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From: JoanieB
Date: 05-26-2006, 11:00 PM (1 of 3)
I recently have gotten interested in learning about Baltimore album quilting. The president of my guild does some of the most awesome BAQs I have ever seen. She suggested I need to start with the book "Baltimore Beauties and Beyond" by Elly Sienkiewcz. Just wanted to know if anyone has this book and what do you think of it as an instructional book to learn this?

Thanks Joanie B :bg:
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-27-2006, 10:07 AM (2 of 3)
I don't have that particular book. I have Fancy Applique by Elly Sienkiewicz. It has twelve lessons to show you how to applique and how to enhance it with blanket stitch, beading, etc. It is full of diagrams describing needle position, fabric manipulation, specific stitching patterns, as well as lots of ribbonwork. Patterns are included with directions for every step. This book is very thorough and covers every aspect of applique.

If her other books are as helpful you can't go wrong.
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From: Patty22
Date: 05-27-2006, 04:38 PM (3 of 3)
Elly's first "book" was _Spoken Without a Word_. This was a pattern book with historical information and softcover in a very odd size - about 13" square - but good for copying the patterns directly. Also included is a Lexicon of symbols - such as the meaning of specific flowers. (hahaha - so I added a little Hemlock and Rue to the tussey mussey....hahahah) _Baltimore Beauties and Beyond_ is a two volume book. As Mary said, her directions are excellent. There are also _Baltimore Album Quilts: Historic Notes and Antique Patterns_ and _Dimensional Applique: Baskets, Blooms & Baltimore Borders_ which are excellent if you want to further your Baltimore experience.

Elly gives in her book various methods of applique. I started using freezer paper for my templates after going to her workshop in May of 1990. This is also where I was introduced to straw needles and I haven't parted with them since.

There are some other Baltimore Books out there - trying to remember as I had purchased them, but sold those books - but in my opinion Elly had the best instructions and historical notes.
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