Thursday, July 9, 2020

Summer Stuff and New Quilt

The weather has been glorious this past week. Warm sunny days and cool nights--perfect for a good night's sleep :)

There have been some pretty amazing sunsets, too!  

This little squirrel is a regular evening visitor who scampers along the railing before leaping onto a branch of the apple tree.

He's not the least bit afraid and gives us a chance to watch him up close. So cute!

More wildflowers . . .


 Bladder Campion

 Deptford Pink

St. Johnswort

Black-eyed Susan

Purple-flowering Raspberry 

And a New Quilt!  

On a whim I started a new scrap quilt after I saw Interweave by Karen Griska on Etsy. I don't have many bright-colored fabrics but do have lots of repros and other misc pieces sitting around so I started cutting strips 2" and 2-1/2" wide by 20" long. After piecing and cutting and piecing and cutting this is what it looks  like.

I'm just now starting the second row of panels and because I don't have my design wall up yet here they are on the floor. I hope to make this a twin size quilt and may just add strips all around to bring it out to size. That's my current thought anyway :)

Hope you are having a fantastic summer!

See you next week with more Deacon Blocks. 

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June Mini

Use 'em up!

This month's mini was put together in no time at all. I have lots of pre-cut scraps in varying sizes so it was just a matter of picking and choosing. The finished quilt is 14-1/2" x 17-1/2".

It was so easy to take even large triangles, sew them together, and trim to 3-1/2" for the blocks (3" finished). And I always have 1-1/2" x 3" strips on hand that I could use for the border (1" x 2-1/2" finished).   

Nothing fancy on the back. Sometimes I go with a piece just because it's the right size :)

Then I hung it with two others in my sewing room to enjoy!    

Thanks, Wendy, for keeping us going! And while you're visiting make sure you check out her fabulous "Community Supper" Covid quilt :) 

On another note . . . 

I just finished quilting Dear Daughter so now I can move on to the binding. Yay! 

See you next week! 

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer   

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I Always Wanted . . .

. . . to create a stairway wall gallery. But first . . . 



A little Adirondack decorating here and there like flannel shirts, a taxidermy fish, pics of the sportsmen in our family . . . 

.  . . and now the latest--a gallery! There's just something about a large group of paintings/pictures on a wall that appeals to me and all of these are landscapes.  

My maternal grandfather, Stan Bower (1888-1965), was the artist in the family. This photo was taken at his mother's summer place in Arkville, NY, a small town in the Catskill Mountains. Just last week after I enhanced the image I noticed that huge house in the background. Could that have been the family getaway? Hmmm . . .

This is one of the many paintings he did in the early 1920s while visiting his mom.

Mostly landscapes . . . 

. . . and lots of trees.

So it is no surprise that . . . 

 . . . his oil paintings (the dark ones) are the focus of my gallery :) I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. I did the initial layout on our table trying to space things out. After I hung them all I filled in a few empty spaces at the bottom with paintings that were done by my paternal grandmother, Maud Davis :)

All in all it was a challenging but fun project considering the different sizes, framed, not framed, etc. but it all worked out.

I'll be back on Tuesday to post my June mini. See you then! 

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer  


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

1988 Revisit and Wildflowers

My interest in wildflowers is nothing new and searching for them is something my daughter and I enjoy doing together.

In 1988 I made a quilt featuring four blocks of my favorite wildflowers. This is Lady's Slipper--my all time fave. 

Aren't these beautiful? There's a patch along a trail not far from where we live. It's always a thrill to see them!

My Trillium block. 

Last month we saw a red one . . .  

. . . and 2 years ago a white Painted Trillium.

Hepatica is a sweet little flower but we missed seeing them this year. They are one of the earliest to bloom.

Rose Mallow is another showy flower that I found in NJ--not NY yet.

Here is the entire quilt which I named Whispering Woods after a retirement village advertisement that I saw in the local paper! How's that for creative-naming??

A few more recent pics: 



 Cypress Spurge. . . a new one for us but now we see it everywhere. 

Foam Flower 


Columbine . . . such a pretty flower but there was a slight breeze on the trail so the photo is a little blurry. 

Orange Hawkweed along the roadside.

Last but not least I just love this book.

The illustrations are charming :)

That's all for now.

Enjoy your week!

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Deacon Blocks 33-36

Another month just flew by!

These are the next four blocks.

Three machine-pieced and one broderie perse. 

Attributed to Hope Lelley
Rachel gave me this blue fabric as my stash was really weak. Thanks, Rachel!

This is the reverse side. Each wedge-shaped piece was stitched across the top and turned right side out forming a perfect point. Probably not a new method but new to me :)

 Attributed to Jemima R. Bullock / Mount Holly 1842
This was an easy block to put together. I need easy every once in a while.

 Attributed to Permelia Deacon
Look close and you'll see the hour glass blocks are a dark blue and the outer triangles are dark green. Interesting to see gray in this block.

 Attributed to Clayton Rogers / Mount Holly
It's always a challenge to find just the right fabrics with motifs that work for this time period. I fuse all the pieces and machine zig-zag around each one. 

Hard to believe there are 85 blocks total and this last one is #36. Not even half-way yet! 


Marsh Marigolds make me smile :)

Enjoy your week!

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer