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!
Today is a very rainy day. Not just a rainy day…very rainy. It’s the kind of day that it is OK to give yourself permission to stay in your pajamas and do nothing….or read…or sew…or procrastinate….or just think. It’s really a very wonderful day!
I’m back to working on my little Baltimore quilt….actually, I have been working on it all along! I’m ready to show some more photos! I can’t tell you how many yards of fabric I bought before deciding on the perfect fabrics for this quilt. The background fabric is a wonderful creamy print designed by my friend Mary Koval. I bought a whole bolt at her shop in Pennsylvania. I wanted the red to be a solid, just like the original 1840’s Turkey red, so there’s now at least three red choices in my stash of fabrics. But it took longer to find the perfect green. I bet I bought seven greens to choose from! What fun to read the selvage and see that my friend Barb Eikmeier is the designer of my favorite green!
A little more spring….Mom’s pink dogwood tree is the brightest it’s ever been!