Thursday, July 21, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award!




A lovely award from a very lovely person! A few days ago, I received this nomination from Cecile at Patchwork Inspirations and I am truly honored! Cecile leaves the best "bubbly" comments you'd ever want to read on a blog! We also share a love of genealogy :)

Thank you, Cecile! I will do my best to comply with the rules which are: 

Thank the person.
Write a list of rules.
Put the photo of the award.
Write 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 bloggers and write them that you have nominated them.

Here are 7 facts about me:  

1. I made my first quilt when I was in high school.   

2. I love NJ from the shore to the mountains and everything in between. 

3. I have an extensive vintage clothing collection most of which is stored in archival boxes in an upstairs closet. 

4. I've researched my family history going back to nine Revolutionary War patriots which is why I need to finish my Flags of the American Revolution quilt :)

5. Old cemeteries intrigue me.

6. Fitness is part of my lifestyle. I walk every morning at 6:00 a.m. year-round, take classes at the Y, and do circuit weight training.

7.  My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family in the Adirondacks. That means awesome meals, gardening, hiking, canoeing, playing board games, and reading. 

Many of the bloggers I follow have already been nominated by others but the following are also deserving of a One Lovely Blog Award :) 

Hilda at Every Stitch
Taryn at Reproduction and Antique Quilt Lover
Lucy at Quilting with the Past II
Vivian at Quilts and a Mug

Thanks again, Cecile!




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Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer



  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's a Finish! Plus WW6 and Hexies

After a year of procrastinating thinking I was going to machine quilt Summer Scraps I decided to have someone else do it for me. 


Barbie Vanderfleet-Martin did a beautiful job with a subtle quilting design which blends right in. It's 46" x 46." 




I made the top last year when I was determined to empty my scrap bins. All those 1" squares were individually cut and sewed together. 



I didn't have to buy any fabrics for the back as I already had these on my shelf. 



  It's finished


I always look forward to making the next Westering Women block. This is #6. Hill and Hollow. 



Blocks 1-6 :)


I added two more rows to my tumbler quilt. I envision it to be square with a plain 6" cable-quilted border


I'm either piecing the Morris Hexies by hand or machine. This is #8. Greenwood.


#9. Red Lion


#10. Thames Path


#10. Thames Path rotated. 



 #11. Merton Mill 



Here they are. I've cut the next round of bird and flower prints and sketched out a plan for the corners. But first I need to make room on my design wall for all the pieces and that means moving EVERYTHING down, lol!

Happy Summer Quilting! 




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Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Last Saturday

Last Saturday we spent a day at 'the lake" where my grandparents' used to live in Northern NJ. The new owner of their little cottage found some pics I had posted on my blog and extended an invitation to visit anytime. Every summer we get together with the person whose camp is next door so we arranged to meet. 


But before we left home I was busy chasing squirrels from our bird feeders. Squirrel #1 is pretty defiant as he "sits and swings and eats." 


Squirrel #2 is relentless


When we made the trip last year I remembered seeing a couple of barn quilts along the way. But we passed by the first one without even realizing it so here is the second one.


Interesting "printed fabric" don't you think?


We arrived at the lake an hour later and even saw a bear on the way in! I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to take a pic. 

  
It was an overcast day but this vintage postcard from the 50s shows you what the lake looks like on a clear day. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge of the mountains in the distance. 


Such wonderful memories when we visit. Here is my son in 1965 when he caught his first fish :)   


And this is the shoreline where I used to fish for sunnies and perch. I was always the one to put the worm on the hook for my brother, lol!


Meet Zack, our friend's champion dog :)


All in all we had a wonderful day! Thanks for coming along with me down Memory Lane.

Next week I'll have some quilt updates :)




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Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What A Beautiful Day for Connections!

Twenty-one years ago I made a log cabin quilt for my daughter and named it Connections: To the earth, to the sky, to the rivers, to life! Believe it or not I only had one photo of it in my file. 

 
But it was such a beautiful day in the Adirondacks yesterday that I decided to do a photo shoot :) 


I recruited my DH to hold it up for a pic of the front . . . 


. . . and for one of the back. Silly grand-dog decided to get in the picture!


The fabrics tell the story of her travels throughout the southwest while working on her master's degree. It begins in the lower left and ends in the upper right.


Row 1. It seemed appropriate to replace the conventional red square with that of hot chili pepper fabric. These brightly-colored fabrics represent her visit to Mexico.


Row 2. All water-related fabrics (from muddy to clear blue) represent the Rio Grande River from its beginning in CO to its end in TX.


Row 3. Celestial prints tell of sleeping outdoors every night.


Row 4. Western themes and Native American prints are reminders of AZ, NM and TX. I am represented by the glitzy scissor fabric :)


Row 5. Fabrics with fruits, vegetables, and pasta represent her daily diet.



Row 6. As she learned about farming, herbs, flowers, and straw bale houses, fabrics with corn, flowers, straw, etc. were sewn together in this row.



Row 7. But she longed for the Adirondack Mountains of NY so I included fabrics which focused on fishing, pine cones, mushrooms, and even found a piece with 'Adirondack' written on it.



Row 8. The upper right corner is a reminder of Grateful Dead concerts :)


Click on this photo to see 'all things Adirondack' including a log cabin, moose, bear, owl, eagle, etc. 


And there's that river fabric on the right which I recently used in The Platte River block of Westering Women :) 

Have a great week!



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Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer
 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Put Watts Into 'Em Boys!

There is a lovely historic church and small cemetery containing graves of revolutionary war patriots in Springfield, NJ, not too far from where we live.


The cedar-shingled church has been in existence since 1780.


It played an important role in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Springfield when James Caldwell, Pastor of the Continental Army, threw Watts' Hymnals to his men to use as wadding in their guns. The rest, as they say, is history :)

 SPRINGFIELD 
THE FIRST BRITISH ADVANCE 
WAS STAYED AT THE BRIDGE
EAST OF THE VILLAGE , JUNE 7, 1780
THE BATTLE OF SPRINGFIELD 
WAS FOUGHT JUNE 23rd. 
THE AMERICANS
UNDER GENERAL GREENE 
ON THAT DAY NEAR THE STREAM
WEST OF THE CHURCH
CHECKED THE ENEMY,
WHO IN THEIR RETREAT
BURNED THE CHURCH AND VILLAGE.
FROM THIS CHURCH
PARSON CALDWELL TOOK PSALM-BOOKS
DURING THE FIGHT AND FLUNG THEM
TO THE AMERICANS FOR WADDING,
CRYING, "PUT WATTS INTO 'EM BOYS."
ERECTED BY THE STATE OF
NEW JERSEY, A.D. 1905


The cemetery is located on an adjacent street in a quiet neighborhood. There are quite a few Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.

  THOMAS COOPER
NEW JERSEY 
SOMERSET COUNTY TROOPS
REVOLUTIONARY WAR
1745-1811

AARON HAND
NEW JERSEY
PVT MORRIS CO TROOPS
REVOLUTIONARY WAR
FEB 23 1764  JULY 27 1842

BENJAMIN MEEKER
NEW JERSEY
ESSEX COUNTY TROOPS
REVOLUTIONARY WAR
1746  1813

DANIEL VREELAND
PVT NJ MILITIA
REV WAR
1757  1828

CALEB WOODRUFF
PVT NJ MILITIA
REV WAR
1755  1834


HAVE A WONDERFUL 4TH! 




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Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer

Friday, June 24, 2016

GSQ & Fabrics & Hexies & Turtles & Sunset

Garden State Quilters held its last meeting of the year two weeks ago. We got to see the raffle quilt in progress and buy goodies at the marketplace. Members brought in fabrics, notions, and books they no longer wanted for resale with the proceeds going to the guild. I donated some fabrics but also supported the guild :)


These are 12" blocks for the raffle quilt inspired by the book Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety. Aren't they fun? 


I bought this nice assortment of fabrics and went back a third time to buy the dotted stripe in the background.


Rachel surprised me with this fabric :) It'll be perfect for my Morris hexies. 



Speaking of hexies here is Morris #6 South Kensington Star. I couldn't believe how hard it was to make 12 points come together in the center. I ripped out the first version and pieced it all over again but I'm still not happy with it. Now you know why I sewed the little hex over the seams in the center! I'm determined to try it again.


After feeling a little frustrated (!) I decided to make another #1 Westminster. Quick and easy, lol! 


#7 Avebury Stones. The little floral print I had just purchased was perfect for this hexie. 

 

Nealy every year at the cabin this snapping turtle makes its way up the hill in our backyard to lay eggs. But we never see any evidence of its young. My daughter took this pic early one morning. 


A beautiful sunset Memorial Day weekend. 

I'll be back next Wed. for my regularly scheduled post. A computer virus caused some major problems this week! 




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Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer