Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bed Turning I

Thanks for all your comments about doing a bed turning. There are 20 quilts under the Eagle Medallion--some large and some small. It's kind of cramped quarters to get full photos but you get the idea. Here are the first ten . . . 

Stars in a Time Warp (2016) which I pretty much ruined when I panicked at a fabric bleed and used color run remover to try and rectify it. That's the streak you see in the upper left. 

My Best Applique was started in 1994 and finished in 2017 :)

Gypsy Influence (2017) was a continuation of my Gypsy Wife quilt made with fabrics from the 60s and 70s. These were 9 individual quilts bound and sewed together potholder style. 

Early Stars (2014) made with a blotched ground chintz repro though I didn't know that's what it was called at the time. 

Tulip, Sassafras and Maple (1996). My interpretation of a block from a NJ sampler quilt documented by HQPNJ. I literally picked the maple leaf off a tree to use as a template.

Stars and Leaves (2018) was made with leftovers from Stars in a Time Warp combined with a favorite leaf pattern.

My version of a Nine-Patch Repro (2016). All it takes is one fabric to get me started on a new project and this border fabric did the trick!

Flying Geese (2004) was the first quilt I made with a 3/8" binding. All the fabrics were from my stash.

Triangles (2019) was inspired by an antique quilt I saw at the Hamilton-Schuyler House last year.

All That Madders (2016) with an 1876 Centennial repro stripe border.

To be continued . . . :) 

Have a great week! 

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

It's A Finish!

The Eagle Medallion that I started assembling in February is now done! 

The eagle panel was from Rachel and all the churn dash blocks were made by quilters who participated in Barb V's block swap a year ago. The star blocks were extras I made for Barbara B's Stars in a Time Warp and the framed nine patches were of my own doing.

 Barbie long arm quilted it for me in a lovely large floral/leaf pattern.


A corner detail.

The $3/yd backing fabric was a bargain several years ago when our LQS closed.

 I put it on the guest bed . . . 

. . . and you have no idea how many other quilts are underneath it!

Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

County Fair and Anniversary Heart

We hadn't been to a county fair in years so when friends invited us to go with them last Friday evening, we couldn't resist! We hit lots of traffic en route due to the President's arrival at his NJ Golf Course but we made it--eventually!

All my husband was interested in were the balloons and food, lol!

Pretty wagon with its pink wheels and flowers :) 

And of course, you know what I was interested in--quilts! Evening Star Quilters had a lovely display. 

Beige and Pink
Marlene Marlowe

I Got the Blues
Solvai Sanchez

Link to Ohio
Made by the "Sewciopaths"--clever name!
Karen Anderson, Kathleen Scale, Theresa Schoonover, Cynthia Smith
Quilted by Karen Anderson of Bound by Stitches

Nesting Stars
Made by the same Sewciopath ladies.

Prized Pieces
Solvai Sanchez

This was a Moda Block of the Week called Moda Blockheads 2. There are 52 blocks by various designers and Solvai chose to make her quilt using all solid fabrics.

Stonehenge Celtic Dragon
Dawn Kaniper 

 A Barn Quilt :)

I made this heart for Rachel and her husband who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

I decorated a manila shipping tag with pretty paper and a 'quilt' stamp on one side . . . 

. . . and color-copied the fabric for the reverse side. Congratulations, R & T!


How cute are they??? 

Have a great week!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July Mini & Strings Update

Greetings from hot and humid NJ! 

Here's my July mini aka Mystery Mola :)

Would you believe this piece was in my grandkids' toy bin (yes! toy bin) at the cabin?? They are now teenagers and no one knows where it came from so I took it, lol! It may have been cut from a garment or tote. 


I quilted in all the narrow black spaces around every leaf and flower.    

I'm a big fan of using masking tape whenever possible. It's easy and gives a nice straight edge to follow.

Pretty good match, huh? I found these solid colors at our LQS. 

Here's a detail of the center. Note the long stems and flowering branches.

The finished piece. 

Rachel helped me choose the fabric for the back. I think it's perfect :)

Check out Wendy's blog to see her mini--and more.


As for my Strings update and link-up with Lori at Humble Quilts . . . 

. . . this quilt is actually done except for the label. I'll have better pics next month :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New Project

And just like that! I started a new project :)

As soon as I saw this quilt on Pinterest I knew it was one I wanted to make. I love the quirkiness especially the scrappy look and the odd color scheme--purples, blacks, madders, etc. 

I'm working more toward achieving the "look" but not getting fanatical about trying to reproduce the fabrics. First off--purple/lavender. I've had this piece for years so that's where I began. 

 Second--that small scrap of yellow makes this block sing. 

All the pieces are based on 2" except for the cross in the center which is 1". The finished block is 9".

I have a hard time when things aren't balanced especially like that lower right triangle because it isn't black. Such an odd mixture of fabrics.

The first four blocks up on my wall. I'm already on a quest to find sashing fabric :)


Thank you for your concern about the injured bird I picked up last week. She didn't respond to treatment and was euthanized on Saturday.  

So glad that heatwave is over! We're heading to the shore tomorrow for my husband's birthday :) 

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Flicker and Dutch Panel

For some reason I changed my walking route Sunday morning and decided to go the back way along a busy road and I'm so glad I did!

I hadn't gone very far when I saw this beautiful Northern Flicker in the road unable to walk or fly. So I picked it up, brought it home and put it in a box with a towel.

I called The Raptor Trust which provides free care and assistance to injured birds and is located only about a half hour from our house. When the bird was admitted I was told I could check on it after 48 hours. Here's the update and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she will improve:

"The Flicker is still currently in our care. She is suffering from
central nervous system damage with her legs out which means head
trauma or spinal injury due to the impact. We are giving her
supportive care and she is on anti-inflammatory meds. Her condition
is guarded and we need a little more time to see if she can rally from
her condition. Thank you for checking in."

There are also resident birds on the grounds including this majestic Bald Eagle. Uno was found in Alaska in 1989 with an eye injury that prevented her from being able to hunt. If you are ever in the area of The Great Swamp in Morris County make sure you visit The Raptor Trust :)

Quilting news . . . 

I managed to baste my Dutch Panel quilt while we were at the cabin :)

I bought some new fabric. The two at the top were bargains at the thrift shop and the yellow / green assortment caught my eye on Ebay.

It's not easy finding good greens--or yellows for that matter. But check the selvage on the yellow--Chrome is misspelled Chorme!

We're in a heatwave--are you?

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schafffer