This is what winter looks like in Northeast Ohio -- not much color -- thank goodness for Cardinals!!
After many years of lying about on my UFQ shelves, the Baltimore Album applique quilt which I started in 199? is finished and ready to pass onto my younger daughter!
It was mild here today (64 degrees - about 30 degrees above average) so I was able to grab a couple photos of it on the front porch.
I used Elly Sienkiewicz's first book, Baltimore Album Applique published in 1990 for the block patterns. It was to be one of three completely hand pieced or appliqued quilts for my three children.
There were a group of us that worked on these blocks together and the only other one that I know was finished was my mother's. I crashed and burned before getting all the blocks stitched for the original plan but after helping a family liquidate their mother's estate which included the most amazing set of Baltimore-style blocks, I was determined to finish these quilts!!
And I'm done!! I've been hand quilting on this one off and on all year! I used Quilter's Dream Wool batting which is easy to hand quilt and holds a nice loft. I've kept the quilting simple so that I would get finished -- lots of straight lines and echo quilting. A couple of the original blocks were eliminated -- either not finished or the color scheme didn't fit. I balanced the layout by keeping the placement of the color and design styles symmetrical.
Now it's ready for a gentle washing (must do that since it's been in process for so long) and then it's off to it's permanent home at the end of December.
It's my only complete finish from my fourth quarter list of goals for the 2015 Finish Along over at On the Windy Side with Adrienne though progress was made on several others! Maybe next quarter will be a bigger one for complete finishes!!
So good to have this goal completely achieved!!