Recently I posted pictures from my Dear Jane Club meeting and several of you commented about a quilt that was in the background in a couple of the pics. Leave it to quilters on a blog to notice all the background quilts. Do you notice them in movies too? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve paused a movie just to see the quilt on the bed. Or on the wall or a table. The quilts are often more important than the movie. I’m sure you quilters out there understand.
So yesterday I decided to get a lot of pictures of the quilt that so many of you noticed.
Isn’t it a beauty? A Baltimore beauty. Saturday at Quilter’s Dream was the first in a year long series of classes to make your own personal version of this glorious quilt. Eighteen ladies showed up for the class with 2 guest teachers who will be at the shop once a month. It will be a fun year, watching their quilts grow and their technique improve. I’ll get some pictures of everyone’s blocks as the year moves on so you all can see. But first you need to see some of these blocks up close.
The appliqué is pretty wonderful, isn’t it? And the cross-hatch quilting behind each block really sets off the work well.
Beautiful broderie perse. And if you google those words you can find out more than you ever needed to know about the technique.
Wonderful appliqué using the fabulous border and sashing fabric.
The pineapple in this block was made using a product called “Texture Magic.” You stitch it to your fabric and then steam the piece and it shrinks and shrivels and becomes a really cool 3-dimensional piece. It was perfect for that pineapple!
And the large blue flower on this one uses a technique called “ruching.” This quilt uses lots of three dimensional techniques that give it a ton of character.
I love the symmetry of this block. And all those blue rosebuds are also 3 dimensional and fabulous!
I’m sure there’s a lot of symbolism in this block. Each month the gals in the class will learn all about the history of Baltimore Album quilts and the symbolism involved in each block. I have threatened to stand in the room next to the classroom straightening the bolts of fabric for 2 hours so I can get in on all that they are learning. It is quite fascinating!
Aren’t the blocks all wonderful? This is a fabulous quilt for sure.
If I didn’t have deadlines and way too many projects already started, this is one quilt I would love to make.
Love the appliquéd border too! This focus fabric is really lovely.
And although you may not have known it, Saturday was an official “wearing of the green” day. We couldn’t believe how many people came into the shop wearing green! I almost thought they’d moved St Patrick’s Day to a new month.
See? At one point, out of 10 people in the shop, 7 of them were wearing green shirts! So we decided to take a picture. And now you got to see three more pretty quilts on the wall behind these smiling ladies in green shirts.
What color shall we wear next month, Janet? That’s Janet and me on the far left – we work together on the first Saturday of the month. And if we show up wearing the same color next month – unplanned like we did today, I’m going to think we really have been spending too much time inside each other’s heads.
Here’s to Baltimore Beauties and green shirts,