Wednesday, May 25, 2016

" . . . died in her service."

This Memorial Day let us honor these young men who lost their lives fighting for our country during the Civil War.

 West Glens Falls Cemetery, Queensbury, NY

Wm. O. Akins
July 22, 1864
AE 23 yrs
Company B, 123rd Inf.
New York
Died of wounds
received at the Battle
of Peachtree Creek, GA

Hanover Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

Eugene I. Kitchell
Nov. 28, 1838
Aug. 2, 1839
Alfred F. Kitchell
Jan. 20, 1843
Fell at battle of
Sept. 17, 1862 

Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Lieut. Chas. B. Peirsons
CO C 22nd REGT
N.Y.S.V. Wounded
At the Battle of
Bull Run VA Aug. 30
Died Sept. 8th 1862
Aged 26 Years
He died in the defence
of his country  

Hanover Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

Benjamin Cook
Died Sept. 30, 1882 Aged 92 years
his wives
Isabella Robertson
Died July 17, 1824 Aged 29 years
Cecelia Losey
Died June 24, 1874, Aged 66 years
Edward Cook
Co. D. 10 N.J.V. Died from wounds
July 31, 1864 Aged 22 years
Luther Cook
Co. B. 132 N.Y.V. Died 1864 Aged 25 years

Pleasant View Cemetery, Wilmington, NY

died in Andersonville
June 26, 1864
AE 16 yrs & 6 mos
died Oct. 21 1863
AE 17 y'rs 7 m's & 10 d's
died Oct. 16, 1863
AE 8 yr's
Children of
W.W.& C.E. Warren 

Lafayette's remains are buried at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA.

Hanover Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

son of
Eben & Maria Griffith
He enlisted to fight for
his country Jan. 5th, 1861
and died in her service
Aug. 21, 1861.
In his 25th year.

"Memorial Day"

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Little of This and A Little of That

A hooked rug, Morris Hexathon, Orange Peel quilting, a bird nest and the link to a video of a bird with many and often strange songs :)

After I finished hooking this little rug I trimmed the Monk's cloth foundation to 1-1/2" then folded it over and hemmed it to the back. 

The rug was rather lumpy before being blocked but now it lies nice and flat. 

I put it on top of the apothecary chest to admire :)

I wasn't going to . . . but then I couldn't resist making the first two hexies in Barbara B's Morris Hexathon quiltalong. These were easy enough to do by machine but now I'm wondering how intricate others may be. Looking forward to the challenge! 

I pulled lots of botanicals . . . 

. . . and birds. I think that will be a nice combination, in fact, I'm pretty excited about it! 

Orange Peel quilting shows up really nice in NJ Stars. I can almost quilt a block a night :)

A mama Robin built her nest in a bush right outside our door but I  don't see any babies yet.  I keep checking.

And talking of birds--

Have you watched the You Tube video of the Lyre bird who can mimic a car alarm or even a chainsaw? Check it out! Thanks to my daughter for passing this along :)

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rainy Days = Sewing Time

Seems like we had nearly a week of bad weather until late in the afternoon on Mother's Day when the sun finally came out. No complaints, though. I got a lot of sewing done!

 I made a label for my stars quilt . . . 

. . . and then literally put the quilt to bed :) 

A while ago I had made some 4-patch strips after seeing a little quilt on Pinterest. They sat for the longest time until I decided to put them together last week. Funny how I never noticed the way that last block on the lower right disappeared into the background. So . . . 

. . . I made another with better contrast and appliqued it over the first. Now, that looks much better!

I cut out the bottom layer to eliminate the bulk . . .

. . . and layered the quilt using Hobbs fusible batting. I marked the quilting lines with a stencil and was happy to discover half-diamonds fit perfectly in the border without having to make any adjustments. Yay!

Here it is all finished :) It measures 18"L x 19-1/2"W.

So now it's time to start quilting again and this quilt was next in line.  I'm doing an orange peel design in the center section, not sure yet about the inner border, and cross-hatch in the wide outer border. I'm hoping to get started tonight :)

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Another Finish and WW4

This week I finished a small Nine Patch Repro and made the 4th block in the Westering Women quiltalong. 


This is the little antique quilt that caught my eye on Pinterest. I loved its simplicity and the unbalanced 9-Patch set. I never would have thought to arrange the blocks this way.

And this is my version. The border fabric is what started it all. It measures 24-1/2" x 29" with 4-1/2" blocks and a 3-1/2" border. I wasn't going for an exact repro but tried to keep the fabrics fairly close in value and color while making substitutions along the way.

You know by now that I'm not a machine quilter but decided I better 'get movin' if I wanted to make a dent in my growing backlog of quilts needing to be quilted, lol! So I used Hobbs fusible batting and machine quilted it in a 1" crosshatch allover. This was my first time using Aurifil thread and I was really pleased with the result. 

This is the back before I sewed on the label.

Here's a detail . . .


 . . . and finally the label :)

I've always liked the Tree of Life pattern so when this month's Westering Women block was Lone Elm I finally had my chance to make oneI'm using Barbara B.'s Alice's Scrapbag fabrics with a few others mixed in. Piecing was done in four sections and I only had a few rip-outs along the way, lol! 

And if you follow Barbara's Material Culture blog you'll see a NJ quilt on her most recent post Potted Plants with Reverse Applique. Scroll down to the pic of alternating red and green blocks with a vine border on the left. HQPNJ documented this quilt years ago and if you own a copy of our book, New Jersey Quilts, you can read all about it on page 15 :) The quilt is in the collection of the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ.   

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Patriots Path, Hooked Rug, Etc.

Patriots Path is done and I even put it in the washing machine with some color catchers :)

I started making it last October in Barb Vedder's Hex Vex class :) 

I had just enough America the Beautiful fabric for the side borders and edge triangles. I like the way it frames the hexies.

I couldn't make up my mind how to quilt it so placed it prominently in the hallway and every time I passed by I'd look at it hoping something would pop out at me.

And it did. One-half inch concentric hexagons seemed to be the answer. The backing fabric is from Barbara Brackman and Terry Clothier Thompson's Lewis & Clark line. It measures 18" x 24."

Last weekend we were at the cabin where my daughter and I went for a hike. This is the view looking east toward Vermont. 

We spotted these pretty Spring Beauties on the trail.


I had some time to work on my hooked rug. There is no pattern to follow for the background so make it up as I go.

Of course I had to stop at the thrift shop. I couldn't resist this pattern for a wool table runner. It was only 25-cents. I have lots of wool fabrics that I've been saving for the longest time. Maybe I could use some of them to make this piece :)

Have a great week! 

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quilt Update

First, I want to thank you all for your concern, kind comments, and your suggestions :) I was definitely in a state of disbelief after my "quilt disaster." Here's what I decided to do.

You can see the color change in the upper left and the streak in the middle where the gold fabrics turned yellow when I used Color Run Remover.

The most noticeable change was this toile. The original color on the right bled through to the back when I spritzed it with water. I realize now that I should have put the quilt in the washing machine right then and there with some color catcher sheets. But I'm not fond of the laundered look so tried to treat it on my own with a small amount of water. And when that didn't work I used a little Color Run Remover. Big mistake!

It seeped into other parts of the quilt including the pillar print border and the binding.  


Becky in VA sent a link to an article by Vicki Welsh Save My Bleeding Quilt. Thank you, Becky! I decided a good soaking in the tub with Dawn Ultra Pure Essentials dishwashing liquid seemed to be the safest route to take to release any excess dyes. So I put the quilt in the tub with plastic lids and containers on top to keep it submerged. I let it soak for a total of 10 hours and changed the water after the first four even though there was no evidence of any excess dye. 

Then I rinsed the quilt in cold water and put it in the washing machine for one full cycle to get rid of any soap. It's hard to tell in this photo but this was the result after the soak. Maybe the colors aren't quite as bright as they were in the pre-soak stage but there's still a noticeable difference.

I then re-read the directions on the Carbona Color Run Remover box and had an a-ha moment. It became obvious that only the non-colorfast fabrics changed color while the colorfast ones weren't affected at all. So I thought . . . what if I put the quilt in the washing machine with a small amount of CRR to remove the excess color from those non-colorfast fabrics. That would solve my problem, right?

Not to worry! I didn't do that. But I did email Carbona to ask their opinion. This was their reply:

"The answer to your question is a definite No, sorry! The Color Run Remover will not give a more uniform look if you put the whole quilt in the washing machine."

So I've decided to let the quilt sit for a while before I try anything else. All I really want is for the gold fabrics to ultimately look like this one which is now yellow.

This was definitely a hard lesson learned but doesn't every quilt tell a story? 

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What To Do??

I finished my Stars In A Time Warp last night and waited until this morning to remove the basting and spritz the blue quilting lines . . . 

I'd do about three rows at a time and then blot with a towel to remove any excess water.

And then it happened. Two of the reds began to bleed. This one came clean with two dye catchers and a bowl of water but . . . 

. . . the second one left this horrible stain on the back which didn't want to budge. So I did the unthinkable and mixed a little color remover in a pot and submerged the affected area of the quilt. Then I panicked when I realized some of the colors on the front were beginning to change. I put the whole quilt in the washing machine with two more dye catchers but it was too late.   

The stain came out on the back but the upper left portion of the quilt is now a different color.

And there is a streak where the color changed unevenly. What to do?? I considered throwing the quilt back in the machine with a small amount of color remover thinking that it may even out the rest . . . or, possibly overdying the entire quilt. 

Anyway, I quilted a 2" crosshatch over the entire quilt. I started last October. 


This is the back but must apologize for the poor photo. I still need to do a label but my heart wasn't in it today :-(

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer