A Relaxed Light-hearted Carefree Approach
I love the look of Baltimore Album quilts. I love the joyous use of color, the formality of the designs, the realistic depiction of nature, and the hand appliqué technique itself. I also love the red-and-green quilts that were made up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the US throughout the 1800’s, because of their limitation in color, their informality of designs, and that they were appliquéd. The more we learn about these quilts, the more we find out they were made using needleturn techniques and that is my specialty.
I began my appliqué life by making a Hawaiian quilt. I saw one, had to have it, but could not afford it. So, I decided to learn how to make one. Not having made any quilts before that, I had no preconceived notions (I had no notions at all to tell you the truth) about whether appliqué was hard or easy. It was just something I wanted to learn how to do.
The Hawaiian approach to many things is relaxed, light-hearted, and carefree, and their approach to appliqué and quilting is no different. It was a delightful environment in which to learn many new techniques. It is that carefree, relaxed approach that I brought into my other, non-Hawaiian quilting activities to continue enjoying the process. Those are the attitudes and techniques I am going to share with you here in Baltimore Basics.
If you'd like to meet Nancy in the Baltimore Basics classroom you can (see below) no matter where in the world you are as she presents this class (and other online classes) at www.academyofquilting.com. You will want to learn her relaxed, light-hearted, and carefree approach to quiltmaking.
About Baltimore Basics online Workshop: Let Nancy open up for you a new world of possibilities in this class devoted to appliqué. She shares hints about fabric selection, fabric placement and her stress-free techniques for needleturn appliqué so you will be able to make whatever your heart desires. The project will include two blocks: a wreath with berries and a bird, and a papercut design. You can complete these as first blocks in a Baltimore Album quilt or make a table runner, pillows or a 4-block wall hanging. You will also learn a little about the history of nineteenth-century quilts. All levels. Read more...