Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 9

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Hi Everyone! I hope your November is off to a great start. Mine is very busy so this is going to be a short post. 

This is a month where we have a large block and a couple of alphabet blocks. Because the layout for the quilt includes 4 small blocks I've included a couple of bonus blocks this month for you to use. You can use any 5" block you'd like. 

If you haven't purchased the Alphabet pattern you can find it - HERE

Block 37

I saw this block and was so excited. I love pink and brown together and this one looked like a little quilt all on it's own.

The prints are wonderful and the construction is amazing. Look at how great those pink stripes line up!! And that brown stripe around the outside corner!!

At first glance the construction looks pretty simple and I was going to present it as it is in the antique quilt but about half way through I decided to start over because I thought I was going to go crazy. I'll tell you what I changed and you can decide for yourself if you want to match the original or take my easy way out.

Look closely at the corners where the narrow dark brown stripe is - those perfectly matched stripes hide  mitered corners. That alone is not such a big deal but the dark brown strip doesn't go all the way around the block so how in the world are we going to put that in there and avoid partial seams on top of the mitered corners. I didn't see a way out of that quagmire so the corners are not mitered and the narrow strips on the sides are pieced so you can get everything together with full seams. I'll admit, I haven't tested the pattern but have gone over it umpteen times and believe it works.

Block 37

Here's one of the optional blocks. It's a classic Log Cabin block you can foundation paper piece and it'll look great in the quilt. 

Block 38

Another easy, peasy block but select a great print and it works! 

That's it for today. I'm heading off to Shipshewana on Sunday afternoon to get ready for Bonnie Hunter to arrive at the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat on Wednesday. There will be lots of laughs and flying needles next week in Shipshe! The April 2020 retreat is sold out but there's still room in the February, Pajama Sale Retreat. You get the bonus of attending the amazing Pajama Day Sale taking place through the entire town. It's something you have to experience to appreciate. 

 

Click on the link below to head over to the online store and get your blocks.

 

Cheddarback - Month 9 Patterns - CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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Ella Maria Deacon Quilt – Month 2

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I hope you're having a wonderful day. I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that's it's almost time to close things up here at the cottage.

The temperatures have turned really cold. I've seen little ice balls fall from the sky and there's lots of rain and wind forecast for the rest of the week. I'll head home for a couple of days and then back up here for one last week to pack things up so we can drain the water for the winter. I'm glad I have the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat with Bonnie Hunter to look forward to the first week in November or I might get a nasty case of the blues! There are a few last minute class openings if anyone is interested.

Before we get to this month's blocks I want to tell you about a fun sew-along that starts later this week at Sharon Keightley Quilts.

I lost track of how many of her beautiful Autumn Bouquet books you've purchased from the online store.

I was thrilled when I found out she was featuring one of my favorite projects from the book in her sew-along. It's a fun and beautiful small project so I hope you'll pop over to her blog and check it out. I know it'll be fun and there are giveaways too! She'll give fabric selection tips on October 17th. I'll be gathering mine!

Let's get to our second set of blocks. This month we're going to the lower left corner while last month's blocks are still fresh in your mind......... you'll see what I mean as you read on.

Block 5

attributed to Martha Haines / Rancocas / N. Jersey

I believe Martha was born in Rancocas, NJ around 1829. Sadly, she died at the age of 30 in 1859. She was single at the time of her death. Her parents were Elizabeth Stokes and Abel Haines, both descendants of early settlers of Burlington County, New Jersey.

I just love a classic Ohio Star block and this one is extra special because the background fabric is the color fabric so the star just glows against the dark background. Easy, peasy, rotary cut and machine pieced.

Block 6

attributed to John S. Horner, Jr. / Springfield / N Jersey

The 1850 census shows John Jr. to be 19 years of age. He was living with his parents, John and Elizabeth Horner, one of 5 children. It appears he fought in the Civil War, enlisting in 1862 and being discharged as a Private in 1863. The 1880 Civil War Pension index shows him living in the same place with his occupation listed as a veteran. 

Woohoo!!! Our first all applique block. It seems so pastel compared to the other blocks in the quilt so I'm picking out a double pink, double blue and a tan print for my block. I think you'll enjoy making this one.

Block 7

attributed to Samuel Wells / Rancocas / New Jersey

With this easy block you'll have plenty of time to work on the applique of Block 6. I did provide a template for the corner pieces but the rest is rotary cut and you can machine piece this block.

Block 8

attributed to Sarah A. Warner / 1842

 

I believe Sarah was born in New Jersey in 1811. She married John Holland in 1834 at the age of 20. She had 7 children and never lived outside of Burlington County. She died at the age of 51 on Dec. 1, 1865. 

 

And.......boom! While last month's Block 1 is still fresh in your mind you'll shuffle some fabrics around and make another one. This one was a stinker for me so I'm not too thrilled I didn't see this last month because I would have had us make two - sorry about that. With two easy blocks this month I think we'll be okay.

I don't have fabrics for my blocks with me so I'll post pictures of them in the Facebook Group as soon as I get them finished.  You are making some beautiful blocks and I can't wait to see them each month. Next month will give me more flexibility in block selection so you may be surprised by my selections. Until then, enjoy your stitching!

 

Ella Maria Deacon Quilt - Month 2

 

 

 

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Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 8

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October 1st!!! It's October! The temperatures are cooling down - the leaves are changing color - only four weeks until I head to Shipshewana for the quilt retreat. It's a really busy time of year. I always feel like fall kicks the quilting season into high gear and that I like very much! Our summer travels are over and we can reconnect with quilting friends and plan winter projects and holiday gifts. It's a fun time.  

The blocks for Cheddarback last month were a little different with 1 large block and two small blocks for our quilts. This month is also a little different. We're in the center of the quilt and this whole column is different from the outside edges so we have two large blocks this month.

Block 34

This is a really interesting block. It would normally be a pieced block diagonally in the square but in this case it's a combination of piecing and applique with the design set straight on the background square. It also gives us a great look at that amazing fabric used for the cornerstones and throughout the quilt.

Here's the patchwork part of the block. You're going to using diamonds and a triangle to piece three flower units and then applique those sections along with the rest of the block on the background square. Does the background fabric look familiar? The background fabric is the same blue print used as the sashing around the outside edges. 

Block 35

This is going to be a fun block to put together. There are four different fabrics packed into this block making is a real beauty.

The two blue prints are as perfect choices and that sweet beige background print..... I wish I had yards of that one.

That's it for this month. Click on the link below to head over to the online store and get your blocks.

 

Cheddarback - Month 8 Patterns - CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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