Thursday, September 3, 2009

quilt update.




I have been embroidering up a storm this week. Mostly making signs for the quilt. I don't know much about embroidery. I just poke my needle in and out of the fabric and hope for the best. I think there are more sophisticated methods out there...but I don't know them...yet.

So...let me explain...




When you drive into Brooklyn, there are these signs on the highway that say, "Welcome to Brooklyn. Believe the Hype." or "Welcome to Brooklyn. Everybody is from here." And then on your way out the signs say, "Leaving Brooklyn. Fuhgetaboutit." So, I made two. One for "Welcome to" and one for "Leaving".

You might be asking yourself: "Do people really say fuhgetaboutit in Brooklyn?" And, I'd have to say: yup. They do. Not everybody. But a lot of people.



This might be my favorite part of the quilt so far. This is my Fresh Direct truck. Fresh Direct is the company that I order groceries from. Dave and I have tried all kinds of different ways to acquire groceries. Farmer's Markets, Food Coops, local grocery stores... Before we had kids, I would make a list and Dave would go and get the groceries and lug them home. They were crazy heavy (think: milk, juice, bags of flour...it adds up!) and once kids came along, our method just didn't make sense. So I did some price checking, and Fresh Direct looked pretty appealing.

The groceries were the same price as in the store (though that might not be the case anymore. I haven't checked in a while). There was a 5 dollar delivery charge, which I was completely willing to pay. And, get this, the groceries come right to my door. For a while my delivery guy was from the Dominican Republic, so I got to practice my Spanish each week. All kinds of perks with Fresh Direct! So now, every Sunday I place my order for groceries. And every Monday they arrive. Andrew thinks this is how everyone gets food. A man brings it in boxes.

We don't get our produce from Fresh Direct. We get a lot of it from a CSA and the rest we get from our local produce stands. There is probably a produce stand on every other block. We are in no way lacking for corn or green beans.

Anyway, cute truck. No?



And! One more thing and then I'll leave you alone. In this photo you can just barely see a yellow pick up truck that says "taxi". This is the truck that brought me to the hospital when I was in labor with Isaac. You can read about that here.

Ok. I'm done.

12 comments:

Tara Whalen said...

I love it! It's all so great!

Susan said...

This rocks. The selfish part of me wishes you'd saved this project until I had the energy to make one too. I realize the other day that the reason I had a different color scheme in mind was that I was picturing the city quilt I was thinking of making. But I need your cute, go-with-the-flow touches to help me not be a basket case about all the lines being perfect and whatnot.

Did I tell you that we finally got our wedding quilt up again? It's in the kids room. So--hey--all of you who've been dying to see this incredibly awesome quilt for the last six years are welcome to come over to my place. I bake too :)

firefly said...

So cute, Robyn. What a fun project.

It's exciting to check the blog each day and find out what happened on the quilt!

Robyn said...

Thanks Tara! You are such a sweetie pie.

Susan! I had no idea you wanted to make a city quilt! What would you do? DC or Newark? Or both? And, your wedding quilt was one of my all time favorites and I don't have any photos of it! I just might come and selfishly snap some photos...

Thanks, Firefly. I guess you're a sweetie pie too...
;)

Susan said...

I remember when we went to that fabric store together in Manhattan with all the kids discussing each of us making a city quilt. Mine was going to be for Joseph's bed. At the time I think I still thought we'd be moving to New York. Then we didn't but I was pretty sure we wouldn't be staying in DC forever, either. So now here we are in Newark and I don't know. Maybe a little bit of all the cities that have been important to us. I don't anticipate having quilting time for while so I have time to figure it out.

Goes On Runs said...

i love the fresh direct truck. perfect!!!

JIW said...

Robyn, that is adorable. What a great keepsake for your boys of your family's time in Brooklyn!

Seeking La Loba said...

I actually wondered about that taxi until I read your explanation. :) I was thinking, "why is it a pick-up truck?"

Miss Vicki said...

I love the vehicles!! So glad you included the yellow "Taxi"! No produce stands for me-just a short walk to the garden=)

erin said...

I adore your city quilt, especially the bright colors. Is there a party going on in the building with the bubbles in the window?

Does working on the quilt change your feelings about living in the city? It seems very positive to create something about the things that are cool about living there. I've been finding that working on my wedding scrapbook is helping me remember the cool stuff, not just the stress which has been my overriding memory.

By the way, your family photos are AWESOME!!

erin said...

I just noticed that the bubble window belongs to your church. Partay!!

Anonymous said...

i know this an older post of yours, but i just found your blog recently....i too lived in brooklyn for about 5 years and got married and had our first daughter while living there. your quilt is adorable!!! i loved fresh direct! :) and fairway market in red hook plus some baked goods from 'baked'! gosh your quilt and your blog makes me really miss it! my family and i are back in texas and settlin' in to austin! lovin' your blog!