Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 4

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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. 

 

Cheddarback - Month 4 Patterns - CLICK HERE

 

 

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Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 3

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It's May Day! Sure doesn't feel like the first day of May to me.  I'm at the cottage, it's pouring down rain and I'm listening to the furnace run for the umpteenth time since I arrived. I'm ready to plant some flowers and enjoy a little sunshine!

I do have some interesting blocks for you today. I'll admit they have taken me longer than usual to write the patterns because this group is challenging to construct within our 12" and 5" measurements. Let's just dive in and you'll see what I mean.

Block 11

Things started right off with a challenge with this block. It's a 12" block but if you look closely you'll see the block is a 5-patch block. If you divide 12 by 5 what do you get?  - 2.4 inches. That's not on any ruler I work with. What should I do? This happens a lot with antique quilts and many times I'll foundation paper piece the block but I really didn't want to do this with a 12" block. Here's what you'll find - A block with a finished size of 11 7/8" can be rotary cut. That leaves us short by 1/8" overall. I made the executive decision to present a rotary cutting pattern for a 11 7/8" block asking you to use an extra scant 1/4" seam allowance when sewing the block sections together so we can get that 1/8" we need. Don't let this scare you - you can do it. Many times we can press a block into submission and get an extra 1/8". If you feel you need a foundation pattern for the 12" block please email me and I'll send you one but I truly don't think it'll be necessary.

On the positive side, there are lots of beautiful indigo prints and an amazing red, striped ombre background fabric to looks at. 

Block 12

This is a pretty little basket filled with maroon print diamonds. The blue check homespun check is perfectly matched in the construction of this block. This quilter continues to amaze me with her attention to detail. I would choose to hand piece this block but know many of you would prefer an easier machine pieced version. I've included patterns to make the block in two ways and you can decide which one is right for you.

Block 13

I love the way the quilter took care with how she positioned the strips and the squiggles in the shirting when constructing this block.  At first glance this looks like an easy block to put together but it has it's challenges soooooo once again I'm giving you two options for putting this together. One that's an easy machine pieced version and a second one just like the original block.

Block 14

Oh my goodness! Just look at that purple and black print! I wish I had yards and yards of that one. The red polka dot is pretty cute too. All in all, an adorable block you'll sew together with ease.

Block 15

A basket block - what's not to love about a basket block? It's adorable and just look at all those pretty fabrics. Look closely and count the half square triangles along the edge. Yup, we have a 5" block with 6 units. It just doesn't divide out for rotary cutting and with all those small pieces I'm not going to ask anyone, including myself to try and fiddle with seam allowance to get this one to work so we're going to have to foundation paper piece this one.  There are three red fabrics in this block even though it looks like more. Three different parts of the cornerstone fabric was used along with a red solid and an interesting red textured print. Have fun with this one. It really is a sweet little block.

 

Cheddarback - Month 3 Patterns - CLICK HERE

 

 

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Cheddarback Block of the Month – Month 2

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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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