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

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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!


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 12


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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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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

New Hexagon Calendar C147
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.

The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 10


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