I admired them (and drooled over them) for quite a while before deciding I'd actually make one.
The blocks in each pack are much the same size so I have pulled blocks from each and bit by bit stitched a few. Here they are so far on my 'design wall' (grand name for a bit of wadding pinned to a pine rod ?)
bit lot guilty that they look so wrinkly and neglected up there. So I got them down, gave them an iron, cropped some photos, and ...hey presto - here are a few of them looking a bit better now :
I have tried different ways to hand applique over the years and, like many others, have had some sad, sad experiences with markers. Nothing new to a lot of you I know, but the method I use now for fiddly work is the template-free Back-Basting. I love the fact there is no glue and no marking the front of the work, and that the pieces stay put for accuracy. A great tutorial is available at the link. It was a moment of enlightenment when I discovered this method when trawling blogs...thank you generous bloggers!
Wow Hilda they are amazing. A Darling Harbour quilt in the making?ReplyDelete
Wow! Amazing blocks!!! I'm speechless!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. You are set as no reply so I have no way of emailing you. I'm glad I got to visit your blog!!
Hi Hilda! Thanks for commenting on my blog...now I am able to pay a return visit. Wow. Your Baltimore blocks are looking fanatstic (amazing what a little bit of wrinkle elimination can do...wish it was so easy for a personal wrinkle-ectomy!!) I confess I have both those pattern kits but seriously doubt I'll do anything with them...too challenging.ReplyDelete
Love your Sarah Morrell and Lucy Boston reproductions too. Very very noice!
I look forward to seeing more of your work. Best regards, Kate
Oh, my! Such detail! Beautiful! I love Baltimore Album quilts but I seriously doubt I will ever make one. My applique skills are still at the beginner stage. I'll enjoy watching yours come together.ReplyDelete
I love all of the quilts you are working on, this Baltimore is going to be fantastic!ReplyDelete
Lovely work! Each block is a beauty and seeing them together...stunning!ReplyDelete
Wow!! These blocks are really amazing. Absolutely beautiful!! I had a wander through your blog and all your work is beautiful! I've signed up as a follower and look for to seeing more.ReplyDelete
Thank you for posting the link to the applique method. I had not seen that one before, and it looks to be very effective. I like not marking the front of the piece, too! And your blocks are AMAZING! It's going to be magnificent!ReplyDelete
Gob smacked! More loveliness!ReplyDelete
You are an amazing stitcher! These blocks are GORGEOUS! Welcome to blogging :0)ReplyDelete
Your applique blocks are beautiful! I love to do needle turn applique, and have used the back basting method on a Hawaiian quilt.ReplyDelete
and you applique beautifully too~!ReplyDelete
i have admired the baltimore album quilts and thought about starting one but at the current time i have to finish quite a few other projects before i take on that challenge. it will be fun watching yours come along.
You're appliqué is fabulous. Hope you're going to keep at them - it will be an amazing quilt!ReplyDelete
Your album blocks are just stunning!! I am the newsletter editor of the Baltimore Applique Society and I manage their Facebook page. Would you consider sending a photo of one of your blocks to share on the FB page? Email me and I can give you more information and the link to the page so you can see what we do.ReplyDelete
Crikey Hilda, I wish you lived next door to me.ReplyDelete
Have you seen the fiddling bit of applique I'm toiling over right now? I'm making a right old song and dance over it.
These blocks are just blissful!