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I had great fun making a carrying case for Baltimore Album (or other) blocks this weekend.  I’ve wanted to make this project for years, as I have watched friends carry their applique blocks in these beautiful and sturdy cases.

Large case holds up to 18" blocks

Large case holds up to 18" blocks

I was pleased to have the opportunity to take a class (taught by my friend Karen Pessia at the Quilted Crow in Boxborough, MA) which made putting the case together a snap!   The case is made out of fabric-covered foam core boards cut to size, and some of the construction is a bit tricky.  We received great directions and tips that helped us all speed through the sewing.   Half of the class had their cases finished by the time they went home.

Smaller case on back holds up to 12" blocks

Smaller case on back holds up to 12" blocks

The basic pattern for this block carrying case is available in Baltimore Elegance, by Elly Seinkiewicz.  The sample in the book has an embroidered monogram and suggested applique embellishments to the case as well.  I decided it was a perfect opportunity for some machine quilting instead.  I made a small quilted (and trapunto’d) monogram in a solid  fabric which I added to the front of the case.

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I made the smaller case (sewn to the back of the large case) out of a solid sateen fabric — to show off the machine quilting of course!  I adapted a stencil for the quilting pattern here:

Quilting on cover of small block case

If I make another case, I would add more machine quilting to this smaller case, for additional stability.

The next time you are working on a project that calls for embellishment, consider machine quilting as an alternative to embroidery or applique.    Small machine quilting projects like these are excellent practice, easy to quilt and fast to finish, and a great way to show off your love of machine quilting!

Now I need to start working on some blocks so I can use this case!

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