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.