Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 2


The blocks this month are no April Fool's joke! They are a really fun batch of blocks I know you're going to have a great time stitching together.  Nothing to tricky and sooooo cute!

I've been absolutely blown away by the beautiful blocks being posted in the Facebook Group. Everyone is putting their own unique twist on the blocks and it's so wonderful to see them come together. If you haven't joined the group yet I'd encourage you to do that. 

There's a wonderful article in Quiltmania magazine (Issue 130) about Mark French, an antique quilt dealer in Ohio. I've purchased several quilts from Mark and look what appeared in the Quiltmania article? The Cheddarback quilt! What a cool, unexpected surprise. Thanks Quiltmania and Mark!

Block 6

Here's our big block for this month. I think it's a fantastic block and will be fun to assemble. It's all rotary cut and machine pieced.

I love the mixed use of backgrounds in this block but never would have thought to throw in a flannel. That is really unique to me. I wish I had lots of the cinnamon bubble fabric. It's a great one.


Block 7

This is the first of our small blocks this month. It seems to be the one that scares lots of quilters. When I look at it, it's definitely one I'd have to take my time machine piecing but it's doable. You can always hand piece it. 


I wish I had yard and yards of the sweet shirting used in this block. I'm going to look and see if there's a reproduction print that's similar. There are two black prints used in the block. Watch for that on the pattern.  You'll also see two sets of instructions for this block. One uses templates and reflects the original antique block. The second is a simplified version you can assemble easily.


Block 8

I love this little basket but then I've always been a fan of basket blocks. This one was constructed a little differently than I'm used to so the pattern includes both rotary cutting measurements and templates too. The 45 degree angle on the side pieces can be rotary cut but if you miss the angle by even a little bit your block might not lay flat so I've included the template for that piece so you can make sure you get it right.

Check out these two photos - do you see the difference? That's right, there are two different brown fabrics used in this block. You really have to look twice to see the subtle difference. This quilter was very good at matching values in her fabric substitutions!


Block 9

This is a great, rotary cut block for machine piecing. You'll enjoy making this one.


That melon color print fabric is so adorable. the red print in the center is the same tone of red as the sashing fabric if you're matching colors.

Look at the cute little quilt you could make by putting these blocks together side by side. I like the secondary pinwheel design that is formed. I'd like to play around with the colors on this block to use in a bed size quilt. I'll keep you posted on what I come up with!


Block 10

Here's the easiest block of the group. I'm not sure I would have thought to put together a pink and brown plaid with a black and lavender print but it works magically and this block is a sweetheart.


I guess that's it for this month. Have fun with this group of blocks and I'll get to work on the next set. 


Cheddarback - Month 2 Patterns - CLICK HERE



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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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Dear Daughter Block of the Month – Blocks 37 – 42


Today is our final set of Dear Daughter blocks. I feel like the year has just flown by. I've seen such beautiful blocks being made throughout the year and look forward to seeing your completed quilt.

Rather than hold things over until January for the last two blocks I've posted the final 6 blocks. This way we can have a fresh start in January on a new quilt! Are you wondering what it will be? There's actually going to be two projects next year - something for everyone! I'm keeping them under wraps for now but promise to share one of them with you very soon.

Let's get started on this months blocks -

Block 37

Elias Randolph

Fulton Rock Co 


John A Randolph


Such a simple block but still very pretty. I think the fabric was once a beautiful shade of green.

Block 38

I'm in love with these quirky tulips. I think it's wonderful the way they dance around the block. There are four signatures on this block -

Grace L. Dunn

Harriet M Dunn

Elizabeth Y Dunn

Cornelia M Dunn

Plainfield NJ 

May 25th 1852

This for Maxom and Sarah Ann Dunham

Block 39

Maxom Dunham

Piscataway NJ

May 25th 1852

This beautiful bird block is for our groom - Maxom. Don't you just love the stripe fabric used for the stem and the wonderful indigo print for the flower pot? Beautiful fabric choices.

The bird itself has a reverse appliqued eye and wing. Look at the sweet little feet on this bird!

Two little flower pots are appliqued on the bottom corners. The fussy cut leaves fit perfectly. 

Block 40

We have another beautiful bird for our bride -

Sarah Ann Dunham

Piscataway NJ May 25 1852

Block 41

Cornelius C Blackford

May 25th 1852

Piscataway NJ

All of the little leaves on this block are fussy cut from the same pretty green print we've seen in many of the blocks.

Block 42

Emaline G Holton



It seems appropriate the final block is a donut block. I love the indigo and cheddar broderie perse appliques around the donut. You've seen the leaves in the corners many times before. 

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support and participation in recreating this wonderful quilt.  I hope you've enjoyed the journey as much as I have. 


Click on the link below to get to the and look for the listing for this months blocks. You can purchase the blocks for $0.00 (FREE) until January 1, 2019


Dear Daughter Blocks 37 - 42


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