Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Deacon Blocks 41-44

 We're half-way there! 

 Here are this month's blocks. 

I couldn't figure out how to foundation piece the center square so I appliqued it instead. 

The original oval-shaped Dresden Plate block . . .

. . . and mine.

I redrafted the center of this block so the petals would touch the corners of the triangles.   

The original Block 44 . . .

And mine. Oh, no! Do you see what I see?? I just noticed I forgot to applique the center circle. Oops! Anyway, I try to choose fabrics that are close to those in the original blocks and what I realized with this one is that those little leaves were cut from the same large red and green prints. Not something I would have normally done but it worked really well! 


 More wildflowers and -- mushrooms! 

 Bull Thistle just down the road a bit.

Have you ever seen Indian Pipes?? They eerily appear in the woods where they pop up from underneath layers of decaying leaves.

Large patches of Cup Plants seem to be everywhere. They are so pretty but they are invasive. 

My daughter and I saw this colorful mushroom on a trail hike last week.

This looks like it belongs under the sea :)

A cluster of little mushrooms with lots of color. 

Enjoy your week and don't forget to spend some time outdoors :)


Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Those are beautiful blocks. They look quite challenging. Your color choices seem spot on. The Indian Pipes are eerily beautiful. I've never seen them before. Thanks for sharing your mystical fungi.

  2. Really pretty blocks. I like that pop of blue (Lancaster blue?). Your nature photos are really interesting - otherworldly!

  3. Your blocks are perfect (with or without a circle !! :))
    Thank you for sharing pictures of nature...

  4. J'aime beaucoup vos blocs. Tout y est pour me plaire, les tons et choix des tissus et les motifs.
    Merci pour cette balade "nature".

  5. Your blocks are beautifully done, Barbara.
    The mushroom photos fascinate me. We are so dry here, we don't see that--just an occasional brown mushroom in a damp corner of the yard.

  6. Your blocks are lovely. I assume you'll be adding some pretty script inside the circle?
    Your work is just perfection!
    Thank you so much for continuing to share nature photos and labels for different plants.