I'm sorry to be late this month with my post for the 1857 Album Quilt blocks. After watching my granddaughter three days a week and taking care of Sentimental Stitches there isn't much time for me to do any stitching. I wasn't feeling like much of a quilter and had to put fabric, needle and thread together to renew my spirit.
At least two quilts for her little brother arriving in a couple of weeks and a quilt (it's a surprise) for someone I felt needs something special to remind them how much they're loved sooooooo I took some time to get those things finished or at least off to the machine quilter. Needless to say, when I take time to do that everything else kind of comes to a screeching halt.
I have four blocks for you today so let's get started -
This block was made my M Gowdey. I feel she was quite an affluent quilter as she had a stamp made to use on the album blocks she made for quilts. Most basket blocks of this style are pieced but this one is appliqued in two pieces. It was adorned with black thread embroidery on the basket, base and handle making it a more complex block than it seems at first glance.
Now for something special!!! One of our fellow quilters, Niki Armacost has done some fantastic research on Laura and her family. I decided it deserved it's very own page on the web site so you could refer to it whenever you want. Not only did Niki find volumes of information on the Ackerman family, their relatives and friends but she was able to find a direct link between the 1857 Album Quilt and the Houseman Quilt. I encourage you to get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and spend some time going over the Genealogy page. It will bring a whole new meaning to the quilt and probably leave you with some of the same questions I have. One of them, how in the world did a quilt of this significance end up in my care?!?!
I don't know how to thank Niki for all her time and hard work in finding the historical documents she did. I would never have been able to do what she has done. Niki, your contributions to the history of the quilt are amazing and there aren't words to express my gratitude to you for all you've done.
Elaine was the winner of September's anniversary prize (Holiday Wishes book). This month's prize is a a copy of the 2017 New Hexagon Calendar. Leave a comment on this post before the 20th of the month to be included in the drawing.