Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 4


It's June! I can't believe almost half of 2019 is gone. It's true, time goes by much faster as you get older. I'm looking forward to my time at the lake this summer and have gotten the most beautiful flowers for this year. 

Because I travel back and forth between Traverse City and Grand Rapids, I went with Calliope Geraniums this year. Ever hear of them? Calliope geraniums are a hybrid with a velvety-red color. They're drought-tolerant and easy for all gardeners to care for. Don't they sound perfect? Trust me, they are stunning and I love the old fashioned look to the yard this year. They are a much deeper red than in the picture.

I have felt so bad all month long about the troubles you've had with the Block 15 basket. Not everyone likes foundation paper piecing and that was the only way I could figure out how to get the 5" block we needed. I'm glad some of you substituted another block or just did your own thing. Always remember, it's your quilt!!!

The mathematical challenges of combining 12" and 5" blocks may be a continuing theme throughout the quilt. When I started on this month's patterns those math problems were right there to test my patience.

Block 16

This block looks easy enough - squares and triangles. What could be hard about that? It was the math, and I did not want to foundation paper piece a 12" block! Nope, not for just squares and triangles! Here's what we're doing. The cutting instructions for the triangles around the outside edge are oversize. When you sew the block together your maroon squares will be floating within the background. Square your block at 12 1/2" and you'll be all set. Your maroon squares might float a tiny bit when you add the sashing but it's going to look great.

The maroon print is lovely but I'm really curious about the black and white background fabric. I can see places in the block where there are seams across some of the pieces. This makes me wonder if they were cut from clothing. Those tiny black stripes match up pretty go though. How cool is that?!?

Block 17

Be still my heart! An easy block we can simply rotary cut and piece together. Have fun with this one. It'll make the more difficult ones easier to bear. Check out the upper right triangle - two background fabrics in one triangle!

This black print is really pretty and vibrant. I have no idea why a red, blue and tan plaid was selected for the center square but finished is better than perfect any day of the week.

Block 18

A class Bow Tie block. I would hand piece this block but you can easily machine piece it too.

If you want to match the fabrics in this block it should be easy to do. A red and white plaid with a black and white stripe shirting could have been sewn together during the 1930s so check your stash for the perfect prints.

Block 19

Be still my heart again!!! I wish I could find yards and yards of both of these fabrics. They are just stunning. There are double pink repros available buy you may have to hunt for an old Pilgrim/Roy print that's similar to the black and purple print.

I couldn't face giving you a foundation paper piecing pattern for this block so I've written the pattern using templates. I forgot to put it on the pattern and you most likely already know this, but place the templates on your fabrics so the outside edges are on the straight of the grain, especially the long edges of the black print pieces. The piecing is simple so I don't think you'll have any problems.

Block 20

This is a fun block and I love everything about it from the fussy cut center to that great red, ombre stripe. 

Did you notice the unique construction of this block? The star section is appliqued on the corner squares! Did the quilter make the block that way so she could feature that great stripe for the star points all in one piece?  I would normally cut a 6" square of the black fabric and applique the star onto it, but in this case I'm having you cut over sized squares and applique each corner individually. Don't panic! I'm also giving you the traditional construction for this block with pieced star points in case you don't want to bother with the applique. There's no right choice here - again, it's your quilt.

Now comes the most difficult part of this months blocks. As many of you know, I've been having problems with shop owners in the Netherlands copying my patterns and using them for classes, clubs and block of the month programs. It had come to the point where I had to have my attorney work on this with me. It's very expensive and difficult to challenge quilt shops in foreign countries and they use that fact to their advantage. I also know how difficult it is to be a shop owner looking for new, interesting things for your customers and I'm always willing to work with shop owners and offer patterns at wholesale prices. They just need to ask.  Now, don't assume every quilt shop in the Netherlands using my patterns is breaking the law but I've had to take steps to protect them from those who are.

Beginning this month you'll need to go through a few extra steps to get the free patterns. I am truly sorry about this and have spent the extra money necessary to make this as easy as possible for you. I've tested things several times on both my laptop and iPad and the process is working very smoothly.

Here's what you need to do -

  • Scroll down and just below the price you'll see a rectangular box which is a drop down menu. Click on the triangle arrow on the right side and go down to the last pattern listed in the menu (See below) .

  • Click on the last pattern in the list and you'll see the price change to $0.00. Click on the "Add to cart" bar (See below) .


  •  The shopping cart icon is in the upper right corner of the page. When you hover over it, a box will appear and you can click on the Checkout button (See below) .

  •  You'll be taken to the check out page. Click on the Proceed to Checkout button (See below) .

  •  You'll need to enter your name and address information. Click on the Continue to payment method button (See below) .


  •  You'll see that is says Your order is free. No payment is required. Click on the Pay now button (See below).
  • You'll be taken to an order confirmation page which means the ordering process is complete (See below) . 

  •  Within a couple of seconds you'll receive two emails. The first is simply an order confirmation email from Sentimental Stitches which is not pictured. The second email you receive is from SendOwl and has a link to your patterns. Click on the link in the email (See below) .

  • It'll take you to the page where you can download your patterns. Click on the download button and the pattern file will automatically download to your computer. You can then open and print the file or move it to a different location on your computer (See below).

Across the center of each page is the copyright statement for the pattern. It includes your name and order number. Will it prevent the pattern from being copied? No, but it will let quilters know that if their name isn't on the pattern, it's an illegal copy. That's the best I can do.

I really dislike having to do things this way. I have at least 5 or 6 more fantastic antique quilts set aside for patterns and bought another one last week. I want to be able to share those designs with quilters all over the world in a way that protects the integrity of the patterns.  As much as I love what I do, it is my job and how I pay the bills so I hope you'll be understanding of these necessary changes.   I've received so many emails in the last few weeks asking why there were no longer digital pattern options in the online store.  If you live outside of the United States, the postage costs on printed patterns is really expensive. Sometimes it's more than the pattern itself and there's another postage rate hike coming this month. I want to help those quilters with an affordable way to access as many Sentimental Stitches patterns as I can.  I will slowly be adding some of the digital patterns back into the online store. They'll all go through the new process and have your name, order number and copyright statement on each page.  

Now, on to the thing we all love to do - make quilts!


If you have any problems at all getting your patterns, please email me and I'll do everything I can to help. 


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14 Responses to “Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 4”

  1. Randi Merlau June 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

    Thank you Gay,
    So sorry you had to go to these ex streams.. but I totally understand. Your site made it very easy for me to download the pattern. I was worried at first.. memory isn’t what it used to be, but your flashing boxes made it so easy to understand. Best of luck for the future blocks.
    I have seen other web sites use these same measures, so your not alone.

  2. Kathryn Nienhuis June 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your antique quilts. I love all the old ones. I also completely agree with you about having to fight the cheaters of the world with all you have! I don’t mind at all a inconvenience to have a chance to stitch the reproductions.

  3. Heidi June 1, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

    Thank you so much for all your work! Each month, I am so excited to get the patterns and begin the fabric picks. Oh, and oo-la-la — the lake setting for yesterday’s YouTube video of Cheddarback!

    Have a wonderful June!

  4. Patricia Taylor June 1, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    Thank you Gay for this month’s patterns and all your dedication to presenting this to us. Love the Calliope geraniums too – just bought some last week – new to me and you are so right – a beautiful shade of red!!

  5. eileen anderson June 1, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

    having trouble downloading this months patterns. I get to the page for ordering and the price is $o.oo. fine, I click on to order and it goes to march and the fee is $5.00. nowhere is there a drop-down box. what is wrong?

  6. Melissa Devin June 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

    Thank you Gay for making these patterns possible for such fun quilt-a-longs/BOM. I love the fabrics of the coral-ly dark prints. I wish someone would do some reproductions with those! I am finding it hard to locate good repro fabrics lately.

  7. LoriD June 2, 2019 at 8:46 am #

    It took me all of 30 seconds to “order” the block set. I’m glad you’ve found a way to curb the illegal selling of your patters!

  8. Sue H June 3, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    No troubles here getting the Cheddarblock patterns. Thank you!

  9. Gay June 3, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    Hi Eileen,
    I’m sorry you’re having trouble getting the blocks. If you’re working on an iPad or iPhone the access to the drop down menu might looks different. On the iPhone, when you click anywhere in the rectangle with the names of the patterns, the list opens at the bottom and you need to kind of roll though them to make a selection. Oh the iPad, when you click anywhere in the rectangle, the list opens for you to make the selection. I’m adding a couple of images in hopes it’ll help.
    iPad ordering
    iPhone ordering

  10. Kristie M Michalowski June 4, 2019 at 4:43 am #

    I’m so sorry that there are people out in the world that do this to others. Thank you for all the extra work you have put in so we can still quilt along with you and your gorgeous patterns. I love this pattern and realize the time and effort you have put into recreating the original for us to make our own.

  11. Marsha Ransom June 6, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

    Oh, my, Gaye, what a royal pain you have been forced to go through. With a couple of brief glitches, I was able to download, save and print June’s blocks! While I haven’t been able to start yet, I am excited to watch for fabrics and read about how to put the blocks together until I get to start them!

    Thanks for all you do!

  12. Robin June 9, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

    Not to worry, I prefer regular piecing rather than paper piecing as that is the way I learned how to quilt. Thank you for bringing these blocks back to us.

  13. florence greer June 11, 2019 at 5:21 am #

    rying to get BOM chedder starting w/#16 month

    your system is very dificult for me

  14. Gay June 11, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    I’m sorry you’re having difficulties. I was forced into changing the way the patterns are presented. If you follow the step by step instructions in the post for the 4th set of patterns you shouldn’t have any problems.

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