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What a Bunch of Squares

Dear Ann,
So, so sorry to hear about Kitty. She was such a sweet, petite cat. And, maybe it was from being named after an old-time Country & Western star, but (sing it with me!) she was a one-woman cat. She never sat on a visitor’s knitting. Although once she did jump in my lap by mistake. (I was hunched at your computer, wearing glasses, and knitting–a mistake anybody could make.) Both of us were surprised. I envied you having a Higher Order Pet, and such a kindly one.
I’m heading offline for what we hope will be sunshine and Fambly Fun this weekend. I’m feeling a bit rugged, because for the past two nights I’ve stayed up ’til all hours…
Piecing the 25 squares of my interpretation of Denyse Schmidt’s quilt What a Bunch of Squares (note the template-free wonkiness of those strips–it’s a gift, people).
There is so much about sewing that I didn’t know, it’s breathtaking. But what fun to race through a queen-size quilt top. (Can I just offer up a small, ardent thanksgiving for this thing called the ‘needle threader’, which we didn’t have on the home ec sewing machines in the 7th grade?) It’s killing me not to take the machine with me for the weekend, so I can Git R Done!
Happy holiday weekend to those in the US!
Love, Kay




  1. She wants to take the sewing machine with her on a holiday getaway.

  2. Have fun! L, C

  3. I love those fabrics together. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt top!

  4. Gorgeous! Where did you buy your fabric? Purl perhaps?
    Have a great time!

  5. The quilt is going to be lovely! Can’t wait to see it finished. Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

  6. What fun! Love the colors, can’t wait to see the finished project. I just paid another visit to Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, NC. A grocery store sized fabric store… all the colors, help me!!! Anyway, can’t wait to get home to the sewing machine. Thank, God, yarn and needles travel well.

  7. Congratulations! Wonky strips and all! Beautiful work. Sewing machines just aren’t very portable yet for family outings. Knitting still reigns supreme there. I used to have a tradition of staying in on Memorial Weekend and sewing matching camp shirts for us. Until the child rebelled and refused to match. Well she’s grown and gone now. I was thinking about starting up with the matching shirts again. I think it’s time. Have fun with the family, I envy you still with kids in the home. I’m on hold for grand kids. Bye!

  8. it’s so natural for sewing to be crook-ed….adds charm, is my excuse. is this quilt for miss carrie?

  9. Remind us again where you got those fabrics – I recognize 3 different Munki Munki fabrics, all of which are very coveted – I’ve only got the swimming pools along the bottom and would love to have more. I’m especially looking for a gnome fabric from a few years back, but it always goes for more than $20 a yard on Ebay. Munki Munki is a boutique line that sold pajamas made of those cute fabrics – the fabric is sooooo lush.
    Keep up the good work on your very straight stitching! I am just the opposite – sewed for 20 years before taking up knitting, but the two go quite nicely together…

  10. I think I found out about whipup from you guys (so you might have already seen this), but thought I’d point out what your dishcloth has inspired: http://greenmountainmama.blogspot.com/2006/05/whiplash-color.html
    Isn’t that cool?

  11. ‘Tis a gift to sew wonky, and to be template-free…

  12. Fabulous! I can’t wait to see it all in one piece!

  13. Oh, I’m lovin’ the fabrics and the color combos.

  14. Kay the quilting is beautiful. I especially like the wonkiness.
    Speaking of family, and with Father’s Day fast approaching, I was wondering about your Dad’s grey sweater. We haven’t seen hide ner hair of it in so very long.

  15. the wonkiness the fabulous, the colours are marvelous! i can no longer resist you all and pretend that the book is just for me to read and drool over (and cara is killing me)… i am already such a square, i may as well start knitting them.
    hope you’re having a great weekend!

  16. looking good Kay! perhaps the cottage needs a sewing machine of its very own?

  17. This is going to be such a beautiful quilt! Love the fresh colours.

  18. May Kitty rest in peace and your wonky quilt(s) be a consolation. Thanks for the lead on DS quilts.

  19. templates are for sissies – you go, Kay!!

  20. The problem with giving dishcloths as gifts to the un- (or newly-) converted is that you have to give them more than one. Like 3, or 4, or even 7 – one for every day of the week. And then they keep asking . . .

  21. Why didn’t any one ever tell me it’s okay to be wonky!?! You make me want to try quilting again.

  22. Just wondering, have you seen this, the amazing Space Filling Curve Art Generator?:
    Go check it out. You’ll see why.


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