At last year’s Fabric 2.0 party I met Jeremy, April, and Kristy from NYC shop The City Quilter. They must have said nice things about me because City Quilter owner Dale Riehl sought me out this year to meet me. I learned about their exclusive collection of New York-themed fabrics. Sewers and quilters have to visit the local fabric shops when they travel, so it makes perfect sense to have locally themed fabrics to offer as a souvenir, not to mention locals who want to sew a bit of home into their projects. All shops should be lucky enough to carry locally themed fabrics … but it takes a big city to support the minimums that mills require!
The subway fabric is my favorite — who doesn’t love maps? Dale explained that they had to creatively reinterpret the real map in order to put it into the allover repeat. So if you buy this fabric, don’t use it to get around. It actually required licensing and design approval from the Metro Transit Authority.
The 1930s postcards in the Olde New York print depict the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, and many other landmarks, and come in three colorways.
The City Quilter also carries several other New-York-themed prints by Alexander Henry, Hoffman, and other manufacturers — and you don’t have to live in or visit New York to get them; they’re all available through their website or by phone order.