Beyond The Cherry Trees Quilt – Block 20 Pictures


I have been thinking for weeks about the hidden stitches on the May block. On one hand I'd like to jump up and down declaring "I found the signature block" but on the other hand, I'm not sure. Working on the June pattern has gotten me "over it" just a little so I'm posting several pictures along with my observations and you can take a look for yourselves. Don't be afraid to share your opinion about what you see - we might figure this out yet!

This is where I thought I could see one of the heart shape flowers we've seen in other blocks.

I got out the magnifying glass because of some funny squiggles of stitching inside each heart shape.

The squiggles stitched with dark thread. I couldn't much sense of what I saw. I began to wonder how the quilt was quilted. Did the quilter stitch top to bottom or side to side in a frame?

Here's a look at the same photo with the block facing in three different directions. Now that I see this, maybe I should have added a fourth image with the block upside down but the squiggles looked most like letters assuming the quilt was quilted from side to side.

Here's the section with dark thread on the quilting. What do you think?

And....... a look at the other areas of hidden stitches in the block -

Lower right

Top half

I better get back to work on the June pattern. It'll be posted by the 10th of the month as usual.

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4 Responses to “Beyond The Cherry Trees Quilt – Block 20 Pictures”

  1. Scraphappy June 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    What is happening with the remaining Midget blocks?


  2. taylorsoutback June 2, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Dear Gay – agree with you that this block appears to hold embroidered initials…to me it would depend on what direction you are viewing it from…one initial looks like an “M” or it could be a “W” – the other is an “S” ? Not sure about the 3rd.
    I have completed 11 of the blocks so far including #16 with the interwoven vine and 112 or so (LOL) cherries – i did go with red rather than purple – some of the ladies interpreted them as grapes…My thought was that #16 would be the center “signature block” – perhaps calling for some inked inscriptions…but that particular block when viewed up close only shows various quilting designs.

    At any rate, I am so attached to this particular quilt – part of the reason being my grandparents in West Virginia grew cherry trees and made cherry wine and the best cherry pies in all the world!

    Thank you for offering us the opportunity to make our own and also to acknowledge this unknown quilter and her own labor of love.

  3. Fiona June 20, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Hello Gay

    I wonder whether the third letter is a p. I have traced it with my cursor and then my finger and then drawn it. The other letters have curly cues so I wonder whether the same applies for the p. I also wonder because it’s just 3 hearts whether these were the initials of her children?

    Hmmm, intriguing….

  4. Marilyn June 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I’m desparately trying to download the two most recent patterns (20 and 21) but when I click on those on the right hand side of the page, all I get is a lovely scroll of pictures of the original old quilt, no pattern What am I doing wrong??

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