1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 18 – 19 – 20 – 21


I can hardly believe we are nearly 1/3 of the way through our blocks. I also can't believe it's the first of June and the year is almost half over already. The older I get, the faster time goes by.
I hope none of you are worrying about keeping up with the stitching on your blocks. I still have one to finish from May and looking at the June blocks makes me think I won't get them all finished before we have new ones in July. Please remember, it's not a race and the only thing you really need to think about is saving the blocks each month. When the time is right, you'll have the patterns ready to work on them.

1857 Quilt block 18

Block 18


The surprise block from Mother's Day is now part of this 6th set of blocks. You can read all about it and the machine quilting on the quilt - HERE.


This block is simply signed - Mother
Block 19

Block 19


Block 19 I've looked at what is left of the signature on this block in every way I could think of and can only figure out a couple of the letters and nothing makes sense to me.

Block 19 There are some interesting embroidery details you can barely see on this block. The maker was definitely experienced in needlework.

There were frills and small stems on top of the strawberries and stems with a tendril on the grapes. The strawberry frills and stems appear to have been stitched using black thread. There are seeds stitched on the strawberries using yellow thread.

IMG_7148 There were veins stitched on the grape leaf. I'm going to use a darker shade of green thread and an outline stitch for these.

Block 20

Block 20


Block 20 This block was made by S. Ackerman

Block 20
It will be a nice change of pace from the more complex blocks this month. Four pretty leaves in a diagonal crossing pattern. The fabric looks very familiar with lots of reproductions nearly a perfect match to the original.

1857 quilt block 19

Block 21


IMG_7125a This block was made by Cousin Maggie. I love the sweet little pink bow that ties together what looks like a bridal bouquet.

I tried to study this block very carefully. It's filled with lots of embroidered details that have worn away over time. Some of the stitching on this rosebud looks like it was done by making a "Y" stitch. In other places it looks like it's a straight line with stitches crossing it ++++++++
I'd try both techniques and see what you like best. The stitching was done using black thread. There is also a single line (or very close double line) running down the center of the rosebud on the red fabric. I'm not sure why that would have been done and may not include it on my own block.

IMG_7127a Cream color thread and a tiny chain stitch define the petals on this cheddar flower.

IMG_7128 It looks like there was a center circle on this blue flower. I can't tell if it was an applique piece or if it was just embroidery. I think either technique would be pretty. You could use a little chain stitch to define the circle using yellow thread or applique a yellow circle. The circle shape is drawn on the pattern for you.

Forget Me Nots This flower reminds me of a Forget Me Not, one of my favorite flowers. I have a few of them growing near the cottage and look forward to seeing them every year.

IMG_7129a It's difficult to see in the pictures but all of the leaves had embroidered details. I'll use a darker shade of green floss on these too. This block will be fun to work on and see it come to life as you add all the special touches Cousin Maggie included in her block.

Laurel Burch Carlott's Garden Crossbody Bag LB5572 b The winner of last month's anniversary prize is Heather from Canada. Congratulation Heather! I hope you'll enjoy using the purse.

EQ7 - June Prize June is a special month for me and I've decided to have a special prize this month. Leave a comment on this post and on the 20th of the month I'll draw a name for the winner. This month's prize is either the PC or Mac version of Electric Quilt 7! I've used Electric Quilt since I saw the very first version 25 years ago at Quilt Market and pleaded with my Dad, who I was working for, to buy this fancy computer program I felt would change my quilting life. Because I tried the the rotary cutter thingy he thought was so great several years earlier, he agreed. I've been using EQ to design quilts and try out ideas ever since and love, love, love it. I know you will too so leave your comment before the 20th!

Celebrating Mary Brown from Corliss 2 Have you seen this quilt? It's simply stunning and was designed by Corliss Searcey from Threadbear in Australia. It's called Celebrating Mary Brown. The quilt was inspired by the famous Mary B Brown applique quilt sold at Christie's Auction House in 1991 for $49,500. Corliss has generously allowed me to make the pattern available to quilters in the United States exclusively at Sentimental Stitches. We're getting them from Australia to the states as fast as we can so please be patient if you have to wait a few extra days for yours to arrive.

sweet_william_max Susan Smith has also graciously made her darling Sweet William pattern available. Her adaptation of a circa 1860s quilt from Pennsylvania is as sweet as it can be. It combines patchwork, applique and embroidery. I've loved this quilt for a long time and think this might be a fun summer applique project while I'm at the cottage.

IMG_6999 Are you making Panama Pyramids? Have you joined Linda Collins' Sew along on Facebook? She's doing some fun things and the girls are making wonderful blocks. I have templates her templates available if you want to join in the fun!

Morrell Quilt If you're looking for a masterpiece quilt to make you, look at Di Ford Hall's Morrell Quilt! It's filled with all the things we love; patchwork, applique broiderie perse and more. This is a once in a lifetime quilt to make and Di has also graciously allowed me to make it available in the US.

All of these patterns are huge and chock full of photos and designs. I might not get all of them finished but love knowing they're in my sewing room even if I just want to look at them. There are some very talented quilters in Australia who love antique quilts as much as I do!

I think that's it for today. I know I've forgotten things, like the horizontal and vertical positioning lines on a couple of the blocks this months. There are days I really wonder where my head is at. I'm sorry I forgot them. Keep me posted on how you're doing and share your pictures in the 1857 Album Quilt Facebook Group.

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43 Responses to “1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 18 – 19 – 20 – 21”

  1. Heather June 1, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    I am so excited to be the winner of the Laurel Birch bag! Thanks Gay. These next blocks look wonderful and I am so excited to get them prepped to work on during summer travel times. I just love this quilt more and more with each addition!

  2. Linda P in IL June 1, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Thank you Gay for the new blocks..I’m enjoying working on these..not rushing and currently working on block 9 in Kaffe fabrics…I would love to win EQ7..I had EQ5 but it’s not working anymore..thank you for the chance to win.

  3. Sylvia June 1, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    Would love to win the EQ7. Love the 1857 Blocks! Thanks for this!

  4. Ana Maria Feijó de Melo June 1, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Adoro o site e estou amando os blocos, somente pego os projetos free.no Brasil não encontramos os tecidos usados então tudo tem que ser adaptado para o que dispomos

    I adore the site and I am loving the blocks, I only catch the projects free.em Brazil we do not find fabrics used then everything has that to be adapted for what we make use

  5. Laurie June 1, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    This has been such a fun journey — I love looking at the detail of what you can’t see! Very excited for a chance to win EQ7 – thanks 🙂 laurie

  6. Cheri Walker June 1, 2016 at 8:14 am #

    Love all the Australian quilts you are carrying on your web store. Thanks for the opportunity to win EQ.

  7. Rita June 1, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    what raffling a nice touch EQ7 on top of the free patterns every month, what are you releasing !!!

    PS : Ask Google translator’m not speak English

  8. Sally Atkinson June 1, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    I have EQ 6 and would love to upgrade to EQ 7. I’ve been following this BOM and love the variety and detail of the blocks. Thank you for offering both this month!

  9. Elaine June 1, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    I wish I had time to stop and make this quilt TODAY
    However, I am saving the patterns for a future time – hopefully not too long from now.

  10. Julee Prose June 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    love all your postings on this quilt and the Aussie quilts…would love to win the EQ7…

  11. Taryn June 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    I love the 1857 quilt and appreciate you sharing it with us in this way. I would like to learn how to use the Electric Quilt software. It’s just what I need, a way to come up with more quilting projects!

  12. Deb June 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    Thank you so much for all your time and effort you are gifting us with these beautiful blocks. I am having so much fun making these blocks. Someday I’ll decide on a border for your appliqué midgets and get that quilt finished… until then I’ll continue thinking as I stitch away on this one.

  13. Carole Y June 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the EQ7 and thank you for the free patterns

  14. Leslie Tidaback Hilmer June 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    I really love the basket and bouquet blocks! Just finishing two graduation quilts with a wedding quilt to follow. Hope to get back to May and June’s blocks by the end of the month. Thanks Gay!

  15. Sandra Miller Pitts June 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    Your research and attention to details is amazing. This quilt developes more meaning all the time. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. I have so much admiration for those doing needle turn appliqués. The examples have been amazing!

  16. Dot June 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m loving these old blocks. Thank you for all the work of creating the patterns.

  17. Kristy Wilkinson June 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

    I look forward to your posts each month. It is so interesting to see what you have figured out about these blocks. All of the embroidery details really will add to each block. Thanks so much for your work in making the patterns for us. K-

  18. Debbie Miller June 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    Cousin Maggie’s block is definitely my favorite of this set of blocks. I am enjoying this quilt so much as I am a fan of hand applique. Thanks so much for your hard work to gift us these patterns and thanks for the chance to win the EQ7! I have never tried but hear it is an amazing design tool.

  19. Kathleen Mary June 2, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    I wish I lived near you. I could sew and sew with you. Thanks so much for the new blocks. when I get nearer to finishing them I’ll post them on fb.

    Kathleen Mary who lives in NSW Australia

  20. Carrie P June 2, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Love these blocks, especially the basket block. Thank you for your generosity in sharing gifts, the EQ7 would be fun to design with.
    So many beautiful quilts these two new patterns are amazing, thanks for the opportunity to own them.

  21. Gloria Burrows June 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    Thank you so much for the patterns you give us each month.I have just got my background fabric so I can start.I would love to win the EQ7.

  22. Diane Rose June 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    You are so generous in so many ways! Drafting these lovely appliqué blocks and all of the other block patterns you have given away! Thank you for that and the EQ giveaway! And more gorgeous patterns from Australia! Thank you again!

  23. Anne Hillerman June 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    This is The Best quilting site I know of. Love the patterns,— both the ones for sale and the ones you share free of charge!!!

  24. Shasta June 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Another beautiful set of blocks. Thank you so much. I haven’t been able to sew down all the applique yet, but I have been following along and keeping up the best I can.

  25. Lona Long June 3, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Oh how I would love to win EQ7! I was just talking about this product yesterday! Thank you so very much for the chance to win- it is a very generous prize! Also, thank you for the 1857 BOM patterns! I appreciate your work and the history of this quilt! Have a great day and Happy Stitching!

  26. Janet Gluesenkamp June 3, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    Thank you so much for doing these blocks!

  27. Jenniffer E June 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    The blocks are beautiful and I can only hope to excel to the level of yours

  28. Belinda June 5, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    You are just so clever and creative Gay. Thanks for all the time you spend creating the
    wonderful “from the past” quilt patterns you share so generously with us! I’m downloading and saving these up with good intentions for the future. Right now I’m working on Sue Garman’s Friends of Baltimore……pretty intense, but I’m plugging along.
    Thanks for the chance to win the EQ!

  29. Diane June 7, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    This quilt is so wonderful and I thank you very much for making these blocks available to us every month. This new set of block is quite nice!

  30. Wanda June 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Hi Gaye, I just love the Aussie patterns. So happy you are stocking them. Also the 1857 album is lovely. I hope to carve some time to try a few patterns soon. So excited for your give away drawing on June 20th for EQ7! Thanks 🙂

  31. Sheri Klaich June 8, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    Would love the EQ Mac version and I am loving the 1857 quilt. Thank you so much

  32. Marieke June 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    Wow, I love those 1857 blocks. And I would like to enter your give away

  33. LoriL June 11, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’d love to have that to play with. Thanks for sharing your 1857 quilt blocks.

  34. Bev June 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Thank you for the “1859” quilt, I’m enjoying making the blocks and the Just takes two blocks also. I’m glad you are adding the details (stitchery), because they are hard to see in the pictures. I really think they make the quilt blocks extra special. Hand appllique is my fav.
    thank you again, Bev

  35. Debbie Frey June 12, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Sure could use EQ7. I think I’m several versions behind.

  36. Vera C. June 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    Have yet to start the last set of blocks….but I will press on ever so slowly! Maybe I’ll win that EQ7 and be so inspired that I’ll finally finish all my UFOs. Probably not but thank you for the patterns AND opportunity to win.

  37. Sherry June 14, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Thanks for providing the 1857 block patterns and the opportunity to win EQ7. It is just plain fun to sew these blocks and also see how others are using different colors. Would love EQ7 since my EQ5 is a bit out of date.

  38. Karen Malone June 17, 2016 at 12:47 am #

    I love your postings! The way you really analyse each block makes this like an in-depth guided tour of an incredible quilt,,and makes one appreciate every component. I am also really amazed at the beautifully spaced, smooth chain stitch quilting they were able to achieve. Thank you for your wonderful ongoing presentations!

  39. Jean Ruthe June 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I really enjoy all of the traditional quilts that you share. Thanks so much for all you do. It takes a lot of work to break these old quilts down into patterns so we can replicate their beauty – Thank you!

    Also, thanks for the opportunity to win EQ7 – fabulous prize!

  40. Bonnie Reed June 19, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I’ve only just begun my quilting experience. I’ve sewn for 40 years but never thought to tackle a quilt. Your site is so very inspiring. I love the quilt blocks and the way you point out all the details. I would love to win the quilt designing program to help me along my journey. Thank you for your fantastic presentations.

  41. Amanda Best June 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Fabulous blocks this month. I always love looking at your blog!
    I am still at work on the dream Garden applique blocks from your Block of the month 2014/15.
    It is one of my all time favorite projects!

  42. Pat Andrew June 23, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    Love your site and your wonderful generosity. I still have many of your quilts on my to do list.
    Keep up the good work.
    Thank you also for the opportunity to win EQ7 – now that I have time I would love to do some computer designing

  43. tonia conner June 23, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    I’m sorry I missed the EQ7 drawing, I have been wanting to learn what it is all about. But wanted to comment on the beautiful quilt blocks you shared today any way. Very inspiring.

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