Thursday, November 25, 2010

The formal " Baltimore"

This is my first " Baltimore" that I made very early in my quilting journey, it was the 3rd quilt I made after doing a beginner's class. I must have been crazy when I started this quilt. Most of the blocks were from Elly's " Spoken Without A Word" and there are 2 - Row 1, 2nd block and Row 5, 2nd block that I drew from a photo of a quilt in a book ( can't remember which)
This was in the days when applique fabric was scarce, the pinks were taken from a Hawaiian print and I found a tied dye shirt which I cut up. There are a lot of hand quilting in this quilt, 22 reels worth and I do remember that quantity as I've never done it again since! I also did a bit of trapunto work and that was rather fun.
Wished I had the stash I have now when I was making this quilt, the colours would have been better. Still, I did learn a lot of needleturn applique from Elly's book. Kim McL


  1. It's wonderful!! and for a third quilt!!!!!!

  2. It is absolutely beautiful, nothing like those beautiful Baltimore blocks.

  3. I wish to just have one of them, guess I better get stitching.
    Love them and thanks for showing us


  4. Absolutely beautiful...and only your third quilt!
    Julia ♥

  5. Oh my! First..let me wipe the drool off of my chin. Wow! This is the type of masterpiece quilt one makes after years of learning, usually. It's spectacular, and nothing short of that.
    I really appreciate you sharing some of your earlier and more traditional works. I've done a "Google" search for your quilts a number of times and each new one I find is like eye candy to me.
    We are all so fortunate that you found quilting and are so tallented and generous with your art. Bravo..and please don't stop?!

  6. just beautiful, I am in awe this was only your 3rd quilt
    you were/are fearless with your quiltmaking...wish I could say the same!
    The quilt is absolutely beautiful.
    thank you for sharing these quilts with us

  7. WOW!!! What a treasure you have made, Kim. You are a master, perhaps even a wizard, with needle and thread!?! And, as if the applique isn't enough, your hand quilting and trapunto work is amazing. Your third quilt...?!?!!?! Thank you for sharing this, Kim.

  8. Dear Kim,
    You never cease to amaze me! What wonderful quilts!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  9. Thank you for sharing these past quilts with us. They are so wonderful and masterful. You could have continued beautifully making these traditional designs, but I can start to see some of the progression to designing your own applique. Very interesting and fun to see your journey! Did you make other kinds of quilts before you discovered applique?

  10. I love this Kim its extremely beautiful love everything about it.

    My third quilt was the Wickersham Signature Quilt.

    Keep the photos coming.


  11. It's very beautiful and even better in person when I was lucky enough to see it. You were born to stitch.

  12. The colors would have been better? Are you kidding me? I don't think this quilt could have gotten any better, Kim! Plus, you HAND quilted it!?! I'm not worthy!!(picture me kowtowing here)
    Brava, Kim! Brava!

  13. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! I still don't know how I actually sat down and did the hand quilting, this wouldn't happpen now! Kim McL