Monday, April 30, 2012

Kansas City Here We Come!

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri taken from the front porch of our townhome
I am so happy that Quilt Market is coming to Kansas City.  Though it's no longer my place of residence, it will always be home to me and I'm proud to welcome the quilting community to this great city. I know Quilt Market is about WORK rather than play, and my schedule is packed with meetings, appointments and work, so I probably won't be able to enjoy the city and see my friends like I would like to, but I wanted to share a bit about the city in case you're coming early or staying after market and might have a chance to see and enjoy Kansas City.

Kansas City is two cities in one.  Kansas City, Missouri is the larger of the two and is where the convention center and most of you will probably be staying on the Missouri side.  Kansas City, Kansas is the smaller sister and you probably won't get there, but us Kansas folks want you to know that we exist.  The two cities meld together and when driving on certain streets you can have Kansas on one side of the street, Missouri on the other.

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri has recently been undergoing a wonderful revitalization.  Folks are moving back downtown with the construction of the Power and Light District, an entertainment district in the city center which is a short walk from downtown hotels.  My son just moved into a loft downtown, which shows you how downtown is now attracting the young and the hip! The Crossroads Art's District is on the edge of downtown and is bringing in artists, galleries and more retail between downtown and Crown Center.

Kansas City is full of wonderful neighborhoods and quaint and interesting shopping districts throughout the city.  If shopping is your thing, try Westport for some fun, quirky shops including BonBon Atelier.  Betsy runs this tiny shop with her sister and she's got fabric, knitting supplies and unique items for you and your home and they always have something surprising.  It's a tiny shop, but you'll linger just to talk with these gals and see what they're up to.
JC Nichol's fountain on the Country Club Plaza
The Plaza is a large outdoor shopping district unique to Kansas City.  It is filled with upscale shops and restaurants, but honestly for me the best part of the plaza is the art and architecture.  It is modeled after Seville, Spain and is filled with unique buildings, tile work and fountains.  Did you know Kansas City is the city of fountains?  Brookside is another wonderful shopping district nestled in a historic neighborhood of large trees and unique homes.  Be sure to stop by my favorite store, Stuff and stop in at the Dime Store....it's a Brookside institution. Julian is a great restaurant in Brookside with the wonderful James Beard award winning chef Celina Tio.

As for fabric shopping, are you up for a field trip?
One small part of Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, Kansas
Modern, traditional, batiks, quirky, unique...Sarah's has it all!
This is just the wall of batiks.
There are so many fabrics at Sarah's that bolts are stacked under and just about everywhere she can find a place for them!
Can I say selection?  Sarah's has an amazing selection of books and patterns.
So, maybe fabric is your thing. Kansas City and the surrounding area has fabric shops galore.  In addition to Bon Bon, my favorite is a bit of a drive outside of Kansas City, but for a great fabric experience it's worth a little drive.  Sarah's fabrics is in Lawrence, a 30-40 minute drive from the city.

Lawrence is a college town, the home of Kansas University.  Sarah's is located on Mass Street which is the main street through downtown and is filled with wonderful, unique shopping and restaurants.

Sarah's is the fabric mecca.  Enjoy the wood floors, the brick walls, the tin ceiling, and the rows, and rows, and rows of fabrics, books, patterns and Sarah herself.  If you can't get out to Sarah's, Harper's Fabrics is another favorite.  Harper's is located in downtown old Overland Park which is a suburb of Kansas City on the Kansas side.  The owner, Elaine is terrific and is a wonderful supporter of both traditional and modern quilting.  I don't have pictures to share of Elaine's shop, but it's well organized and the staff is extremely helpful!  It is the "go to" shop in Kansas City.

After all that work at Quilt Market, you're going to be hungry.  If you can drag those aching feet out on the town here are a few great places...you may need to grab a cab or a car for most of these.  KC is famous for BBQ and my all time favorite is a dive (it's inside a convenience store/gas station) on the Kansas side called Oklahoma Joe's.  Grab a cab, get carry out and indulge.  For something a bit more upscale Jack's Stack, in the freighthouse district (right by Crown Center), is wonderful and Lydia's (great Italian) is next door.

The Drum Room, located in the historic Hilton President hotel downtown is a blast from Kansas City's jazz past.  Great food and it's like stepping back in time.  Stroud's (We choke our own chicken is their motto) is a Kansas City classic.  Go to the one in North Kansas City for a homestyle meal.  (Be ready for a food coma and a long session in the gym after that meal!)  For a late night greasy burger, grab a cab to Town Topic.  It's close to downtown (a short cab ride) and a Kansas City institution.  My favorite place to eat is Room 39 in Westport. It's a quiet, small, unpretentious gem with wonderful food.

I have lots of other favorite restaurants and places to go and see.  If you're like me and can't go to a city without visiting a museum or gallery, the Nelson Art Gallery is amazing as well as the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.  They are both located right off of the Country Club Plaza.  On a nice day, strolling around the grounds of the Nelson and through the sculpture gallery is a great way to relax and enjoy an afternoon.  The Steamboat Arabia museum in the River Market district is a hidden gem and if you have your family with you is a must see for children.

Bottom line, enjoy my hometown.  I know that folks will be helpful and welcome you with open arms.  If there is anything I can do to make your stay better or help in any way, please drop me an email.  I hope to see you all there! Welcome to Kansas City!!

22 comments:

Bia said...

I live in New York now (the state, not the city) but I lived in Omaha for three years. We would go to Kansas City several times a year - I loved it. In fact, one of my friends had her bridal shower there!

Monica said...

Kansas City sounds wonderful! I am looking forward to my first trip there. I hope that I can find a little time during Market to squeeze in a little sightseeing...but you know how that is.

Kristy said...

I'm heading to KC on Thursday for Market, the Modern Meet-up and then a friend and I are hitting up several of the fabric shops.

Thanks for sharing! If I wasn't excited already...I'm beyond stoked now

Ariane said...

Hi Jacquie! I stopped by Sarah's yesterday and got fabric for a new quilt, while there I picked up your new book, already signed! My Grandma went with me to Sarah's and was just amazed by all that she had in there. She was helping me pick out fabric, I think she now has a new appreciation for quilting!
Anyway, I think your post about KC is wonderful. Makes me want to go back over for a day to explore! I have been to quite a few places that you mentioned and I hope those coming to KC for Quilt Market will get out and explore the city!
Hope all is well!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm SO excited. Now I wish I could stay for a month!!

Marty Mason said...

My sister lives In KC, MO and I love to visit her for all the reasons you've listed! Have fun this week.

Anonymous said...

I'm so looking forward to Quilt Market in KC! Will you be doing any book signings at Market, or perhaps a Schoolhouse session?
Nancy in Denver

patty a. said...

I was helping a newbie quilting with learning how to free motion machine quilt and the subject of Sarah's came up. She is from Lawerence, Kansas and has been to Sarah's. She talked about how wonderful of a shop that it is. I see the rack holding your book!

Katie said...

My favorite local fabric shop, in addition to Bon Bon, is Urban Arts + Crafts, recently relocated to the Briarcliff Village shopping area just north of the Missouri River off 169 Highway. They carry the entire AMH line as well as a nice selection of Amy Butler, Michael Miller and a few Japanese prints. And also a beautiful selection of yarn and other handmade goodies.

Lynne said...

Thank you, Jacquie! We've got some fun planning to do! :)

heartsofhampshire said...

Thank you so much for the inof- although I cant make the market, I am very tempted to include this in a future road trip!!
Heather x

Mary Anne said...

Oklahoma Joe's is the best! Can't wait to see you at the Meet Up - it's going to be fabulous!

charlotte said...

I grew up in KCMO and it was great to read about the old hometown. Many of the places you mentioned are new to me. It has been years since I wanted to go visit,as I have no family there any more, but your descriptions sold me. My first apartment was at 41st and Oak, just up the hill from the Plaza. My first job was in the kitchen at Plaza III. Ahhhh, the memories. Have a great Market!

Linda said...

I was born in KCMO although never lived there. Lots of ancestors from there. My maiden name was Swope!

Paula said...

Thanks for the fabulous shout out for our great city. We are so looking forward to having the Quilting community here! Since I work downtown I look forward to seeing everyone out and about! If any of you need a ride for that field trip to Sarah's just let me know!!!

The Rx quilter said...

Hi Jacquie, just wanted to share the link to see my finished wonky quilt using your tutorial...I love your style and quilts...and the headboard is very, very nice, I know where you got your talent! Lisa in Texas
http://fabricitswhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

Esch House Quilts said...

Thanks for all the wonderful recommendations! I hope we get a chance to try some of your suggestions.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

We spent a little time in Kansas City last summer and were very impressed. We loved Oklahoma Joe's-yummy food! Can't wait to go back and explore.

Jenny M said...

Just wanted to let you know that my copy of your book has arrived here in Melbourne, Australia. Congratulations to you both on all the beautiful quilts in the book and how well the photos and instructions are presented. I am hoping this book will be the inspiration I need to make our 23 year old son a modern quilt.

Nanette Merrill said...

I won't be there this spring but I will be needing my market fix. Thanks for getting me started. I've been to Kansas City but it has been a while. I'm sure market will be great. And tiring!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Thanks for all the tips! We'll see you there.

Dotty Dolly said...

I live in the UK so won`t be able to go, but how I wish I could, there seems to be so much to see and do apart from all the lovely quilty things!