I had been reading some blogs lately that were doing show and tells with Baltimore Album applique and it reminded me of where all of my madness began. I had been warned that Baltimore Album was not for the faint of heart and one must have YEARS of experience before even thinking, no less, of doing one. ” Ha!” I said, “a challenge? bring it on”. In all honesty, I get bored with anything “fast and easy”.
Although I have this soccer mom exterior, I am the rebellious type. Tell me I can’t do it, and I will show you I can even if it kills me. So having very little and truthfully, non-existent, experience with hand applique, I signed up for a multi-day Baltimore Album applique class through my local quilt shop. Well let me tell you, I was in my element. Obviously my skill is not as refined as it is now, but you can see I was already not content to have mine look like everyone else’s quilt/block. This is where I discovered I could really take applique to another level with detail. I never looked back. Oh and I didn’t worry either about my skill level, I knew it would catch up eventually with practice.
So just for you dear blog readers, I have dug up those first applique blocks. I never completed the set because my mind had already raced on to creating possibilities with my own designs and patterns. I also was not especially enamoured with my color choices.
The strawberries and the bottom two corner motifs were added by me to the original pattern of what I thought was a rather plain reverse applique heart. I don’t like inking details (they remind me of embroidery placement markings left naked), so I did my own details with embroidery, which you didn’t see being done at the time I did these.
Next I altered a vase block. This is where my trademark tendrils first appeared and I know I added the stuffed berries, ladybug and the bird, other than that I can’t remember without going and looking it up. Quite frankly, I don’t want my coffee to get cold while I go do that.
I am happy to report that I have greatly improved on all of these types of details.
I can see I went to town with changes on the cornucopia block. I added the Iris, butterfly, bee and whatever else that I seemed to get carried away with. I must say though, I do like my butterfly. Can I say that?
I know there is a fourth block but I have no idea where it ran off to. Too ashamed? Anyway, this is where my brain turned on the juice and saw all of the possibilities for detailing applique with embroidery. I have only gained more interest and passion as time went on. As my skills grew, I could do more and more intricate designs and I am still loving it!
I hope you enjoyed my humble beginnings with applique. Oh and I am not superhuman with a needle, I just refuse to let people tell me what I can and cannot do! LOL
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