Temporarily Out of Service

Foot Surgery

This is what I put up on Instagram, in between woozy episodes of a drug-induced haze.  Gotta’ love those drugs, however.  I did stay up late the night before my surgery putting a binding on an quilt, hoping to hand-stitch it while lounging around recuperating in bed, but given the effects of the painkiller, I’m foregoing hand-stitching for sleeping.


But rather than leave you empty-handed, I’m including a few photos from my time last month walking around New York’s Fashion District.  Some of these are significant, and others are just sewing “eye-candy.”


Even the little church has quilt patterns on their facade.




It’s easy to forget that a lot of clothing has passed through the doors in this section of town, like this “Garment Wear Arcade.”




Fabrics & Fabrics!  Yay!



I had to work fast to get this one–a guy moving a dress form from one location to another.  It would be soooo much better if I lived closer, as there were too many treasures to try and fit into my suitcase.  I googled Nadelstern Fashion District, and found a PDF document (some years old) that listed a lot of places to go see.  Some were inaccurate, so make sure you use your Google Maps (Apple maps was almost completely worthless in NYC) to locate the stores precisely.

And if you go. . . head there with a project or two in mind.  I found myself looking at so much stuff, but having no idea what to do with it, so I didn’t buy much this trip.

Yes, I’ll be temporarily Out of Service, but hopefully not for too long–a couple of weeks–and then I’ve got two new bee blocks to get sewn up before the end of the month.  Luckily the surgery was on my LEFT foot, so I can work the presser foot after I get up out of bed!

So, what are you doing for summer vacation?

11 thoughts on “Temporarily Out of Service

  1. Everything in the Fashion District looks about fifty years old. I guess some things don’t need a lot of updating. I love the quilt pattern on the church.
    Perhaps you could make a quilted foot protector while you are recuperating?

  2. So sorry to hear you needed foot surgery. I can identify with the pain, the pain killers, and the limitations having had foot surgery myself last October. It sure slows one down! I hope it’s one where you’ll be able to wear a boot and thereby hobble without the use of crutches. Take care!

  3. Really pretty toenails. Hope the surgeon appreciated them!! We actually took the Nadelstern Fashion District tour, with Paula Nadelstern herself. It was a lot of fun, and you are right–if you don’t have something specific to be looking for, it’s kind of overwhelming. I bought a half yard of chartreuse fake fur (that half yard set me back a good $35!!) to make pillows for the grandkids but that was about it. We did, however, go to Mood, the store where the Project Runway contestants go. And in fact, that is where I learned that Mark was a covert Project Runway watcher–he and Paula started talking about their excitement about the new season coming up. I was standing there, shaking my head, “WHAT? You watch Project Runway???” Apparently after I went to bed. Who knew? It was pretty funny.

    Anyway, please get better soon. I think I want to make a quilt from those quilt patterns on the church.

  4. I thought you had been awfully quiet! So sorry about the foot surgery – I know it’s no fun (been there, done that), but your spirit seems good. And you are such a care giver – sharing these great pics and keeping us entertained! Take care of YOU and I’ll be sending only good wishes your way. BTW, I ended up with Amish with a Twist II, but it’s on hold for the moment while I get the inside of the Airstream done.

  5. It sounds like the medications are helping with the pain anyway. Rest up and let the body heal so you will be back and running in no time at all.

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