In case you haven't heard, quilting is the new knitting, i.e., it's not just for grandmas.
And it's definitely not just your standard patchwork affair. Below, our favorite stores and classes to help you apply the country look to city life:
The City Quilter This Chelsea-based shop, known for its fabrics and notions, also offers a series of classes ($40 to $160) ranging from "Intro to Patchwork" to "Rulebreaking Quilts." The store just opened a new gallery devoted to contemporary quilted arts, and the inaugural exhibition is nothing short of breathtaking.
The City Quilter, 133 W. 25th St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.); 212-807-0390 or cityquilter.com
Brooklyn Mercantile and Make Workshop Both of these studios are great for beginners. The Park Slope crafting haven, Brooklyn Mercantile, has a four-week "My First Quilt" course ($150), which covers all the cutting, piecing and finishing basics. Make (in the Lower East Side) offers a number of classes ($100 to $180) designed to hone specific skills, like quilted oven-mitt construction.
Brooklyn Mercantile, 335 Fifth Ave. (between Third and Fourth sts.), Brooklyn; 718-788-1233 or brooklynmercantile.com
Make Workshop, 195 Chrystie St., #402f (between Stanton and Rivington sts.); makeworkshop.com
A.P.C. and J.F. & Son For the decidedly un-crafty, there's no shame in buying a quilted creation. We're obsessed with A.P.C.'s new, West Village accessory store, particularly their gorgeous quilt collection ($515 to $955). Likewise, we love J.F. & Son's limited edition, handmade quilts ($450) in collaboration with artist Ulrike Mueller, which are anything but traditional.
A.P.C. Specials, 92 Perry St. (at Bleecker St.); 646-371-9292 or www.apc.fr
J.F. & Son, 56 University Pl. (at Tenth St.); 212-343-3131 or www.jfandson.com