Friends of Baltimore-Part 1

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!


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

Carol has made another fantastic quilt. Can you imagine the hours she spent

creating this beauty?


There is alot of small pieces in the sashing area. I don’t think

that I would have the patience to cut those all out and then sew them back



It is incredible.


For the outside border area-the light yellow section-Carol wanted

staright lines. I do think that they are great in this area too.

In the triangular area, I did the straight lines too.


In the purple sqaure, I quilted straight lines to mimmic the shape.


Carol likes straight lines alot and I do too.


In the sashing area, I SID around all those little pieces. Yes, it did take some

time but it is worth the time and effort.  It is amazing how the quilt transforms

when the quilting is complete. It makes it come to life.

I used a purple polyester thread for the purple squares and a variegated thread

for the sashing area.  A light yellow  polyester thread was used to SID around the

yellow sections though.


And for the backing, a light tan thread was used.  The texture of the quilting

is really evident  on the back. It looks great!


I love the back as much as the front – all that texture.


The backing with the border included. I forgot that there is a small

purple border too. In that section, I quited two straight lines. It seemed

that it didn’t need alot of fussy motifs in this area because there  is alot

going on in the main section of the quilt.

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy.

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends out there.



My WIP for the week

This little baby quilt has quite the history.  Orginally, I had quilted

an edge to edge pattern- stars and loops all over it, in a variegated thread.

The owner didn’t like the finished product and neither did I.  So, that meant

picking out all the stitching- all 5 hours worth of it.  Now, it looks much better.

BAby quilt

BAby quilt


Carol decided that she wanted the blocks outlined so I SID around

all the piecing in a white polyester thread.  The backing has a dark green

backing so that is the color we chose for the back as well.




Here is a close up of the block and I think it  looks much better.

If you look closely, you can still see the stitching from the earlier panto but

I think that the first wash will take care of that.

Did I forget to mention that I have a second one to do too?

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.