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The Best of Baltimore Beauties, Part II: More Patterns for Album Blocks Paperback – August 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1571201492 ISBN-10: 1571201491

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571201491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571201492
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Elly Sienkiewicz discovered Baltimore-style Album quilts in 1982 and was instantly captivated. She lives in Washington, DC.

More About the Author

I am a happy woman, a lucky woman. Born in 1942, I remain blessed by Wellesley's liberating education, two life-long friends and happy memories. I'm grateful my father dissuaded me from a French major ("A skill, learn it later,") suggesting instead History's tree "whereon to hang what you love -- art, literature, religion broadly studied." I was blessed by loving parents -- the Artist and the Physicist -- as they protected our childhood innocence by waiting 'til asked (1963) to answer, "What your father has (multiple sclerosis from before my birth) is not arthritis. He will write you a letter." Seven years as a high school social studies teacher, feeling middle-child middling, I asked how he, a famous physicist, had come to father two history majors and a sociologist? "Man's greatest question is the nature of his relation to the Universe," he had replied, "While physics probes the nature of man's relation to the Universe, history probes man's relationship to his fellow man." I decided on my career freshman year, when, after supper, wearing my pajamas -- real red 'Doctor Dentons' with the feet, the flapper, & red shawl-wrapped, a dorm-mate, looking up, offered, "Elly, you'll make a perfect grandmother."

Now with seven grandchildren, my career-dream has come true. Self-employed since after our first child, I have run a number of businesses from home, including landlady, Happy Mother Childcare, quilting classes, Cabin Fever Calicoes (1977-1985) a mail-order quilt-shop. Since 1983 I have written 30 books on appliqué and Album Quilts. I had never written a book, but in 1983 Spoken Without a Word was easily written, quickly, and with fervency. I was enthralled by these old quilts seen first on exhibition, and I thought I understood that these quilts were speaking to us without words. My next thirty years sang with Baltimore's Album Song as I learned the style and joined so many inspiring colleagues around the world, replicating or innovating, a 'revivalist' style.

A 30th Anniversary (of the book, of the international Baltimore Album Quilt Revival movement) Edition of Spoken Without a Word, 24 Faithfully Reproduced Patterns from Classic Baltimore Album Quilts and a Lexicon of Their Symbols will debut Spring, 2014. That book begins, "In Retrospect -- One cannot be interested in an ancient tongue spoken, wordless, on cloth-- without reconsidering the world around one, the images stitched, the human stories conveyed. Nor can she consider the history thus recorded -- without being curious about what it conveys about whence she came, who she has become. Spoken Without a Word is about needlework, old patterns, fine art that having touched us, is being stitched anew today. In the broader sense, these designs, their history -- all these are fundamentally about you and me, our roots, and America's story. A story both for those here born, and those who have come, for all privileged to strive 'neath a Liberty Tree's branches, seeking what fruit she has borne. The most distinguished body of Baltimore's antebellum Album quilts might well have been meant for us to see. They were made, I believe, as monuments to the Founders' vision of a country without a king, a Republic ruled by freemen, constitution-bound. With trepidation, Benjamin Franklin, having just signed that first hard-won document of self-government, had answered a lady asking what they had created: "A republic, if you can keep it." The Baltimore Album Quilts' greatest gift to us may well be their message of courage. Through three wars (1776 and 1812 in their neighborhoods) their mid-Atlantic, mid-19th century mid-Atlantic lives, were certainly (no penicillin then . . . ) harder than our own. And yet --there is no whining in their quilts. The 'high-style Baltimores stand dramatically apart, a body of work defined by an identifiable beauty. Those sturdy women, their supportive men, sang a strong song, sweetly stitched. You may decide it was intended for us to hear. For whatever reason their style has called, 30 years now, to us around the world. Privileged to do so we are comforted as we stitch our own beauty, witness to faith and hope, quilted and with loving courage bound."

In 1995, I founded The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy®, an annual appliqué and quilt study conference each February in Williamsburg, Va. The Academy will be celebrating its 19th year in 2014 at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, an annual week-long teaching conference with a large faculty. Top-rate teaching leavened by all-Appliqué daily exhibitions, good food, and girlish fun have earned 'Academy' the affection nickname 'Ms. Tesaa' even with 'never-able-to-be-there' friends who follow Tesaa's activities on my 'List Visit' at www.EllySienkiewicz.com.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this pattern book.
C. Custer
I think Vol 1 is probably the book to begin with, and The Best of Baltimore Beauties is more of a pattern resource for quilters that are Baltimore-experienced!
"cejubitz"
GREAT BOOK as a companion to the Baltimore Album Quilts.
A. J. Rowland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Edna Forbes on February 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed. As a new quilter, I have been looking forward to doing a Baltimore albumn quilt. The book keeps refering to previous books and lessons to learn how to use the patterns, but does not attempt to explain or assist the reader in any way. I do not own any previous books so this one leaves me cold. Not recommended for new quilters like myself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Kennedy on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the second book of STRICTLY Baltimore Album Applique Quilt Blocks, sized for 12 inch squares. (if you want larger squares you would have to enlarge the well defined blocks) There are about 6 pages of color displaying variations of the same and similiar simple blocks shown in the body of the book. Most of the blocks in this book are contemporary designed blocks from students of the author. However there are some complicated floral basket designs from historical Baltimore Album Quilts as well. This book is only for the experienced applique quilter who is familiar with Baltimore album Quilts - since it is primarily only patterns to choose from in making your own quilt. This book will not teach you how to make a quilt, nor how to applique etc as only earlier books by this author contain these instruction. Since I have all the authors books, I found this a delight to add to my collection.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm disappointed there are no color photos of quilts to show these patterns.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "cejubitz" on May 30, 2000
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I love the patterns in this book! There is alot of variety - roses, wreaths, vases, papercuts, etc, but almost every block refers you to Baltimore Beauties and Beyond Vol 1 to know HOW to put them together. I am an experienced quilter and love to applique, but have never tried Baltimore-type blocks. I think Vol 1 is probably the book to begin with, and The Best of Baltimore Beauties is more of a pattern resource for quilters that are Baltimore-experienced!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By r.taylor on October 12, 2000
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Elly Sienkiewicz books in the past have been absolutely fantastic. I am disappointed in that this book is a repeat except for a few patterns (7). There really is nothing new here. If I had never purchased any of her other books I would rate it a 5
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
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This is an excellent book for all fans of applique quilting. I've looked through almost all of Elly Sienkiewicz's previous books but have never yet purchased any of them. I'm glad I waited for this book. It really does contain some of the best designs by Ms. Sienkiewicz. Probably not for beginning quilters as the focus is on the patterns and not technique, but the experienced applique artist will enjoy the many challenging blocks. It's definitely a great addition to my quit library!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beth McGinn on August 11, 2005
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I found lots of patterns in this book. Great! However, all the pictures are in black and white and are taken from her other books. She tells us which OTHER books contain the instructions. In other words, buy "Baltimore Beauties and Beyond". You will get much more out of it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Deborah C. Filkins on September 29, 2004
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Although there are many patterns and pictures, none are in color and most refer the reader back to Volume 1, Lesson #.....

Good for ideas, but difficult to complete if you don't own the previous volume.
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