NYC Map Quilting Template

Haptic Lab NYC Template 1

Haptic Lab is now offering DIY map quilt templates of New York City!  We love spending time in New York, so this is going to be a gift to myself, personalized with some of our favorite NYC places.

It looks detailed, but the method itself is simple: make a quilt sandwich (backing/batting/top) and secure the template on top.  Stitching is done directly through the template.  When you’re done, tear away the template, bind and enjoy your quilt!  It’s sized to use with a yard cut of fabric, which will make a nice wall quilt or baby quilt.

It’s a little difficult to see the detail because the top is a somewhat sheer, and in my photos the template is laying on the dark wood of our dining room table.

Haptic Lab NYC Template Manhattan

Haptic Lab NYC Template Detail

The coastal boundaries are thick, dark lines.  The main streets solid black, with secondary streets in a lighter gray that are harder to see here.  Thankfully it’s easier to see in person, as I’m going to be spending a lot of time with this!

You can buy your own template or quilt kit here or purchase a finished quilt here.  (There are other cities available!)

Purl Bee/Purl Soho

Citrus Coasters

One of my favorite blogs is Purl Bee, which shares loads of project ideas using fabrics, yarn and more found at the Purl Soho shop in NYC.  I got to visit the shop on our recent vacation and am even more in love!  I bought the wool felt used to make these citrus coasters, one of their recent tutorials.  I spent the last day of my vacation with my feet up, watching the Royal Pains marathon and stitching away.  *Bliss!*  (They were out of the “spring” bundle, so I used summer and am happy enough with the result.)  Even better, I have enough to keep a set and give one as a gift.

I took some pictures while I was there so you could have a little peek at the shop, too.

Yarn at Purl Soho

Such a gorgeous wall of yarns!  I restrained myself and just bought one.  (After all, I can order more later, right?)

Hoop Wall at Purl Soho

I can’t decide if I want to make a wall of fabric hoops like this at home, or maybe mini quilts?

Color Wheel Quilt at Purl Soho

They sell a kit of rainbow fabrics if you’d like to make a color wheel quilt of your own.

Crocheted Blanket at Purl Soho

Purl Soho

White Wreath

I think I’ll be making this wreath, another of their tutorials.

Purl Soho

I hope you find some inspiration there, whether you visit the shop or the blog!