Christmas Baltimore Album


3680531874_1e61bc9368I have the main part of the quilt top finished!! Now on to the borders.  I haven’t even gotten that pattern out to look other than knowing that it has a red flower in the center and has a white flower on each side of the red with greenery extended on each side.  Each border is the same design.  The finished size of the quilt with the borders is to be 75 x 75 inches.  I might enlarge it possibly if I have enough fabric with maybe another sashing design around the next applique border.  I’m not really sure.  The size it finishes to will not fit the bed of course so if I leave it the size it says it will be for draping over the couch or for hanging on the wall at Christmas time.  We will see when the time comes.  So far this quilt has taken me about 120 hours to make.  It took about 20 to 25 hours for each block and then sewing the sashing and blocks together added more time to it.  I started it back in February.

I’m glad to have gotten to this point on the quilt top.  I don’t know if I will start a border right away tomorrow or wait a couple days.  I have not quilted on “Insanity Revisited” for awhile and really need to put in some time on that one too.  After all I have to get it off of the frame so I can quilt this one when the time comes!

I took a few pictures in the yard today.  Here are some of my flowers.3680528608_d772da5d17 I never planted these tiger lilies, I had one bulb wash in from a storm once about 5 years ago I guess and since then they have populated themselves and I now have about 25 of them blooming!  The have little black seeds on the stalks and they fall off and eventually grow to full size and that is how I have gotten so many of them.  I will have to dig them all up one of these days though as I do not want them growing where they are, which means the next couple weeks I need to get out there and pick all of the seed pods off of them and put the seeds where I want them to grow and then dig the bulbs out this fall and plant them too.

3680522446_1e687cc141Also here is a photo of my bird feeder that I took this morning, if you look closely you can see a bird at it.  I have had a lot of purple finches at the feeder this year, I’m not sure if this is one or not, I couldn’t get the bird clearly in the photo.  I also have woodpeckers, nuthatches, cardinals, & bluejays.  I’m sure there are others but I always notice these that I named.

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10 comments… add one
  • Regina Chronister Jul 1, 2009

    I love how it is turning out. I am almost finished with my 2nd block on my heartland quilt. I am keeping up can you believe it I may make history. Regina

  • Crispy Jul 1, 2009

    Oh this quilt/wallhanging/couch cover/bed quilt (whatever it will end up being LOL) is going to be so beautiful. I’ll be interested in what you come up with if you make it larger.


  • Caron Mosey Jul 2, 2009

    Juat beautiful, Karen! Love the blocks, the setting and the colors! Can’t wait to see how you finish it off.
    .-= Caron Mosey´s last blog ..Economy Block =-.

  • Vicki W Jul 2, 2009

    The quilt is looking beautiful!
    .-= Vicki W´s last blog ..Bird Watch – With a Bonus! =-.

  • Karen Jul 2, 2009

    If I make it any bigger it would probably just have some of the sashing for a border. But like I say, no idea if I will make it any bigger. Thanks for the comments all – I love the way it looks too and so glad I got that pattern

  • Melanie Jul 2, 2009

    It’s looking gorgeous!
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Omlet Sandwiches =-.

  • Deb Jul 3, 2009

    Hi Karen, Your Christmas Baltimore is fabulous. I like the red and white in the centre. Just wanted to let you know your parcel was sent out in Mondays mail. Not sure how lone it will take you to received it, perhaps a week or so. Hugs and Stitches.Deb

  • Wanda Jul 3, 2009

    I didn’t plant my tiger lilies either but they keep popping up even though I have dug them all out and have given them away a couple times. Mine aren’t in bloom yet but are close.
    .-= Wanda´s last blog .. =-.

  • Veronica Jul 3, 2009

    Karen, your quilt is lovely. I was trying to imagine what it would look like block by block. Can’t wait to keep following your progress. Veronica
    .-= Veronica´s last blog ..Staying Organized =-.

  • Mary L Jul 5, 2009

    The quilt is going to be so beautiful! And I love the tiger lilies. All of mine died off and I miss them.
    .-= Mary L´s last blog ..Happy 4th of July! =-.

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