Things have looked a little different around here lately, and in case you're wondering why there has been little action on the sewing front, I thought I better let you know that I've escaped from my sewing room. My husband and I have crossed the Pacific Ocean and flew into New York City just before hurricane Sandy blew in. Hurricane Sandy was so very devastating for so many. Fortunately we were in a safe area, never even lost power. We were the lucky ones.
The purpose of our trip was for my husband to run the NYC marathon - something that he has been training for for many years, but particularly the last 12 months. Of course we were disappointed that the marathon was cancelled but understand and concur with all of the reasons as to why the race couldn't go ahead. We'll be back next year, stronger still.
|Collecting race numbers.|
Meanwhile, we've made the most of our holiday in NYC, and watched as the resilient New Yorkers bounced back; the subway resumed service (and my feet are ever so grateful), the power was restored downtown, and the empty streets came back to life. We've ventured about, visiting all of our favorite places and more. Today I want to share with you my day trip (1 1/2 hours each way by train) to Bridgeport, Connecticut - to the DS Sample Sale.
|DS Sample Sale 2012|
DS Sample Sale 2012
The Denyse Schmidt Sample Sale is an annual event held in Denyse's studio. When Audrie (Blue is Bleu) mentioned that the sale was on whilst we were here and also offered to pick us up from the train station, I jumped at the chance to check out the space where all things DS happen.
There were DS Quilts Fabrics ....
... and gorgeous, gorgeous quilts for sale
(see the quilt - second from the left? It is coming home with me. My first ever quilt purchase).
and more quilts ....
Denyse has a wonderful studio located in a quaint old, multi-storey factory, overflowing with natural light. To be in that space, surrounded by so much individuality and creativity has made me keen to return to my sewing machine. Refreshed.
Whilst there I also got to meet some warm and welcoming quilters/bloggers including Shannon, Jen and Jamie. Together with Audrie, we enjoyed a relaxing post sale lunch. I couldn't have asked for friendlier hosts!
I had a truly amazing day; a highlight, and I am excited to be heading home this week with a little DS memorabilia and renewed enthusiasm.
More trip highlights coming soon.