1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 49 – 50 – 51


It's the first day of March and everywhere I look there is snow, snow and more snow. Things looked very different last week when it was 60 degrees.

We set a record for the warmest day ever in the month of February!

My time away from the office has left me behind in almost everything I'm responsible for. It didn't help when the external hard drive where I store all my pictures and pattern files decided it no longer wanted to work. I have a back up system that backs up files automatically twice a day but somehow that cute little external drive wasn't on the list so............... I'm waiting and praying the files can be retrieved. All of this meant I had to come up with something pretty quick for today's blocks.

Block 49


There was a pretty cluster of grapes that has completely disappeared except for the remnants of where the stitching was.

The block is signed by W. L. LaRoche.

The reverse applique at the end of this stem is amazing.

The details of the stem being sewn in two sections is worth noticing. The tendrils are finely embroidered in a tiny chain stitch. The quilter who made this block also embroidered veins in the leaves. This block looks simple but will take some time to complete.

Block 50


Some of the essentials you'd need to set up housekeeping. This block is signed by Willy. It's nice to have some simple blocks to balance the more complex ones.

Block 51


This block is a real treasure. It is signed by E. LaRoche. Be sure to take note of all the fine details included. It's obvious both of the LaRoche blocks were made by seasoned quilters.

The bow is made in four pieces and there are several tiny embroidered stems in the blocks.

This flower is partially gone. The fabric on the top part looks like it may have been silk. There was delicate inking on all of the petals.

You can see lots of embroidery accents on these two flower buds.

The butterfly is beautiful. The dark blue fabric also looks like silk. Be sure to note on the pattern, there was embroidery on the larger green leaves that has worn away. Take your time and enjoy this one. It'll be well worth the effort.

It won't be long until we take on a couple of broderie perse blocks.
You'll need a fabric with three leaf clusters.

And another one that has small vine sections. Check your stash and make a visit to your local quilt shop to see what you can find.


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 15


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Lesson Learned


When the weather was so glorious here in Michigan last week..............

I seized the moment and went to the cottage to enjoy the sunshine. I only planned to stay a couple of days.

I really wanted to get a cuddle quilt together for my granddaughter who is due April 2nd.

I had my best helpers with me and all was well until........
this happened!!!
If you look closely at my driveway you can see how steep it is. It's gravel, not plowed and too long to think about shoveling so I looked at the weather forecast and decided I'd wait things out for the upcoming melt.
The staff kept watch over the snow while I got water from the lake so I could flush the toilet when needed.

We were able to pack up and head for home yesterday but now reality has set in and here's what I learned. There is no time in my schedule for even a few days off. When I'm gone and Clutch and Zoe are with me there is no one to do my job! Let's be honest, they aren't much help anyway but you get the point. Orders are now way behind, 1857 Quilt fabric kits are late, block of the month patterns are late going out, phone message have piled up and email questions are too numerous to mention. On top of all that, the external drive where I keep all my pictures and pattern files has decided to take a permanent vacation and my files seem to have gone with it. I can't access anything so today's blocks for the 1857 Quilt are now late too!

Stress? I won't even answer that. I'll close by saying I'll do my best to not let this happen again. I'm going to Starbuck's to get a latte followed by some groceries so I can make my husband a halfway decent dinner tonight and promise to work until at least 10 pm tonight to make a dent in getting things caught up. I think I can recreate the 1857 Album Quilt patterns that should come out today but it'll take a few hours so I thank you for your patience.

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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 46 – 47 – 48


Are you ready for some new blocks? I have three really nice designs for you to work on this month. It was fun unfolding the quilt last week and see how far we've come with this project. We're almost on the home stretch! What in the world will I do next? I have a little time to think about that so let's take a look at today's blocks.

1857 Quilt block 46 

Block 46


1857 quilt block 46 The block was signed by Alfred Griffiths. Isn't this the perfect block for the month of February? For a wedding quilt? I love the two hearts and hands. I wonder whose little hands those are depicted on this block. I couldn't help but notice they're about the size of little Violet's hands so I might try to trace around hers the next time she's here and use them on my block.

1857 quilt block 47 

Block 47


IMG_0056a This block is signed in tiny cross stitch using read thread - E.A. It should be quite easy to stitch with just a few hexagons and some circles but makes a striking block.

1857 quilt block 48 

Block 48



This block is destined to be another of my favorites. It is signed by Mary DeClarke. The delicate embroidery on all the leaves was worn away long ago but I can't wait to see the block when the stitching is there again. I love the way it looks on the pattern.


Little Quilts Squared Calendar Series all as jpg Things are busy around the office and studio. I'm working on two new $5 Block of the Month quilt programs and a couple of other new patterns. Until those are ready, be sure to check out this cute block of the month. It's called - Little Quilts Squared, Calendar Series. With this program, you receive only the patterns and use your own fabrics. You can make the blocks using wool or cottons and finish them in a variety of ways. They look great on the little metal stands or use them in a lap quilt to enjoy them all year long. Several years ago I made seasonal blocks like this and finished them as small wall quilts to hang on my Mom's door in the memory care unit. Everyone really enjoyed them. Sadly, over time they disappeared so now that I have young grandchildren I look forward to making these to use as calendar blocks in our back entry.

retreat room
Registration is open for the April 2017 Shipshewana Quilt Retreat and I should have registration for the November 2017 retreat open in the next couple of weeks. I hope you can join us. We have so much fun and there is a lot to see and do while spending time in quilter's paradise! Someone fixes your breakfast every day, makes your bed and you can sew whenever you want, day or night.


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 14


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