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Thread: Baltimore Album Quilt

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    Baltimore Album Quilt

    If I was to order a book on this, who you would recommend?
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    Elly Sienkiewicz. She will tell you everything you need to know.
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    Well, I do have many applique books. Some of Ellie Seinkiewics books are out of print. I think I would look on Amazon under quilting applique books and see some of the new books. I'm sure they give good detailed directions. If I was just learning hand applique, then I would also sign up for a class. I've taken bunches of classes at AQS Paducah, Grand Rapids and at the Shipshewana Quilt Fest. They attract the award winning names. Loved every class. Good luck.

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    Don't forget you can by books that are out of print from https://www.abebooks.com/ or https://www.alibris.com or https://www.hpb.com. I've bought from all three many times over the years.

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    I am not a beginner to appliqué...I think I have tried them all. I thought I would like to tackle a few of these blocks using needle turned appliqué (my favorite).

    Thanks for for the tip on the other book sources. I had looked quickly at Amazon, and it appears in my opinion, that the books are somewhat older. There were not a lot of copies on some of them.

    I was was thinking of maybe getting a couple of books, and then picking and choosing which blocks I liked. Assuming I can enlarge the blocks to an uniformed size.
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    I haven't ever used their mail order services, but I do get most of my quilt books and such from my local Half Price Books, they have a number of available Baltimore Album books, including some of the Ellie Sienkiewicz (she's sort of the bible on the things).

    https://www.hpb.com/products?utf8=%E...altimore+album

    Good luck and much success to you! Even before my vision tanked I never have been much of a hand sewer nor do I do much applique. I have much sincere appreciation of those of you that do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceblossom View Post
    I haven't ever used their mail order services, but I do get most of my quilt books and such from my local Half Price Books, they have a number of available Baltimore Album books, including some of the Ellie Sienkiewicz (she's sort of the bible on the things).

    https://www.hpb.com/products?utf8=%E...altimore+album

    Good luck and much success to you! Even before my vision tanked I never have been much of a hand sewer nor do I do much applique. I have much sincere appreciation of those of you that do!
    Thanks for the website...I did see some good prices on their books. I will have to include one of Ellie Sienkiewicz books in my order.

    My quilt guild meets once a month and every one just brings what you want to work on that day. I enjoy hand sewing, and I find it easier to bring that along instead of a sewing machine. I usually have some quilting project ongoing at home and with that I mean using my sewing machine.
    Lisa

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    I would have to ask first 'have you ever hand appliqued before?" If not, I would suggest Mimi Dietrich for your first teacher doing Baltimore Album applique. Her patterns are simpler and easier to learn from. Ellie's books are wonderful, but I wouldn't suggest them for the first-timer. They more in the 'advanced' applique range.

    When I wanted to learn applique, I started by taking a Baltimore Album course. I hated it. I really struggled and my blocks looked like awful in comparison to everyone else's. I stopped appliqueing when I finished the course.

    A few years later when a friend blackmailed me into taking a course to make the quilt, "Snow Days," I found it much easier. No sharp corners, no circles to make perfectly, nothing that had to be to concise. The quilt came out beautifully. I tried Baltimore blocks again, and they came out looking really nice.

    The moral of the story is that if you start with advanced-type blocks, you may become very frustrated and not want to continue on. If you start with beginners blocks you can step up to Baltimore and really enjoy it. Mimi has a books with Baltimore blocks that you can do that aren't as fussy as Ellie's.
    Last edited by mac; 09-16-2018 at 08:19 AM.

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    Mary Sorenson has 3 videos on hand applique. She is a wonderful. can order from her website,
    www.maryappliques.com

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    My favorite applique teacher was Pat Campbell. Her books are probably still available, though older. I love to applique and my stitches do not show. I have read many applique books and one can see all the stitches. I don't like to see stitches poking out on the edges; I like for them to be invisible. IMHO, the design should float on the surface. Just be patient and work on your stitches.

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    I did a Baltimore Album quilt when I first started quilting and used Eleanor Burns' book. She was doing a series about it on my PBS channel and I followed along with her. She made it simple and fun.

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