1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 42 – 43 – 44 – 45


I think 2016 was quite the year and am really looking forward to 2017. Have you planned at least 20 new projects like I have? I'm really good at making lists of all the quilts I want to make, gathering the fabrics and then by next month I'll be more realistic and scale things back to maybe only 10 projects - haha!

It's hard to believe by the Fourth of July holiday we'll be finished with our 1857 Album Quilt! I have four blocks for you today. They're a mix of things I love and things I would never think of including in an applique quilt so let's get started.


Block 42

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Photo Dec 30, 1 21 29 PM This block is signed by Uncle Andrew. I actually like this block quite a bit. It's unusual and has some great elements within it. I made it a bit smaller than the original and you might want it even smaller so take a look at that before you cut any fabric.
I'm not sure if the branch in the center is a mixture of fruit and leaves or all leaves. I wonder if those are figs? What do you think? Whatever they are this will be a fun block to pull fabrics for and stitch.

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Block 43

Photo Dec 30, 1 22 40 PM This block was made by Maggie or Maddie. I can't quite tell because the embroidery has worn away.

Photo Dec 30, 1 22 49 PM Find yourself a great polka dot piece of cheddar fabric for the center of this block. You can see the block more than fills the background square so I made it a little smaller too. Check to make sure it's the size you want and reduce or enlarge if necessary.

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Block 44

Photo Dec 30, 1 23 40 PM This block was signed by C. Ackerman

Photo Dec 30, 1 23 48 PM I think these represent gardening or farming tools. A spade, hoe, watering can, pail and clippers.

Photo Dec 30, 1 23 56 PM They're pretty tiny but kind of cute.

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Block 45

Photo Dec 30, 1 25 11 PM It was sewn my Mrs. Stephens.

Photo Dec 30, 1 25 20 PM Be still my heart! This block is just beautiful! The layers on this rose are fantastic and lend themselves perfectly the an ombre piece of fabric if you have one.

Photo Dec 30, 1 25 29 PM It's almost hard to tell the very center of the rose was once a sunny yellow. Those stems are not for the faint of heart. You can see my "stitch and cram" technique for sewing these beauties HERE.

Photo Dec 30, 1 25 36 PM I wonder if the brown fabric was always brown or once another color? The embroidery once down the center of the leaves has all worm away.

Photo Dec 30, 1 26 01 PM If you're intimidated by the stems you might consider embroidering them or use a lightweight, washable ultra suede for those pieces. No edges to turn under and looks really elegant in a block. I've used the ultra suede on miniature blocks and been very happy with the result.

new year baby Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for sharing this quilt journey with me in 2016. I pray you'll all be blessed in 2017 with much love, good health and happiness. Lots of fabric and time for stitching would be nice too!


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 13


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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 39 – 40 – 41


It's December! The last month of the year! I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season. I've been busier than usual this year.

Vincent 1

Vincent 3

Vincent 2 This little man finally made his arrival on November 9th. His name is Vincent Robert and he weighed 9 pounds - 1 ounce. His due date was October 23rd so we were all relieved when he finally arrived and is the perfect little bundle of joy.

Retreat Nov 2016 The Shipshewana Quilt Retreat a couple weeks ago was fantastic. The trip deserves a post of it's own and I'll work on that in a little while but the classes and time spent with Linda Collins will be treasured by all of us for a very long time. If you ever have a chance to take one of her classes or attend her lecture be sure not to miss it!

I'm just getting into the swing of this year's 12 Days of Christmas promotion so I hope you're signed up for the newsletter so you'll hear about the new products and great deals in this once a year sale.

vintage sewing clipart
With everything that's been going on I decided to select easy blocks this month. I just went along the bottom row of the quilt and hope you don't mind.



Block 39




IMG_9681 Although this block is simple, I think it'll be fun to stitch. It is signed by John DeClarke.




Block 40


IMG_9676 This block has a tiny cross stitch signature of Susie.


IMG_9678 This isn't one of may favorite blocks by a long shot but I do really like the green print used in it.




Block 41


IMG_9673 What in the world is this meant to represent?

IMG_9674 Many have thought this piece of fabric is newer than the rest of the fabrics used in the top and was sewn on to replace another that has worn away. I can't see any indication of this but it's interesting to think about.

IMG_9675 This block was made by Julia.


addicted to scraps The winner of last month's 20th Anniversary Prize is Karen. Congratulations!

Clover Mini Clips This month's prize is a 50 pc. set of the new Clover Mini Clips. The new narrow tip is fantastic for hand stitching and English Paper Piecing. By now you probably remember, leave a comment on this post by the 20th of the month and I'll drawn a name for the winner.

That's it for today!


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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 36 – 37 – 38


The sky is glowing with color as the leaves change from green to the brilliant shades of fall and at times the air is filled with the toasty smell of the leaves being cleared through the woods and burned in little campfires.
Fall Colors

Don't you just love the little ears that photobombed this shot! I took the picture out the window of the Jeep and didn't see those little ears peeking out the window to see the colors too.

Click HERE to see a great video of the fall colors around my home in northern Michigan.

1857 block 36

Block 36

1857 block 36
1857 quilt block 36 This charming block was made by Emma. I really like it's simplicity but realize all those star points will be a challenge to stitch.

1857 quilt block 37

Block 37

1857 quilt block 37
1857 quilt block 37
1857 quilt block 37 This sweet block was made by Eliza Campbell. It has lots of embroidery and single thread details. All of the stems are embroidered using an outline or stem stitch in a medium green. The details at the top of the strawberries are stitched using a darker shade of floss. It's hard to tell for sure but it looks like the stems going to the strawberries themselves were stitched using the darker floss. They have worn away and may have been worked with fewer strands of floss making them more vulnerable to deterioration. The strawberries have single thread stitches scattered across each one using a single strand of cream color thread. I might consider using a light yellow for a more realistic look.

1857 quilt block 38

Block 38

1857 quilt block 38
1857 quilt block 38 This block has a scattering of fall leaves. It was made by Louisa. While it may look simple, all those dips and curves are going to take some time to get just right.

New Hexagon Calendar C147 The winner of last month's anniversary prize was Leslie - congratulations!!!

addicted to scraps This month's prize is a copy of Bonnie Hunter's new book - Addicted to Scraps. I can't think of anyone who works harder and shares more of themselves with quilters than Bonnie. She has a great new ruler that came out at the same time as the book. Check it out HERE.
I think by now you know how this goes...... leave a comment on this post and on the 20th of the month I'll draw a name to determine the winner.

Shipshewana Tree I can't wait to see those of you who are traveling to the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat in a few weeks. The retreat this fall is full but there are still a couple of spots open in the classes with Linda Collins.
We'll get together again in April without a teacher and then again next November when our guest teacher will be Di Ford Hall. Many of you have written and called asking when you can sign up for Di's classes. Registration will begin in January 2017. Watch for details on the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat web site or sign up for the Sentimental Stitches newsletter (sign up in the right sidebar). I'll announce the registration opening and events through the newsletter. I'm working on dates and teachers for 2018 and 2019 because Shipshewana is a magical place for quilters and I think everyone needs to visit there at least once....or twice....let me be honest.....twice a year is hardly enough!!!!

The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 11


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