Dear Daughter Block of the Month – Blocks 21 – 24


Hello everyone! This is one of those months when I have mixed feelings about the blocks. Three of them are almost the same but they are very important blocks within the quilt. Two of them were made by Sarah's parents and have such loving sentiments for their daughter as she begins a new chapter in her life. 

Block 21

Block 21 was lovingly made to honor Gertrude Dunham who passed away in 1848 and make sure she was included in this special quilt for Sarah. You can tell from the verse on the block that Gertrude was treasured by her family. 


Prepared for my Mother, who died Dec 31, 1848.

Brothers and Sister:

Let us ever remember. Remember the walk of a pious Mother.

Marvin Dunham


Block 22

To Sarah one of my dear daughters -

Pray without ceasing and regard the words of your Mother. 

From your Father James A Dunham

Ill Fulton Co 1850


All of the bands on these blocks were appliqued on a background square with the corners mitered as the strips were sewn down. Some of you are piecing these blocks and they look wonderful. I think either technique is appropriate. 

Block 23

This block is your key to the title I selected.

Dear Daughter.........

Dear Daughter

When you think of us away

When your thought to Illinois stray,

When in prayer, you bend the knee,

Then Dear daughter, Remember me!

From your Mother Sarah Dunham

Ill. Fulton Co. 1850

We get so used to our "connected" world I don't think we can fully imagine who far the distance between New Jersey and Illinois must have seemed in 1850. I'm so lucky as a mother to have my children close to me. We're struggling with the thought of retiring just two hours away so my heart goes out to all those mothers of the past who watched their children marry and go across the United States to build a life in unknown places.


Block 24

Runyon Blackford

87 years of age


I love this block! It's just as sweet as can be and I can see an entire quilt using different prints for the red to make it scrappy and more interesting. I even like the little leaves quilted on each side. I can't help but be puzzled by the date of 1852 - why was this block not dated in 1850 like so many others. Was the quilt not quilted until 1852 or was it made in 1850 and some of the blocks signed later. Oh, the mysteries of antique quilts. If they could only talk!!!

That's it for this month's blocks. I hope you'll enjoy them and if you want to skip some of the square donuts blocks you can always use a few from the alternate block set.

Click on the link below to get to the and look for the listing for this months blocks. You can purchase the blocks for $0.00 (FREE) until September 1, 2018


Dear Daughter Blocks 21 - 24


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Dear Daughter Block of the Month – Blocks 17-20


I thought last month's blocks were pretty great but I'm just as excited about the ones this month. There's a great variety again and I can see lots of ways for you to personalize them to continue making this quilt your own. 

I'm at the lake this week and it's hot so inside at the computer isn't where I want to be. It seems nothing works out quite right when Independence Day lands on a Wednesday. Do you celebrate the weekend before or the weekend after of just the single day in the middle of the week?

The flowers are beautiful this summer but suffering in this heat. I've already watered the pots once today and by afternoon they'll be dry again.

I hope your summer (or winter depending where you live) is allowing for all the stitching time your heart desires. Let's get to day's blocks -


Block 17

This block is signed by Walter G Dunham - Ill. 1850


There's some great applique around this donut making it one of my favorites. 

This sweet cluster is on two of the corners and..........

this one is in the other two. There are simple circles appliqued to the top, bottom and sides of the block. 

Block 18

This block is signed -

May you be happy.

Jane Goodrich Milton

Sweet flower made from what are almost 60 degree diamonds. I love the quilting on this block!

Applique leaves on two corners using a familiar green fabric and..........

a cute little moon at the base of the flower.

Block 19

This block is signed by Daniel and Elizabeth Dunham - Piscataway NJ 1852

A great papercut block stitched in a double pink with a touch of yellow. Cute little diamonds quilted on all four sides.

Block 20

This block is signed -

For my son Maxon

As this block to others

join, think of me. Unions 

in another world. 

Your Father, Ada Dunham

Simple open squares appliqued in red and blue.

Each corner nicely mitered.

Click on the link below to get to the and look for the listing for this months blocks. You can purchase the blocks for $0.00 (FREE) until August  1, 2018


Dear Daughter Blocks 17-20


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Dear Daughter Block of the Month – Blocks 13-16


I have been so excited to bring you this month's blocks. We're taking a little departure from the sweet donuts we've been working on with a few new designs. 

I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to see all the blocks in the Facebook group. You're doing amazing work. I love how each person is putting their own spin on this quilt and making it their own. Great job everyone!

Block 13


This adorable block is signed

Martha L Perry

Fulton Rock Co 


Sweet little flower buds

and perfect circles!

Block 14


This block is signed -

Your sister

Sarah L Randolph

Fulton Rock Co



I must admit, it boggles my mind to think how long ago the year 1850 was and the talent these quilt makers had.

Block 15

This blocks is signed -

Jeremiah Dunham

Piscataway NJ

May 25 1852

Classic applique with stem and leaves all cut from one piece of fabric. Sadly, it's pretty shade of green has faded away. If you've been using broderie perse in your quilt, it could be used for the flowers.

Block 16

This block is signed -

Dear Sister -

When this you see remember me

though many miles as far apart.

When this you see remember me and

bind it to your heart.

R. (unable to read) Ill.

and Ann Elizabeth Ellis Ill.

I headed to the cottage before I finished this post and didn't bring the quilt with me. I'll edit this post to let you know the date at the top arc of this donut when I can look at the quilt again.


There is broderie perse in the four corners of the block.

Here's another angle of the name I can't decipher. I haven't seen a similar name anywhere else on the quilt. I thought about making a list of possibilities and searching to see if I can come up with anything. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment. 

Time to head over and get your blocks. Everything has been working smoothly with the web site but if everyone is trying to get their blocks at the same time you may experience some difficulty. Crossing my fingers and saying a prayer that you'll all breeze right through the process. Click on the link below to get to the and look for the listing for this months blocks. You can purchase the blocks for $0.00 (FREE) until July 1, 2018

Dear Daughter Blocks 13-16



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