Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 1


Today's the start of the next block of the month. This time we'll be working on my adaptation of another antique quilt in my collection. The quilt is filled with more antique fabrics than I can count and a great array of patchwork designs. It feels a bit odd to not be working on an applique project but so many of you asked for a little patchwork relief so here we go!

Before we get started I want to address a serious topic I've received a couple of very nasty emails about. I've been accused of being insensitive, uncaring and ignorant among other things in regard to this quilt. I've even been told I shouldn't have it in my collection. Here's a news flash for those of you who have written and those who think you should write to me because there's a once innocent quilt block in this late 1800s antique quilt - - -  You need to educate yourself, not me! I saw the offending block and am wise enough to know the maker included it in her quilt because of it's design,  popularity at the time and  for no other reason. The quilt was made long before an evil man selected the symbol to represent his regime. I'm not going to make this long winded and hope you'll take the time to read this well written and educational blog post.  and this article from The Society Pages too.   I have the highest regard for the Jewish people and for their plight during World War II. I never had any intention of presenting the offending Whirligig block which resembles a swastika during this block of the month and certainly don't want to create or cause distress for anyone. I apologize if this whole topic is making anyone sick but receiving nasty emails doesn't do much for my health either. That poor quilt block can be seen as yet another victim of a disgustingly evil time in our history. We should always remember and honor but not punish the quilters and quilts who were created before that time. Let them be reminders of what should never, ever happen again. 

Here's how things are going to work  for the Cheddarback Quilt -

  • I'll post the instructions for 1 large block and 4 small blocks on the first of each month, beginning today.
  • The blocks will be free for 1 month. After that you'll need to purchase any blocks you missed in the online store.   The block will be posted here and past blocks will be in the Sentimental Stitches online store. 
  • The program will begin on March 1 2019 and continue for 14 months
  • There is a Facebook Group for anyone working on the quilt. You can ask to join the group - HERE
  • The finished size of the quilt is 73" x  87"

You might have wondered where the quilt got it's name - here's your answer! The entire back of the quilt is the yummiest shade of cheddar you can imagine. It's difficult to capture the richness of the color so here's little introduction -


Yes, there is a new little girl at our house. She's keeps things lively around here while we wait for the perfect little sister for her to be born. Hopefully by later this year we'll have another baby join our family. We didn't plan to get another dog the same color as Clutch but this little girl came along and I think Rob wasn't sure I'd make it if we kept waiting too long. It's been almost 15 years since we've had a puppy. It was like having a newborn for the first few weeks. 

If you're wondering how Clutch feel about this - he's had his moments but is becoming a great big brother. 


I know, I know...........two videos? There is just so much to talk about with this quilt. Take note of the things I talk about and then go back and look at the photograph of the entire quilt. You might decide to make some of the same choices the original maker did. 

Here's a good look at the sashing used throughout most of the quilt. The little squares and squiggle are black. You could probably use a polka dot fabric for the sashing too.

Here's a good look at the blue sprig print used in the sashing across the top and down the two sides.

Here's a suggestion for sashing fabric.  I purchased this not too long ago so you might still be able to find it. It's Collector's Gallery by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics. Design 1207-0111


Block 1

This is our first large block. It's traditionally called 'Rolling Stone'. It can easily be rotary cut and machine pieced.

These are the first four small blocks. You can see they are joined together with sashing and cornerstone. Instructions are included in the first pattern set.

Block 2


Block 3


Block 4


Block 5

I have a feeling these will keep you busy for the entire month until we get into the swing of things. 


Cheddarback - Month 1 Patterns - CLICK HERE



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Dear Daughter Block of the Month – Blocks 37 – 42


Today is our final set of Dear Daughter blocks. I feel like the year has just flown by. I've seen such beautiful blocks being made throughout the year and look forward to seeing your completed quilt.

Rather than hold things over until January for the last two blocks I've posted the final 6 blocks. This way we can have a fresh start in January on a new quilt! Are you wondering what it will be? There's actually going to be two projects next year - something for everyone! I'm keeping them under wraps for now but promise to share one of them with you very soon.

Let's get started on this months blocks -

Block 37

Elias Randolph

Fulton Rock Co 


John A Randolph


Such a simple block but still very pretty. I think the fabric was once a beautiful shade of green.

Block 38

I'm in love with these quirky tulips. I think it's wonderful the way they dance around the block. There are four signatures on this block -

Grace L. Dunn

Harriet M Dunn

Elizabeth Y Dunn

Cornelia M Dunn

Plainfield NJ 

May 25th 1852

This for Maxom and Sarah Ann Dunham

Block 39

Maxom Dunham

Piscataway NJ

May 25th 1852

This beautiful bird block is for our groom - Maxom. Don't you just love the stripe fabric used for the stem and the wonderful indigo print for the flower pot? Beautiful fabric choices.

The bird itself has a reverse appliqued eye and wing. Look at the sweet little feet on this bird!

Two little flower pots are appliqued on the bottom corners. The fussy cut leaves fit perfectly. 

Block 40

We have another beautiful bird for our bride -

Sarah Ann Dunham

Piscataway NJ May 25 1852

Block 41

Cornelius C Blackford

May 25th 1852

Piscataway NJ

All of the little leaves on this block are fussy cut from the same pretty green print we've seen in many of the blocks.

Block 42

Emaline G Holton



It seems appropriate the final block is a donut block. I love the indigo and cheddar broderie perse appliques around the donut. You've seen the leaves in the corners many times before. 

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support and participation in recreating this wonderful quilt.  I hope you've enjoyed the journey as much as I have. 


Click on the link below to get to the and look for the listing for this months blocks. You can purchase the blocks for $0.00 (FREE) until January 1, 2019


Dear Daughter Blocks 37 - 42


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Dear Daughter Block of the Month – Blocks 33 – 36


There's a great mix of blocks this month with lots of room for creativity. I can't wait to see what everyone does with these. I think you'll have lots of fun so let's get right to them -

Block 33

Catherine R Duhham


Abraham Dunham

Remember Us

May 1852

I love the striped fabric in this block. At first glance you think it's used haphazardly but the quilter was selective in the placement of her templates when cutting out the pieces. I really struggled when drawing this block. The "fussy budget" side of me wanted to make things symmetrical on the corners but in the end I decided to stay true to the block and leave it a bit wonky.

Block 34

To my Sister

Sarah -

Eunice Burns

Ill 1850

There's some great broderie perse on this block in a fabric we've seen before. Personally, I'd love a few yards of the fabric used in the donut!

Block 35

Prudence A Blackford

May 25 1852 Piscataway NJ

Look at the two photos above carefully - all of the green stems and leaves in the block are actually broderie perse from a familiar green fabric we've seen before. The pattern has guidelines drawn around the center flower to help you select a fabric in the appropriate size. I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this block.

Block 36



Frances M Holton



This block has broderie perse on the four sides and corners. Nothing is symmetrical about anything except the donut. If you look closely at the corners, you can see where the quilter cut out pieces from her fabric following the flow of the sprig of flowers. None of them are the same. The sides are little bud motifs.


I guess that's all I can think of for this month. Click on the link below to get to the and look for the listing for this months blocks. You can purchase the blocks for $0.00 (FREE) until December 1, 2018


Dear Daughter Blocks 33 - 36


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