1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 4 – 5 – 6 – 7


In spite of some nasty computer troubles I thought I would post the February blocks for The 1857 Album Quilt tonight and avoid the craziness of Monday morning. I'm working on an old laptop pieced together to get me through for a few days until I can get something new. I've never had one just stop working.
Broken Computer
I've had them get slow, too small or worn out but never completely stop with all my treasured information inside. Not to worry, everything gets backed up twice a day automatically which is something everyone should think about setting up. It's not expensive and you never have to worry about losing all the digital patterns we download and save.

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Thankfully I had a pretty good start on this month's patterns and only had to install a few programs to get things finished. I'm excited about these blocks and can't tell you how much fun it was to trace them off the quilt. You'll notice I added little hash marks to indicate the center of the square going in both directions. I hope it'll make it easier to center the blocks on your background fabric.

1857 Quilt Block 4-124h

Block 4

Isn't this a pretty block? It'll give you a chance to try something a little different. Look closely at the next picture.
IMG_5890 Do you see the white basting stitches around the scalloped edge of the cheddar fabric? That's right, the scalloped edges of both the cheddar and red on the flower were raw edge appliqued using a single strand of thread and tiny buttonhole stitches.

1857 quilt block 4 The signature on this block is inked and reads - Eliza DeClarke. My research hasn't found Eliza in Wisconsin or New York or anywhere else in the United States. I've tried everything I can think of. I've gone back in the family trees for both Laura and her husband Alfred but no luck there. I made a list of all the names on the quilt and there are three DeClarkes, John, Mary and Eliza. I can't find anything on any of them so I must be doing something wrong. I even tried looking for the name as De Clarke but that didn't bring up anything either.
Fiona's comment on my last post prompted me to order a copy of Laura's death certificate to see what caused her life to end at such a young age. It takes 4-6 weeks for that to get here but I'll share it as soon as it arrives. Laura and her husband were living in Manhattan at the time of her death. He was a book publisher and I have a feeling they lived quite a comfortable life. Laura had her own will that passed through probate court and not too long after her death her husband applied for a passport to travel abroad. I'm going to see if I can locate a copy of her will to give us a little more insight into her life and contact a great, great, great niece I located to see if she can share any stories about the family.

1857 Quilt Block 5ac-124h

Block 5

The block was made by "MD" so there's no research to be done here. This is a great block to practice your circle making technique.
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I'm sure "MD" didn't have any of the fancy tools we have today to make her circle shapes so I went to my coin purse and a quarter matched the size of the pieces. If you look at the block closely you'll see they don't fit perfectly together and some are overlapped. I wonder if she used a saucer or bowl to mark a placement guide on her block. The pattern matches the original block but you could spread them out a bit so they are edge to edge in a circle and still have plenty of room on the block.

I'm going to get all my pieces ready and make circles while I watch Downton Abbey tonight!

1857 Quilt Block 6a

Block 6

This block was made by "Aunty". Isn't it cute? I can't wait to work on this one with all the different fabrics. The red and green prints look like reproduction fabrics I've seen in quilt shops.
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Pull out your best prints for this one and enjoy the easy, graceful curves of the flower.
1857 Quilt Block 7a

Block 7

the 1857 quilt This block was made by "PJV". There are quite a few blocks with hearts and I wanted to include at least one this month.
1857 quilt Check out this fabric. Not your usual piece of quilting cotton. I really like the texture it adds to the block.
1857 quilt Did you notice the missing fabric in the center of the block? Were these melons stitched using a fancy fabric that deteriorated with age? In the Beyond The Cherry Trees quilt the only fabric that turned the same dark color and fell apart was a purple used to applique grapes. Based on that, I think I'm going to use a purple mourning print for my melon shapes.

February Anniversary Prize I almost forgot! Our 20th Anniversary Prize for February is this pretty antique scissors and tape measure set. Just leave a comment on this post and on February 20th I'll draw for the winner. Good luck everyone!

That's our 4 blocks for this month. The time to sign up for printed patterns and applique fabrics is over. They'll be going out this week. I'll be back in a few days with more information on the quilt and don't forget to stop by on Tuesday's to see if another Tuesday Treasure has been posted.

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90 Responses to “1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 4 – 5 – 6 – 7”

  1. Cherie in St Louis February 5, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    You have to be a detective when recreating these quilts, don’t you? Purple indeed 🙂 What an amazing quilt.

  2. Rhonda Casey February 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    I had no idea that raw edge applique has been around for so long. Thank you for sharing this pattern. Can’t wait to get started.

  3. Elizabeth February 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    I just Love these new quilts you are sharing. Thanks so much!!! I would love the Scissors and tape measure Also LOL.
    Elizabeth Silverdale, WA

  4. Kim L. February 6, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    This is so interesting,,,thank you for the blocks and all the information you are finding and sharing!!

  5. Emily C February 7, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    How interesting! It is amazing how long some quilts last. My GMIL still has quilts her MIL made.

  6. Claire Ross February 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Thanks for sharing . Interesting post and what a lovely giveaway x

  7. Lori Morton February 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    What a fun & informative filled info! Thanks for sharing..and for chance to win your Awesome Give-a-way too! 🙂

  8. Vicki H February 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    Thanks for sharing all this info. I love applique quilts.

  9. Gail D February 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous blocks and very generous of you to share them with us. The scissors would make such a nice present for a keen stitcher!

  10. Chris February 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    I love the beauty of the scissors. Antiques quilts inspire me to keep quilting. They say cotton fabric lasts 100 years. I think longer.

  11. Pam S February 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    Your blocks are beautiful! And so are the scissors and tape measure. Thanks for sharing your work and for this generous giveaway!

  12. Barbara Brannon February 8, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    I love what you do – and thank you SO much for sharing all these wonderful patterns. And – AND for the giveaway as well. What a treasure the scissors and tape would be, so thank you for that as well!
    Barbara in TN

  13. Rebecca H February 8, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    thanks for sharing the beautiful old quilt. Its fun to see what fabric she used. She wouldn’t believe the fabric choices we have now. The scissors are darling!

  14. Sharon Tucker February 8, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    I’m still hand quilting my BTCT, yet again, it was pushed to the back burner last month for a “must finish” piece that is also being hand quilted. However, I’m printing these and as I see Lori at Humble Quilts post her blocks, I’m really wanting to do this. Maybe fusing will get me there! Thanks for the stories, I’m really enjoying your research

  15. Sherry V. February 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these patterns. Applique is not my strong suit; but I am going to give these a shot because they don’t seem too complicated for a novice.

    The suggestion of purple is a good one. . . left to my own devices I probably would have picked a brown. . . but I think the purple will work better.

  16. Doris McCarty February 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    I love looking at these old quilts and wondering about the history of them. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Judy February 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    I think its amazing that the raw edge appliqué has stayed so intact after all this time, particularly when you look at some of the wear in other areas. These blocks are so charming and sweet. I can’t start this quilt yet but I love seeing what patterns are coming out each month and also reading about the stories behind the blocks and the people who made them. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this.

  18. Joyce Carter February 9, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    It is so amazing to see quilts that have lasted this long. I love seeing them with all the pretty fabrics that were used.But, what really amazes me is the fact that they didn’t have all the tools that we have today, and yet, they have produced such beautiful works of art. It is a wonderful treasure to own one of these quilts.

  19. Clare Wilkinson February 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you so much for these blocks. I also love the history you add.

  20. craftygramma February 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Your work reminds me of History Detectives! Wow. Wonder if they would help? I would love this set of scissors and tape, and I think it might be fun to invent a story (know any writers? Jennifer Chiaverini?) if you don’t find out these answers.

  21. Diane Rose February 10, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    Good job with your detective work! It adds so much to know the history of some of the people who made the original blocks. Thanks for all you do!

  22. Susan Wadsen February 10, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Thank you for the history of these blocks, and for shareing this wonderful quilt. (I make the blocks as soon as they are posted.)

  23. Rose Santuci-Sofranko February 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    Lovely hearts and lovely prize. Those scissors are gorgeous! Thanks and God bless!

  24. nancy February 11, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Thank you for sharing the interesting history of this quilt. It is so interesting.

  25. Nancy F. Smith February 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    deciding which fabric to go together for each block has always been my favorite part of quilting. Nancy

  26. Dorothy February 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Love those little scissors. The vintage blocks are amazing when you think they did all of it (usually) by hand, including making their own patterns.

  27. Wilma Rutten February 13, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    Thank you for sharing this amazing quilt! Love reading all the information you share with us. What gorgeous scissors!!

  28. Anina Dunn February 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    I can see in these posts your love and fascination of vintage quilts. I feel that same way. I love looking at the stitches and unique applique and wondering what they were thinking when they designed it, what their inspiration was – where they got the fabric from, (was it from a store or old clothing). I just love it and I love that you are sharing your finds with us.
    Thank you – and I hope that someone looks at my quilts some day the way I look at quilts from the past, and wonders about me.

  29. Leanne February 15, 2016 at 5:34 am #

    what an amazing adventure trying to locate the history of this quilt ! lovely blocks and those scissors are gorgeous !

  30. Vera C. February 16, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Oh my goodness! I jut found your blog and can’t wait to start this amazing quilt. You should consider doing a book that goes with the quilt pattern, so interesting. Thank you for the lovely giveaway entry.

  31. Carol February 16, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    Thank you so much for these wonderful patterns.
    I’ve been following the 1857 Album Quilt and am enjoying the process of selecting fabrics and learning about hand applique. Today I found and printed out your “Just for Baby” patterns for my very FIRST grandchild!
    I already feel like a winner, but I cannot tell I lie.
    I would LOVE to win the antique scissors and tape measure set.
    Thank you!!!

  32. Joanne February 18, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    I just found your website, patterns and great geneology
    lessons last month. It doesn’t come any better!

  33. Amie February 20, 2016 at 4:47 am #

    I feel so lucky to be par of this re-creation. Im loving making thos one! Amie 🙂

  34. ChristineS. February 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Such a beautiful gift!! I’d love to win this one!! Thanks for the chance!

  35. Marie Z. Johansen February 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    I wonder if the name ‘DeClarke’ was/is an ‘old world’ name and, perhaps when the family came to his country the name was shortens to ‘Clark’ or ‘Clarke’ ?

    I am saving the blocks to do after I finish the 3 quilts that I am currently working on! I have always appreciated that you are so generous and share these wonderful blocks (current and past) with us. Thank you!

  36. Marie Z. Johansen February 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    I wonder if this Ancestry information might be pertinent ?
    Clara DeClarkes mother was Eliza Arthur Johnson DeClarke…note that her daughter is named Clara DeClarke (with an ‘e’) while Father was DeClark.
    Maybe? Who knows, but the dates could work …..going back a bit it looks like the immigration records show origin in – possibly- the Netherlands or France..

    Search results for “de clarke”
    NAME: Clara S De Clarke
    BIRTH: 1847 New York, USA
    DEATH: 1912 Portland, Oregon, USA
    FATHER: Tallman Jacobus De Clark
    MOTHER: Eliza Arthur Johnson

  37. MarilynH March 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    I see that Marie Z Johansen is on the same trail that I am. I found the DeClarkes in Wisconsin in 1860: Name: Eliza De clork
    [Eliza De Clark]
    Age: 33
    Birth Year: abt 1827
    Gender: Female
    Birth Place: New York
    Home in 1860: Beaver Dam Ward 4, Dodge, Wisconsin
    Post Office: Beaver Dam
    Family Number: 2
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Tallman De clork 40
    Eliza De clork 33
    Susan De clork 15
    Sarah Jane De clork 13
    Clara De clork 11
    James De clork 9
    Ella De clork 7
    Anna De clork 3
    Frances De clork 1

    I also found that Eliza De Clarke died in Multnomah Co, OR 13 October 1891. Here’s her at Find-A-Grave:
    Eliza Johnson DeClark

    Birth: Jul. 10, 1826
    Tappan, Rockland County, New York, USA
    Death: Oct. 13, 1891
    Woodstock, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

    Married Tallman De Clark 30 Dec 1841 Tappan, Rockland, New York.

    Family links:
    Tallman DeClark (1819 – 1898)

    Sarah Jane De Clark Mink (1846 – 1894)*
    Clara Stephens DeClark Haffenden (1848 – 1912)*
    Mary Ella DeClark Maybe (1855 – 1887)*
    Annie DeClark (1856 – 1909)*
    Walter DeClark (1863 – 1892)*

    Burial:Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery , Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
    Plot: Sec 21, Lot 2, Grave 2N

    Created by: VDR
    Record added: Sep 20, 2010
    Find A Grave Memorial# 58923625

    Her husband, Tallman, is there, too, and was a pioneer railroad man in Oregon.

  38. MarilynH March 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    In 1870 the family was in Indiana:
    Name: Eliza Declark
    Age in 1870: 40
    Birth Year: abt 1830
    Birthplace: New York
    Home in 1870: Valparaiso Ward 3, Porter, Indiana
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Post Office: Valparaiso
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Fallman Declark 50
    Eliza Declark 40
    Sallie Declark 24
    Clara Declark 22
    Ella Declark 15
    Anna Declark 13
    Fanny Declark 9
    Walter Declark 7

    They were in Oregon by 1880:
    Name: Eliza De Clark
    Age: 52
    Birth Year: abt 1828
    Birthplace: New York
    Home in 1880: East Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Relation to Head of House: Wife
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse’s Name: Tallmen De Clark
    Father’s Birthplace: New York
    Mother’s Birthplace: New Jersey
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Keeps House
    Cannot read/write:


    Deaf and dumb:

    Otherwise disabled:

    Idiotic or insane:

    View image
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Tallmen De Clark 60
    Eliza De Clark 52
    Clara S. De Clark 29
    Ella De Clark 25
    Annie De Clark 21
    Fannie De Clark 19
    Walter De Clark 16

  39. MarilynH March 1, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Tallman De Clarke was also from Rockland County, NY.
    Name: Tallman Declark
    Event Type: Baptism
    Birth Date: 18 Jun 1818
    Baptism Date: 25 Jul 1819
    Baptism Place: Clarkstown, Rockland, New York, USA
    Father: James J Declark
    Mother: Charity Stephens

  40. Joan Kelley August 22, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    Eliza De Clark is named as a daughter of Arthur Johnson in the will of Susan B. Day, (Rockland, NY wills P:191). Her siblings (as per will) are Jane, wife of Lawrence Mann; John V. B. Johnson, Henry Johnson and Isaac C. Johnson.

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