As promised, pictures from my visit to Gotham Quilts in New York a couple of weeks ago. Gotham is a relatively new fabric/quilt shop on the scene in Manhattan. It’s location is fabulous – right in the middle of the fabric/fashion district (the first that I’m aware of.)
As always, space is at a premium in Manhattan, so the size of the shop is compact, but their curated choices and available selection were top-notch. The focus is most-definitely modern with many of the latest modern designers in stock: Carolyn Friedlander, Tula Pink, Lotta Jansdotter, Cotton+Steel etc.
Also a great selection of basics, blenders, and solids.
There was a fun selection of curated bundles as well as pre-cut Fat Quarters. In addition, they had kits for two of their exclusive patterns: the Carkai Yuma quilt kit (far left – free pattern download here) and the Kupka Kit (blue quilt, center).
I love the way Gotham Quilts embraces their ‘city-ness’. This was their Row by Row pattern for 2016. Love the fire-escape with the quilt hanging over the edge. So creative.
Gotham quilts is not as big as Purl Soho, but they definitely fill a much-needed niche in the city. PS carries about the same number of bolts, but most of them were solids, basics, and blenders. Gotham carries many more prints and the latest designer collections. And it’s especially good news that they’re there, now that the City Quilter is closing. 🙁
Gotham Quilts is owned and run by Andrea and Ivete. Both were so friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend a visit if you’re headed to New York. Just be sure to check shop hours before you go as they are only open certain days of the week.
Also, be aware that they don’t have a shop front on the street level. (I put their address into my Google Maps and when I got there, at first I felt like a muggle when I couldn’t find their shop.) The shop is located on the 6th Floor in that building. Just go inside and hop on the elevator. I must have had the look of a true quilter because the guy at the desk in the lobby took one look at me and said, “Gotham Quilts? 6th floor.” Another helpful New Yorker at work.
If you can’t visit in person any time soon, be sure to check out their online shop!
As mentioned, Gotham Quilts is right in the fabric/garment/fashion district where there’s much more fun to see. It’s less than a block away from M & J Trimming (where my button lover was in button heaven).
Also only a short walk away was the Project-Runway-famous Mood Fabrics. We did a quick trip inside and it’s HUGE. Three floors. Unfortunately it was the end of a long day of walking for my girls so for some reason they weren’t in the MOOD (get it. sorry.) for walking around three floors of fabric. Obviously their specialty is fashion/apparel, but I’m kicking myself for not just looking at the cottons they had in stock. Someone else asked me if they had any Liberty. Doh! I wish I’d checked! (Their website shows a lot, so they must.)
Oh well, I’ll just have to make another visit someday.