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     Today marks the finish of my classic Baltimore, Sweet Journey.  Twelve years in the making and many other quilts in between.  Baltimores are intense.  They require skill, tenacity, and one becomes devoted to them.  My journey started with a trip to Houston Quilt Festival in 2003.  Elly Sienkiewicz was given the Silver Star award for her contribution to the quilting community and there were many Baltimore quilts on display much to my delight.  And above it all, the magnificent Samuel Williams quilt (google it).  Like a little girl, I stood before it mouth agape.  I was entranced.  So many magnificent blocks culminated in one quilt...and I mean Magnificent.  I left, determined that one day I would make one for my family.  

     Block by block I happily stitched my way through happy times, stressful times, and all those things that happen in twelve years of life.  At one count, I gad made over 35 blocks.  Hold it!!!  I can't even begin to tell you what panic I felt when I realized that no one in my family would thank me for that burden.  Where would one put it?  Our walls are not that large and they can't go on a bed...and so I decided I needed to split those blocks up, starting with 12 blocks and a medallion.  So this one fits nicely above the steps to my Studio where, at least for this winter, she will hang and be loved before being packed away for posterity.  

     The blocks all have a special meaning for my family, and the medallion, our Bluenose, has historical significance for Canadians.  Surrounded by wild roses which bloom all summer long in rural Alberta where our family's roots are firmly planted.

    I hope you enjoy yet another Baltimore as much as I have had in the making.

     

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 2, 2016 at 4:49am

Beautifully done, Annette!  Congratulations on such a spectacular finish!

Comment by Pam/NY on September 30, 2016 at 11:15am
Breath taking. This needs to hang somewhere in your house that there isn't even indirect light...like a hallway.
Comment by Roxann on September 30, 2016 at 11:01am

Stunning, just stunning!!! I would definitely have this appraised and tuck the appraisal away for whoever the very lucky future owner might be! Beautiful!

Comment by Lynne on September 30, 2016 at 6:30am

Annette,,, that is gorgeous!!!  Congrats on the finish of a masterpiece. 

Comment by Janet/MO on September 29, 2016 at 9:07pm

It is exquisite Annette!  I would like to gently suggest that you not pack it away for posterity though.  You put an awful lot of your heart and soul in to this quilt so you need to keep it out where you can enjoy it! 

Comment by Irene Gallway on September 29, 2016 at 5:51pm

Wow, It is gorgeous.  Congratulations on sticking with it all those years.

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 29, 2016 at 5:22pm

Oh, my, that's gorgeous! I hope so make something that beautiful some day.

Don't forget to fold it on the bias to prevent "straight of grain" creases, or, even better put it on a bed or a wall.

Comment by Pam/NY on September 29, 2016 at 5:11pm
I can't wait to see it! Good for you to finish your dream!!!!
Comment by Barb/WI on September 29, 2016 at 5:10pm

If you go to Annette's page you can see the picture of her masterpiece.  Really beautiful, Annette!  I vote you reward yourself with a trip to your favorite quilt shop!  I'm glad you shared a little of the special meaning behind some of the blocks.  Way to go!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 29, 2016 at 3:40pm

Um... Annette, did you intend to post a photo?

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