1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 15 – 16 – 17


Hi everyone! I don't know about you but I can't believe I survived Block 14 from last month. All the ins and outs and roundabouts of that block were still on my mind as I selected the blocks for May. I hope you'll enjoy the simplicity of two of the blocks so you'll have extra time to concentrate on one of my favorite blocks in the quilt.

Heirloom Embroidery Scissor Pendant 2 If you received this week's newsletter you've already heard that Susan K. was the winner of the pretty Heirloom Embroidery Scissors Pendant. She's sent me her address and the pendant will be on the way to her this week!

Laurel Burch Carlott's Garden Crossbody Bag LB5572 b This month I'm bringing in the springtime flowers for the May prize with this pretty Laurel Burch Crossbody purse. It'll be perfect for going on shop hops and vacation this summer. Leave a comment on this post and on May 20th I'll draw for the winner!

1857 album block 15

Block 15

1857 quilt block 15 This block has an embroidered signature of "Auntie" so I wouldn't dare guess who might have made this one.

1857 quilt block 15

1857 quilt block 15 You can pick out your favorite red print or paisley for this block. It's a nice big leaf that's perfect to show off a great piece of fabric!

1857 album block 16

Block 16

1857 album block 16 This block is signed by Lizzie. The block could have been made by Laura's sister Elizabeth who was born in 1843. All of the petals are the same size so this one should be pretty easy to stitch.

1857 quilt block 17

Block 17

1857 quilt block 17 This block is chocked full of the most amazing details. It's one of my favorite blocks and wonderfully stitched!

1857 quilt block 17 The little cherries are each about 1/2" in size so you'll get practice making perfect circles. If you need any help, refer to the tutorial HERE.

1857 quilt block 17 This block has a tiny cross stitched signature of Amelia. I tried to do some research on this block using both the Ackerman and Griffiths last names. I've found Amelia Ackerman Smith. She was born about 1820 and lived in New York during the time these blocks would have been made. I believe her mother is Cynthia Ackerman (we have a block signed C. Ackerman) and Amelia has a sister named Louisa (we have a block signed Louise A.). It all seems to make sense to me.

Block 17 Bird The embroidery on this block is fantastic. We've all seen embroidered cherry stems like these but this bird was beautifully done. Most of the very dark brown or black thread has worn away. It looks like quite a bit of it was done using a single strand of thread so perhaps that's why it didn't hold up very well. The cream thread, which may have been a different color thread originally, has held up nicely and you can see the tiny chain and buttonhole stitches perfectly. Does anyone have an opinion on the cream color embroidery thread? I'd love to know if you think there has been a color change. This close up of the bird is included in the pattern along with my notes on the embroidery. If you want a faster finish, use broderie perse for the bird. There are lots of great prints out there featuring our fine feathered friends.

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63 Responses to “1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 15 – 16 – 17”

  1. Elvia Shirkey May 5, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

    These are going to be fun to see how others will be doing them. I have enjoyed seeing everyones color choice. This has been such a great ideal. Thanks again for sharing and love you teaching on this too.

  2. Shasta May 6, 2016 at 4:58 am #

    This bird block is so exquisite! I don’t know if the color has faded, but it does make sense to make the legs lighter.

  3. Patti May 6, 2016 at 5:11 am #

    I love red and green album quilts and this one is special. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  4. Ruthie Peterburg May 6, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Thank you Gay for yet another set of delightful blocks and thank you for your generosity.
    Warm hugs, Ruthie

  5. Terri Drake May 6, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    These blocks are marvelous! The detail on the bird block just blows me away. In studying the thread for the feet and the quilted stitches, I would say that the threads for the legs and feet may have faded. Some pale yellow threads have been known to fade to an almost cream color. Just a thought.

    Love the Laurel Burch purse and I am a big fan of her fabrics. The purse would go great with the socks I have that are similar to this pattern. It was a sad day when she passed away, so glad to see that the family is continuing her patterns and fabrics.

    Thanks for all you do and all the wonderful patterns you have provided. To see these old quilts get a new life is just wonderful.

  6. nanette May 7, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    I am trying to “grab” your 1857 button, but it is not responding to copy. Any suggestions?

  7. Gay May 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Not sure what’s wrong. I’ll email it to you too.

  8. Kari May 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Love the cherry tree – thanks for the wonderful blocks!

  9. Sandra Miller Pitts May 9, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    I am having so much fun with these blocks. I have decided to make what everyone’s calling the chicken foot into a green leafy plant. Thank you for another great giveaway!

  10. nancy May 11, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Love the blocks and the history of the quilt. Thank you for doing this.

  11. Ramona Einfalt May 12, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Just found this site this a.m. So am very excited to get started. Looks like lots of fun. Even the prize.

  12. Debbie carraro May 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    I adore the little bird block even if it is a little more difficult to do. Thank you for your patterns gaye

  13. Diane May 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    I really love that yellow bird !!!

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