Ella Maria Deacon Quilt – Month 2


I hope you're having a wonderful day. I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that's it's almost time to close things up here at the cottage.

The temperatures have turned really cold. I've seen little ice balls fall from the sky and there's lots of rain and wind forecast for the rest of the week. I'll head home for a couple of days and then back up here for one last week to pack things up so we can drain the water for the winter. I'm glad I have the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat with Bonnie Hunter to look forward to the first week in November or I might get a nasty case of the blues! There are a few last minute class openings if anyone is interested.

Before we get to this month's blocks I want to tell you about a fun sew-along that starts later this week at Sharon Keightley Quilts.

I lost track of how many of her beautiful Autumn Bouquet books you've purchased from the online store.

I was thrilled when I found out she was featuring one of my favorite projects from the book in her sew-along. It's a fun and beautiful small project so I hope you'll pop over to her blog and check it out. I know it'll be fun and there are giveaways too! She'll give fabric selection tips on October 17th. I'll be gathering mine!

Let's get to our second set of blocks. This month we're going to the lower left corner while last month's blocks are still fresh in your mind......... you'll see what I mean as you read on.

Block 5

attributed to Martha Haines / Rancocas / N. Jersey

I believe Martha was born in Rancocas, NJ around 1829. Sadly, she died at the age of 30 in 1859. She was single at the time of her death. Her parents were Elizabeth Stokes and Abel Haines, both descendants of early settlers of Burlington County, New Jersey.

I just love a classic Ohio Star block and this one is extra special because the background fabric is the color fabric so the star just glows against the dark background. Easy, peasy, rotary cut and machine pieced.

Block 6

attributed to John S. Horner, Jr. / Springfield / N Jersey

The 1850 census shows John Jr. to be 19 years of age. He was living with his parents, John and Elizabeth Horner, one of 5 children. It appears he fought in the Civil War, enlisting in 1862 and being discharged as a Private in 1863. The 1880 Civil War Pension index shows him living in the same place with his occupation listed as a veteran. 

Woohoo!!! Our first all applique block. It seems so pastel compared to the other blocks in the quilt so I'm picking out a double pink, double blue and a tan print for my block. I think you'll enjoy making this one.

Block 7

attributed to Samuel Wells / Rancocas / New Jersey

With this easy block you'll have plenty of time to work on the applique of Block 6. I did provide a template for the corner pieces but the rest is rotary cut and you can machine piece this block.

Block 8

attributed to Sarah A. Warner / 1842


I believe Sarah was born in New Jersey in 1811. She married John Holland in 1834 at the age of 20. She had 7 children and never lived outside of Burlington County. She died at the age of 51 on Dec. 1, 1865. 


And.......boom! While last month's Block 1 is still fresh in your mind you'll shuffle some fabrics around and make another one. This one was a stinker for me so I'm not too thrilled I didn't see this last month because I would have had us make two - sorry about that. With two easy blocks this month I think we'll be okay.

I don't have fabrics for my blocks with me so I'll post pictures of them in the Facebook Group as soon as I get them finished.  You are making some beautiful blocks and I can't wait to see them each month. Next month will give me more flexibility in block selection so you may be surprised by my selections. Until then, enjoy your stitching!


Ella Maria Deacon Quilt - Month 2




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5 Responses to “Ella Maria Deacon Quilt – Month 2”

  1. Deb A October 15, 2019 at 7:35 am #

    Sew excited! Shhh, don’t tell my work I have been stalking your site for the release of the blocks =) Off to purchase them now and download. I have to admit – I really liked block #1 and considered making a whole scrappy quilt of them…. I still might! Thanks so much for providing us with these quilt alongs – I really enjoy them with your wonderful instructions. Off to print and pull blue fabrics.

  2. Jeanne Arnieri October 15, 2019 at 7:38 am #

    Thanks for Month 2, Gay! Can’t wait to get started! I’m doing the Autumn Bouquet sew-along also 🙂

  3. Christine October 17, 2019 at 5:19 am #


    I’m a little confused on the block of the month.
    I signed up and received Month 1.

    As I’m signed up and have put in my credit card info, will I automatically get each month?
    Or do I have to set a reminder in my personal calendar and place an order each month?

    Is there any way to sign up for reminders if subsequent orders aren’t automatically placed?

  4. Gay October 17, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

    You’ll need to set reminder in your calendar and purchase the pattern set each month. This BOM isn’t automated for delivery or notifications.

  5. Susan Nixon October 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    Thanks for another beautiful set of blocks. Ohio Star is always a favorite, and I’ve wanted to try block 6, but I never get around to it.

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