It's been a fun yet challenging month of making the next four Deacon blocks. When I decided I was going to participate in this sew-along, I was convinced I'd be doing some of the more difficult blocks by hand because I'd be more precise. But now I find it's the perfect opportunity to try some new methods.
This month's blocks were on opposite ends of the quilt.
#9 was Flying Geese but I actually saved it until last to make because I wasn't sure what method I wanted to use. But I caved in and tried foundation piecing. This was definitely a challenge for me as I've only used this method once before on a small quilt years ago.
I did my share of ripping out and
replacing pieces that I sliced by mistake but it turned out exactly
9-1/2" square (unfinished size) so I was happy about that!
#10 was a broderie perse block as shown in the original quilt above. Check out the fabric.
I still had some of this beautiful reproduction by Kaye England called Matters of the Heart so there was no need to search any further :)
I tried Edyta Sitar's method of broderie perse as described in her book, Handfuls of Scraps. I cut out the motifs and added an 1/8" all around. I fused each piece to the background and finished it off with a close zig-zag stitch. It worked out fine.
This is my finished block.
#11 Applique Swirl (for lack of a better name) was originally made in 1842 by Rebecca of Philadelphia (don't you love the way she signed her name??). It's all one piece and I found those inner curves to be a bit of a challenge.
#12 Framed Star (?). I love the way this looks but feel I could have been a little more precise with my piecing. Oh, well!
I'm really looking forward to Saturday when the next set of blocks will be available!
Have a wonderful week!
Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer