Rosemaling is a folk art that originated in Norway as a way to cope with the long, dark winters. During the 1700s through the 1800s, farmhouse décor included functional items painted with the stylized flowers and scrolls of rosemaling. The traditional colors were derived from local raw materials. AQS happily presents a free and exclusive block of the month quilt, Rosemaling in Baltimore. The nine-block Norwegian Folk Art style Baltimore Album quilt is an AQS exclusive design by Betsey Langford. Scroll down the blocks, fabric requirements, and detailed fusible appliqué instructions.
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Finished Quilt Size: 70″ x 70″
Finished Block Size: 12″ x 12″
Rosemaling in Baltimore Quilt
When selecting fabric, consider the overall scheme of your quilt. The background fabric sets the tone of the quilt and will need to be purchased in quantity. The fabrics for the appliqué can be scraps or coordinated fabrics. Below is our color selection for the first block. We will be adding fabrics of the same color with varying values for future blocks.
For the FULL QUILT
Block background 1-1/4 yards
Sashing 1-1/2 yards
Outer border 2 yards
Binding 1/2 yard
Backing 4 1/4 yards
If you choose to make the background, sashing, and outer border of the same fabric: 4-3/4 yards
This sample quilt uses background fabric ShopAQS.com #4886 White American Made Solid.
Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 (ShopAQS.com #7155)
Templates – paper patterns to trace
Mechanical Pencil – always sharp
Kneaded Eraser – picks up marks easily and doesn’t leave a residue
Scissors – Serrated blades with a sharp point increase accuracy (ShopAQS.com #6402 shown)
Light Source – light box, window, or tablet works great
Iron – Panasonic Cordless Iron NI-WL600 shown (ShopAQS #4884)
For any shape that is NOT symmetrical, trace the image from the back of the pattern sheet. Using a light source will make the image visible, even from the back side.
Trace the pattern shapes onto the printed side of the Steam-A-Seam2. Start in the corner of the sheet. Bunch like-colored pieces together to save fabric.
Cut out the section of shapes that use the same fabric. Peel off the backing paper.
Start at one corner of the backside of the fabric and place the traced shapes. Be sure to avoid the selvage edge. Press into place.
Cut out the shapes.
Peel the paper off the back of the shape.
Press the shape into place on the background fabric.
Fuse the appliqué layers according to the pattern, beginning with those in the background. Sew around the raw edges as desired with zigzag, straight, or decorative machine stitches.
Experienced quilters may wish to needle-turn appliqué. Please add the appropriate seam allowances as desired.