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.