1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 25 – 26 – 27 – 28


Hello August - how did you get here so fast. In Michigan we've had several hot, humid days when all I feel like doing is lounging in the water or running through the sprinkler with Violet. That means there isn't enough time to do everything I want to do but I'm making progress. I'm now only 3 blocks behind on my applique! I'm not worried because once the leaves change colors and the cold weather rolls in I'll have plenty of time to catch up.

I had to be careful this month when selecting blocks because I always want to do my "favorites" and there are some "what were they thinking" blocks we need to tackle too. I've tried to give you a mix of those this month and some are easy, some will take more time.

1857 quilt block 25


Block 25

This block isn't one of my favorites but it's growing on me as I've researched it's meaning. The embroidery has partially worn away but I could still make out the lettering which reads: "Touch not - Taste not". Are you scratching your head in wonder? I sure was but have learned with antique friendship quilts if something is written on a block it's usually one of the two S's - Sentiment or Scripture. In this case it's scripture! Colossians 2:21 from the King James Version of the Bible to be exact. If you look at the 2nd chapter of Colossians in it's entirety it talks about staying close to Christ and away from worldly things as you live your life.


1857 album quilt block 25 The block was made by Helen.

 I think she was concerned about Laura leaving her family in Wisconsin to go live New York as a new bride with all the worldly temptations that would surely come her way in such a big city.

1857 album quilt block 25
1857 album quilt block 25 Even though it's an unusual block I think it would be pretty using a larger scale print for the two bottles with solid color goblets in the center.



Block 26



IMG_7774 Isn't this a pretty block? I love the delicate stems that were once embroidered. There are delicate little curls on top of the rosebuds.

IMG_7772I've looked at this inked signature every way I can think of and can't figure out who signed the block.



A second color green was used for part of the stem.



Block 27


IMG_7770This simple block is another place where a medium to large scale print would be perfect for your fabric choice. You can see in what remains of the fabric that it was originally a floral.

IMG_7771The block is simply signed - Magy (or was it Magg?)



Block 28



IMG_7780The block was made by Maria Brink.

It was nice to have a name to research but I can only make a guess as to who our Maria is. I couldn't find anyone named Maria Brink living in Wisconsin where Laura was from and found only one Maria Brink living in New York during that time period. She was born around 1817 but I didn't see any direct family relationship to Laura or Alfred so I can't be sure.

IMG_7781 What a great design of interlocking circles! There's a little donut shape on the pattern so you can cut all the shapes, make a slit in each one and weave them over and under. I think this is the easiest way to make this work. Just remember, you have green rings and 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock and red ones at 3 and 9. Start by positioning those and work in the two rings between 12 - 3 - 6 - 9 and back to 12.

IMG_7491 The winner of last month's anniversary prize is Laurie! Congratulations! I'll email you to get your delivery information.

Sentimental Stitches Phone Case 2 I designed this phone case several years ago and people stop me all the time to ask where I bought it.

Sentimental Stitches Phone Case It's been one of my favorites and I thought it would be a great anniversary gift. Leave a comment on this post before the 20th of the August and I'll use Random.org to select the winner.

I guess that's it for today. Please keep sharing your progress in the 1857 Album Quilt Facebook Group. There are some stunning quilts being made and I love seeing each and every one. There's a wealth of quilting talent in the group too if you have questions or want technique suggestions when working on your blocks.

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32 Responses to “1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 25 – 26 – 27 – 28”

  1. Chris Forster August 1, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Thank you Gay for you hard work and inspiring us. Love the latest blocks.

  2. Sandy R. August 1, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you once again for giving us these quilt patterns and the research that you have done. Do you do your research through Ancestry? Oh, if only these old quilts could talk!!

  3. LoriD August 1, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Thank you Gay! I hope to get caught up this month!

  4. MaryC August 1, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    I have to decide if I’ll try to get each months’ blocks *first* and then to previous/late ones…. or just keep working first to last… sigh. I’m having fun, now that I’ve *finally* gotten started! Thanks for the patterns and inspiration! 🙂

  5. Cherie in St Louis August 1, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    I love the research you do….it adds so much to have an idea of the meaning when stitching the blocks. Thank you for these wonderful blocks and stories.

  6. Bev August 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    I find that I am motivated by the story of each block, it is so interesting to learn of the meaning of each block and for some the biblical connection. Thank you Gay!

  7. Sandra Miller Pitts August 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Love love love this project!
    Since August 20th is my birthday I am feeling lucky and I have an I phone in need of a new case.
    Thank you for, well, all of this

  8. cissak August 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    Thank you again. What a lovely project. Happy birthday Sandra.

  9. Lynda August 2, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    Gay, have you tried a black light on the unreadable signature? It may help to highlight the last remnants of the black thread.

    Thank you for your research and all your hard work on the templates!

  10. Pam August 2, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Gay,

    Thanks for your diligence tracing the signatures on this amazing quilt and recreating the blocks to share.

    I was also thinking of trying an ultra violet light on the illegible signatures. Worth a try. Also try holding it over a light box, hoping there may be some remains. Failing that I would try ringing the Museum that conserves quilts & fabrics, they may have ways of reading the subtle remnants. Good luck!!

    Pam (DownUnder)

  11. Pam August 2, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Gay,

    I have been examining the mystery signature & wondering if the second word is Family?? maybe. I think the first word starts with either an A written as a large ‘a’ or a ‘C’. Could be Chang or Young?? Young Family.

    I just clicked on the square & enlarged it to full screen, then tilted the screen slightly backwards & it becomes a tiny bit clearer as the image becomes darker.

    I’ll keep trying.


    Pam (DownUnder)

  12. kathleen c August 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    Thanks so much for the information and the patterns that you generously offer your followers. I always look forward to your posts.
    My birthday is August 19, and I’ve finally graduated to a phone which I can use for texting! ha-ha. Your phone cover is very clever and eye catching. thanks!

  13. Lee August 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm #

    Thank you so much Gay for the wonderful 1857 blocks. I am enjoying them so much. it is so good of you to share these with everyone.

  14. Susan R August 4, 2016 at 3:10 am #

    Wow! That phone case is a fabulous way to attract fellow quilters. It’s awesome. Really enjoy your website. Thanks…Sue

  15. Deb Eickman August 4, 2016 at 4:09 am #

    Now that I have decided to retire from my job I may be able to play catch up on this beautiful quilt journey. I want to change my colors from the original three I have done. Black and white? Maybe…. :).

  16. Marilyn Wharton August 4, 2016 at 4:26 am #

    Love the phonecase design!

  17. lana reed August 4, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    Just LOVE this quilt and the blocks are so different and not too difficult. Thanks!
    The phone cover is the best I have ever seen…

  18. Karen in Breezy Point August 4, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    Thanks so much for these beautiful blocks! Your phone case is pretty cool–love it!

  19. Brenda August 4, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful treasures with us and for doing some research into the quilts. I wish I could do them all.

  20. Shirley August 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Always enjoy what you do for the quilt history and their preservation. Keep it up.

  21. Donna W August 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks for the 1857 Album Quilt Blocks. And, I love your phone case.

  22. Betty C August 5, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Great design on your phone case.

  23. Sharon M. August 5, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    You have the best giveaways and great patterns. Thank you so much for sharing.

  24. Wanda August 6, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Gaye, It is so much fun to read the stories and see the new blocks each month. I agree that your give-a-ways are AWESOME – but I am not in the running this time because of recent awesome win 🙂 — However, I would like to know where or how you can design a phone case because this one you have done is also AWESOME!
    Thanks for such a delightful blog.

  25. Susan August 8, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks for four more great blocks. I think it’s so interesting to see which ones have faded or shredded and which have not. That wreath block looks almost new after all these years. Thanks for the giveaway, too. It might finally get me to get a new phone after six years. LOL

  26. Johanna August 8, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Bonnie Hunter mentioned your web site so I thought I would take a look.

  27. Gay August 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi Johanna,

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you’ll find something to make your quilting more enjoyable.

  28. Gale C. August 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    Thanks for all the patterns for the blocks. I would love to be able to make all your quilts! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Louise Fredieu August 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    I just found you. How blessed i am! Sounds like you are an amazing person. Hope we get to know each other very well during the upcoming months/years.

  30. Tina W. August 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi! I haven’t been doing this quilt but am keeping up with your Vintage Blooms embroidery blocks. Are more patterns coming? How ever did you design your own phone cover? I love it!

  31. Louise August 18, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Another opportunity to thank you for the 1857 block patterns. I look forward to starting it.

  32. Gay August 22, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    I’m sorry about the delay in this month’s Vintage Blooms block. I went to the cottage for a week and forgot my notebook with the patterns inside. Setting it right out in front of me on the desk obviously didn’t help! I’ll be posting the August block this week. I designed the phone cover in EQ7!

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