New York Finale + Give Away

So, I am finishing up my posts on our visit to New York this week….and in celebration of my 40th birthday last weekend, the fact I have reached 200 followers (thank you all), I would like to include you all in my experience in the Lotta Jansdotter Surface Printing class I have a GIVE AWAY  :-).


The lucky randomly chosen winner will receive:

  • A Lotta Jansdotter Strawberry Journal
  • A Charm Pack of Bella Fabric Line (Lotta Jansdotter)
  • Lotta Jansdotter’s book – Lotta Prints (which covers most of the things we learnt in the surface printing workshop)

All you have to do is leave a comment below, by midnight Thursday 20th June, about what inspiration do you get for your projects from the environment around you. For a second entry, just let me know if you are a follower. If you are a no-reply commenter please leave an email address. I will announce the winner next Friday.


Previous posts from our New York Visit:
40 and Lotta’s Surface Printing Workshop
New York Part 1: The City Quilter Fabric Stash Additions
New York Part 2: Quilting Inspiration

The New York finale is really simple, here are some of my favorite photos and views of New York.

Central Park
The park is so large we only saw a small part of it. We had amazing weather both days. The boys visited the Central Park Zoo where the Polar Bear was the star. There was a great sense of community and fun here. I also loved the statues at one of the entrances of the zoo.

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The High Line
This was a great (new-ish) place that used to be a railroad track above the factories in the meat packing district. It is now ~ 2 mile walk through gardens,  some vendors (like coffee, ice pops, and food items) and various art pieces. This is my favorite place in New York.

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Rockefeller Center
To get a good view of the city on such a wonderful day, we took advantage of the views at the top of Rockefeller center. We were lucky with the atmosphere which was buzzing as it was Puerto Rico Day and a parade was occurring. At the top we saw the Empire State building on one side and a great view of central park expanse on the other (wow is all I can say).IMG_7538 IMG_7562 IMG_7565

Grand Central Station
What an amazing Building, even in the pouring rain it was captivating. Celebrating its 100 anniversary, it is still in its glory. Look at the amazing ceiling with its celestial paintings.
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Times Square
We were very lucky with the atmosphere in Times Square when we were visiting. Obviously we went at night to get the full impact of all the lights….but the night we went there was a viewing party going on.  In the middle of Times Square you could sit and watch the Tony awards which was broadcasting on an extra-large screen – there must have been thousands of people out that night.
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I hope you enjoyed our view of New York.

Have a great weekend!!! Linking up with Amanda Jean @ CrazyMomQuilts.

60 thoughts on “New York Finale + Give Away

  1. carolinelarnach

    3. Environmental inspiration: not 10 minutes ago, I collected some twigs from boughs that my partner has cut from our plum tree. (It is winter here in New Zealand, a good time for tree thinning.) With their tiny, woody buds just starting to appear, the twigs remind me of bug’s legs. I think there’s going to be a textile bug coming from my studio soon.
    4. I follow you on WordPress Reader

  2. carolinelarnach

    Ooops, I forgot to hit “notify me” in the previous comment, so if I’m luck enough to win, please drop by my blog or mail me at carolinelarnach (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  3. Laura C

    5. Does this count as environment? But I’m really into modern art museums/wings/installations as color-form-texture inspiration. For example, I saw two of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits in March, and was fascinated by all of the different textiles he worked in. Still chewing on it, in my head. (That strawberry journal?!? Fingers crossed.)

  4. Julie

    9. I never know when it will hit, sometimes and advertisement, sometimes the clothes people wear, or looking up (in a city) for a skyline. I, like Laura, am also keeping my fingers crossed for the strawberry journal. Thank you for the chance.

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I am the same – you never know when it will hit, but what I like is it makes you think differently and more aware of things around you.

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I know how you feel at the moment – obviously one trip to New York and all I see are quilts 🙂 The only store I went shopping in was quilt store.

  5. Karen

    19. New York looks amazing, thanks for sharing your lovely photo’s with us, I hope to go there one day. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on reaching 200 followers! 🙂

  6. Green

    20. I get a lot of inspiration from shapes and forms in nature. I really love Bella and Glimma – I was not “in the know” for Echo.

  7. a little bird made me

    22. Oh wow! A giveaway from your trip! What an incredible gesture!
    So I, of course, have to enter!
    First of all – my inspiration comes from many sources – a person I see walking down the street, a picture of a beautiful setting, a combination of colours and textures, a striking building, brightly coloured crafts by other people…..

  8. *Wisher*

    26. hi.. i’m a new follower of your blog and I have some upcycling projects.. you can see some of the post over at my wordpress
    I usually collect jars, cardboard.. and give them into a new life.. for giveaways.. 😀
    would love to enter this contest for fun..
    I see you had a fabulous time in US.. thank you for putting up the pictures.. 😀

  9. cloudcoucou

    31. Most of my inspiration comes from my environment…..both near and far. I love abstracting patterns from mountains, icebergs, water, light through glass, textured wallpaper, folds in fabric and so on! Great giveaway, thanks.
    32. I am following

  10. pippamoore1961

    33. i get inspiration from colours. they could be colours anywhere in a dept. store in nature architecture textiles. i adore all colours the brighter the better .
    34. lovely giveaway i’m a follower of your blogg would love to win and am sendinfg positive vibes to the angels!!

  11. Lisa F.

    36. I was lucky enough to get some yardage of the fabric inspired by Grand Central Station. Thank you for sharing pics of Grand Central Station. Now, what to do with the fabric? However, loved your New York pics. I want to visit. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. wholesomemidwestern

    37. i love clouds…i use them a lot in my paper crafts…and just saw an awesome cloud quilt the other day that i want to try to replicate…
    38. i just found your blog, so wasn’t a follower before, but am now! in case things get screwy and you can’t respond, my email is (
    thanks! 🙂

  13. lynn

    39. i love lotta! i have some bella and echo, but no glimma yet. i get inspiration all around-from my gardens and my son-the things he says, his art. i love nature inspiration-rocks, plants, taking hikes in the woods-inspiration hits. thanks for the giveaway and happy birthday!

  14. Fran

    42. I’ve loved reading about your New York visit, my sister & daughter were there in May & went to & raved about many of the same places as you – your photos were much better though. I am inspired by my environment, I live in a beach suburb in Sydney Australia & even though we don’t have huge colour changes with the seasons I still find that my fabric choices relate to time of year & what’s happening outside.
    43. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, I follow you via Bloglovin.

  15. Pam

    44. Thanks for the virtual visit to New York! That city has such wonderful energy. I get my environmental inspiration from shorelines of any kind – ocean beaches, rivers, creeks. I guess that’s why most of the stuff I make ends up with blue in it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway too!

  16. Ali M

    45. I can’t say I find much inspiration MYSELF, but when people put together palettes from nature and their surroundings I’m often inspired by them 😉

  17. Deborah Gunthorpe

    46. I live in the tropics so get inspiration from the bright colours – blue skies, green rice flowers, bright pink flowers – all beautiful 🙂

  18. Sarah L.

    48. I am so inspired by graffiti art and everyday color combinations. Every once and while I just “see” everyday colors differently. Then I just NEED to translate those colors into art. Thank you for the giveaway! Your trip to NYC sounds lovely.

  19. Kristin S.

    51. I take inspiration wherever I can find a pattern – the bolder and more geometric the better. This weekend, I took a photo of a wrought iron fence with a deer emblem because I thought it might make a good Christmas quilt!


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