Thursday, October 3, 2019

We Are Heading to the Prairie!

Baltimore Fraktur
We are heading to the prairie next year—Baltimore on the Prairie, that is! Our newest teaching adventure will take us to Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska, for the Baltimore on the Prairie Appliqué Conference, September 9–12, 2020. We couldn't be more excited and wanted to share the projects we will be teaching. 

The conference has been held annually since 2008 and provides an opportunity for those who love appliqué to gather together to stitch, learn, and have lots of fun! People from around the world come and spend four days doing what they love—and hopefully, you might be able to join us as well.

We will be teaching two different wool appliqué blocks. Our first class will be our Baltimore Fraktur. This block is inspired by a block in a Baltimore Album quilt in the DAR museum. In this class, we will cover basic wool appliqué skills and a variety of placement techniques to get you started. Then we will enhance the project with ribbon flowers and embroidery that bring this block to life! We will have optional wool kits in two colorways, so you can choose which one suits you best.

Embroidery, silk ribbon, and wool blend together
Ruffled Hanah bias silk ribbon adds dimension to this flower.

French ombré wired ribbon and hand-dyed silk ribbon are used to create these blooms.

The next project we will be teaching will be our Floral Elegance vase. This design showcases a neutral palette, using wool and a variety of ribbon to create an elegant vase of flowers that would be perfect as a wall hanging or a medallion to build a quilt around.

Floral Elegance

A little embellishment on the vase
A wired ribbon rosebud

Ruffled bias silk mums and seam binding pansies are two of the flowers we will be making.

A little embroidery and embellishment with beads are the finishing touches.

We are thrilled to be heading west next year and are very excited about the two classes we will be teaching. It's such a great opportunity to spend time with fellow appliquérs—especially in the midwest. If you would like more information about next year's Baltimore on the Prairie, please click HEREWe hope to see you there!

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