Thursday, June 24, 2021

Deacon #85, Whiskey Run and Sunset

Ta-da! #85 is DONE! 

                                                                 Original attributed to Caroline Horner

Well, it's been quite a journey. Twenty-one months of making 4 blocks/month reproducing the 1844 Ella Maria Deacon quilt (original below) from Mount Holly, NJ. I love setting goals and experiencing the end results and this project has definitely been both challenging and fun.  


Gay at Sentimental Stitches drafted each and every block--something I never would have attempted to do on my own so thank you, Gay! The next step for me is to cut the sashing strips and edge triangles and I'm anxious to get started.

On another note . . . 

After I posted last week that I had signed up for a virtual 5K race, some of you asked what that is. All it means is that instead of doing the race in person with all the people who have signed up, you do it on your own time, wherever you choose, and this one had to be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on race day, last Saturday.

So after my daughter did the 10K (6.2 mi). she did the 5K (3.1 mi) with me! We went straight down the main road and back to the park where the race ended with an opportunity for a scenic photo op :)

Back in the day, I was an avid runner but over the years have become an avid walker instead. I was really determined to run part of this race so I set a goal to do just that--and I did. It felt so good!

Con placed 3rd overall in the Women's 10K and my finish time for the 5K was 48:16. I wanted to come in under 50 minutes :)

The race is actually sponsored by the Wilmington Historical Society. Here's what they wrote:

"But why a Whiskey Run you ask? As it turns out, the area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812, Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During prohibition with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents provided temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, until recently, Wilmington was home to US Barrel, the oldest whiskey barrel cooperage in the Northeast." 

So there you have it. Did you notice the whiskey flask medal? People do the race just to get the flask, really!

This was the sunset that evening. The end to a perfect day!

See you next week with my monthly mini.


Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer



  1. Hooray! Congratulations all the way around, Barbara, on completing the deacon blocks, and completing the race under your designated time. You rock!

  2. First, Congratulations on finishing all 85 blocks.I can see the last was a doozie. Setting those small goals definitely paid off. As well, as your goal in your race. Great job. I can see why the little flask would be a fun reward to have.

  3. Block 85 looks tricky to me, but then all applique looks tricky to me. :)
    Outstanding, Barbara! You made a plan and stuck to it and you have an heirloom in the making, for sure!! I look forward to seeing it when you have it all assembled. This must feel so good to have the blocks all made!
    Good for you on the 5K. You impress me with your willingness to still run. I haven't done any running for a couple of decades, but I'm up for a long walk. :)
    Gorgeous sunset. Just love it.

  4. Congratulations on 2 fabulous finishes! It must feel so good to have all of those amazing blocks done and ready to assemble. What an amazing journey. And congratulations to you and your daughter on your race finishes. I did the RBG virtual race (walk of course!) thanks to you. You are an inspiration!

  5. Great work on that quilt! What a challenge that must be! And congratulations on finishing the race to the time you hoped!

  6. Two finishes in two areas of life - congratulations on both! Your last block is great and wow you have a huge number of blocks done for what will be an amazing quilt!

  7. What fun! I would do it for the flask too. Congrats to your daughter.
    Great job finishing under 50 mins.
    I'm doing a walking challenge for June through apple fitness. 3 days to make my goal.
    pretty sunset!

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