Monday, January 22, 2018

The Baltimore Friendship Quilt - Woman's Day

In October 1965, Woman's Day magazine published a 4-page article about the "Baltimore Friendship Quilt" which tells about the history of the quilt. 

The quilt had recently been discovered and donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. You can see the full quilt and closeups at the Met's website here: Baltimore Presentation Quilt.

There is a nearly identical quilt in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is often called "The Sliver Quilt,” perhaps made by the same quiltmaker. You can see that quilt here: Baltimore Bride's Presentation Quilt.
A pattern was made from the quilt, and at the back of the magazine was a form you could send to order the pattern set from Woman's Day for $1.00.

The pattern was produced half-size, and intended to be enlarged 200%.

This is my original pattern, exactly as it was printed. My pattern is quite old and yellowing, even splitting at the folds, poor thing. 

Back then, you had to draw out squares to enlarge the pattern. (Photocopiers were not readily available in 1965.) So, to make the full size quilt, you had to enlarge the patterns 200% by drawing squares and then drawing the pattern on the larger squares. 

Then the 8x8-inch block designs become 16x16, the 4 large baskets become 16x32, and the center design becomes 32" square. For the larger designs, I photocopied the 8x16-inch blocks and the 32-inch center onto more than one page (obviously) that I had to tape together.

Over the years, several individuals have offered the pattern (photocopied) for sale. In 2005, the Folsom Quilt Guild produced a raffle quilt made from this pattern, and sold the full size pattern for $50. I don't think they offer it any more, but I wondered about copyright, so several years ago, I contacted the magazine regarding copyright for the pattern, and the person I spoke with told me that "copyright is not a problem."

It amazes me to see how much technology has changed, yet these beautiful applique quilts continue to retain their charm and beauty.

Keep stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham

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  1. We sure have come a long way. I remember enlarging a pattern that way years ago. It sure is a beautiful quilt!

  2. Gorgeous Quilt! I love the stories of patterns from magazines back then...

  3. I enlarged patterns that way too, long time ago!
    Do you think there is a way to get that pattern these days somewhere?

    1. When I copied my original pattern set as described in my post, it was about 50 pages on 8.5x11 paper. But enlarging them 200% is quite another issue. Perhaps I will investigate further.

  4. Hi Barbara, would you consider publishing this pattern yourself? It really is a beautiful quilt!

  5. I am a member of the Folsom Fiber and Quilt Guild and that quilt made my guild quite a lot of money! Lots and lots of raffle tickets were sold. Then three years ago, we did another Baltimore style quilt using a pattern from Sue Garman. Again many raffle tickets (the most ever) were sold.

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