Ask an antique quilt lover what is the advantage to living near Baltimore, Maryland, and I suspect she would say...Baltimore album quilts. I seize the opportunity to see them every chance I get. My favorite part of seeing them "in the flesh" is taking in the fabrics, quilting designs, techniques, and stitching. Today I am sharing the wonderful details in just one block in the Reverend Wilkins quilt at the Lovely Lane Museum. Above, is an adorable blue and yellow bird. Note the blue ombre fabric and how rich and true the colors remain.
This layered flower goes a step further, incorporating two fabrics in its many layers of petals. I love that star in the center.
Isn't the pink fabric in this flower sweet? There are more great details with the reverse applique and the fussy cutting for the flower center.
I'm guessing the variety of blue berries came from the same blue ombre fabric from which the bird was made.
Another great flower with reverse applique and another fussy cut center.
Here is our sweet pink fabric again peeking out from this dangling flower. Sorry to all you gardeners out there - I don't know plant names.
Put all these details together and what do you get? A charming and cheerful basket of flowers!