A Letter

To the Lady I Saw Wearing the Quilted Outfit at the International Quilt Festival In 2000,

I admit that when I first saw you, I thought your outfit was a bit weird.  I’d seen quilts on walls and on beds, but on clothing?  Not in my experience.  So to see quilted clothing bewildered me.  When I went to Festival 7 years ago, I think I had 4 quilts under my belt.  I definitely had the quilting bug, but hadn’t discovered quilt shops or tasted much creativity.  Seeing all the fantastic quilts at Festival was overwhelming to say the least.  Until then, I hadn’t even heard of free-motion quilting.  Jump forward to 2007:  I’ve been sewing like a maniac for about 2 years now, right after my sister mentioned Amy Butler to me which led me to find my local quilt shop.  It’s now my favorite store where I can carefully select which fabrics to take home with me.  More recently, I’ve begun imagining not just what stuff I can make, but how I can wear my fabrics, draping myself in these beautiful prints.

So, Lady in the Quilted Pants and Jacket, I get it now.  I may never quilt up a pair of pants, but I understand why you would want to.  And I’m sorry for my silent judgement.  Little did I know that in a few short years I’d be in a much different place – closer to where you were way back then, even if my latest project will only be worn under a jacket because it looks like a clown shirt.

God bless,

Linda

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26 Responses to “A Letter”


  1. 1 Sue B November 16, 2007 at 4:31 am

    lol you crack me up! Can’t see myself in a pair of quilted pants either but hey who knows what we’ll all be wearing 10 or 15 years from now. That does not look like a clown shirt and it’s too nice to be buried under a jacket. Looks great with the jeans.

  2. 2 Janellybelly November 16, 2007 at 4:36 am

    Bravo! I admire your honesty & feel exactly the same way. The top you have made is gorgeous. Great Blog too.

  3. 3 Mary November 16, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Great post! I don’t think quilted pants are for me, either.

  4. 4 Cindi November 16, 2007 at 6:57 am

    You are so silly! That shirt is adorable. If you didn’t live in Texas you might see why she made quilted pants. At 20 something this morning I might even consider them. Oh, wait I don’t wear pants. Maybe a quilted skirt!

  5. 5 Kristi November 16, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Ha! My husband laughs and me sometimes and says, “Honey, everything isn’t meant to be quilted or knitted….” Why not, I think?! 🙂

  6. 6 southerngirlmusings November 16, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Such a sweet letter and who would have thunk it that you would join her secret club. 😉 I love that top and don’t think you should bury it under a jacket, rock it with some jeans and boots and a nice cowboy hat! 🙂

  7. 7 missharleyquinn November 16, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Your shirt looks nothing like a clown shirt, I adore it. Your note brought such a smile, oh for the days when I didn’t think I needed to wear what I made…monster bags and Victorian day coats, I’m millimeters from quilted clothing…although, not quilted pants, my hips need no help in the padding department! 🙂

  8. 8 todayshomemaker November 16, 2007 at 11:33 am

    I love that shirt!!! Not clowny at all. I hope to be bitten by the quilt bug, but one thing scares me–the topstitching! How will I ever sew in other than straight lines???

  9. 9 Pieces November 16, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Nice letter. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said I’d never do something someone else does and then end up doing it.

    I think the shirt is cute.

  10. 10 Tracey November 16, 2007 at 11:49 am

    I can so relate. I always thought quilted garments were just a little too whimsical for my taste, but several years ago Janome ran an ad in sewing magazines for its new line of quilting machines. In the ad stood a bridal party, and the bride’s gown was a beautifully quilted masterpiece. I don’t think the point of the ad was to get you to seriously consider quilting your next wedding dress, but it did a good job of getting me to see the endless possibilities of quilting.

  11. 11 Regina November 16, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    I love it!! I don’t think it looks clownish at all!! It’s really funny how perspectives change. It all good though. Makes us more interesting, don’t you think?

  12. 12 rebecca November 16, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Maybe the quilted pants will deem necessary after the holidays….you just never know, and you don’t look like a clown! stop it.

  13. 13 beki November 16, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Linda, you’re hilarious! Bellieve me, it doesn’t look like a clown shirt!!

  14. 14 Katie November 16, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Ha! I had a pair of quilted pants when I was in kindergarten. Bell-bottoms. Who knew how stylish I was?

    I like the top, it’s not clownish at all. And I like your pose. Very magazine model-ish!

  15. 15 lera November 16, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    You are too funny, Linda!!! Looks great.

  16. 16 Beth November 17, 2007 at 12:26 am

    That doesn’t look like a clown shirt at all! I love the fabrics and colors. You look very stylish.

  17. 17 tinkerverve November 17, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Linda,

    I received your wonderful gift. I loved each thing…so fun and cute, and full of personality. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I have a little something that I want to send your way next week.
    Elaine / TinkerVerve

  18. 18 randomrevelations November 17, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Why didn’t you wear that today? You did a bang up job. So I’ll be expecting my quilted jumpsuit this Christmas? How about quilted under garments? See you tomorrow!

  19. 19 Marisa November 18, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    This is so funny! I was recently at my mom’s going through all her 1970’s and 80’s craft magazines and books and came across this totally earthy pattern for a quilted jacket and (gasp) I considered taking it home to make for myself. I mean, with the right fabric it could look good…a little Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Denise Schmidt…but then I stopped myself! I did, however,put the pattern in the save pile. I think we should just start a new trend – make your quilted jackets and wear them with pride!! ha ha! BTW, I love your shirt!

  20. 20 randomcontemplations November 19, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Well…I think it’s pretty cool Linda, and I even saw it in person! You look VERY good in it in the picture too!!

  21. 21 TC November 19, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    1. Clown shirt? I think not. I’d show you my picnic tablecloth skirt, but I gave it to Goodwill years ago and some other poor, clueless woman is now looking like she needs salt and pepper shakers tied to her hem.

    2. Quilted clothing – just a wee bit too matronly for my taste, but I do love using some quilting fabrics for wearables. I just don’t think most of us look that great with Churn-Dash quilt blocks over our bosoms.

    3. I was in your favorite fabric store the other day and saw the display of your goods. VERY impressive!! Amy Butler better watch her back…🙂

  22. 22 sports fact November 22, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Hello, just stoped by the comment section to thank you for the work you have been doing so others can enjoy your blog with a morning cup of coffe🙂

  23. 23 Myam November 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    It looks festive! and kinda similar to your brand image.🙂

  24. 25 Erin Richer August 9, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Precious! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your writing and the personality behind it. You crack me up! Personally I love beautiful fabric so much I try to use it everywhere, too! I can’t believe I haven’t started using it as TP. But there are just some places beautiful fabric shouldn’t be. I say that pants are right up there with toilet paper. However, while you wouldn’t wear that shirt…I’d say that you’ve pretty much mastered the craft of sewing. You inspire me!

    Erin

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 12, 13, and 14), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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