Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beyond the cherry trees

This lovely red-and-green album quilt from the mid-1800s belongs to Gay Bomers, and it has captured the hearts of many quilters since it was introduced as a block-of-the-month at Sentimental Stitches.  There is even a dedicated Beyond the Cherry Tree blog for BTCT enthusiasts!

The quilt has fifteen blocks, each measuring 16-1/2 inches, and the size of the finished quilt is 98 1/2″ × 98 1/2".  Gay Bomers has carefully documented each block, including the unique quilting designs, and has created full size patterns that are provided with a color photo from the antique quilt. The block patterns are available in the Sentimental Stitches online shop.

Beyond The Cherry Trees was the first project in the "Polka Dot Garden" series. Gay Bomers says:  "The Polka Dot Garden is a series of projects that touch my heart and feed my hunger for all things polka dot. Some will be large, some small, some quilts, some not. I promise they'll all be fun!"

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Gay Bomers.


  1. I love this quilt!
    Several of my blogging friends are making this one and all of their quilts are looking gorgeous!
    (perhaps someday.... lol)

  2. I'd love to make this quilt, too! But right now I'm finishing up two Qs that must be done!

    Thanks for sharing this one. It's gorgeous.

  3. Thank you, Aunt 'Reen ! We're adding this quilt to our long list of gorgeous quilts that we must make some day ! --- Marina and Daryl

  4. White Stone, thank you ! We agree that it is important to finish the works in progress ( or U.F.O.'s) first. That's a real sense of accmplishment ! --- Marina and Daryl


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