Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fantastic Christmas Quilt

Merry Christmas!
Applique Christmas snowman quilt block by Miriam L Meier
Snowman block in Miriam Meier's Christmas quilt
One of the most beautiful Christmas quilts I have ever seen is the "Baltimore Christmas" Quilt by Miriam L. Meier from Reedsville, Wisconsin.  This exquisitely appliqued quilt, shown below, has many beautiful Christmas blocks.  

Christmas Baltimore quilt by Miriam L Meier
"Baltimore Christmas" by Miriam L. Meier of Wisconsin
Miriam Meier's "Baltimore Christmas" quilt has a large Santa applique in the center of the quilt surrounded by a square of twelve beautiful blocks, framed by a wide sashed border.  Each of the blocks are festive and unique, and Miriam's applique work, embroidered details, and color choices feel perfect.  

Christmas Baltimore quilt by Miriam L Meier
Gingerbread men and candy block in Miriam Meier's quilt

For me, the best way to enjoy a Baltimore style quilt is to view the overall quilt, and then pause and study each of the different blocks making up the quilt.

Christmas Baltimore quilt by Miriam L Meier
Gingerbread house block in Miriam Meier's Christmas quilt

In a busy quilt show, it isn't always easy to take take the time to slow down an study each block like it is it's own quilt.  But since applique quilts take so long to create, taking more time to view the quilt makes sense to me.  And I always feel rewarded for the effort. 

Christmas Baltimore quilt block by Miriam L Meier
Bells and bow block in Miriam Meier's Christmas quilt

Baltimore style quilts are created by time consuming hand applique work, and I wish I had the patience to  complete even one of the blocks shown.  I have attempted appliqueing small items, and I know how time consuming the technique is.  Hand applique work has few short cuts.   

I saw Miriam's quilt at the Madison Quilt Expo in September 2013.

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