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  • Shelby’s quilt is so very beautiful. I have never made a quilt, but I have just decided I
    am going to dig out my Elna and see if it still works…

  • Thank you for reminding me of that Patricia Polacco book!
    When I was in 5th grade, my teacher read my class that story – and when she got choked up, she passed the book to me and asked me to finish… but I was crying too! I’m so glad I was reminded of that book!

  • I can’t wait to see how cute the bird quilt comes out! And the second Oliver blanket looks pretty incredible, too.

  • Spare. Elegant. Bah humbug, I say! Embrace the cuteness! Love the cuteness! Babies, puppies, Patrick Dempsey… they are all cute and everyone loves them!

  • So beyond cute into divine! You’re reminding me of Sara Fanelli. Check out her books section–we have First Flight and the illustrations are wonderful.

  • That’s my square! I see my square! The pinkish/greenish one! I thought it got lost in the mail or something! How cool! Glad it made it there!

  • Ooh Janet Bolton. I don’t think she started cutesy. I did a workshop with her once. Great fun even though we had to stitch with our coats on.

  • My mom was a huge crazy quilter. I’m not sure why she isn’t doing it anymore (probably got trapped by painting), but she did quilts and wall hangings.
    I love the bird quilt, because it reminds me of something my mom would make.

  • 5th grade graduation – ugh! My daughter had to walk down an AISLE in a WHITE DRESS with a BOY during her 5th grade graduation last week. I guess here in the Deep South she’s got about as much edumication as she needs before getting married (which she can LEGALLY do at FOUR-FREAKIN-TEEN)!
    Looking at your lovely quilt with no doubt help restore my equanimity (or give me ideas for my impending grandchildren).

  • Speaking of fiber-arts-related children’s books, a must-read is The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop–really beautiful.

  • the quilt and blanket are beautiful. I need to send you a photo of the amazing (king size) quilt my cuz made us. I can barely see a button!

  • I made something cute once. I was forgiven.
    I’ll have to go look for that book.

  • I used to detest applique, until I learned a neat trick…I use a washable fabric pen to draw the shape on the right side of the applique piece and the same on the background where the applique is to go. Then I can match the whole thing easily (I mark the pattern with tick marks for circles, which also get transferred), without having the applique fabric slipping or stretching, and ending up with too much at a point or something….
    I don’t see 1) anything wrong with cute…if you like it, you like it and 2) yours looks more folky than cute to me, anyway!

  • Inclusion of fabric with words on it automatically blasts away the twee factor. (This is a Rule. I just made it up, but it’s still a Rule.)
    Your quilts rock!

  • The Eiffel Tower!

  • I’m right with you in only being able to make the quilt you need to make. Me Too! I had the hardest time making a quilt for my neice that was blue……and by the way, your current quilt is cute in a good, good way.

  • I’m right with you in only being able to make the quilt you need to make. Me Too! I had the hardest time making a quilt for my neice that was blue……and by the way, your current quilt is cute in a good, good way.

  • Kay, I love it when you talk ‘quilty’…
    Re: Oliver’s Blanket II: Looking goood!

  • The appliqued quilt is lovely — they are all lovely! Wouldn’t you say that the technique to applique is not too different from blind stitching? Maybe you would enjoy making an applique quilt?

  • Your applique looks like an illustration by Ezra Jack Keats (Young’un and I read “Whistle for Willie” at bedtime last night, so the “look” of Keats’ books is fresh in my mind). It’s cute, yes, but Art nonetheless. I am looking forward to seeing where all this takes you.

  • I don’t applique. Your’s looks much better than mine! And Oliver’s second blanket looks fab!

  • cute does not necessarily equal twee. i think you’re in the clear.

  • I have a quilt which has worn out the binding
    more than once, and I just sew the new binding
    over the wornout binding, thus maintaining blanket
    size, but not dealing with need for perfect edges.

  • Umm, I don’t want to show my ignorance (which is usually pretty obvious!), but what does “twee” mean? I don’t think we use that word down here in Texas.
    Oliver’s Blanket II is looking great–it has Kaffe written all over it!
    Mary G. in Texas

  • would you quilt paul klee
    or the new york sky line
    china patterns
    klimt or mucha fairyopolis
    olivers blanket is lovely

  • Total agreement about the need to make only the quilt you want to make. All joy may be Hoovered from the project otherwise. And yes, dorky as it may sound, tacking down double fold binding by hand is mighty relaxing – and satisfying to boot!

  • You know, I don’t think that quilt is cute enough yet. I think you need to add some flower appliques in there–just stitch some right on there.
    Twee? I think you’re really, really far from twee on that quilt, and my twee-o-meter is very sensitive . . .
    Going up to Monteagle this morning for a minute.

  • I’m with Ann – – I think you are a safe distance from both cute and twee. I have a sister who loves cutesy-wootsey, wildly and unashamedly. I showed her these pictures and she called your quilts beautiful and sophisticated. This is a woman very free with the “cute label” so I think your good.
    I always swoon a little at your quilts. So beautiful. I tried quilting years ago without success. My massive failure at quilting is the reason I learned to knit.

  • Your quilt looks like folk art which I think is very sophisticated and expressive. I also like cute though. Can’t wait to see the rest of your applique quilt.

  • Oh, Shelby’s quilt! She and I miss it so! I’m so glad to see we made the blog today. And I look forward to seeing it in the mail again. You know I hated to give it up, but it is good to see it properly binded (not that I ever noticed to begin with, but still).
    What a nice surprise.

  • I am such a HUGE fan of Janet Bolton but even though I adore appliqueing (how in the hell would you spell that?), I’ve avoided emulating her work out of the same fears you describe. I think you’re doing your muse proud.

  • I love the bird.

  • If those pictures are any indication, your bird quilt is the best kind of cute.

  • Kay darling, with that face of yours, cuteness will always be with you!

  • Speaking of Patricia Polacco and fiber arts children’s books, have you read her “Mommies Say Shh”? I think you would love the illustrations…

  • Loving Oliver blanket #2!!!!
    And so impressed by the giving nature of the knitting community! How many hours of work does that blanket represent? How many people? How much love for a boy none will (likely) ever meet? Yahoo for the knitterly love!
    When do the raffle tickets go on sale?

  • Oh my, my, my! Too good to be called cute, my friend. Cuite, maybe? Gorgeous, definitely.