the beautiful quilts you will create. Thank you so much for sharing this big event with all of us. We appreciate all the pics too.

    • Thanks, Linda. I was certainly very lucky to be able to make this trip and you’re right – plenty of wonderful memories. It’s my first trip to America in quite a long time: my daughter did an exchange year at Tucson when she was a student and the boys and I went over to see her while she was there.

  16. katytweety/Kathy says:

    I sure did enjoy reading this today. It makes me all the more to want to go to New York. I live here in the States but have never been to NY city.

    • Thanks, Kathy. I would definitely say that New York is well worth a visit – I’m so pleased that I have finally managed to get there.