Tuesday, 9 July 2013

'Spoken without a Word' - Baltimore Again

I have long admired and been inspired by Baltimore Album Quilts and one of my first acquisitions was a quilting book called 'Spoken without a Word' .... the first book published in 1983 by Elly Sienkiewicz,  whose many subsequent books have made her the ultimate authority on the subject.

She describes ...
 "the collective beauty of the Baltimore Album Quilts [as] a gift from another century......[made in a time] when sentiment and symbols threaded a ribbon of warmth and meaning through daily lives"

I love this 'extra dimension' ascribed to Baltimore Album Quilts and the messages of Faith, Hope and Love often penned onto the blocks.

Elly Sienkiewicz closes her book with the following challenge to her readers....

"This, then Gentle Reader, is your Heirloom Challenge:  What do you so love from quilting design heritage and your family's?  What past patterns do you wish to cherish by reproducing them in your quilt? What so fires your imagination about the times in which you live?  What progress are you thankful for?  What in your garden and in your life warms your soul?

An Album Quilt is a happy thing, a loving thing a beautiful thing.  For a season or two or three of pleasure embark on an Applique Album Quilt.  The Gift will be to yourself, to those you love and to our quiltmaking heritage - a project of affirmation!"

So .... while I've played with Baltimore Album designs a number of times in the past .... I am going to have another go and make my own version of a Baltimore Album Quilt.  I am going to start with traditional block designs and then make it personal!  I'll let you know how I get on.....

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