Baltimore Album Dreaming
Flash forward 20 years (give or take) and I still haven't made a Baltimore Album quilt. I've been afraid of applique for a very long time. I always thought it was beyond my skill set. All those small, intricate stitches that are almost invisible (if done right...) intimidated the hell out of me. However last year, for the first time, I attempted some needle turn applique. This happened because a woman in one of my quilt groups is a master at applique. Whenever she would show at a meeting with a new applique project I was right there beside her to watch and comment and drool. She urged me to try it and I always said it was too difficult for me but she persisted. Finally she took me under her wing and showed me the ins and outs of needle turn and let me go. I have to say now I love it. As I've always been a big fan of hand work and any project that is mobile enough to be carried with abandon from my sewing rooms to parts unknown, applique fits the bill perfectly. And now that a year or so has gone by since Judy so graciously urged me to give it a go, my mind is starting to edge toward the thought of tackling the ultimate in applique - the Baltimore Album quilt.