Many of us have a “bucket list”—a list of things we’d like to do or places we’d like to go before we “kick the bucket.” Quilters are no different! In addition to the travel and experiences, many quilters have a list of quilts they’d like to make before going to that great quilt retreat in the sky. I know I do! I’ve caught myself several times recently, saying “I’d really like to make a [fill in the blank] quilt sometime soon.” Since I am pretty new to quilting, I’ve got a lot of quilts left to make!
What quilts are on your bucket list? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
Bucket List Quilts: Baltimore Album Quilt
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Baltimore Album Quilts got their start in Baltimore, Maryland, in the 1840s. They are frequently comprised of 16-25 appliqué blocks in a grid layout, surrounded by an elaborate border. The blocks often feature embroidery or other embellishments to the appliqué motifs. (Note: a quick image search online for “Baltimore Album Quilts” will blow your mind.)
Landauer author Janice Vaine is a seamstress, quilter, appliqué enthusiast, pattern designer, and teacher. She finds joy studying the methods used by needle artists of antique quilts and vintage embroidery and how they interpreted their designs with elements of embroidery, stumpwork and ribbonwork. The exquisite handwork of treasured vintage pieces is the inspiration for her new designs and for her books. Jan’s first book, The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery, Embellishment and Appliqué, was inspired by the glorious tradition of Baltimore Album Quilts. If you’d like to try your hand at creating one of these heirlooms, you’ll find no finer teacher to guide your path than Jan! Her books give you step-by-step techniques for appliqué, ribbonwork, stumpwork, and more.
Quilt designer and Landauer author Wendy Sheppard was also inspired by the history and tradition of Baltimore Album Quilts. Two of the projects in her book, Recreating Antique Quilts, were inspired by an album quilt in the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, DC. Either of these would be a great choice to try if the idea of making a Baltimore Album Quilt appeals to you, but you’re not ready to make dozens of intricate blocks!