Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts – Book Review

April 30, 2012 § 5 Comments

Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts

25 Blocks • 12 Quilts • Embellishment Techniques
By Elly Sienkiewicz  with Mary Tozer

If you’ve been quilting for any length of time you’ll have heard of Elly Sienkiewicz. She’s one of the “quilting royalty”. Her Baltimore Album quilts are famous and she has a reputation for being an amazing teacher. I’ve only been quilting for a couple of years and I’ve heard the ladies on the various lists I belong to speak of Elly with both awe and affection but until now I had never read one of her books.  This one is called Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts and it’s an astounding collaboration of Elly and hundreds of quilters who gave their time and skills to make the stunning quilts that illustrate this book.

How the book works

This book is part history, part gallery, part classroom and part pattern.

First, Elly tells you about the history of Baltimore Album quilts and the women who made them.

Then she follows this with a gallery of quilts she calls Baltimore’s Daughters. The first quilt in the gallery is shown on the left. It’s called Happiness is in the Journey.

Click on the photo to bring up a larger image and you’ll be able to see more of the detail in each block.

The next section is the classroom section where Elly gives you lists of all the supplies you will need if you want to make the Happiness is in the Journey quilt and shows you all the techniques you need to know to make each block.

Techniques include: appliqué with freezer paper inside, needleturn appliqué, cutaway appliqué, layered appliqué and a whole host of embellishment techniques and embroidery stitches.

The last section contains all the patterns you need to make this lovely quilt with instructions on how to transfer the patterns from the book together with enlargement percentages for larger block sizes.

It’s a well-written comprehensive book that leads you by the hand and gives you everything you need, bar the fabrics and notions, to make your own Baltimore style quilt.

Where to buy this book

This book is widely available. You can get it from C&T Publishing as a soft cover book for US$29.95 plus postage. It’s also available from Amazon for $27.10 plus postage (If you live in the US this is eligible for Super Saver shipping). The best deal I’ve found is at the Book Depository (affiliate link – doesn’t cost you anything but gives me a little something towards the upkeep of the blog 🙂 ) where you can get it for US$25.30 including postage.



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§ 5 Responses to Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts – Book Review

  • Joan says:

    Beautiful workmanship. I would love to do one, and maybe might start one, but don’t know if I would finish it. I am told that doesn’t matter as it’s the journey that counts, but I think I like shorter journeys better. lol
    Having said that, I also want to make a Dear Jane, and a Double Wedding Ring, so if I’m going to take a journey at all, I should get started or I mightn’t get anything finished. Love your blog Munaiba, and also love Book Depository, so will order through here in future.

  • sylvia says:

    I have several of her books and love each and every one. Her DVDs are well worth the price too. You get to “meet” this lovely lady in a more personal way with them. Great book review.

  • Doreen says:

    Thanks for a great review~the info provided is, indeed, enticing!! Will seriously consider this purchase!! I love a good journey…..hugs, Doreen

  • Marcie says:

    I have an earlier book of Elly’s, and the diagrams and instructions are excellent, I expect this one would be just as useful. Baltimores are beautiful, but I’m not into hand applique.

  • Doris says:

    Yes, Elly is wonderful. She is so quotable. One of my favorites is “My life is counted in blocks not quilts.” Makes me feel better about lack of speed. I have all of her books two of which I’ve purchased more than once because I either wore it out or gave my copy away.

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