Monday, September 1, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution Quiltalong: Eagle Block

I am participating in Lori's Flags of the American Revolution Quiltalong. What fun! I have at least 6 ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War and thought this was a great way to honor them. 


This will be the first time making a quilt designed by Jan Patek. And the first time for trying out a more primitive style. Already I made some changes--the fabrics I used for the eagle and the red print triangles are a bit darker and more vibrant.   Can't wait to get started on the next step which will be a flag or two, or three . .  :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Civil War Heroes quilt--Done!

In early 2013 I started to make a quilt to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and to honor my gr-grandfathers who so bravely fought for the Union.

I began making Log Cabin blocks and followed the directions for Barb Vedder's Four-Patch Log Cabin in Quilt Almanac 2013. Thanks, Barb! The Log Cabin pieces are 1/2". It was a great way to use up a lot of scraps but I was definitely lacking in the "lights" department.    

All the letters are done in reverse applique. I purchased a set of alphabet stencils at Staples and laid out each name on a large piece of paper before transferring it to fabric. 

Here's a detail. I quilted around the inside of each letter and did diagonal row quilting in the background.

The center of each corner block features a Civil War general. I quilted concentric squares on point (3/4" apart) in each area of darks and lights with cross-hatching in the borders.   

Robert Bower, my maternal gr-grandfather, enlisted as a Private on 25 Aug 1862 at the age of 34 in Co. C 50th Regiment MA Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered out on 24 Aug 1863 in Wenham, MA.

Horace E. Davis, my paternal gr-grandfather, enlisted as a Private in Co. G 2nd Regiment NY Mounted Rifles at the age of 27. He was wounded on 17 Jun 1864 at the Battle of Petersburg.  He served from 30 Dec 1863-10 Feb 1865 and was discharged from Finley Hospital in Washington, DC. He received a Distinguished Service medal.

James McCord, my maternal gr-grandfather, enlisted as a Private on 19 Aug 1862 at West Farms, NY, in Co. C 6th NY Heavy Artillery at the age of 24. He was promoted to Full Sergeant on 26 Feb 1864 and Full Sergeant Major on 14 Apr 1865. He was mustered out on 28 Jun 1865 at Petersburg, VA.

I put this Lincoln Toile on the back which is the same fabric I used in Lincoln's Woes.

Here's the label with all the pertinent info :-)

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One--or Two--of Each: Quilt, Gravestone, Photo

Another quick post this week.

I made this little One-Patch repro based on a quilt in Merikay Waldvogel's book, Childhood Treasures: Doll Quilts By and For Children. I really fussed over my fabric choices and was lucky to have found a close-match black print for the border. Finished 2013. 

 Hanover Cemetery, E. Hanover, Morris, NJ

What do you think? Quilt patterns on these two gravestones? Different cemeteries same inscriber. 
 Whippany Burial Yard, Whippany, Morris, NJ

c. 1929. Three generations of Bowers. My mom, Etta Bower, sitting on the running board. Her sisters--Leila and Midge, back and front. My grandfather and grandmother, Stan and Etta Bower, standing next to my gr-grandmother, Irene Florence McCord Bower Landwehr. Far left is Irene's 2nd husband, Fred Landwehr. Kneeling is my gr-uncle George Kroepke. Most likely taken in the Bronx in front of Irene's car. 

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Western Town and a Small Quilt

We were in Colorado last weekend for our niece's wedding. We had an extra day so we took the train from Durango to Silverton, a little western town with lots of artsy things to photograph. 


We rode in one of the open cars and I snapped this pic of the train going around a sharp curve. The scenery was breathtaking.

This little "graveyard" in Silverton made me smile--and laugh.  

Lola Fent 
Kicked Up 
Her Heels 
Away She Went 

I Told
You I
Was Sick

Here Lies 
Lester Moore
Told A Lie
No Les
No More

Chief Payme
He Cheated
At Cards
He Will Cheat 
No More

 Beautiful Columbines. 

A large painting on one of the buildings.  

A creative planter. 

Painted ladies adorn the windows of several stores. 

I didn't notice the Quilt Show flyer until I uploaded my photos.  

Detail of above. 


An Indian princess.

Love this red-white-blue image. 

Newel post on a vacant building.  

I was determined to finish this little top before we left on our trip. I've always liked Lori Smith's patterns and finally bought one this past year. She calls this Delectable Appalachians but I'm still thinking of what to name mine. 

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fabulous Flowers

This year has been exceptional for growing flowers and our garden is flourishing. Following through on a flower-theme--I have one small and two large quilts, two embroidered pics, and two rugs. 

These Stargazer Lilies were absolutely gorgeous.

Here's a Grandmother's Flower Garden doll quilt I purchased at the AQSG seminar in Williamsburg many years ago.

I have a lot of Columbines in a variety of colors.

This Garden of Eden quilt top was a gift from my kids :)

 Here's a detail. 

Lots of pink and white Phlox near the house. 

 A Rose Wreath quilt I bought at a garage sale for $2.00.


My mother was a master at embroidering flowers. She made this piece in the early 1960s.

Feverfew in the borders. 

Another by my mom. This one with her initials--Etta Bower Davis.

Lemon Lilies.

A great garage sale purchase--$1.00!

Love Spiderwort!

A hooked rug my mother made. One of my future goals is to learn how to be a "hooker." :)

What's growing in your garden?

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weeping Willow Gravestones

One of the virtual cemeteries on my Find A Grave home page is titled "Weeping Willows" the gravestone symbol for mourning, grief, and sorrow. The photos I've added to this category are of gravestones in local cemeteries that date from 1831-1872. Most have a lone weeping willow that varies in shape and size.    

First Presbyterian Church of Hanover

The cemetery next to The First Presbyterian Church of Hanover in E. Hanover, Morris, NJ, is one of the oldest in the area. During the Revolutionary War the church served as a hospital during a smallpox epidemic. The following 4 gravestones are in this cemetery.

This one dates to 1831 and is the earliest "willow" that I've photographed. Note the books which are most likely symbols of the Divine Word.

Jane Irene
daughter of
Israel & Rhoda Beach
March 1st 1848
Aged 27 years 1 mo
& 18 days.
Thou hast gone we no longer,
Thy love, of form on earth shall see,
But we hope ere long to join thee,
In a blest eternity.

 Sarah Cook died May 10, 1855. 

Mary Woodruff
wife of A. V. Harrison
died Aug. 11th 1855
aged 47 years 7 months & 29 days
O! Weep not for the friends that pass,
Into the lonely grave;
As breezes sweep the withered grass,
Along the restless wave.
For though thy pleasures may depart,
And mournful days be given,
And lonely though on earth thou art,
Yet bliss awaits the holy heart
When friends rejoin in heaven.

 Northfield Baptist Cemetery

 Northfield Baptist Cemetery, Livingston, Essex, NJ

wife of
Charles Force
daughter of
Rev. Elisha & Abby
Sept. 16, 1852
In her 20th year
[NJ Genealogical Society survey]

Lots of willows :)

Hanover Cemetery

About 1/2 mile down the road from the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery (above) is the Hanover Cemetery that was established in 1849. There are quite a few Weeping Willow gravestones there but I'll only show you a few.

Our Father
James A. Campfield
Dec. 22nd 1857
Aged 67 Years 2 mo.
& 3 Days
Most of the willow-style gravestones I've photographed have women's names on them. James A. Campfield seems to be an exception.

Eleanor P.
wife of
James Lewis
Died Jan 8th, 1864
Aged 62 years


Henrietta Cobb
wife of
Lindsley J. Beach
Died Feb. 29, 1872
Aged ~~~~

Every once in a while curiosity gets the best of me and I have to do a little research. Here's a record of Henrietta Cobb's marriage to Lindsley J. Beach. 

Book G, Morris County Marriage Records
Recorded 8 Dec 1868 by John M. Johnson, Minister of the Gospel
14 May 1867 Lindsley J. Beach and Henrietta Cobb, both of Hanover, at Hanover Neck.

This willow gravestone is late--1872.

Have a great day!

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer