Baltimore Album

Appliqued blocks from these books.

 

A Baltimore Album quilt is a type of quilt that was originally made in Baltimore in the 1800’s.  These quilts are made up of a number of blocks, each appliquéd with a different design. As the popularity of this quilt style grew, women far beyond Baltimore began making these album quilts.

I wish I had a completed Baltimore Album to show you, but all I have are a few appliqued blocks. At first I set my sights on making a Baltimore Album quilt with 25 blocks. Now I’ll be happy if I can complete 9 blocks!

The blocks above and below came from patterns by Elly Sienkiewicz. (She’s the leading expert on Baltimore Album quilts and has many books on the market.) Both the red fabric (top photo) and the green print (bottom photo) were appliqued to the white background fabric. Some blocks found in Baltimore Album quilts are similiar to these blocks. Other blocks are much more fancy using multiple pieces of fabric, ribbon embroidery, penwork, etc.

red baltimore album

Red Baltimore Album Block
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fleur de lis baltimore album

Fleur de Lis Baltimore Album Block
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