1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 29 – 30 – 31

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For me, September signals the start of the fall season. The children all go back to school, the weather begins to cool and the leaves start changing colors. It's a beautiful time of year and it usually allows my life to slow down a little but I don't think that's going to happen this year. I've been working on baby quilts for my new grandson due to arrive in October along with curtains and quilts for Violet's new bedroom. I'm sorry I've been such an absent leader over the summer.

Sentimental Stitches Phone Case 2 The winner of last month's 20th anniversary prize is .............Donna W.

Holiday Wishes This month's anniversary prize is a copy of the book, Holiday Wishes. There are 12 Christmas projects inside including the cover block of the month quilt. Leave a comment on this post before the 20th of the month and I'll draw a name for the winner.

1857 quilt block 29

Block 29

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The block is signed by John H. Stephens and is one of my favorite blocks. I think you'll have fun making all the circles in various sizes to put together your cluster of grapes. The embroidery on the block is mostly worn away but the delicate buttonhole stitching around the little oval at the stop of the stem is adorable. I'm going to use an outline stitch for the embroidery on the stem and leaves.

1857 quilt block 30

Block 30

This is not one of my favorite blocks but it had special meaning to the quilter who stitched it.
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The block is signed in tiny cross stitch - C. A.
It's one of the larger designs in the quilt and I had to put the little flower from the top of the stem down in the lower right hand corner of the pattern so it would all fit on one page.

1857 quilt block 31

Block 31

This is one of the sweetest blocks in the entire quilt. It was most likely cut as you would a paper snowflake.
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It too is signed in tiny cross stitch by Aunt Nettie. This is a perfect block to try your hand at back basting if you've never tried the technique.

I haven't forgotten I still owe everyone a tutorial for putting together the rings on Block 28. Rob and I should have a quiet holiday weekend at the cottage so I'll try to put that together for you while I'm there........after I finish the applique on the baby quilt and the borders on Violet's toddler bed quilt.

I have some really interesting historical information on Laura and her family I hope to be able to share soon but am waiting on permission to do that so 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.

The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 9

 

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