New York City Fabric project

nycre1I was born in New York City but moved away when I was only three months old so my memories are pretty limited.  As an adult, I have been lucky enough to visit there with some regularity.  I was able to visit the famous fabric store The City Quilter on one trip and bought some NYC fabric and I have had them for a while.  Those fabrics have been nycpercolating in my head through my last three trip with two of my very good friends.  We got to go three years in a row to see plays, sight see and try the restaurants.  In my new resolve to use special saved fabrics, I thought of my New York City Fabric project.

Three friends, three trips and one apron pattern.  I had to be creative to figure out how to squeeze out all three, I had to do a bit of piecing.  I didn't know what to do with the scraps nycre3so I saved them and maybe some day I will make a table runner.   Who knows?

The aprons were fun to make because it was a different pattern from my tried and true one, although it will always be my first love.

I chose the first, shorter length which enabled me to cut three aprons.

I liked the scalloped edge, the old school style  contrasted with the modern fabrics.  I would have made it in the taxi cab fabric if I had had enough.

I also love lined aprons, they are heavier in weight and really protect your clothes.

nycre6Each apron is reversible, subway map on one side and the Broadway/Times Square scene on the other.  I used the taxi cabs for pockets and straps.  nycre5

These are fun ways to remember fantastic trips.  We are not going this year for various family and financial reasons but we can strap on our aprons and remember the good times.  With a handmade present like this, it is fun to have another way to remember the trips.  I love photo books and they are so much like quilts, you are just arranging pictures instead of bits of fabric.  I think of photo albums as hand made gifts also.

nycre7So I included a photo album in each box and hope that in another year, we can make more memories.

Friends, gifts and memories of good times, I love sewing!

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