Monday, July 26, 2010

single girl

I've started a new project. Or rather, I'm finally getting around to a project I have had all the supplies for for 18 months.

An Old New Project

This project is particularly special, important and time consuming.

For starters, it the famed "Single Girl" pattern by Denyse Schmidt. How can you go wrong? That woman is inspirational and I love just about every pattern and piece of fabric she has ever made. It is a dream of mine to one day own one of her beautiful collection quilts and to attend a class at her studio in Connecticut. (If there are any generous and wealthy sewers out there who want to help me achieve those dreams let me know.)

I decided to do something I wouldn't normally do and use the recommended fabrics. Actually, I wouldn't normally even use a pattern but I couldn't resist both the wit of the title and the fun design.

The suggested fabrics (Katie Jump Rope) are colourful, fun and a little retro and I love them all. So, I am henceforth attempting to recreate the exact project on the cover. IN KING SIZE! Am I insane? I think I might be. I did some quick calculations and figured out that a king sized quilt will include exactly 804 pieces to be cut and painstakingly, precisely pieced before being quilted. Yikes!

But wait, there is a good reason for me to be so insane as to attempt this. Joel. I love that man and it's going to be a gift for him. He is the one who found the pattern at The Workroom, and he is the one who loved the colours on the cover just as much as I do, and he is the one who suggested it would be the perfect quilt for our bed.  He is the one who spent weeks tracking down every last piece of fabric I would need to make it after I found out it was out of print.

So far, Joel has put more effort into this thing that I have, and it's supposed to be his gift!  Look out for regular updates on this monolith of project and for pleas for motivational comments!


jenn said...

It's going to look awesome. You can do it!!! Just think of all the fun this quilt will bring ;)

Jen said...

wow, that is so cool! That's so awesome of your husband! Mine loves that I now quilt (so I have a hobby that makes me happy). Loves seeing the end results, but the whole process, could care less about. (he probably could care less about the quilts too,but at least he acts somewhat interested!) I know how hard it is to track down an old fabric line, so super cool of him to go to that work! Can't wait to see it!