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  • You should be really proud, Kay, of your work. The quilt looks wonderful. What a lucky baby!

  • Kay, when it comes to textile arts you are the single most inspiring person for me. This quilt is beautiful in an ‘oh God oh God’ way.
    Right this minute I am log-cabinning Kureyon (again).
    There are just not enough days in a lifetime for all the things you make me want to try.

  • Unbelievably gorgeous, and something I’ll never do. Lucky baby.

  • Hey, the I Am Too Cute For Words baby is wearing Rowan Denim! Obviously, he is already on his way to being Mr. GQ.
    The I Am Too Cute For Words quilt is precious–lots of visual stimulation there for baby. This is going to be a much-loved quilt. It took me a while to figure out what that was above the Eiffel Tower–a flying machine! I also love the sentiments you thoughtfully appli-kayed on the quilt. They’re sure to be a hit with the mom and dad too.
    So, are your fingers sore from all that hand quilting? In my long-gone energetic days of yore, I machine pieced and hand quilted a queen-sized quilt for my sister and brother-in-law’s Christmas gift. Talk about sore fingers–I have never gotten the hang of using a thimble! I guess it was worth the pain; every year since, it is on their bed for the whole month of December.
    Mary G. in Texas

  • Beautiful design and execution! Wish I could see that quilt in person – I could get happily lost in the texture, for sure!
    Did you somehow transfer a newspaper clipping to fabric?
    Really, really wish I could see it at the same close range as the baby. Only vertical 🙂

  • Fabbo!! A wonderful interpretation of Janet’s whimsical style. Love the personalized touches, too. I agree, *lucky baby*.
    (I suspected you’d eventually come over to the dark side. Heh.)

  • I love your quilt!! It makes my hands itchy to make that beautiful fabric again. NOTHING like hand quilting. It becomes altogether new fabric! Nicely done.
    I think I’ll forget shopping, Cooking. walking the dog, sweeping up dog fur and changing the toilet paper so I can quilt and knit like Ann. Have a happy knitting weekend!

  • Kay, This quilt is FANTASTIC! Congratulations. Makes me itchy to do some hand quilting a la Gee’s Bend.
    Thanks for the inspiration. It’s really great to see someone finish things. I have a wee problem with that. But I’m a very good starter. Major league starter.

  • Kay, This quilt is FANTASTIC! Congratulations. Makes me itchy to do some hand quilting a la Gee’s Bend.
    Thanks for the inspiration. It’s really great to see someone finish things. I have a wee problem with that. But I’m a very good starter. Major league starter.

  • Kay, This quilt is FANTASTIC! Congratulations. Makes me itchy to do some hand quilting a la Gee’s Bend.
    Thanks for the inspiration. It’s really great to see someone finish things. I have a wee problem with that. But I’m a very good starter. Major league starter.

  • Hey, that baby is wearing a hand-knit denim sweater! What a surprise!

  • Wonderful! I haven’t hand quilted a quilt. (Yet? I don’t know.) Don’t give up on appliqué until you try machine appliqué- the kind with straight stitch, not zig-zag. Gwen Marston mentions it in her books.

  • Wow! I agree, let’s see more close-ups! I adore Janet Bolton’s work too, but her books are mainly eye candy to me – wish I had your stick-to-it-iveness! All my quilts are still just tops. (Cause many years ago I decided knitting needles were a lot less stabby on the fingers!) Anyway, it’s a beauty!

  • Your lovely rolling ripples remind me of fine Hawaiian handquilting. It’s a beautiful work, this one. Baby has a nice sweater-friend, too. Am spending the weekend with The New Book and loving it. But I was seeing fair isle circles as I fell asleep–means Big Knitting is percolating into my consciousness–look out! Plus I want a sk8r sweater for myself. You guys!

  • Your lovely rolling ripples remind me of fine Hawaiian handquilting. It’s a beautiful work, this one. Baby has a nice sweater-friend, too. Am spending the weekend with The New Book and loving it. But I was seeing fair isle circles as I fell asleep–means Big Knitting is percolating into my consciousness–look out! Plus I want a sk8r sweater for myself. You guys!

  • Sorry about the above, is there something up with the software? Next time I will be more trusting.

  • I love this so much, Kay. I love to handquilt, too.
    I am officially inspired.

  • Gorgeous – I esp. love the the fabrics with type on them and the Eiffel tea towel!!!! I immediately thought, WHERE did she find that Eiffel! I have another Monteagle bag in my lap right now – a 4-color version. I’m going to do my Belinda Wrap as a window hanging.

  • Kay! That is a POWERFUL number of quilting stitches…GREAT job!! Is the adorable baby’s sweater a pattern that is readily available? He reminds me of my little grandboy! LOVE, LOVE your new book…kudos to both of you!

  • ah yes, kay….just wondering what you were up to! such courage about forging ahead on the hand quilting. it is the sweetest thing……

  • Wonderful quilt! I am a hand quilter, and it is magic.
    Nice job weaving your spell on this one.

  • That is just so furkin’ FANTASTIC I could cry. Love it to DEATH. Not to mention the babe in denim sweater. Don’t think I didn’t notice THAT.

  • That is a very lucky baby (and pair of parents!)! I will have to hold this inspiration inside me until I have the mental (and physical) time to make a quilt too. I have been wanting to, but just have so many other excuses…

  • The quilt is just awesome. This baby will have a deep and abiding appreciation for beautiful things, and will never guess how this came to be!

  • Oh my goodness-it is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it so incredibly much-if it were my baby (ooh! and we are in the process of adopting number 4 so we will have one in need of a gifty, just sayin’-heehee) it would by far be my most favorite and cherished gift. The hand madey-ness, the beauty, the simplicity yet complexity of it-it just took my breath away-I REALLY loved it, you should be so proud and pleased!!!!

  • Your corners are perfect. I’m a fanatic about corners. Bien fait.
    I strictly machine quilt or send it out so I have time to knit, but I may have to reconsider. Your nice textural hand quilting is just yummy. I wish there were 48 hours in a day!

  • My gawd woman!! That is one astounding piece of quilty beauteousness! Words are not adequate. The hand-quilting is delightfully psychedelic, the triple-aw birds and leafy branches blow my mind… I just can’t go on in this vein, I’m getting verklempt!
    I have to say your message of “do my best, then move on” is finally starting to sink in to this super-Virgo’s moderately OCD, perfectionistic, oh hell I think you get the idea– I am beginning to see how creativity can liberate us from the need for control. You want control? I got your control right here– aboiut a mazillion choices for alla you creative types. Make a sweater top down, sideways, knit a sock inside out, that’s the kind of control I want to revel in. Thank you!!

  • Oh my word, get that baby off the quilt before he spits up on it or does some other icky baby activity!
    It’s beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Oh, it’s beautiful! –as is the baby in handknits… During my brief foray into quilting, the only part I enjoyed was the handquilting. Cutting out the pieces and putting them together were just too much like sewing, but making those tiny little stitches — that was fun!

  • lovely loveing gift

  • Good grief! How long did the hand quilting take? [Self-disclosing statement meaning… I don’t think that’s for me.]
    BUT – I love the quilt!

  • oh my gosh, this is beautiful. And NOW I have to take up handquilting. Thanks a lot.
    No really. All sarcasm aside, I agree with a previous poster that everything you make I covet, and you inspire me in all things crafty. In your case it is always art. Lovely.

  • That quilt is fanFREAKINtastic. Wow. I really really really want to quilt now. My mom’s been trying to get me into it for years, but I’ve never had any interest before. So if a skinny short woman with dark hair comes and knocks on your door, gives you a huge kiss, then flees, rest assured that it’s okay–it’s just my mom.

  • Oh my gorgeous fabulosity!!!!!!!
    I LOVE THIS!!!!

  • That really is beautiful….your quilt stitches are lovely!
    Did you use a quilting frame? A hoop? I want to do some quilting but this question keeps holding me up! Could you share a little more please?

  • Baby in knit sweater on quilt = Awww!!

  • wow! that is an amazing quilt.

  • What a great quilt – wonderful job!

  • It’s simply georgie-ous!

  • Beautiful quilt, worthy of that perfect baby! I know this is a crib-sized quilt, but that’s an incredible amount of hand-stitching.

  • Oh my gosh! The quilt is fantabulous. I love the birds and all the symbols and the hand quilting is wonderful. Just the sort of stuff I love. Congratulations!

  • “How come they didn’t bind it?” hahaha. Cracked me right up!
    Really great quilt.