Friday, October 10, 2008

The Baltimore Album Quilt of 1840 and Today

During the 1840s in the prosperous seaport of Baltimore a unique quilt style was born, The Baltimore Album Quilt. The quilt blocks consisted of varied motifs including elaborate floral applique and making them was a popular pastime among the well-to-do.

Over a century and a half later Joan Shay created a three dimensional Baltimore album quilt and offers the pattern at her site, Petal Play. In her patterns, books and classes she teaches a unique technique using "HeatnBond" along with other modern tools and materials that the social elite of long ago Baltimore would never have imagined.

If you love creating in new ways I think you might enjoy her techniques and instructions to make this delightful modern day 40" by 40" Baltimore Album Quilt. In the process you will be making a fascinating connection between the old and new.

I just took a class from her and am starting with a playful wall hanging of butterflies and flowers. Joan's patterns are excellent as she gives you careful instructions on how to create these sculptures in cloth

Visit Joan's site Petal Play