1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 29 – 30 – 31


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





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.

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.

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.

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23 Responses to “1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 29 – 30 – 31”

  1. LoriD September 1, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Thank you Gay!

  2. Linda P in IL September 1, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    Thank you so much Gay..I love this quilt, I’m way behind..but I WILL work on it after another project is caught up!

  3. Mary DeVerter September 1, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    I have so enjoyed making these blocks. Some how I have managed to stay up to date and look forward to this post each month. Thank you for sharing the patterns!

  4. Patty Cottrell September 1, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Thank you for your 1857 Quilt Blocks……the dialogue you provide is priceless. The research you have done is wonderful. Thank you for your devotion to the history and preservation of quilting.

  5. Maarit September 1, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    I love your sites and you do great job. I would love Holiday Wishes 🙂

  6. Elaine September 1, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Thanks once again for these great patterns.

  7. Edie G September 1, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    I love all that you do Gay. I haven’t started this one yet, but it is on my bucket list. When I find my photos of my Just Takes 2 that I finished in 2013, I will send you a photo. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  8. Tara J September 1, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    I love 29 and 31! Looking forward to getting caught up on these blocks. The middle (30) is a strange one. Not sure if I am going to adjust it or leave it as is. I might need to find something different for that one.

  9. Glenna Denman September 1, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    What sweet blocks! I can tell this quilt is a labor of love for you, to spend the time reconstructing missing and worn portions as well as researching the people involved in the original!

  10. Eleanor Antonakos September 1, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Like you, I love the “grape” pattern and not too pleased with the “diagonal stick” but the “snowflake oak leaves” make up for it. Thanks!

  11. Mary Ann Cecarelli September 2, 2016 at 2:53 am #

    Thank you again for sharing this beautiful quilt with us. I love reading your personal reflections on each block. Although some of the blocks are challenging, each block is so unique and they play well together.

  12. maryse September 4, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Thank you Gay!

  13. Lee September 5, 2016 at 12:14 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing quilt with us. I do love all the blocks and I love to see all the wonderful work on the facebook page.

  14. CissaK September 5, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Thank you again for such beautiful patterns and your suggestions.

  15. LoriL September 7, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    That is really a lovely quilt on the cover of that book! Would love to see what other goodies are inside. Count me in please.

  16. Rina Spina September 8, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    Love your blog, I’m collecting all the patterns for The album quilt, I’ll start on it when I finish some other project I’m working on.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Rina, in Italy.

  17. Mary Chevalier September 8, 2016 at 4:16 am #

    Thank-you for the pattern .It makes me smile with each new set i see.A book is a wonderful Gift.

  18. JoanG September 8, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks so much for your continuing variety of patterns. I love seeing the close ups of these vintage blocks and enjoy reading the historical details you provide. Keep them coming please.

  19. Heather September 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Some more great blocks, though I am not too sure about that floral spray. May have to do a little redesigning on that one!

  20. Jeanne September 21, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    It is so much fun to see what pattern you surprise us
    with every month. They are wonderful. Wish you would
    have classes again in G.R. Thanks again.

  21. Diane Smith October 20, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    I just discovered your web site today. Your projects are so exciting. I especially love the Just Takes 2 Quilt! Although it looks like it Just Takes 40 now, not including the embroidery patterns?!? Of course, I’m hoping to win the Holiday Wishes book. Fingers crossed!

  22. mindi October 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Hello Gay
    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your work. And I love your blog. Thank you for all the free stuff you provide as well!
    I’m collecting all the patterns for 1857 Album, so that I can do them all at once, and I have somehow missed set 9 . I am too late to download the free version that you so generously offered…rats! ;}
    So, I wanted to buy it. But it is not listed for sale yet. When I select set 9 from the drop down menu, it sends me to set 1. Do I have to wait a bit longer? I am really enjoying these blocks!

  23. Pat Fish March 9, 2017 at 6:55 am #

    The patterns you offer in your store are so inspiring. You provide the most wonderful selection of projects for those of us who cherish the works of those creative quilters of long ago. Thank you!

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