I started working on this quilt at least two years ago. Actually, my friend’s mom started appliqueing this kit quilt in the 1950’s. My friend Susan gave it to me several years ago because she was cleaning out her mom’s house. It came to the right owner! At first I thought about using it as a pattern to completely remake the quilt, then I decided to outline all the appliques with embroidered buttonhole/blanket stitches. I got it out last week and OMG! It’s almost finished! I’ll show it again at the end of this week!
I think it’s great to be a quilter during this time. Actually, two months ago I was looking forward to some home time to work on projects that have been hiding in my studio. Yesterday, Bob and I drove to Bellwether Dry Goods to drop off my quilt that I appliqued. It needs hand quilting, and I have too many other projects! Plus I believe in supporting friends in the quilting world. So…we will see it finished when it returns. Meanwhile, I did quilt this little Tea Sampler. I bet I appliqued it ten years ago…and now it’s done! Time for a cup of tea!
It’s a different kind of Mother’s Day this year, but always a great day to celebrate moms. I bought this card this year and sent five of them to young moms that really deserve this….thinking of all the moms who have had their kids home full time for the last two months….especially the new home-schoolers, the creative cooks…and all moms doing all the everyday jobs!🌟🌟🌟
And the applique is finished! I finished the border corners last night! I think it’s appropriate….this was my goal for the quarantine time (and the time will go on and on, and there’s more quilting to do), but the way I’ve been counting, this is the 40th day! I feel like I should use the words “Biblical Proportions” here….but I am SEW glad I’ve been in my home and my sewing room, rather than being with Noah on the Ark with his animals. The Baltimore Sunpaper counts today as “Day 59 Since The Sports World Went Dark”. I started counting after my exhibit and MDHS closed. This quilter has loved having the time to work on this quilt!
Hooray! Here are the four blocks from my little Baltimore quilt. I started the first one before the quarantine, and finished the fourth one this week. I’m hoping to show the quilt borders tomorrow!
Two last finishing steps for the fourth block. The center square is actually a great example of reverse appliqué. The square was back-basted, the center was cut out leaving 1/4” seam allowances, the corners were clipped, then appliqued. When I placed the green fabric on the background, the square was lined up on the straight grain of the green fabric, so the edges turned under smoothly and the corners, which were clipped on the bias, turned under easily without fraying. As part of the documentation of this quilt, I chain-stitched the date. This little two inch square is much too small to document everything that this date signifies!
It’s time to get back to my applique quilt! This is the fourth block. I used the back-basting technique to stitch the red leaves first, and when they were finished, I back-basted the green center design with my sewing machine. Here I’m almost finished around the green center, snipping the machine stitches, clipping the inner points and curves, needle-turning the seam allowance, and appliqueing! I’m almost there!
Today we found out that my high school, the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore will be closing in June. A very sad day for every IND girl! This picture is the painted ceiling design in the school parlor….it’s time to make a pattern and stitch this beautiful design. IND opened in 1847, just when quilters were making the original Baltimore Album Quilts. I see some similarities with the quilt designs. I took this photo in 2016 at our 50th reunion.
Zoom! One of the greatest things about quarantine is an app called Zoom! Who would have ever thought that my Grad Class could communicate, have show and tell, and really feel like we are getting together on the first Monday of the Month! This is the second month we have done it…today there were 16 of us! Today is May 4….May the Force Be With Us!
It’s Sunday, it’s May, and I love that it’s spring. Today the great plan at our house is to clean off the screened porch and have lunch. That’s a fabulous plan! As I looked through my photos, I decided to use one from my brother in NC….beautiful robin eggs! And one from our pond….the baby frog! I’m not usually a Nature Girl….but I’m loving spring this year!