1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 56 – 57 – 58


It's a three block day today for the first day May. I'm a pretty big fan of all of today's blocks. They're not too difficult but each one is unique in both design and style. There's always something to keep us interested in this fantastic quilt.

I'm heading to the cottage this week to turn on the water for the season and get the hummingbird feeder out. I don't think the cherry trees will be in bloom yet but I'm hoping for some trillium in the woods.


Block 56


This adorable block is signed by Julia Jones in tiny cross stitches.

Check out the petals around the center circle. The papers Julia used to prepare her petals are still there. It took every ounce of willpower I could muster not to take a pair of tweezers and pull out a few of those papers just to see what they say!

 Block 57


The fantastic block was made by R.A. Brink.

There are so many amazing details in this block I don't know where to begin. We've got some cute chain stitched little feet on this eagle.

The outside edges of the eagle are are embellished with more chain stitch embroidery.
The crest on the eagle really puzzles me. I don't understand the large stitches in the very light colored thread. Did someone just baste those in to define what was the original crest? The embroidery on it is done in a red and blue chain stitch. I've given what I believe to be the outline on the pattern and also where it was divided into stripes. It's so cool!

The eagle's eye appears to have been embroidered in red. Check out the star banner! I first thought it was missing the fabric but by looking closely at the threads you can see it was embroidered on the very outside with blue chain stitch embroidery.

There was a second row of chain stitch right next inside of the blue worked in red and the lettering was also embroidered in red. I can't wait to see your versions of this block!

 Block 58


This block was made by Aunt Martha.

Pick a great yellow and green - add the red embroidery details. You'll have this  block done in no time at all!

I think that's it for today. We're on the home stretch here so I'm thinking about what project to do next. Watch the newsletter -- I may send out a survey to see what sounds good to everyone. I'm thinking we may need a break from all the applique but I have another fantastic quilt waiting in the wings and...........I haven't had time to design anything of my own to share in a long time either so there's lots to think about. My goal is to share something that will make you excited about your quilting each and every day!


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