Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Flowers In A Pot & Four Patch on Point

The only things these two quilts have in common are the octagon-shaped flowers and my quilt labels. 

I bought my very first quilt book, The Standard Book of Quiltmaking by Marguerite Ickis, in 1965 when we were living in Suffern, NY. My DH was the Supt. of Recreation and started the Ramapo Senior Citizens Club. One of the seniors I used to pick up on meeting day was a lovely lady who invited me to her house to see her quilts. I was so inspired by her Pot of Flowers quilt that I decided to make one of my own.

But it wasn't until the mid 90s (!) when it dawned on me that I'd been using this octagon-shape as the label for many of my later quilts . . . 

. . . like this one on the back of . . .

. . . Four Patch on Point, a repro of a quilt in my favorite book, Calico and Chintz. 


Or this one on the back of. . . 


Cows In My Garden, a mystery quilt.

You get the idea. Now I need to get down to business so I have something new to show you next week :) 

Happy quilting! 

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful quilts ! I looove to admire them ! :)

  2. It is always fun to see some of your older quilts. The flowers in a pot is so charming! Love that gold color.
    great labels!
    what a fun and whimsical mystery quilt.

  3. That same book and Ruby McKim's 101 Parchwork Blocks were my first two books. The octogen shape has worked perfectly for you. Today was been a day of enjoying quilts from the past. The flowers in their little pots is timeless and so cute.