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.

 Betty Hall shared her completed Rosemaling:


Share your quilt photos along the way!
Use #RosemalinginBaltimore on social media. 

Finished Quilt Size: 70″ x 70″

Finished Block Size: 12″ x 12″

Rosemaling in Baltimore Quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué setting block patterns, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Finishing Instructions.

Block #9


Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #9 

Block #8

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Block #7

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #7

Block #6

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #6

Block #5

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #5.

Block #4

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #4.

Block #3

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #3.

Block #2

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #2.

Block #1

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt

Go HERE for the appliqué block pattern, Rosemaling in Baltimore, Block #1.

Fabric Selection:

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.

Rosemaling Baltimore quilt
Fabric Requirements:


3/4 yard blue
3/4 yard green
1/2 yard light green
1 1/2 yards red
1/4 yard yellow
1/2 yards gold

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

Fusible Appliqué:


Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
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
Light Source – light box, window, or tablet works great

fus app 1

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.

fuse app2

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.

fuse app3

Cut out the section of shapes that use the same fabric. Peel off the backing paper.

fuse app4

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.

fuse app5

Cut out the shapes.

fuse app6

Peel the paper off the back of the shape.

fuse app7

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.

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Could you Please, do a download with the fabric requirements?
Thank You. :-}

Thanks, Shirley. A Fabric Requirements download has been created. Thanks for being such an early-bird OnPoint reader!

Cynthia Wilbanks

Wow! This is beautiful! I wonder if I have enough stash to start this? I’ve been quilting less than a year so not much on hand yet.


This is beautiful! Will you be sharing an image of the full quilt or is it supposed to be a mystery BOM? An image of the quilt would help us with making color and fabric decisions.

Betsey Langford

The blocks will be revealed monthly, with the big reveal of the whole quilt on month 10. I will be following the colors shown above with the addition of a lighter blue and lighter red.

Kalen Hahn

How gorgeous! I am looking forward to the next blocks. I have always been drawn to Baltimore Quilts. I am looking forward to doing this one. Love it!


I’m going to love this quilt! Thanks so much for making it available!

Ronda Lynn Halvorsen-Ferns

SEW excited for this BOM, I will be thinking of my Grandparents and their love of our homeland with every stitch. Thanks for this opportunity…. Is there a SVG file available?

Betsey Langford

We are excited too! Thank you! No, there will not be an SVG file available.

Diane Perry

I would like templates for needle turn applique. Beautiful blocks!

Betsey Langford

The templates given are the same that I use for needle-turn appliqué. There are no seam allowances on the templates so the edge is the sew line. Thanks!


Do you need to blow up the shapes to a different size or use the as is?

Betsey Langford

The pdf has actual size templates and placement guides.

Ann Novak

Please include the size of the unfinished block and the size of the finished quilt.

Betsey Langford

The unfinished block is 12 1/2″ square. The size of the finished quilt is 70″ square.

Pat Drennan

Love applique and this design is great! Thank you.

Ida Orr

If I understand correctly this will begin on the fourth Wednesday in February which will give us time to gather our fabric etc. also, there isn’t a place to sign up. I’m new to this type of BOM. Thanks.

Yes, Ida, Betsey will release a new pattern on the 4th Wednesday of each month and she will post it in OnPoint. You don’t have to sign up for this BOM, just be sure to check your OnPoint to follow along.

Ida Orr

Thank you Sylvia


Can you set up each block and patterns so I can save them in a folder on my computer because I won’t be able to do them right now.. I would like to make it at a later date.

Hi Lois. You should be able to download the PDF to your computer. Click on “Go HERE for Rosemaling in Baltimore Block #1” and the PDF will open and be available to download.

Annette Shaner

I’m very excited about this BOM! I’m undecided about the background color, however. Did you use white? Any suggestions?


Hi Annette! Yes, I am using white for the background, but it would be beautiful with a dark background too. I had a hard time making up my mind…I’ve threatened to make both…someday 🙂


Will we receive an email when each block is posted? What time of month will they be posted?

Hi Janet, On the fourth Wednesday of each month for the next nine months, you’ll find a 12″ appliqué block pattern in your OnPoint e-newsletter. If you haven’t signed up for OnPoint yet, you can do that here: Thanks for following AQS on social media. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Annette Shaner

I’ve just finished cutting out the #1 block. I laid it out on my fabric to be sure I had all the pieces. I see that you can’t fuse them in alphabetical order. Correct? Otherwise they won’t layer correctly.

Hi Annette. I check with the designer, Betsey, and she said that you are correct! They are working on fixing this and it should be completed by next week. Since a lot of our staff is in Daytona Beach for our QuiltWeek® event there this week, we are a little short staffed in the office. Thanks for following us on social media and I hope you do have a great time making your Rosemaling in Baltimore project. ~ Sylvia Thomas, Social Media Manager


Thanks for giving us something so beautiful! I can’t wait to get started on mine.

Linda Vargas

In the cutting instructions for block one, there is no mention of a size for the background block. For month 2, it says 12″ background block. If finished size is to be 12″, then you need a 12 1/2″ unfinished block. I would suggest cutting background blocks at least 13 or 14 inches and trimming after applique is complete to 12 1/2″ square.

rogue quilter

excellent suggestion! although i think cutting only one inch larger than unfinished block size would be sufficient. i only do needle turn applique & over the years, and as my work has improved, i have found that i really don’t need to cut larger to cut down at all anymore.

These blocks are beautiful!!
I am needle turning and I absolutely love this design.
I have completed Jan & Feb and am so excited to get the next design.
Thank you for this pattern and AQS.
Will there be an opportunity to display the finished quilt in a contest of sorts?
Thank you again, love this!!
Vickie P

Persephone C Agrafiotis

I am looking for the free Block #3 of Rosemaling in Baltimore. I read that it would be made available the fourth Wednesday of each month. Have I missed it? or is it coming? Thank you. Persephone

Hi, #3 will be available next Wednesday. When we planned the project, we intended it to go out on the last Wednesday of each month, but forgot that some months have five weeks. Sorry for the inconvenience. It will be available on March 30, 2016. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Persephone C Agrafiotis

Thank you. “P”


Rosemaling in Baltimore actually is a beautiful project. I don’t know what is the Rosemaling meaning… Is it the same as rosemary? I’m not fluent in the English language! Sorry. Thank you.

Hi Dulce –
Rosemaling is a type of folk art that was popular in Norway centuries ago. Self-taught farmers decorated their farmhouse interiors and functional items like bowls and cabinets with these stylized flowers and scrolls on plain backgrounds. The traditional paint colors came from local raw materials, and their paint brushes were made from animal hairs. This type of art was brought to America by Norwegian immigrants and became popular again in the early 1900s. Today rosemaling is taught as a folk art in many areas across America. Thanks for asking!

The total yardage seems to be excessive. If this overly generous or do you really need this much fabric? I want to make the quilt, but don’t want to purchase too much of a color I would never use.
Thank you in advance for your reply.

Dee Robinson

Is there a link where I can see what the finished quilt will look like?
Dee Robinson

Dee Robinson

If we chose to make the background and borders the same color and use 4 1/2 yards, how does that effect the other 6 color requirements/
Dee Robinson


We need a hashtag so we can share our progress on social media – I would love to show you what I’ve done so far and to see what others have done. This is a beautiful pattern!

Great idea Heather. Let’s use #RosemalingInBaltimore. Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager.


Just curious, what fabric are you using for the darker green?

Lori M.

Oh, what a lovely quilt will be made this year. I thank you for the Free BOM program that has an applique block that is so easy to accomplish with your tutorials…L

Maureen A.

Just getting back to doing more things since the loss of our son in January. My grandparents on my mother’s side and grandmother on my father’s came from Norway. This is wonderful and I will enjoy stitching this.


When will block 5 be releashed ?

Phyllis, Block 5 will be released on May 25. We release each block on the last Wednesday of each month. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Dee Robinson

For Block #5, please download the actual sized template for placement as you did for the other 4. Thanks!

Hi Dee. Betsey is working on getting that loaded. Thanks for reminding us! Have a great day! ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Sandy Westad

I am new at appliqueing as was wondering is there a PDF for the instructions for making this quilt? I can’t make it now as we are in the process of preparing to move. I really would love to make this for my sister-in-law as my husband’s family are all
Norwegian as well as my family on my mother’s side. I love the idea of do Rosemaling with fabric and not just with paints!
Thank you so much.

Hi Sandy, We are so happy you want to make this project. No worries, all the PDFs will be available as the weeks progress and you can come back to the site after your move and catch up with the downloads. The assembly instructions will be available at the end. You won’t miss a thing! ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager.

Suzanne Lavanaway

I have just finished a BOM with my guild. Myself and 2 other ladies designed and published it for our guild. We used this same exact process in the beginning. But after working with the steam a seam for a bit, I was able to cut it to a standard paper size 81/2 x 11 and feed it through my office Jet printer. I scanned in the patterns and printed the designs out onto the steam a seam, no need to trace. If you have a scanner on your printer you can copy and print right on to the steam… Read more »

I am excited to learn to make this “Rosemaling” pattern quilt. My cousin in Norway is dealing with breast cancer issues and has given me a plate with Rosemaling design, made by hand. I would love to be able to make a small quilt for her as she heals. How do I download each block already listed through July, 16?
Thank you very much for this inspiration.
Mary McGuire e-mail:

Joanne Herman

I was excited to get Block #7. I have some concerns regarding the cutting instructions. Most of them I could figure out, but cannot figure out where Template T and U are used. They do not appear on the master lay out. Am I missing something?

Hi Joanne. We have made corrections to the PDF and everything make sense now. Is you still have trouble with it, please contact the designer, Betsey Langford, at We would love to see your progress! Feel free to contact me any time for assistance, too. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager


I love your block of the month! Your patterns are quite striking. I have always preferred piecing but as I get older Applique is moving to the forefront. To be able to save and print the complete instructions has been a lifesaver when I run out of ink. The comments, & queries from other participants is a real godsend at times when I doubt my interpretation.

Thanks again Debbie


There does not appear to be a link to open the instructions for block #8. any help here?

Hi Annette, We are in the process of making final edits to the block #8 instructions and updating this blog post. Please be patient as it should be available soon. (I’ll tell Betsey to hurry, lol.) ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager


Is the fabric requirement list available in a downloadable PDF?

Yes, Susan. If you scroll down to the just after the list of fabric requirements in the blog post, you will find the link to the PDF. I just fixed that link and it is working now. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Mary Zoshak

The PDF of fabric requirements does not seem to be working. I am able to download all of the block patterns. Thanks so much. Beautiful pattern!

Hi Mary. Thanks for letting us know. We have repaired the link and the PDF should work now. Have a great day! ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Gee Gee

What is the Panasonic pressing device shown in the photos?

Gee Gee, That is the Panasonic Cordless Iron NI-WL600. You can find it on ShopAQS here,

Linda Height

Hi, I just finally got around to getting block 1 done and I am using a black background fabric. I always wanted to do an Amish quilt and this is as close as I’ve gotten. I want to finally thank you for doing these blocks.

You are welcome, Linda. Please share your blocks with us. I bet the black background will make your blocks even more stunning! ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager


Hi, How do you share your blocks? I’ve finished all 8 of them so far and would like to see what others have done and possibly share mine. Where do I go to see these? I use FB some, but have never used a “hashtag”. I don’t know how that works. Is it just for Twitter? I’m a little challenged when it comes to social media.

Hi Annette. Using a hashtag is easy and you can use it on Twitter and Facebook. Just put the # symbol in front of the word or phrase; do not use spaces. For example: #rosemalinginbaltimore. The hashtag makes it easy to search for the word or phrase so anyone can see everything that is related to that topic. Another way to get your images shared is to post them directly to our Facebook page or here in the comment section of this blog post. If you would like, you could also send your pictures to Betsey and she would be… Read more »


Thank you so much for this wonderful project. I believe it is one of the most delightful projects I’ve ever had.


Sylvia,I see your reply to Annette, and I too, am not understanding how to use a # without a Twitter account. I have entered #rosemalinginbaltimore in the search field on my Face Book page and the only thing that pops up is the AQS post of one BOM block. What am I doing wrong?

Hi Karen. You are not doing anything wrong. Twitter is more user friendly when it comes to using a hash tag. You can also try searching facebook without using the # symbol. Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll try to help. ~ Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager

Annette Shaner

Is there a picture of a completed Rosemaling in Baltimore quilt? After getting the finishing pattern, I had to set it down and tend to Christmas stuff for a while. I’ve just now picked it up again and I’m a little overwhelmed with the amount of tiny appliques! Thank goodness I have a circle template with many different sized circles, so I don’t have to trace the circles hundreds of times! I don’t know any other method of doing these, so if anyone has any comments, that would great! I’ve spent so much time on the blocks and they look… Read more »

Finished quilt!

Annette Shaner

Congratulations!! I don’t see your quilt though. Did you attach a picture? I have the big blocks done and I’m contemplating how to finish the quilt. I’m not crazy about all millions of red circles to trace, cut and applique – a lot of work!! I was thinking of doing a solid sashing in the middle with the small corner blocks like the pattern.

Sandra hatton

I have almost sewn all of the circles onto my Baltimore quilt, the next stage is to quilt it, can you give me any tips? Many thanks.