28.2 Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2012 – Black Baltimore BeautyOctober 27, 2012
It’s that time again to sign up for the bloggers fall quilt festival.
The quilt I am entering is a recent finish, but not a recent start.
This was my first ever applique quilt learned from an applique class. The pattern is in Mimi Didrich’s Favorite Applique book, and I didn’t have much of a stash at the time. I added the birds on the sides from the pattern she has later in her book.
It was never my intention to “make a balitmore album quilt”, but this was the pattern I needed for the class I took, so here it is.
So so glad I put the background as black instead of white. I think my colors pop, but I do sort of wish I had a little variation in the flowers or even the swag. But I still love this little quilt.
Here’s a photoshopped version of this quilt (not true colors).
Our class was to applique every week a different block or two or 3. I don’t remember exactly the class pacing, but I do remember doing all the borders at once, and there was only 4 class meeting times and the end was the quilt construction & mitered borders (which are appliqued over).
The teacher was really wonderful putting tons of tips & tricks about applique or other items (notions junkie – but that’s GOOD in a teacher, I got to see the stuff in use!).
This was supposed to be hand quilted, but when it took 2 years to just have desire to get the center of one wreath done, I decided that I finally needed to quilt this by machine this summer. So I worked with the classic clamshell pattern freehand.
A little close up of the border quilting would be good to see too.
No quilting over any of the applique here.
And here’s a good picture of the progress I was making when I was working on this little quilt.
And here’s a flickr mosaic of these blocks that I made and put together.
This is for the Bloggers Quilt Festival from Amy’s Creative Side