A Little Local Quilting and Some Italian Influence

A few weeks ago I attended the 100th anniversary of Baltimore’s Bromo Seltzer Tower. The structure was built in 1911 as sort of an advertisement for the Alka Seltzer like supplement. The seltzer is no longer made.  From Wikipedia: The tower is patterned on the Palazzo Vecchio in FlorenceItaly, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I wish I knew that when I was in Florence! I’m going to have to see if I have any good photos to compare.

Once, the building had a replica blue bottle on top. But, those pesky Fire Marshalls said it needed to come down.

Now, the building is home to artist studios. To celebrate the anniversary, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts solicited quilt blocks from the crafty community. Somehow, all of this escaped me 🙂

Here are photos of the finished quilt blocks. All represent something about the Tower or Baltimore. The piecing and quilting was done by the woman in the above photo on the right. I didn’t even know she knew how to quilt and I work with her on a regular basis!

Not that I think I actually could have done an applique quilt block. I mean, really. I’ve been working on my Single Girl Quilt for two years!!


  1. There’s a category of appliqued quilt known as a Baltimore quilt. Were I you, I would not attempt one as my first quilt, lol. What an amazing piece of architecture is the Bromo Tower!

  2. What a neat labour of love! I love how quirky and cool both the tower and the quilt are. Neat stuff!

  3. I just returned from a work conference in Baltimore and imagine my surprise when I opened up your blog today to see the Bromo Tower, which I rode by in my shuttle van to the airport. I really enjoyed Baltimore, had no idea it would be so interesting. We only had a few spare moments between conference functions – I’d love to return to the city when I have time to explore. Our conference was at the Tremont Grand – built by the Free Masons in 1866. Absolutely beautiful!

  4. What a pleasant surprise to see the Bromo Seltzer clock! I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which the clock plays a very minor, if memorable role.

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