Baltimore Album Quilts

My positive thought for today: Baltimore album quilts, which originated in Maryland in the 1840s. They reflected the prosperous community of Baltimore, the second largest city in the United States until the civil war, as most were made not with scraps,but with new fabric

Most Baltimore Album quilts were signed. The discovery of an indelible ink made it possible to ink poetry & sayings along with a signature on each block. It appears making these quilts were especially popular with young women. Many included blocks each made by a different person

Appliqued Baltimore Album Quilts with elaborate floral, animal, patriotic, and fraternal motifs became the height of fashion.

There were many women of German heritage in the Baltimore community and it is likely that German folk art had some influence on the designs used on these quilts.

Books, textiles & even fine china were used as inspiration for the block designs.Examination of antique Quilts indicates that that there were about three particularly talented designers in the area. Most likely they developed patterns that were bought by women making these quilts

Album quilts were made for a variety of occasions including weddings, presentations to a community member & even in memory of someone who had just passed away. A quilt dedicated to a soldier who died might portray war & patriotism, while a sailor may have nautical motifs

Album quilts were made for a variety of occasions including weddings, presentations to a community member & even in memory of someone who had just passed away. A quilt dedicated to a soldier who died might portray war & patriotism, while a sailor may have nautical motifs

In England, the best place to see quilts is at the American Museum in Britain, in Bath. Ranging from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, the American Museum’s collection of over 250 quilts is acclaimed as the finest of its type in Europe. Around 50 are on permanent display

If you wanna get really crazy, my personal love is miniature quilts. How beautiful is this one, by Jeni Buechel? It combines appliqué with silk ribbon embroidery and as you can see, works up stupidly tiny #WomensArt

They may look dauntingly intricate, but the appliqué method is actually very simple to learn and it is a cheap accessible hobby. My only “tip” is I like to use size 10 gold tipped quilting needles and a quilting thimble. Here is a quick YouTube tutorial

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