Saturday, October 02, 2010

Quilt Patterns from the Baltimore Applique Society

After an inspiring visit from Marylou McDonald, we were able to get our hands on two patterns designed by the Baltimore Applique Society.  They have access to antique quilts and have brought the patterns to you, along with a CD including pictures of the quilts and blocks. The Margaret Potts Quilt (1851-1858) has over 80 block designs.   The blocks were made by more than one person and are made special by wool and cotton embroidery, as well as inscriptions that are inked.  The quilt is documented as being so special that "during the war of the Rebellion, at the time the Rebs were making their first raid, this quilt and other valuables were buried in a copper kettle in the woods and covered with leaves."

Lady of Victory Quilt is an exquisite pattern in the Baltimore Album style.  These block patterns are found in other quilts from the period starting in 1846.  The Baltimore Battle Monument center block was included in quilts to honor those who died in the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812.  This could be a heirloom project of a lifetime!
Patterns are available in the shop or on the Little Quilts website.

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