April 17, 2009

Today I’m writing about my favorite quilt as part of the Bloggers Quilt Festival put on by Amy of
Park City Girl.

My favorite quilt is usually the one I just started :) but if I had to pick just one, I’d have to say that it’s my Sixteen Baskets.


Here are the reasons why:

In many ways I think this is my best work. It’s hand appliquéd, back during the time that I favored the freezer-paper-template-on-top method (before I learned back-basting). The tiniest motifs are machine appliquéd or hand embroidered.

Each of the blocks is my original design… they’re published in my book Baskets to Appliqué. It was an exciting, emotional, fulfilling process developing the concept for each basket, and I still remember that time…. the mischevious kitty, the fat quarters rolled up, the nod to Baltimore, the pastel eggs inspired by Janet’s chickens who gave us eggs exactly those colors.

This quilt is also hand quilted. I took a picture that’s unevenly lit on purpose to try to get the quilting to show up. I love hand quilting and don’t get the chance to do it as much as I used to.


I love the soldier blue and the dogtooth border. (Also that it’s called a dogtooth border, because I love dogs.)

So that’s my favorite quilt. Thanks for visiting to see my entry in the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! Visit Park City Girl every day through April 24 and get a ringside seat for other bloggers’ favorite quilts! It’s quite a show!

Until next time,
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29 Responses to “My favorite quilt”

  1. rachel on April 17th, 2009 10:00 am

    such a wonderful quilt.
    beautiful work!!!

  2. Kama on April 17th, 2009 10:10 am

    So cute!!

  3. Lemon Tree Tami on April 17th, 2009 10:22 am

    Wow! Such a great display of different basket styles. Plus it’s all applique and hand-quilted. Amazing! Hmmm, I’ve never heard of back-basting before. I just applique using freezer paper templates and sometimes needle turn.

  4. Kay on April 17th, 2009 10:31 am

    Thank you so much Rachel, Kama, and Tami!!

    Tami, there’s a photo tutorial on back-basting here on the site. Click the category “Back Basting” and you’ll find it.


  5. Serena on April 17th, 2009 12:39 pm

    Wonderful Work!

  6. Q&B on April 17th, 2009 12:42 pm

    What a masterpiece you have created!

  7. Mary on Lake Pulaski on April 17th, 2009 3:51 pm

    Kay, Sixteen Baskets is amazing! Thank you for sharing the story about it. Now I need to get your Basket’s to Applique book. My list of your work that I need to do is getting longer.

  8. Zonnah on April 17th, 2009 4:17 pm

    wow, you did a great job designing the patterns. :)

  9. Melody on April 17th, 2009 5:58 pm

    Kay you are a creative and talented woman. I am going to have to buy your book. Your quilt is fabulous.

  10. Jocelyn on April 17th, 2009 6:48 pm

    Incredible quilt! You did a wonderful job.

  11. Jean on April 17th, 2009 7:59 pm

    Very beautiful applique and handquilting. You are a very talented quilter.

  12. Tacha on April 18th, 2009 4:22 am

    Beautiful quilt. Love the applique and I agree my favourite quilt is usually the one I am currently working on!

  13. Terri on April 18th, 2009 5:24 am

    Great quilt. The kitty is my favorite part.

  14. Amy @ parkcitygirl on April 18th, 2009 4:32 pm

    I love all the different flowers and hearts you incorporated into your designs! Beautiful work :) I’ve yet to venture into hand applique, but I’ve been tempted lots the last 2 days :)

  15. Jane on April 18th, 2009 7:30 pm

    I have looked at 62 different quilts on the festival site…and your basket quilt is my favorite. It is incredible! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Kay on April 18th, 2009 11:00 pm

    Why thank you Jane! That is so very cool and I appreciate it. Thanks also to all of you who came by and said such nice things. You’ve made my day.


  17. The quilt rat on April 19th, 2009 4:55 am

    I can see why this would be a favourite.
    Beautiful work! Enjoy the festival

  18. Stephanie D on April 19th, 2009 5:55 am

    I love this! I’m not much of one to applique, so I really appreciate it when someone else does it! My favorite is probably the basket of eggs, too!

  19. Maria on April 19th, 2009 6:17 am

    All your quilts are beautiful, Kay, and this one is especially so! I love your teapot quilts and patterns very much, too. In fact, I’ve begun making one using the patterns from your newest book, “Easy Appliqué Blocks” and am enjoying it very much!


  20. Micki Butler on April 19th, 2009 10:50 am

    I love your quilt! I do hand applique too, and I think your work is brilliant!
    I really enjoyed seeing the quilt.

  21. Coloradolady on April 19th, 2009 1:55 pm

    I can certainly see why this would be a favorite. I think this is stunning! Such work and time must have gone into making this wonderful quilt. I love it.

  22. Becky in Georgia on April 19th, 2009 4:29 pm

    What a spectacular quilt! Thank you for sharing it with all of us! I love the personal touches you added to your baskets.

  23. Cathy on April 19th, 2009 4:42 pm

    Wow, love the variety of baskets and the border too – a good way to work some piecing into an applique quilt. I heard your interview on Annie Smith’s podcast; that was enjoyable.

  24. Ariane on April 19th, 2009 6:22 pm

    Wow!!Such a beautiful quilt. The applique is amazing. The colors are beautiful. Love, love, love!!!

  25. Connie on April 19th, 2009 8:56 pm

    I love the kitty in the basket. I really like your work. I am going to take a class in a couple of weeks and learn how to applique. This is very nice.

  26. Adria on April 20th, 2009 3:31 am

    Wow that is amazing detail! you sure can quilt! :)

  27. Cathy on April 20th, 2009 9:57 pm

    An absolutely fabulous quilt! The work is just amazing and the baskets are so adorable! I love it!

    Cathy ♥

  28. Mandy on April 23rd, 2009 10:15 am

    What fun those baskets are. A lovely quilt.

  29. Marilyn on May 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm

    A stunning quilt for sure! And I really like your basket designs. You are my inspiration to applique someday.