Dear Daughter Block of the Month


Welcome to my next block of the month quilt along. The quilt is called Dear Daughter.

It's no secret how much I adore antique quilts. It's also no secret I have a habit of adopting quilts that are very time worn and no longer able to be used or displayed. Sometimes it's the fault of the harsh fabric dyes used many years ago and sometimes it's because a quilt was loved to pieces. The damage to Dear Daughter is clearly evident in the red print fabric in the sashing so I'm blaming the fabric dye. 

This is one of the pictures I saw before the adoption. It looks pretty raggy and I can tell you, the colors do not reflect the actual fabrics. The double blue in the sashing is an amazing print. Not only because of it's design but because of the color. I'm going to look for something like it for my own quilt.

Here's a close up of the sashing fabric. The blue flowers in the red print are more of a teal blue while the blue print is a true double blue.

I wasn't able to read any of the names, dates or inscriptions inked on the blocks before buying it but did know the quilt was made in the 1850s. 

Each of the 42 blocks is signed in ink using elegant script. Most are dated with either 1850 or 1852 and many have beautiful sentiments written for the recipients. Based on those writings, the quilt was made for Maxon and Sarah Dunham. There are blocks from Illinois, Wisconsin and New Jersey. I don't have much time right now to research the familiar links to the makers of the blocks so I've tried to stay away from as I usually find myself down a rabbit hole for hours intrigued by what I uncover. I'll be posting as much information as I can with each set of blocks and you can go from there. 

Some of the blocks are of unusual and simple design but the makers used broderie perse in many areas. Keep this in mind when selecting your own fabrics. 

Single flower circles

Leaf clusters

Even a green leafy print was fussy cut - how cute!

I found it very interesting that the blocks made in New Jersey used mostly red and green prints while the blocks made in the midwest (Illinois and Wisconsin) used mostly blue and softer color fabrics, some pink and a more blue shade of red. It shows how your surroundings and the quilters within your circle of family and friends influence your style. 

You'll be getting patterns in a slightly different way this time. It's not difficult and I'll have easy to follow instructions to explain everything. There will always be a link from here to the patterns when they're posted each month.  I'm aiming for a start date during the first full week of March. Block sets will be posted on the first of the month starting in April. There are 42 blocks in the quilt so we'll finish up in December with the last two blocks. I'm going to post them in order beginning in the upper left corner of the quilt. The sashing instruction will be posted with the first set of blocks so you can sash them together as we go along if you want.


If you'd like to join the Dear Daughter Facebook Group to share your progress, get ideas and questions answered I encourage you to join. We have great fun working together in these groups. To join - CLICK HERE  to get to the group page and click on the "Join Group" button.

I think that's it for today. As always, email me if you have any questions. There's a link in the sidebar.


Dear Daughter Materials List


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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 62 – 63 – 64


It's hard for me to believe we've come to the end of this journey. For those of you who have kept up with your blocks and have only these three to complete - Congratulations!!! I'm jealous!!! I can't wait to see all the different interpretations of this quilt as you get them done. I feel very honored you've joined me in making this special quilt.

I'm taking a break from applique patterns for the summer so I can catch up on my own blocks from the 1857 Album Quilt but hope you'll join me in making the Simple Summer Sampler. Today is the last day to sign up! This quilt was inspired by a antique quilt too! I think you'll enjoy it and can read more about it HERE.

Block 62

This sweet block is one of my favorites. I love the simplicity of it and it's signed by J A

Block 63

This block is missing almost all of the embroidery in addition to the fabric that was used for one of the tulips and a bud. This block is signed by Laura herself. Remember, she would have been only 16 or 17 years old when she made this.

Block 64

There's a little sprig of flowers and leaves across the bottom of the block.

Lovingly embroidered by hand above the year it reads:

Made by the friends of Laura A Ackerman in the year.......

And with that I close this project with the 19th set of block patterns. I planned to have this run for 20 months to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sentimental Stitches but did enough months with 4 blocks that we finished a month early. I pray your quilt will bring you much joy and happiness and look forward to working on another project together.

The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 19


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Simple Summer Sampler Quilt Along


It's hard to believe it's almost time for the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City. It starts the first week of July. I always try to do something special to honor the festival and Traverse City as the cherry capital of the world. This year I'm doing something I've never done before! I'm having a summer quilt along!

We'll be making the Simple Summer Sampler quilt which was inspired by an antique quilt. The colors I'm using for my quilt represent the TC area during the summer. The beautiful red and green of the cherries....

and the shimmering white of their blossoms on the trees.


These are some of my fabrics. I've chosen lots of different red print and a creamy white background for my blocks.


You don't have to use these colors to join in on the fun.  Your blocks might be blue and white to represent TC's winter wonderland.


Or you might make scrappy fabric blocks to represent the wonderful blend of people who visit northern Michigan each year.  Make the quilt your own!


The Simple Summer Sampler quilt has 50 pieced blocks, almost all rotary cut and machine pieced, set on point in a 79" x 84" quilt. I may add another border to mine to make it a queen size quilt to use on my bed during the holidays.

Many of you, me included, are still working on the applique for your 1857 Album Quilt. After so many months of applique I felt I needed a break with something pieced but because it's summer here and I'm busy outside enjoying the warm weather, I wanted something simple to work on. The blocks in this quilt are perfect!

  • There is a one time sign up fee of $15
  • Patterns will be posted in the files section of the Simple Summer Sampler Facebook Group. No printed paper patterns will be mailed. If you're absolutely, positively, not a Facebook person, please let me know when you place your order to sign up and I'll see what I can do to accommodate you.
  • The quilt has 50 pieced blocks with a finished size  of 79" x 94"
  • Begins on Thursday July 6, 2017  for 18 weeks. We'll be done before the holidays!
  • We'll make 2 blocks per week during July and August. 4 blocks per week for September and October.
  • This is a mystery project - see rules below ***.
  • You'll receive an invitation to join the Facebook Group within a 2 days after paying the sign up fee. 
  • Fabric requirements and quilt layout will be available in group files for planning purposes. 

*** Because this is a mystery project; by signing up you promise not to share patterns or post pictures of your blocks on any social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instragram, etc. ) platform, including your blog until after November 1st.  The patterns will be available to download until Dec. 31st.

I do hope you'll share your blocks as you get them completed in the Simple Summer Sampler Facebook group. It's always inspiring to see everyone's interpretation of a design and encourage each other as we work on the blocks.


This is the first time I've done a quilt along like this and hope you'll join me. I think you'll be really pleased with this quilt. I'm in love with it and I wish I had the time to make it in all of the fabric options I've mentioned. I know I'm sticking with the red and white for my blocks but using the green for the sashing is up for discussion. I may use my background fabric as the sashing for a sparkling two color quilt. You'll have to join in to see what I decide. There will be pictures of the quilt layout in the files section of the Facebook group so you can play around with different ideas.

Sign up ends - July 1st!


Come on.............let's have some simple summer sampler quilt fun!


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