Monday, November 24, 2014

One of Each

Another short post for a short week :)

One of my early quilts (1977) inspired by a c. 1870 quilt in McCall's Needlework Bicentennial Quilt Book (1975). There are 2,304 1-1/2" squares all hand-pieced and hand-quilted. I followed the suggested color key and constructed the quilt in diagonal rows to the half-way point and then repeated the process starting from the opposite corner. From a distance it looks like the fabrics could be reproductions but . . . .

 . . . they are actually ones I purchased when I was in high school--yikes! When I started making this quilt the fabrics were already 15 years old. If I didn't have enough of a certain color I would purchase 1/4 yard pieces for about 50-cents each.

I quilted a cable in the border and cross-hatch in the squares. This quilt is still one of my all-time favorites.

 Haselton Cemetery, Wilmington, Essex, NY
We'll be in the Adirondacks for Thanksgiving so I thought you'd like to see another example of what I call an "Adirondack-style" gravestone. So far, this is the only area where I've seen gravestones with outdoor scenes in color. The names are inscribed on the base.

Robert L. Sr.
Apr. 3, 1927 - June 14, 1984
Oct. 23, 1954
Pauline Jaques
Feb. 11, 1935 - Sept. 26, 1998

My maternal great-grandfather Heinrich Wilhelm Strubbe (1853-1917) and his grandson, William H. Strubbe (1911-1924). Taken in the Bronx.

A visitor in our yard this spring.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Oh my.. I think we may have gone to high school together! :) Seriously, I love your quilt, and I love those mid-century fabrics. I have a bin full of them, maybe by the time I make a quilt out of them they'll be back in fashion!

  2. so fun to look at your early quilt. Hand pieced? wow
    What a good study of fabrics. Your border cable is one of my favorite designs and I use it a lot.
    Interesting gravestone - Happy Thanksgiving Barbara