Thursday, October 15, 2020

Deacon Blocks 49-52

 Moving right along . . . 

Only 33 to go. The long center diagonal row (beginning lower left) and blocks on either side are the ones that still need to be done. 

Block 49 attributed to Drucilla C. Morris

There are thirty-two little pieces in this block. This time I turned under the seam allowance on the inner part of the circle and appliqued the heart to the background. The last time I did one of these plate blocks I did the whole center part separately and appliqued it over the inner edges. Make sense?

Block 50 attributed to John Deacon Mt. Holly NJ 1842

I actually made this one first after re-drawing the curved lines of the yellow pieces so they met the red star. Loved working on this one! It's a happy block! 


Block 51 attributed to Samuel T Coles 

Some days are better than others when it comes to sewing blocks. I ended up ripping apart the first version and sewing it again. That was before I appliqued the center petals :)

Block 52 attributed to Anna Bullock 

I almost ran out of fabric on this one and had to piece the fabric for the lower square and triangle. That never happens to you, right???

Blocks 49-52 are done. The new set was just posted on Sentimental Stitches. So I'm off and running :)

Two weeks ago on a warm sunny day we grabbed some lunch and went down to the Jay Covered Bridge which was built in 1857. 

On hot summer days people sit on the rocks and enjoy the cool water.

Look how clear it is!

When our kids were little we made Christmas ornaments from dried Milkweed pods.


Beautiful Purple Asters!
See you next week!
Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Your blocks are amazing. Each one seems to be a test of skills! It's going to be beautiful! You have the best scenery.

  2. only 33 to go. I admire your can do spirit!! Each block is work of art and have so many varied techniques to employ.
    I love the bridge and can almost smell it from here. That old wood smell on a hot day is the best. Could you see little minnows or little fish in the clear water? amazing.
    thank you for sharing the beauty with us!

  3. You are so talented, your blocks are awesome. Love that covered bridge, I've never seen one that long.

  4. with my old aching hands I am sure glad it is you making these rather than me. It will be beautiful when done, love the fabrics you have used.

  5. Those blocks are amazing! I love the yellow applique. It is indeed a happy block. I have decided to do Gay's next quilt, "Poppy's Polkadot Garden". It is all applique so I can handle the math! I am so enjoying watching your progress on this one.

  6. I applaud you for steadily chipping away at the blocks. This will be such an heirloom. All of the blocks look happy to me. :)
    Love covered bridges--looks like a lovely place to get away from it all.