Monday, May 25, 2015

Baltic Birch Plywood Plaques for Needleworkers

Rick Palardy has been making plaques for American Heroes, but is also making decorative plaques for those who enjoy the needle arts of quilting and knitting. Using the elegant scroll patterns of Sue Mey, Rick patiently sits at the scroll saw to hand guide the smallest of blades through the delicate 1/8" laminated plywood made of high quality Baltic Birch wood.

To preserve the pale beauty of this wood, he then coats each piece with three layers of clear polyurethane, allowing the beauty of the wood to shine through the spray which protecting it from curious fingerprints and the sun damage that would otherwise occur in those displayed on windowsills.

Rick backs each plaque with quilt-quality 100% cotton fabric in bright solid colors. Each plaque comes with a a flat, adhesive plastic hook that allows it to be hung in a window. But for those who want to display the plaque on a small table or  shelf, a folding stand is also available, also hand cut from Baltic Birch.

The plaques come in two sizes; small (3.75" x 5.25"), and medium (5.75" x 8" .)  The small plaques sell at retail for $15.00; the medium size sells for $20.00.

The stand, when open, measures 6" x 4.75" and sells separately for $5.00.

 Rick backs the plaques with the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, and the secondary color green. Different color backings can be special ordered; your own samples of fabric can also be used upon request. For special orders using your own fabric sample, please mail or bring  the fabric to Wooden Toy and Gift, 59 North Street, Georgetown, Massachusetts 01833.

These plaques can be seen and purchased at Quilters' Quarters and Wooden Toy and Gift in Georgetown, Massachusetts. They also can be ordered online at (see website for shipping costs.) You might also find them in other small quilt shops that are making them available on consignment for Rick.