Friends of Baltimore

I know that Friends of Baltimore is the actual name of the pattern I am following but I am thinking I need a more suitable name that reflects me and my journey of making this fabulous quilt. Thinking hat is now on. I just have to wait and see what is rattling around. I hope to finish the hand appliqueing of the top right corner of the block today and the embroidery tomorrow. Drum roll…… then I start prepping the final corner block of the quilt. I believe it is just starting to actually sink in that I am about to complete this project. I am excited at that prospect. Here is the top right corner before it has been appliqued. I had a bit of a problem getting the pattern to fit so I had to resort to “Press and Seal” where I traced the pattern and then laid it on the fabric for placement. It worked rather well and I was able to make the necessary adjustments.

My friend Christine and I ventured out last weekend to a local quilt show put on by the Cabin Fever Quilt Guild in Camdenton, MO. It had a very nice display of beautiful quilts from many talented quilters. Imagine my surprise to turn a corner and there was a quilt that I had just received the pattern in the mail. I was delighted to see this quilt in person. My plans are to make it for my great-nephew Connor but to modify it to add his name across the bottom. On my list to make after I finish Friends.

While I have been recovering from surgery I have had quite a bit of time that I was unable to sew which lead me to get caught up on some reading. I have finally started the Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time series. I’m not sure why I had not read them before now, I actually bought them each year in hardback as they came out as a gift to my then husband. So here I am purchasing them again. Life has a humorous twist sometimes. Needless to say, I am enjoying them.

Today I will also work on my list of small projects that need completed before I get back to Sue Garman’s pattern Afternoon delight which I started a while back and had planned to work on simultaneously with Friends of Baltimore. I overestimated my capability of working on both these projects at the same time and unfortunately had to put aside Afternoon Delight. I am thrilled at the prospect of getting back to her.

Well I’m off to get my corner block completed today. Happy stitches everyone.

I almost forgot…. here is my new coffee mug. Those who know me will say it’s perfect for me.

Sissy Malone


About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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