Do ya' dare me?

Yesterday, we had great fun at the quilt show. We took LD and she had her walker and she maneuvered all through that show and she talked to everyone. She even introduced me to a quilter that spent 7 years hand quilting a quilt in the style of Diane Gaudynski type echo quilting. I was glad to shake her hand and we all congratulated her. I'll show that quilt soon.

There were very few vendors at the show, so after, I went for a supply run. These are my quilts hanging in the shop I'm going to be teaching in. Of course, the repairman stood up, just as I took the pic and I accused him of wanting to have his face on the internet just that bad.

They're all very friendly down there.

So, I have been exceedingly inspired lately to quilt. Leah Day is doing a wholecloth quiltalong. I'm not doing that pattern...too many hearts, but I wanted to follow along. I've been planning this quilt for a while. I've made it many times in my mind. I've been collecting supplies for a year. Dupioni silk. 100 weight silk thread. Bamboo batting.

Last night, I traced several templates onto one piece of paper and then from that piece of paper to the silk with a white ceramic pencil.

This morning, I ironed the backing and pin basted it.

Anybody dare me to try? I guess I'm daring myself, because it's sitting here, next to me, daring me...just waiting for me to make some bobbins and thread the needle with that fancy thread. Mustn't waste an inch.

Didn't buy a car yet. I'm going to. I'm not going to. I'm going to. I'm not going to. I'm going....crap, you get the picture.

But, the more I think about it, the more I know it's the right thing to do. But, that could curtail me trying to collect a half yard of every batik print in the world.

Pics of the quilt show soon. And, Rob did a video. It'll be like being there.



Kath said...

Oh Lane, I bet you already started didn't you? ;-D

Impera_Magna said...

Go for it! You can do it! Can't wait to see your quilting!!!

Isn't it awful how other needs get in the way of fabric collecting?


Andi's English Attic said...

Looking forward to seeing the pics. xx

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I double dog dare you! Gorgeous!

And now I'm curious about the wholecloth quilt-along. Like I need more projects. Can you hear me rolling my eyes?

I'm going to do a batik quilt next year (I may have mentioned ;). Is it too early for me to start collecting a half yard of every batik print in the world too? I've been thinking about it. We may be buying a car soon too, so I'd probably better get it while the getting is good.

Mary Jo's has a really amazing selection and their batiks are fairly reasonably priced. Not to be an enabler or anything.

xo -E

Nancy said...

You can do it! You know you can. I use 100 wt. silk sewing thread for the clothes I sew by hand for antique and repro French dolls and just love it for how it melts into the fabric. I wanted to ask about the green quilt on the right of the photo (with the repairman's head). What pattern is that? It is exquisite!

qltmom9 said...

Why, of course you'll do it...so you can tell us your take on it and help us through when we are ready for such an undertaking. We're looking for a used car for 17yo ds. Ugh and ick! Rust and corrosion!
Have a GREAT week~