Most of my first quilts were either applique or stars. I think the applique because it really is just an extension of hand embroidery and I had been teaching various embroidery techniques for many years before I began patchwork. My first quilt was a hand appliqued and quilted Baltimore album and I have made quite a few including wall hangings for friends and commissions. The following quilt is the second Baltimore I made, again hand appliqued and quilted. A couple of the designs were from books by Ellie Seinkiewicz but the centre basket is mine. When I had stitched the blocks, I went looking for the setting fabric and whilst I am not a great fan of blue, at the time it was the only fabric that I found that worked. The framing strips were leftovers from a queen size lone star quilt. This was finished in 1989.