This past week, I have been volunteering with the Barrie Fair; thus the reason
for this late entry.
All summer I have been working on this gorgeous quilt made by Kerry Burke,
over at Simple Bird Applique and designed by Sue Garman.
I finally finished it this past week. Kerry hasn’t seen it yet, as she is picking it
up today. Due to this fact, I will only show you several pictures that she
has seen and the backing.
There are 16 blocks in the entire quilt and 4 borders, all of which
has been hand appliqued. Being OCD, I decided to quilt a
different design and background fill in each block.
In this block, I tried my hand at cross hatching, in minature form.
I marked the lines with a pink air soluble pen and marked the lines
with a stencil.
In this block, I mashed down (yes, it is a technical term) the background
and stitched in some feathers around the leaf vine for some added interest.
Because this block has an anchor in it, I added rope around it for
added interest. A mariner’s compass (large version) was added
as well. I used McTavishing on the outside of the rope.
The vase looks pretty ornate so feathers were screaming at me plus
Kerry wanted them too, so it was an easy choice for this block.
Here you can see the outer appliqued border too. I pulled 3-4 different
motifs from various background fills and placed them strategically
all over the border-just kidding!!
My daughter asked me: “Mom, how do you know where to stitch
My answer: ” I stitch a design in an area, when I get bored with it,
I switch and stitch in something else.” I get bored alot.
How is that for being technical?
I love the sailboat. What is a boat without waves? The boat
received tons of waves, on the bottom and all around the border
and bottom of the block.
This basket is 3D. You’ll have to take my word for it until next
week. The outside edge of the basket is braided!! It is really neat. And
I was surprised that I could stitch right up to the edge of it.
Kerry is an amazing appliquer. All the intersections of fabric and turned
down corners were flat. No ridges at all. That is music to my ears
because the hopping foot on my longarm didn’t get caught on those
corners or bumps at all.
This bird has beautiful feathers and lives amidst a bunch of berrries. So I
quilted in a background fill that looks like seeds, in my mind anyways.
The block reminded me of Fall so that is why I chose seeds.
This is the outer border. Each border has 3 different vases in it. I’m
beginning to think that I am not the only one who is OCD here (sorry Kerry).
Did I mention that I also SID around all of the applique pieces?
I used 2 layers of batting: top layer-wool and the bottom-a blend
of cotton and polyester (80/20). It adds alot of loft and puff to the
applique pieces and the background fills.
I used a monofilament thread for all the SID because you don’t have to
keep changing thread colors and if you make a mistake ( and accidentally
quilt on the applique piece)you can’t really see it that much so you don’t
have to pick it out and fix that loose stitch on the back. Yeah!!
Win -win all way round.
Next week I won’t be posting but I will show you the colored
pictures after that. This quilt is a work of love and art.
Have a great week!
10 thoughts on “Friends of Baltimore-Part 1”
Woohoo Ruth – your quilting looks fantastic. What a fantastic combination – you two ladies. Can’t wait to see the reveal on both blogs. Thanks for sharing.
That is an absolutely stunning quilt and your quilting has taken it to a whole new level. Incredible!
Absolutely beautiful! I read Kerry’s blog and am so delighted to see this quilt again! Well, some of it:) Thanks for sharing.
WOW what a beauty and that quilting is just stunning!
I have seen the pictures Kerry put on the net. I am completely lost for words. How can a person make this quilting job? Fabulous is not even strong enough! What a beautiful and beautiful job you did on these Friends of Baltimore. Did Sue Garman the designer of this all, saw it already?
There’s so much detail in the the applique and the quilting, it’s leaves me almost speechless. (A few muffled sounds along with some drool.)
This is Fabulous!
Wow! I can’t wait to see the front, it looks incredible!
Amazing – I’m in awe of your skill and workmanship!