I am very happy to say that the “Friends of Baltimore” applique quilt
is all finished. And it is on its way home to South Carolina. When
it arrives, I will breathe a sigh of relief; I am sure that Darlene will too.
This is what it looked like on the floor of my studio. I have
included lots of photos for you to enjoy.
The braided handle looks like it is 3D. The two
layers of batting(wool on top and 80/20 Hobbs underneath) really
makes all the applique puff up, almost like a trapunto effect.
I really like the borders in each block. And did I mention that
the applique is phenomenal. I couldn’t even find the threads
that Darlene used to applique the pieces onto the quilt top.
Do you see the masking tape in the upper right hand corner?
I put this on so Darlene can see where there is an area that
needs a little repair.
It is funny how each quilt takes on a life of its own. On this
particular quilt, all the background fills wanted to be
Feathers and swirls are the background fills here. I saw this
sample on one of Sharon Schamber’s quilt, so I had to try it.
The border area. I decided to use 5 background fills that I
had used on 4 of the 16 blocks. These consisted of swirls,
pumpkin seeds, McTavishing, a circular design, and
some gridwork. Whenever I get bored with one, I switched
over to another fill. Yes, I am a little OCD.
One of the 6 different vases in the border area. I love feathers
so I had to put some of them onto the quilt top. It seemed like
they wanted to be miniature too.
In this block, I used an oval design that is echoed several times. It
does look stunning with the very posh bird.
The fruit in this basket is quite stunning. The pineapple
needed a little extra stitching but all the other fruit was
stitched around. I used a monofilament thread to stitch
around all the fruit. It saves alot of time not having to
switch out thread color constantly and the monofilament
thread seems to camouflauge itself with quilt blocks.
In this block, I used 2 different background fills. It does add
interest to the block.
Onto the back of the quilt. This looks so cool. It reminds
me of a wholecloth quilt.
You can actually guess what block is which when you look at
the backing. I packed the quilt in such a particular way so that
Darlene can see the back of the quilt first when she opens the box.
Hopefully, it will give her goosebumps.
Here is the posh bird but now he is colorless.
One of the baskets and the feathers that support it.
You can see the sashing received straight lines. It add more
texture to the quilt.
Another vase; this one is holding a book in it.
More shots of the background.
Love, love, love the texture of the backing.
The mighty eagles finally found his feathers. My son
actually drew in the lines for me. He is quite artistic
and helps me out whenever I need it.
The border area once more. I hope you enjoyed the photos.
I feel like I am coming back down to earth today. Working on a
quilt like this kind of pumps you up for the duration of the
quilting. One’s mind almost becomes obsessed with the
quilt; how much is done and what is left to be done.
It is all good and fun though.
Have a great week.