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Creating Your Own Album Quilt

Do you dream of creating an elegant quilt like those made a century and a half ago in Baltimore? There are several ways you can approach your Baltimore album applique project. You may even want to try out more than one to see what works best for you. You will also need to decide if you want to use reproduction fabric or to give your work a modern twist with contemporary fabric.

You could use techniques that would make as authentic a reproduction Baltimore Album Quilt as possible. If you are a beginning quilter the book "Baltimore Bouquets" is an excellent book with clear step-by-step instructions and patterns. You can also find online instructions on turning the seams and other applique methods.. But if you get really serious about hand appliqued Album Quilts you will you will be interested in Elly Sienkiewicz's book, "The Best of Baltimore Beauties" . You might even be inspired to design your own Album Quilt blocks.

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If you want to try for the look of an Album Quilt but also want some time saving methods there are several techniques you can use. Even if you plan to appliqué by hand freezer paper appliqué can help you get the seams turned and motifs laid out ready to stitch.

To save even more time do the appliqué with your sewing machine. Fusible appliqué is a time saving technique that works well with machine appliqué. Then you can do an invisible satin stitch with your machine after just a little practice. Machine quilting is a good idea if you are making a bedspread or lap quilt that will by heavily used and washed frequently.

There are many patterns available for Album quilts. You can even find an occasional Album Quilt pattern online. There may even be an album quilt group in your community or album quilt classes. As you can see there are plenty of resources to help you make your own reproduction of one of these beautiful quilts. So just jump in and start fulfilling that dream.

© 2001 Judy Anne Johnson Breneman (Do not reproduce this article without permission from the author.)

Recommended Website: Baltimore Album Quilt ~ Elegant Sampler Quilts



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