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!!!!

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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 32 – 33 – 34 – 35


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.

I wanted to make a quilt, valances and Minnie Mouse sheets for Violet's new big girl bedroom.

A quilt for her to snuggle up with on the couch this fall and winter when it gets cold.


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 -

1857 quilt block 32

Block 32



IMG_8386 This block was made my Mrs. L Ackerman and I really look forward to stitching this one. It should go pretty quickly and I want to find the perfect yellow for those lemons!

1857 quilt block 33

Block 33

I didn't have the quilt or this picture with me when I was drafting the block so my embroidery design for the basket doesn't match the original quilt - insert my sad face 🙁



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.

1857 album quilt block 34

Block 34



IMG_8389 This block was made by LB and is one of my favorites. It's got it all! Berries, flowers and interesting little details.

1857 album quilt block 35

Block 35



This block was made by Anna Kerrington (or Kenington) and is your easy block for this month. I like the sweet little chainstitch embroidery details Anna added to the stem and leaves of her block.

Laura's mother, Hannah Ackerman

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.

Holiday Wishes

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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.

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1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 29 – 30 – 31


For me, September signals the start of the fall season. The children all go back to school, the weather begins to cool and the leaves start changing colors. It's a beautiful time of year and it usually allows my life to slow down a little but I don't think that's going to happen this year. I've been working on baby quilts for my new grandson due to arrive in October along with curtains and quilts for Violet's new bedroom. I'm sorry I've been such an absent leader over the summer.

Sentimental Stitches Phone Case 2 The winner of last month's 20th anniversary prize is .............Donna W.

Holiday Wishes This month's anniversary prize is a copy of the book, Holiday Wishes. There are 12 Christmas projects inside including the cover block of the month quilt. Leave a comment on this post before the 20th of the month and I'll draw a name for the winner.

1857 quilt block 29

Block 29





The block is signed by John H. Stephens and is one of my favorite blocks. I think you'll have fun making all the circles in various sizes to put together your cluster of grapes. The embroidery on the block is mostly worn away but the delicate buttonhole stitching around the little oval at the stop of the stem is adorable. I'm going to use an outline stitch for the embroidery on the stem and leaves.

1857 quilt block 30

Block 30

This is not one of my favorite blocks but it had special meaning to the quilter who stitched it.

The block is signed in tiny cross stitch - C. A.
It's one of the larger designs in the quilt and I had to put the little flower from the top of the stem down in the lower right hand corner of the pattern so it would all fit on one page.

1857 quilt block 31

Block 31

This is one of the sweetest blocks in the entire quilt. It was most likely cut as you would a paper snowflake.

It too is signed in tiny cross stitch by Aunt Nettie. This is a perfect block to try your hand at back basting if you've never tried the technique.

I haven't forgotten I still owe everyone a tutorial for putting together the rings on Block 28. Rob and I should have a quiet holiday weekend at the cottage so I'll try to put that together for you while I'm there........after I finish the applique on the baby quilt and the borders on Violet's toddler bed quilt.

I have some really interesting historical information on Laura and her family I hope to be able to share soon but am waiting on permission to do that so I guess that's it for today. Please keep sharing your progress in the 1857 Album Quilt Facebook Group. There are some stunning quilts being made and I love seeing each and every one. There's a wealth of quilting talent in the group too if you have questions or want technique suggestions when working on your blocks.

The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 9


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