Barbara M. Burnham is the author of the new AQS book Baltimore Garden Quilt.
At the age of five, Barbara learned to sew from her grandmother, threading a shoestring through perforated cardboard drawings. Embroidery and crewel became her favorite pastimes. In 1972, her mother surprised here with a gift of a year-long Baltimore Album class with Mimi Dietrich. Barbara credits Mimi for inspiring her obsession with appliqué.
When the Baltimore Appliqué Society was founded in 1993, Barbara became a charter member. Very active with BAS, she serves as a board member and frequent contributor to the BAS newsletter, and donates her time and talents for museum fundraisers to raise funds that help preserve their quilt collections.
Barbara teaches hand appliqué, hand quilting, and inking on fabric, and offers presentations and trunk shows at local quilt shows and guilds. She writes articles on appliqué techniques and antique quilts, and is active with online groups of quilt collectors, historians, and appliqué enthusiasts.
Many of her quilts have been exhibited, and she has won awards for hand quilting and hand appliqué in national competitions, including first place for Grand Geometrics Created the Amish Way at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2010. Also in 2010, Barbara and machine quilter Marty Vint of Dogwood Quilting of Baltimore, Maryland, won second place for Bed Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, with M.E.C. Remembered, the quilt featured in her new book.
Barbara and her husband, Ed live in historic Ellicott City, Maryland, bordering Patapsco State Park. They both enjoy gardening and hosting Eastern Bluebirds in their backyard every summer. Wintertime often finds them both scuba diving in the tropics.