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  • The blanket is gorgeous…really, really gorgeous! I have seen the squares before on other blogs, but never put together. I love it!!

  • wow, what a beauty! a really stunning blanket, kay!
    i am speechless at your vision, talent determination and patience…

  • Spectacular!

  • gosh now that it’s all together I really really want to make one! it looks so great Kay! LOVE the colors!

  • The blanket is deliriously beautiful. I hope it’s washable because there are gonna be a whole lotta people drooling over its gorgeousness at the beach. I bet Mr Rourke is kicking himself for ever letting that blanket escape from the Island.

  • Fan-bloody-tastic !!!

  • Holy cow. I think you might be a little bit nutso, but I sure do appreciate the photos on the blanket seaming. It’s mighty impressive! But still. Wow. That’s a lot of seaming.

  • I always have a reason to smile here. 😀

  • Dreamy! Can we see a close-up of the the border?

  • See, that’s what I was waiting for. Now I can go and make one myself. Thank you. It is gorgeous, Kay.

  • I have lusted after that pattern for a long while – but now that I’ve made it (and seamed it) vicariously though you, I’ll just lust after your finished blanket! It’s spectacular.

  • …why… you’ve made those psycho squares positively sane!….i’m in awe!….whatever did you do with your family while you went along dreamily on this creative venture?…. it is perfection personified!…

  • Oh.My. I’m so speechless I just had to comment(does that make ANY kind of sense?). The blanket is crazy fabulous!

  • So I’m hightailing it back from a quick jaunt to Grundy County, and I’m checking out my virtual life on my Blogphone 2000, and I’ve just passed the exit that takes a person to Bonnaroo when it’s June, and I just about swerve into the Purdue chicken truck beside me and almost die with a blogphone in my hand and Loretta Lynn wailing away in the background. WHAT A BLANKET! What a seaming effort! That thing just blows my mind, it really does.
    You take the cake!!! xoxoxo

  • Friends don’t let friends DRIVE BLOGGY.
    Ann. What are we going to do with you?

  • abso-frickin-lutely beautiful!

  • where in the world did you find this beautiful blanket pattern? I love the colors that you used. It’s just stunning to look at.

  • Oh Kay! Your blanket is so much cooler than my monochrome poncho – I am truly seething with envy. This must be what VERY attractive middle-aged women work on when they have left the poncho stage of life. It’s a fabulous blanket and I’m so happy to see it, since I’ve been wondering where it went. (To the basket of unseamed sweaters? To Afghanistan? To..Nashville?) You are truly the queen of the mattress stitch. Bravo!

  • i have been dangerously in love with that blanket since you first posted pics of the squares…it’s a good thing i live in texas or else you’d be minus one fabulous beach blanket 😉

  • Kay, I’m SO jealous!! I absolutely LOVE that blanket. It really is psychodelic. Definately a beach blanket, not a wake up with a hangover and see it on your bed blanket!
    Excellent tutorial too, and I think you probably are queen of the mattress stitch!

  • Kay, it’s gorgeous. I love your color combos. I am assuming that this is the blanket you were telling me about while in Nashville? With the Tahki yarn? What is the pattern for the squares?
    Thanks for the seaming play by play.

  • Psycho seamer, qu’est que c’est.
    I’m glad you work with a plastic needle.
    xo, c.

  • That is a truly awe-inspiring blanket – so fantastic! I love it!

  • Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
    You caused some quivers in my heart, though, at the sight of this much awesome seaming, which is not my strong suit on afghans/throws/blankets (or whatever it next will be chic to call them). However, after a few Stewart Smalley exercises in the compact mirror that’s kept in my desk drawer, I have concluded that doggone it, I am a secure enough person that I am not going to pick apart the seams on the Chicago afghan and attempt any heroics with mattress stitch. Really. It’s o.k.

  • Yep, still loving that blanket. And Evelyn, crikey you should see what sin I committed on the afghans we sewed up in Nashville–looks like a myopic goofball did the seams. Oh wait, I AM a myopic goofball.
    I have no doubt that Chicago Afghan is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Yes, Evelyn, you are good enough! Since the afghans for afghans are sewn up by committee, we did not attempt anything like mattress stitch or backstitch. We went with ‘universal default’ stitch, aka whip stitch, aka the stitch that pre-K kids know how to do without being taught (I learned that when I showed up to guest-teach a ‘sewing workshop’ in Joseph’s class, which was OVERSUBSCRIBED even though the guest teacher was UNDERQUALIFIED). Just as a mistake that is repeated becomes a pattern, a wonky whip stitch becomes a lovely motif on the afghans. So RELAX. xoxox Kay

  • Good lord ! That is one scary blanket – gorgeous but scary ! So Kay, ever thought you might have a mild case of obsessive / compulsive disorder in relation to this particular project ?? ;0)

  • the blanket is soooooo niceeeee!! can you please tell me where to get the pattern and what yarn you used. think i might like to make it for my grand daughter.

  • Ohhhh, Evelyn, I had the same thought–wish I’d remembered the Stuart Smiley exercises. But I think we should calm down and listen to our Fearless Leaders. Besides, I’m almost done with my strips! I need to focus, focus, focus.
    Kay, last time you gave us a tutorial this beautiful, I took off on a log cabin blanket. Now 1/4 done. I reached a kind of peace with weaving in all those ends, but this kind of seaming seems best left to you, the Queen. IT’S GORGEOUS.
    From At Lease Obama Won Land,

  • Oops, I meant At Least Obama Won, with a T, duh…

  • Oh, that’s so pretty it hurts. Please say no one is going to spill red wine on it…

  • i love it! the colors are great and i am in awe of your mattress stitch skills. keep it up!