Wednesday, September 18, 2019

GSQ Friendship Quilt

Monday night was the first meeting of our local guild, Garden State Quilters. What a lovely surprise it was to see a Friendship Quilt that was made by members in 1988.  

Every year one of the anticipated group projects was to make a Friendship Quilt and this one was called "My Favorite Things." The completed quilt has 94 blocks and is huge. Postcards were sold as fundraisers.

A favorite book at the time was Treasury of American Quilts by Cyril Nelson and Carter Houck. 

This c. 1860 Album Basket was the inspiration for the friendship quilt. It was pieced and appliqued and made in PA. 

We were encouraged to design our favorite things to place in the basket. The guild provided instructions and a 10" piece of muslin. Each person had to provide dark brown fabric for the basket and scraps for the applique.

I knew I had made a block but could never remember what I put in my basket. When Rachel found it I had to ask her what she thought it was, lol! Well, it's a cornucopia of leaves. Not surprising as I still applique leaves on my quilts :)

Rachel didn't remember making a block but there it was--apples! Perhaps it was because her kids were little and made reference to an apple for the teacher.

Rita added fruit in colors that she still uses today. 

The blocks were so much fun to look at and had the initials of the makers embroidered on each one.

I thought this one was charming.


A fun take on hopscotch, don't you think? I was on my early morning walk the other day when I noticed this had just been painted on the blacktop at the elementary school where my kids went many years ago. 

And the next thing you know a FOX came out of nowhere right in front of me on the road. Not again!! What is it with me?? I walked over to the delivery/worker guys at the school and stayed with them for about 10 minutes until one of them got in his car and blew the horn to scare it away. 

A Labor Day weekend sunset taken from our yard down near the river :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Bed Turning II

Here are the other 10 quilts that are stored beneath my Eagle Medallion quilt on the guest room bed.

Hexie Heaven (2016) was made after taking Barb V.'s workshop :)

You guessed it. All those stars were extras from Stars in a Time Warp. I pulled all the ones that were black, red, and blue and made In A Flash! (2016).

I just about emptied one drawer of scraps making Summer Scraps (2015). 

Do you ever forget what you named a quilt?? I did. This is Potluck (2015) and was inspired by an antique quilt that I saw on Pinterest.

Playmates Revisited is a Peto reproduction that was started by Natalie in 1996 and finished by me in April '18.

Morris Hexathon (2017) was a QAL with Barbara B. It's focus was on English textile designer, William Morris. Lots of fussy-cutting in this one!

More scraps! Patch Basket (2018) was inspired by a quilt in Edyta Sitar's book, Handfuls of Scraps

Blossoms & Butterflies (1991) made from vintage fabrics that had already been cut into butterfly shapes and petals. I paid $2.00 for them at a garage sale.  

Broken Dishes (2017) was my own design using blocks made by 40 quilters who participated in Barb V's swap.

Way West was Barbara B's design for her Westering Women BOM series in 2016. I finished this quilt in 2017. 

So there you have it! 


In remembrance of September 11, 2001, I wanted to share this Pride In America quilt with you today. 

This was a collaborative effort among the students in my husband's Recreation Leadership class and the Recreation Majors Club at Montclair State University in 2001. I assembled the blocks and added the stenciled borders. It was quilted by Janice Hairston, a member of our local guild.


I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer and planning lots of new projects for the long winter months ahead :)

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


Friday, August 30, 2019

Selvage Strings Update--It's Done!

I must say I've really enjoyed sewing along with Lori at Humble Quilts and participating in this Stringalong project. It got me moving! Thank you, Lori! And thanks, too, to Rachel, Wendy, and Janet O. for sharing!

Well, I admit this finished quilt is rather heavy, lol!

The small foundation blocks are 6" and were so quick and easy to make. I tried out several layouts but ultimately decided on this one with black sashing and border. 

A little closer.

Barbie quilted it for me in a large leafy pattern as I didn't want that dense overall look.  

It worked out fine!    

I think that striped binding added some pizzazz . . .  


. . . and so did the paisley fabric on the back! Ta-da!

I'm linking up with Lori here. Take a look!

Enjoy your weekend!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

August Mini aka Double Play

I started out wanting to make a little quilt with the Sandy Klop for Moda Bread 'n Butter Charm Pack that Rachel had given me but ended up making two :)

You may wonder what the Blue Line boundaries of the green areas refer to on this map of NY State. The larger one refers to the Adirondack Park which is where our cabin is located and the smaller one is the Catskills.

I didn't know what to do when the blue line in my little quilt looked so out of place so I really stretched my imagination for a solution.

I turned the quilt around so the blue line was now at the top. Then I added pine trees which stood for the forests surrounding our cabin within the blue line boundaries of the Adirondack Park :) It's a bit of a stretch but it solved my problem :)

For the second quilt, I first made the center block thinking I could really get into making more but that didn't happen. I used the last of the 5" pieces and added little squares of what was left of the polka dots.

I added two borders . . .

. . . and quilted simple diamonds with zig-zags in the border. Interestingly, it was this time last year when I made a Triple Play for August. You can see them here.

And make sure you hop on over to Wendy's website. I'll update the link as soon as she posts her little quilt. 

Have a great week!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bed Turning I

Thanks for all your comments about doing a bed turning. There are 20 quilts under the Eagle Medallion--some large and some small. It's kind of cramped quarters to get full photos but you get the idea. Here are the first ten . . . 

Stars in a Time Warp (2016) which I pretty much ruined when I panicked at a fabric bleed and used color run remover to try and rectify it. That's the streak you see in the upper left. 

My Best Applique was started in 1994 and finished in 2017 :)

Gypsy Influence (2017) was a continuation of my Gypsy Wife quilt made with fabrics from the 60s and 70s. These were 9 individual quilts bound and sewed together potholder style. 

Early Stars (2014) made with a blotched ground chintz repro though I didn't know that's what it was called at the time. 

Tulip, Sassafras and Maple (1996). My interpretation of a block from a NJ sampler quilt documented by HQPNJ. I literally picked the maple leaf off a tree to use as a template.

Stars and Leaves (2018) was made with leftovers from Stars in a Time Warp combined with a favorite leaf pattern.

My version of a Nine-Patch Repro (2016). All it takes is one fabric to get me started on a new project and this border fabric did the trick!

Flying Geese (2004) was the first quilt I made with a 3/8" binding. All the fabrics were from my stash.

Triangles (2019) was inspired by an antique quilt I saw at the Hamilton-Schuyler House last year.

All That Madders (2016) with an 1876 Centennial repro stripe border.

To be continued . . . :) 

Have a great week! 

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

It's A Finish!

The Eagle Medallion that I started assembling in February is now done! 

The eagle panel was from Rachel and all the churn dash blocks were made by quilters who participated in Barb V's block swap a year ago. The star blocks were extras I made for Barbara B's Stars in a Time Warp and the framed nine patches were of my own doing.

 Barbie long arm quilted it for me in a lovely large floral/leaf pattern.


A corner detail.

The $3/yd backing fabric was a bargain several years ago when our LQS closed.

 I put it on the guest bed . . . 

. . . and you have no idea how many other quilts are underneath it!

Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer