Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Abe's Stars & More of 2017

First, I finished a small quilt I started just before the holidays and then I'm going back to 2017 one more time.

Not too long ago I showed you some of these blocks with an appliqued leaf in the center. Well, that's all changed! I decided to go with a Civil War theme instead and named this piece Abe's Stars.  

As you know I made lots of extra stars for Barbara B's Stars in a Time Warp SAL so this was a good way to showcase some of them.

I used a stripe for the 1/2" sashing. 

The back. 

The label. See the colored strip beneath 'Abe's Stars'? I accidentally wrote 2016-2017 so had to cover it over and re-write the correct dates 2017-2018.  Oh, well!


These are the other quilts I made in 2017.  I hope you don't mind seeing them again.

The Gypsies Are In Town was a Jen Kingwell Gypsy Wife pattern. I used my collection of vintage fabrics. Barbie long-arm quilted it for me. 

It didn't stop there. Still with lots of vintage scraps I made 9 individual little quilts which I sewed together potholder style . . .

. . . and another for our guild's Little Wishes for this year's show in May.

Two more Little Wishes.

The Year of the Rooster Challenge sponsored by Two Thimbles Quilt Shop. 

Scrappy Squares with more stars from my never ending supply :) This still needs to be quilted.

Palmateer Point SAL with Lori at Humble Quilts.

My current evening project is quilting Five Hexies :)

As always, thank you for your visits! 

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Old List, New List

I really enjoyed the '17 in 2017' challenge this year! Thank you, Kyle, for sharing your list with me :) It was just what I needed to get moving on some of my projects. I had 17 UFOs that needed attention and the result was that I either worked on or finished eight of them. Not bad! Most needed to be quilted.

#1. Morris Hexathon was one of Barbara Brackman's quilt-alongs in 2016. It took me 3 months to hand quilt.   

#2. Way West was Barbara B's Westering Women block of the month series also in 2016. This quilt was her design and I chose to have it long-arm quilted by Barbie.

#3. Broken Dishes was Barb V's 2016 block swap. I love knowing that 40 quilters made these blocks. I had fun designing this quilt and was determined to finish it so I would be ready for Barb's next swap which is coming soon! It was long-arm quilted by Barbie.

#4. My Best Applique was certainly my oldest UFO (1994) to be completed this year and it was hand quilted. I don't know if I would have ever given it a second thought if it wasn't for THE LIST :)

 #5. All That Madders was made in 2016 and it took me one year to decide to quilt it--by hand.  

#6.  Independence! (Flags of the American Revolution) was a SAL with Lori at Humble Quilts. My goal was to try my hand at big stitch quilting. I must say it sped up the process and I finished this large quilt in no time at all :)

 #7. Springtime was a reject hexie from the Morris Hexathon quilt. Still practicing machine quilting!

#8. Philadelphia Pavement was another 'oldie'. These blocks had been hanging on a rack in my sewing room for years. It feels really good to have the top done. 

So all-in-all my 2017 list was nearly cut in half but I already have a total of 16 UFOs to work on in 2018.

Oh, and in case you were wondering (lol!), I worked on and completed new projects during the year, too . . . that's just the way it is :)

Patch Basket is now #1 on the list for 2018. This morning I pulled some fabric for the backing but haven't yet decided whether I want to hand quilt it or not. 

Happy quilting!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer

Friday, December 29, 2017

Fish, Snow, and Hawk

My final completed project of 2017 is the fish table runner that I made for my brother's birthday. 

The wool fabrics are all the ones I recently washed and dried in anticipation of making some wool projects and this one was perfect.

I found the pattern in Terry Clothier Thompson's book Lewis & Clark: Quilts for the Journey.  

Because my brother is a master fly-fisherman, I wanted to make something that he'd appreciate and was meaningful at the same time. So I included a piece of tan herringbone wool that once was our father's sport jacket. I think he'll like that :)

Here's the back with a fused fish label.


Mother Nature cooperated this year with a beautiful White Christmas!

The view from the restaurant in Lake Placid where my daughter, daughter-in-law, and grand-daughters took me to lunch for my birthday :) The sled dogs were out on the lake.  

I'll end with these pics of a Juvenile Coopers Hawk that I took from my dining room window.

Happy New Year to you all!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


Saturday, December 23, 2017

It's All in the Details

Here are the last of the photos I wanted to show you. They are mostly details of repeat block quilts.

Beautifully quilted Laurel Leaves. 

Wild Goose Chase in a patriotic color scheme.

Lots of feather quilting.

Well-executed King David's Crown. 

This "Apple Pie Creek style applique quilt" was described as a pattern that "is unique in quilting history to the Apple Pie Creek area of Virginia, a Quaker settlement." (For more info see History of Apple Pie Ridge on Lynda Chenoweth and Mary Robare's Quaker Quilts blog here.)  


The same red fabric was used throughout. Close straight line quilting in the border creates a stippling effect.    

An Album Quilt from Windsor, NJ, includes signatures of both men and women along with symbols of the Odd Fellows (IOOF) fraternal organization.  


An unusual roller-printed Oval Medallion Quilt.

There are stars on three sides and dogtooth borders on all. 

Quilted in cross-hatch and chevrons.

Silk Four Patch with Federal Backing (back is folded to the front). 

Gorgeous eagle fabric! 

This Cutwork Appliqued Bed Cover has 63 blocks each with a signature. Names are attributed to New Brunswick, NJ.

Teeny-tiny stitches on the appliques!

That's all for now :)

Enjoy the holiday!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Quilts

Several quilts at the exhibit had Prussian Blue fabrics. I just love that color! It's my all-time favorite. 

A charming 1840 Puss In the Corner crib quilt.

A detail. Wonderful Turkey Reds, too.


A Chimney Sweep with signatures--sort of.

An unusual way of signing a name. 

All done in the same style. No first or last names. Initials only followed by tiny cross stitches "x x x x."

Oh my! I could have stood in front of this Birds in the Air Variation forever, lol!

It would be a fun one to reproduce!

So many wonderful prints.

The binding is a stripe but not as narrow--or woven like Trenton tape. I took this picture from the staircase. Wish I had studied it more closely. 

If you'd like to see more examples of Prussian Blue there's lots on my Pinterest board.  

We arrived at the cabin yesterday. It's 11 degrees and snowing. So pretty!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer