1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 49 – 50 – 51


It's the first day of March and everywhere I look there is snow, snow and more snow. Things looked very different last week when it was 60 degrees.

We set a record for the warmest day ever in the month of February!

My time away from the office has left me behind in almost everything I'm responsible for. It didn't help when the external hard drive where I store all my pictures and pattern files decided it no longer wanted to work. I have a back up system that backs up files automatically twice a day but somehow that cute little external drive wasn't on the list so............... I'm waiting and praying the files can be retrieved. All of this meant I had to come up with something pretty quick for today's blocks.

Block 49


There was a pretty cluster of grapes that has completely disappeared except for the remnants of where the stitching was.

The block is signed by W. L. LaRoche.

The reverse applique at the end of this stem is amazing.

The details of the stem being sewn in two sections is worth noticing. The tendrils are finely embroidered in a tiny chain stitch. The quilter who made this block also embroidered veins in the leaves. This block looks simple but will take some time to complete.

Block 50


Some of the essentials you'd need to set up housekeeping. This block is signed by Willy. It's nice to have some simple blocks to balance the more complex ones.

Block 51


This block is a real treasure. It is signed by E. LaRoche. Be sure to take note of all the fine details included. It's obvious both of the LaRoche blocks were made by seasoned quilters.

The bow is made in four pieces and there are several tiny embroidered stems in the blocks.

This flower is partially gone. The fabric on the top part looks like it may have been silk. There was delicate inking on all of the petals.

You can see lots of embroidery accents on these two flower buds.

The butterfly is beautiful. The dark blue fabric also looks like silk. Be sure to note on the pattern, there was embroidery on the larger green leaves that has worn away. Take your time and enjoy this one. It'll be well worth the effort.

It won't be long until we take on a couple of broderie perse blocks.
You'll need a fabric with three leaf clusters.

And another one that has small vine sections. Check your stash and make a visit to your local quilt shop to see what you can find.


The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 15


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