Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Deacon Blocks 29-32

Lots of applique this month!

With this month's blocks completed the first 4 rows at both the top left and bottom right are now done!

Three challenging appliques and a broderie perse.

 29. Attributed to Hannah Anne Reeves
I'm sure some of you still have a scrap or two of that early Smithsonian green print!

 30. Attributed to Lydia Ann Homer

It always takes a little time to get in the swing of appliqueing the block I'm working on. This time after I finished the center wreath, I appliqued the top right pink leaf/petal before adding the other two and realized it wasn't centered the way it was supposed to be but I chose not to re-do it. I did much better with the other corners.

31. Attributed to Susan B. Haines / Rancocas

This is the original block with a lengthy sentiment in the center . . .

. . . and this is mine. I totally changed course from the original :) All the blocks in this quilt are set on point.

 32. Attributed to William G. Deacon

This block was definitely a challenge--and time-consuming. I finished it in the nick of time--yesterday! The next set of blocks is available Friday at Sentimental Stitches. Check out what other goodies Gay has to offer on her website. So many projects to choose from!

On another note . . . 

My daughter and I hiked Sunday morning in search of wildflowers in the snow. We saw this Red Trillium . . . 

. . . and Saxifrage. So sweet among the moss :)

That's it for now. Enjoy your week and, hopefully, warmer weather with lots of sunshine!

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer


  1. I can see that those applique blocks were not for the faint of heart or for those that the "A" word is not their friend. Great job. It's a sweet thing to find tiny bits of spring.

  2. Wow, kudos to you. Those applique blocks look challenging--especially the last one!!
    Love the wildflowers. Don't think I have ever seen a Red Trillium in person. Beautiful!

  3. If one takes a good look at the antique quilts one will find that everything is not perfect there. That is what makes them more personal! So glad it is you tackling this project and not me. You are doing a wonderful job! and WOW, RED trillium!

  4. Oh My! those blocks are fabulous and that last one looks nearly impossible and you did such a beautiful job.
    I didn't have that smithsonian in green, just red.
    pretty red trillium. I love seeing all tiny spring wildflowers, i just wish some of them weren't so small.

  5. This looks like the most challenging set yet! So gorgeous! Every time I see your stunning blocks I am thankful that I did not start this one. I don't think I could live up to the challenge right now. So happy to be watching your progress. I have never seen red Trillium here, only white. So gorgeous!

  6. You do such an amazing job with such challenging blocks! I mean your work is so precise and beautiful. There is something so sweet and tender about wildflowers with the snow.