Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 1


Today's the start of the next block of the month. This time we'll be working on my adaptation of another antique quilt in my collection. The quilt is filled with more antique fabrics than I can count and a great array of patchwork designs. It feels a bit odd to not be working on an applique project but so many of you asked for a little patchwork relief so here we go!

Before we get started I want to address a serious topic I've received a couple of very nasty emails about. I've been accused of being insensitive, uncaring and ignorant among other things in regard to this quilt. I've even been told I shouldn't have it in my collection. Here's a news flash for those of you who have written and those who think you should write to me because there's a once innocent quilt block in this late 1800s antique quilt - - -  You need to educate yourself, not me! I saw the offending block and am wise enough to know the maker included it in her quilt because of it's design,  popularity at the time and  for no other reason. The quilt was made long before an evil man selected the symbol to represent his regime. I'm not going to make this long winded and hope you'll take the time to read this well written and educational blog post.  and this article from The Society Pages too.   I have the highest regard for the Jewish people and for their plight during World War II. I never had any intention of presenting the offending Whirligig block which resembles a swastika during this block of the month and certainly don't want to create or cause distress for anyone. I apologize if this whole topic is making anyone sick but receiving nasty emails doesn't do much for my health either. That poor quilt block can be seen as yet another victim of a disgustingly evil time in our history. We should always remember and honor but not punish the quilters and quilts who were created before that time. Let them be reminders of what should never, ever happen again. 

Here's how things are going to work  for the Cheddarback Quilt -

  • I'll post the instructions for 1 large block and 4 small blocks on the first of each month, beginning today.
  • The blocks will be free for 1 month. After that you'll need to purchase any blocks you missed in the online store.   The block will be posted here and past blocks will be in the Sentimental Stitches online store. 
  • The program will begin on March 1 2019 and continue for 14 months
  • There is a Facebook Group for anyone working on the quilt. You can ask to join the group - HERE
  • The finished size of the quilt is 73" x  87"

You might have wondered where the quilt got it's name - here's your answer! The entire back of the quilt is the yummiest shade of cheddar you can imagine. It's difficult to capture the richness of the color so here's little introduction -


Yes, there is a new little girl at our house. She's keeps things lively around here while we wait for the perfect little sister for her to be born. Hopefully by later this year we'll have another baby join our family. We didn't plan to get another dog the same color as Clutch but this little girl came along and I think Rob wasn't sure I'd make it if we kept waiting too long. It's been almost 15 years since we've had a puppy. It was like having a newborn for the first few weeks. 

If you're wondering how Clutch feel about this - he's had his moments but is becoming a great big brother. 


I know, I know...........two videos? There is just so much to talk about with this quilt. Take note of the things I talk about and then go back and look at the photograph of the entire quilt. You might decide to make some of the same choices the original maker did. 

Here's a good look at the sashing used throughout most of the quilt. The little squares and squiggle are black. You could probably use a polka dot fabric for the sashing too.

Here's a good look at the blue sprig print used in the sashing across the top and down the two sides.

Here's a suggestion for sashing fabric.  I purchased this not too long ago so you might still be able to find it. It's Collector's Gallery by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics. Design 1207-0111


Block 1

This is our first large block. It's traditionally called 'Rolling Stone'. It can easily be rotary cut and machine pieced.

These are the first four small blocks. You can see they are joined together with sashing and cornerstone. Instructions are included in the first pattern set.

Block 2


Block 3


Block 4


Block 5

I have a feeling these will keep you busy for the entire month until we get into the swing of things. 


Cheddarback - Month 1 Patterns - CLICK HERE



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55 Responses to “Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 1”

  1. JoAnna March 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

    Thanks Gay for the pattern and for your time and effort to bring it to us. Lily is adorable!

  2. Helen Johnston March 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

    Thank you again Gay for your generosity. It’s so important to understand history in its context.

  3. Donna Smith March 1, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

    Thank you sooooo very much Gay for your generosity and time you give to us. For those horrible nasty people out there that are too quick to judge, just go away and let the rest of us enjoy the journey and history. I don’t care if I offend you, but don’t judge on things you don’t really know about. Seriously, there is too much of this kind of nastiness out there!!! Makes me so cranky. You rock Gayxxx

  4. Cathy March 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

    There is so much ignorance in this world. I’m sorry that you have been treated this way. I thank you for sharing you talent, quilts and quilt history. I have enjoyed all your sew alongs. You have a lot more friends that care about you. Hugs

  5. Lady Locust March 1, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

    Ditto what Donna said! You are quite generous. I would be tempted to make it as the original and write or stitch a note stating the date of the original and that it was a symbol of peace until WWII so that maybe more people would be a skosh less ignorant. What a delightful project 😊

  6. Lin McQuiston March 1, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi Gay, I’m so sorry you had to experience such unpleasantness. Your response, in my opinion was so very well stated. How on earth would a person in the 1800’s know what symbols and icons would be used to represent evil in the 1900’s. It would be unimaginable. The quilt is quite charming and interesting. It will be a whole lot of fun to make. Hopefully we can all channel the creativity of the original quilter and put all the negativity aside.

  7. LoriD March 1, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m so excited to get started!

    And I am sorry for the emails and nasty comments you’ve received. That is so ignorant, but I know it hurts anyway.
    Thank you for your generosity.

  8. Patricia Taylor March 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

    Thank you Gay for offering this new quilting journey…it is exactly what I need right now and will be a great way to brush up on piecing skills and learn new techniques. How sad that some people are so narrow minded and unpleasant. The “safe” distance of social media/internet has brought out the worse in so many. To these individuals perhaps if they took the time to actually study history and how it has impacted quilting over the centuries, they would be more enlightened. As for me, personally, I look forward to starting this quilt and in the process meeting new quilters who join in.

  9. Patricia Taylor March 1, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

    Thank you Gay for offering us the opportunity to start this new quilt journey. How sad that some individuals find it necessary to sound off in such an unpleasant manner. Perhaps it would help them if they actually took the time to become students of history and discover how centuries of events have impacted quilting, they would learn something. With the “safety” of distance when using social media/the internet, we have come to see the worse in so many people. Personally I am so looking forward to working on the many varieties of blocks represented in this fascinating quilt – brushing up on my piecing skills and learning new ones along with “meeting” other quilters who join in.

  10. Elaine March 2, 2019 at 2:22 am #

    Thank you Gay for so generously offering another stunning quilt. I am so sorry you have received such hateful mail, so many people are ignorant, we cannot judge the past with the morals of today. We lived in the Far East for many years and saw many of these symbols as they were once a symbol of peace, I am sure that was the intention of the original quilt maker too. Thanks again for the pattern, I am looking forward to stitching it along with everyone.

  11. Cécile March 2, 2019 at 2:25 am #

    Hello Gay ! This year I can’t resist and I’m in ! I’m a French quilter but I regurlarly read your wonderful blog !
    Thank you for this BOM you generously offer.
    …. And I’m so sorry to read that some people wrote some nasty comments…they are jealous for sure ! Don’t worry !

  12. Nyla Dominguez March 2, 2019 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you Gaye for sharing your beautiful quilt with us and going to all the work to draft the patterns! I am sorry you have had to endure negative comments. Thanks for your patience. Hopefully your explanation will be helpful to those individuals. Isn’t that backing fabric just wonderful, so inspiring! I need to be more creative with my backing fabrics. We appreciate your hard work and generosity!

  13. LoriD March 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

    I just went back and watched the videos! Lily is so cute! I had a good laugh.

  14. Linda CALDWELL March 2, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks Gaye for all your generosity. I’m sorry for your having received negavity comments from ignorant people. That is what they are ignorant people. I think quilts are a symbol of their particular time and do not transcend into another time. Thanks again Gaye. I sincerely appreciate your hard work.

  15. Jackie Hale March 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

    The quilt is gorgeous! Love that cheddar backing fabric. Enjoyed watching the videos and Lily – what a little cutie! Thank you for the patterns!

  16. Val March 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    This quilt will be made from my scraps,making it the Nana quilt. The first block that drew my eye was the ‘A’. I have 7 grandchidren and another on the way. I plan on making 8 blocks initials. The whirligig block will be a J for Jacob, my 5th grandchild. A block in a quilt can always be changed. I’ve seen this block in antique quilts before. If it upset you change it.

  17. Debbie Heringer March 3, 2019 at 9:23 am #

    Please add me to your mail list.
    I love this quilt❤️

  18. Gay March 3, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    Welcome to Sentimental Stitches! I added you to the email newsletter list today.

  19. Kristie Michalowski March 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

    Thank you for this beautiful quilt and the blocks a month instructions.
    I am sorry that people gave you nasty emails…some always do…It’s a free block and my thought is that they don’t have to participate…quite simple.
    I am just very thankful for all you do for the quilting community. I can’t wait to start this one ;o)

  20. Nanette Chopin Cook March 6, 2019 at 6:20 am #

    Sorry that our country has so many problems now that cause people to be so nasty.
    Thank you for a nice quilt to make. Have a great day. I have seen this block before

    If it offends someone they can replace it with another block of their own choice.

    I am tired of idiots trying to erase our Country’s History!

  21. Sue H March 6, 2019 at 9:30 am #

    I think it’s horrible how people are so quick to let you know how offended they are but don’t think twice at how offensive they are acting. Yes, it’s due to ignorance but feelings are hurt along the way. You are amazingly generous with your patterns and extremely knowledgeable about quilts & their patterns. Thank you very much and LOVE the new addition to your family!

  22. Sue H March 6, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    You know, if anyone is offended by the Whirligig block, all they need to do is substitute a different 5″ block for it. It would make it their own and they would feel better about their quilt.

  23. Wendy C. Reed March 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh Gay, I am so sorry that you had to endure the brunt of other people’s ignorance. Although I have not yet met you in person, yet I know you are a sensitive, caring and generous person. Try not to let these people hurt you. And, I think you for sharing yet another quilt with quilters everywhere. I wish I had the time to sew-a-long on this one, but I will be watching others with glee.

  24. Sharon March 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    I’m still plugging away at my JT2 but I’m jumping into this one! So sorry for the nasty emails, technology seems to have people being so unpleasant as they can hide behind their keyboard! I have read up on this block and know the history. The maker had no idea…….

  25. Monique D March 7, 2019 at 8:49 am #

    Je viens de m’inscrire à la liste de diffusion de ton blog. En effet, j’ai lu sur le blog de Cécile (une amie Française) qu’elle s’était laissée tenter par ton BOM.
    Merci Gay de nous proposer ce BOM. Je suis partante aussi car je trouve intéressant d’utiliser toutes ces techniques différentes.

  26. Genevieve C March 7, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    She is absolutely adorable! I am so happy for you & your family. Many Blessing to you.

  27. myra mcpeak March 9, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    Oh yayyy!!! I am so excited!! Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness!! and congratulations on your new little girl ! She is adorable, I LOVE chihuahuas!!!

  28. Robin March 9, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

    I have been anxiously waiting for you to post with a new project. I participated with the 1857 quilt and really enjoyed it. I had fun making these block for month one. They made me stretch my sewing skills and that is always a good thing.

  29. Holly March 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    Thank you so much for having another sew along!! This quilt is amazing, and can’t wait to make it. I appreciate all the hard work you put into these programs. Do you have an online fabric shop too, or just the patterns. I faintly remember there was or is a shop in GRapids, but can’t remember … state of mind these days . Thanks again!

  30. Judith Terry March 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for being so informative. I just watched both videos. Loved the newest addition to your family! Very much looking forward to the journey!

  31. LINDA MAGLIONE March 12, 2019 at 5:48 am #

    Thank you for taking the time to share this amazing quilt with us! And for all the work you have gone to providing us the patterns. It seems there are too many people these days who look for ways to become offended. Perhaps they should spend more time quilting! Your pup is adorable….thanks again!

  32. Greta March 12, 2019 at 6:18 am #

    Here is the education for people that think the Swastika was invented by a horrid dictator. This symbol has a beautiful history with one blemish on it. https://encyclopedia.ushmm(dot)org/content/en/article/history-of-the-swastika

  33. Diane R. March 12, 2019 at 6:34 am #

    First, Lily is a doll! I’m a cat parent but I know cute when I see it. On to the quilt. That backing is delightful. Wish I could find that fabric today. Thank you for taking all the time required to draft the patterns, make the videos, and share everything. I was directed to this project via the newsletter from Bear Creek Quilting Company and I’m so glad for that. This looks like a great stash buster and a way to experience more pieced blocks. Thank you also for the history lesson. It’s truly sad that a historical block may be lost because of the negative narrative now attached to it. As difficult as it may be to ignore those uninformed which sent you hate mail, I hope all the positive notes that follow will help whisk away the negative. Looking forward to working through this project with you. Best to you & yours.

  34. Megan Williams March 12, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    Thanks so much for this! I have bits and bobs of so much ‘old fashioned’ fabric that this is so perfect for! In regards to your ‘nasty emails’ I know it’s hard but probably best to address them but ignore them. Social media has allowed ignorance and the belief that you can be as hateful as you want to, flourish. I have been on a campaign for decades to ‘school’ people on history and that symbols and words that are NOW hateful, wrong headed, etc. etc. were not always so. That does not make it ‘right’ but it DOES make it a learning opportunity. Thanks for addressing the issue.

  35. Diana L Williams March 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I HATE that you got nasty messages. I hate it that you got one, but I hate the fact that people can be so ignorant and look for hate. When I see a whirligig, I think of whirligig. I don’t go to a place of hatred. There are all kinds of signs that have been used by hate groups. If we look at things through hatred and not beauty, we are missing out on so so much. Whirligig has a long history and not just in quilts. Here is a webpage to check out (one of many) for those wanting to know more about the whirligig (not a swastika)

  36. Alys March 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    I am so sorry that you were berated for one block in this antique quilt. A number of years ago, i attended some workshops in Lowell, MA. One dealt with cultural symbols. The whirligig/swatstika was among those identified. It was not always a symbol of hatred and only became such when in was adopted by the Germans in WW II. Although Wikipedia can at times be questionable, I would refer your critics to their entry for the swatstika design. Ignorance and blinders often result in incorrect assumptions.

    I thank you for this quilt along and the tremendous effort it takes to recreate patterns from and older quilt.

  37. Susan K G March 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    Thanks for all your hard work, I truly appreciate it.

  38. JoAnn March 14, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    Gay, Thank you so much for sharing another beautiful quilt. I am so looking forward to making this one. There is something so calming and beautiful in a old quilt. As for the controversy about the block we all need to remember that times change and that each and every one of us has the right and the ability to make this quilt ‘our own’. There are no quilt police that will arrest you if you decide to change out a block or two. So, be nice ladies and remember our history – for those who don’t are doomed to repeat it.

  39. Jacky March 14, 2019 at 7:36 am #

    Thank you so much for this free BOM. I am going to do it by hand and use up some of my enormous civil war reproduction stash.

    It is very generous of you. And just to say I love your all your videos on You tube, especially the back basting ones.

    Best wishes from the UK

  40. Susan N. March 14, 2019 at 10:51 am #

    Thank you! I finally start one of these with block #1. LOL

  41. Pat Anderson March 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

    I would like to add my thanks for your generosity in sharing these patterns (FREE!!!) with us. I don’t understand why people feel so free to attack on social media or via e-mail…most of the time, they would never say these things in person. Please accept my apologies for these people. I’m sorry that your generosity and time were disrespected this way! Thank you so much! (Having lived in Germany when my husband was in the Air Force, I can tell you that many Germans refused to believe that such atrocities happened in their country. The sign to find Dachau is tiny but we found it…I’m sure it is an embarrassment to many, as it should be. Such horror and cruelty must never be forgotten!)

  42. Vivian Oaks March 16, 2019 at 7:48 am #

    So sorry to hear of so much abuse from those that don’t know the history. Our church women have stayed at a retreat center run by the Catholic diocese, and in this old building, several of the tiles in the floor have this design in them!! I was surprised at first, but in learning the history of the building and the design from long before Hitler stole it, I understood. A little education goes a long way. Common sense should tell you that a quilt that old had nothing to do with something that happened decades or a hundred years prior!! Obviously, they weren’t thinking!
    I always look forward to your wonderful BOM’s and can’t wait to get started on this one. Blessings!!

  43. Nancy March 16, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about the abuse because of that one block in this beautiful quilt, Kay. I remembering seeing the pattern when I first began quilting and was surprised, and then learned it wasn’t from that time period. I hope those who left negative/abusive comments see your addition to the top of this post, reconsider, and apologize. Quilters are generally so kind….

    I thank you for taking the time to create patterns for each of these blocks and to give them with us. I saved and printed the patterns for Dear Daughter last year but this is my first year actually sewing along with a quilt. I’m looking forward to it.

  44. Nancy March 16, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

    Oops! Gay! I meant Gay! So sorry.

  45. Debbie brugman March 17, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    Hello Gay,
    I just ran across your post. Love the quilt and look forward to participating.
    I wish those “offended” by the whirligig block, or by any of our (United States of America) history would stop and remember its HISTORY!!! We continue to learn from our past, good and bad, to make our future better… but constantly dwelling on and wallowing in the past is not good for an individual or a country. History, Learn it, remember it but move forward and stop looking backward.

  46. Kathy March 20, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    Thank you Gay for the education. I’m hoping the sensitive folks who mistakenly gave you grief will send another email of apology. If they are still offended they have two options, change the block or don’t participate. You can’t change history, but it’s up to each of us to learn from history. Thank you for all your contributions to the quilting world.

  47. Genevieve March 21, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

    Thanks for the blocks, I love them & your new babies. Sorry about all the grief, people need to get over themselves and not be so narrow minded. It’s History, it happened and you learn from it so it doesn’t happen again.

  48. Karen March 27, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

    Thank you for the BOM. It looks lovely. As for the abuse you have tolerated, thank you for being the bigger person. If one looks up the history of the “offending symbol”, you will find before it became the symbol of hatred, it was viewed as good luck. the american Indians (also a persecuted group) looked on it as well-being. While it is difficult for us to see it as anything except evil, it was a symbol of good for millennia. Sorry for the haters but glad you got the conflict out in the open. If they are making the quilt, LEAVE THE BLOCK OUT!!!!

  49. Tammy March 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

    THANK YOU for your wonderful reproduction pattern of your antique quilt. Sorry for all the nasty people and their comments.

  50. Donna Rogers March 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

    I am so glad that I found this BOM before the first month was over. Yeah!!! Traveling right now, home late tonight, tomorrow, download!!!!

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