Here’s a great idea from Barbara Burnham! Use this pattern for a border flower from her book Baltimore Garden Quilt to make a label or a small block. “It’s an easy one,” Barbara says, and we think it’s a great way to try your hand at appliqué!
Have you ever found an old quilt that you just had to have, despite its condition? Something about that quilt just spoke to you, and you felt somehow connected with its maker? This happened to Barbara M. Burnham when she first saw the old, worn out, red-and-green Baltimore album-style quilt for sale and just had to own it.
Little was known about the quilt other than it came from an estate in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and that “M.E.C. 1848” was cross-stitched (using two threads of fabric) in the center of one of the blocks. Despite the water stains, paint drippings, and flaking fabric, Barbara was determined to give this quilt new life. With encouragement from her friends at the Baltimore Appliqué Society (where she is a charter member), she reproduced this very challenging quilt.
About the book, BALTIMORE GARDEN QUILT: Baltimore Album enthusiasts will love recreating this 1848 quilt. The 25 patterns are named after the garden themes that they represent. The original quilt’s classic red/yellow/green color scheme can be echoed or updated. Book is available in e-book format.