Capt'n John:

"I stumbled across this quilt draped over a chair in Alex's office. "What's this?", I asked. Alex said it was Wendy's quilt that had been left at the Comcast Studios in Colorado during our last taping. They found it and sent it to Alex in California. I called Wendy and asked for pictures. She had some, but not as close as I wanted, because the work is amazing. So here is the full quilt with Wendy's explanations of how it was made. But this doesn't show even half of what makes this quilt stand out.  I took pictures that get within 2 inches so you really see the work. There is a lot to see so we are showing this today with close ups on Friday and Sunday to get it all in. My favorite is the woven basket (coming Sunday)."

Enjoy Americana Baltimore by Wendy Grande, and read her explanations for why she did what she did below the quilt.


WENDY GRANDE ---I started this quilt in a class offered by Elly Sienkiewicz to make the Clipper Ship as a large center block.  Warren, my husband, was very excited and provided the inspiration for the flags and helped me understand the mechanics, from a Sailors perspective, of what was being added to the ship.  I did not add all the rigging and sails (like the ship model we have at home) as I thought it started to get to “complicated”, let alone all the extra work!  I used 5 blocks from Elly’s Books and added 5 of my own.  I love the separation the sashing provides, but I want it to remain subtle and in the background.  I also wanted a border that had bold lines but not a heavy design.  I decided to simplify flourished borders on china to create the border design.  Blue and gold 7mm silk ribbon was stitched on the foundation fabric using a split stitch.

Once the Center block was finished (17” square finished) I was excited to surround it with Baltimore Album Style Blocks that were made on a smaller scale (8” finished).  I knew I wanted an Eagle at the top (4thof July is HUGE at our house) with wreaths.  Then baskets and vases of flowers.  My sister, Lezlie,  is a floral designer and she and I have taken years of Ikebana.  I have a Masters in Ikebana and Lezlie is a 3rddegree Master of Ikebana.  When we are together no flowers, greens or arrangements go unnoticed!!  The 4 blocks at the bottom are “heavier” and are all designs from Elly Sienkiewicz.  I chose them because they “grounded” me with the trees, lovely birds and intricate work.

#12 Linda C. 2019-06-27 13:45
Please remember that quilts are works of art. Each one should have a label. This is a beautiful quilt that should have had the maker's name on it.
#11 Lindsayfarm 2019-06-27 12:07
So creative and gorgeous.
#10 fitness.jrbs 2019-06-26 21:39
Forgot to say Wendy that I was amazed that you have a Masters Degree in Ikebana. WOW, to me that is as impressive as the quilt. Thanks so much for all the explanation, really makes one appreciate the quilt more.
#9 fitness.jrbs 2019-06-26 21:36
Oh Wendy, so good to see one of your quilts, and it is amazing, and such an unusual border. I look forward to seeing the detail shots - know that I could never create something like this. How big is it?
#8 melegchristine 2019-06-26 17:10
To be honest, when I saw this quilt I just stared at it! It is all so beautiful and so balanced! Boy oh boy am I jealous( I'm still perfecting the quarter inch seam)!
#7 PeggyS 2019-06-26 16:13
Wendy, I think you married masculine and feminine brilliantly in this quilt. It's gorgeous and I look forward to the close ups. I've always been a big fan of Elly and have all of her books.
#6 Sallie138 2019-06-26 14:54
Wendy takes Ellie Sienkiewicz's designs to the next level. I did a small heart quilt from one of her books but have always admired the Baltimore Album quilts. Someday maybe I'll make one for myself.....
#5 FriedaLanham Pickett 2019-06-26 14:40
Good effort!! Lovely!
#4 Emily Richardson 2019-06-26 10:52
These people have exceptional skills. I am in awe.
#3 Laura G. 2019-06-26 07:45
This is a beautiful quilt. The border looks like rope or the epaulets on on a naval uniform. Very fitting with the impressive ship.
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