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Merry Christmas to you all, whereever you are!

I am so happy to be able to show off my finished Baltimore Album quilt at last.

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Started out as an in-between project to fill up time while waiting for my quilt along to be carried on each month, it has over time evolved into a big project itself—and now come to this! It measures about 80 inches squared. Compared to most of my quilts, I had no pattern for this one but rather designed it all by myself. That is, I did a lot of research on Baltimore Album quilts, noted down designs I liked, and then created patterns with my favourite motifs.

I remember that I started with a design that I like best until this day, and one of the hardest because the appliqué has many small curves—the oak leaf design which I put in the centre of this quilt. I saw many patterns like this, and almost always the wreath of leaves was complemented by red apples. But as I sewed this square, I found that the apples would cover up so much of my oak leaves that I thought it a great pity that the elaborate leaves should come to lie under the crude apples. And so I invented the silver and gold acorns.

I guess I could produce a small history of every one of the 25 blocks, and that is exactly one of the many charms of a sampler quilt, isn’t it?