28.2 Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2012 – Black Baltimore Beauty

October 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.

1. black baltimore block 1, 2. black baltimore block 2, 3. black baltimore block 3, 4. black baltimore block 4

This is for the Bloggers Quilt Festival from Amy’s Creative Side


  1. Applique terrifies me. This is beautiful!

  2. Very pretty. I like the black background, it does make the colors pop and it’s a nice change from the classic white.

  3. Darling quilt – I love applique

  4. I made the same quilt, but with the white background, and I have to say I love how yours came out! I did quilt mine by hand, and ended up entering it in the Maryland State Fair (I was living in Baltimore at the time. I think Mimi was a member of the same quilt guild as me.) Didn’t win any prizes, not that I thought I would anyway, but got some very helpful tips from the judges that came in handy for future quilts.

    • It’s a really cute quilt That would sure be intimidating to put in a quilt with the quilt creator in the same guild, but also completely inspirational!

      I don’t think this is going into the state fair. I see a lot of problems with this quilt, but it is going in my local guild’s show. Would love to see how yours turned out.

  5. Adorable quilt… keep up the good work!

  6. Lovely quilt – thanks for sharing it at the festival! I love the bright colors on black and the quilting is great.

  7. Wonderful applique quilt.

  8. Beautiful quilt – the black background really shows off the pattern well.

  9. You did an excellent job on this. Well done 🙂

  10. Great job– the black really makes the appliques pop!

    Come see my entry #46 Batik Tulips
    applique, hand quilt, wall hanging

    and #23 antique zigzag quilt

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