Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Scrappy Strips

I started this scrap quilt in November with the intent of emptying out my bins of strips. 


I love the way it turned out. I started out following the pattern by Karen Griska called Saranac but tweaked it along the way. I substituted 4-patches for the 16-patches in the corners and long strips for the piano key border. It's twin bed size 68" x 88". 


The finished blocks are 10", the 4-patches are 3", and the strips are 1".


I had plenty of longer strips leftover from backings, sashings, etc. which I randomly used for the 1st outer border (left).  


And brown strips for the final outer border (right) that Susan gave me a while ago. Thanks, Susan!  

 

I spent the last 2-1/2 weeks painting our LR. It is now done! This room is in the 2nd oldest section of the house that was added on c. 1760. The original plaster walls are made of limestone, shells, and horse and/or cow hair. There's an original cupboard with cross and Bible doors (to ward off evil spirits), a fireplace with hand-made bricks, and a forged iron crane. That mirror was a wedding gift from Aunt Midge (my mother's sister) to my parents in 1936 :) 

Hope you have a great week!




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Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dear Daughter Blocks and Deep Freeze

I finished the last three Dear Daughter blocks . . . 


I just love this one! I followed the original colors including that touch of yellow and am so glad I did.  The inscription: Maxson Dunham, Piscataway, NJ, May 25, 1852. 


Another cute bird :) This block was inscribed Sarah Ann Dunham, Piscataway, NJ, May 25, 1852. 


The last one. I had to smile at those 'dog biscuit' shapes :) This block was originally inscribed Cornelius C. Blackford, May 25th 1852, Piscataway, NJ. 


And here is his gravestone at the Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, Middlesex County, NJ. Find A Grave photo. Cornelius was 58 when the quilt was made in 1852. He  died in 1881 at age 87. 


I still need to trim the blocks to 8-1/2" and then decide how I'm going to set them together. Thinking narrow sashing maybe 3/4" in red with yellow cornerstones. Or???


Our backyard looked like a frozen lake during the deep freeze. 


And Saturday a pipe burst in the little apartment that's attached to the garage. It's quite the mess! The water mitigation team was here yesterday to remove the carpeting. Today is sheet rock day. That entire back wall needs to be replaced in addition to the ceiling and two other small areas in the kitchen. 

Would you believe I'm all caught up with my evening projects? I need to baste a little quilt so I have something to work on.


I think it'll be this one :)




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Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January Mini and Selvage Strings

The first mini of 2019 and lots of strings. 


I had just enough leftover 2" tumblers from a previous project to make this small piece. It's 19" x 22".


I machine quilted it in a grid at the halfway point in both directions.


The print in the border was part of a little fabric swap. Thanks, Mark! Check out Wendy's The Constant Quilter blog for links to more monthly minis and lots of inspiration:)


I received this book for Christmas from a dear friend in MS. Thank you, Cath!


The back with info.


With Lori's Humble Quilts Stringalong in mind this quilt caught my eye. It was made by Tammy McGrew (2014) and has 120 blocks.  

 
But my quilt will be a lot smaller. I'm using all the selvage strings I've collected just waiting for the perfect project to come along :) 


I cut 6-1/2" muslin foundation squares and started sewing. So far I've made 25 blocks and will continue until my selvage supply is depleted :)  They are so much fun to make--and quick!  

See what others are making on Lori's Stringalong Linky Party here

Have a great week!




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Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer
 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Antebellum Top Done and Sew Rm Clean!

Antebellum top is finished and my sewing room is clean! Yay!


I am thrilled to have this top done. It's really big 88" x 94." 

This is how it came to be . . . 


It started with this quilt on the cover of HQPNJ's book NJ Quilts. (HQPNJ photo)


This is the back of that quilt and my inspiration. I always liked the way the blocks were set in strips and was hoping to find a large floral stripe that I could use but that just wasn't meant to be. (HQPNJ photo)


But I did have 2-1/2 yds of this French General bird stripe so I started with that.


I was determined to find a brown stripe for the sashing similar to that in the original quilt. 


Marcus Fabrics Bathwick by Karen Styles had just what I wanted and more. The leaf stripe was from the same collection. 

 

All in all I'm pleased with the way it turned out. To hand quilt or have it machine quilted remains the big question :)


It took me a whole week to de-clutter and clean my sewing room but well worth the effort :)


I hope you're having a great week!




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Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It's A Finish! and DD blocks

The first finish for 2019 is Triangles.


I started this small piece back in August. You can read about it here. It's 32" x 32". 


For lack of a better title I named it Triangles :) The color is a little off in this pic.

 

I quilted straight lines in the large triangles, in the ditch with little triangles in the centers of the small ones, and cross-hatch in the border.  


The back and label :) Had to do the label twice. I totally missed 2018 and wrote 2017. What was I thinking ???

 

I continue to make Dear Daughter blocks offered by Gaye at Sentimental Stitches. The original of this one was made by Prudence A. Blackford, Piscataway, NJ, 1852. I must say appliqueing those small pieces was a bit of a challenge! The finished blocks will be 8". 
 
 

The original of this one was signed by 4 Dunn ladies in Piscataway, NJ, 1852. I added the red dot. I'm using a small collection of green fabrics with touches of solid red. I have three more blocks to applique for a total of 16. 

Enjoy your week!



 
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Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2018 Cont'd and Antebellum #12

From July to December I made mostly little quilts but evenings were spent hand quilting a large one.


For July's mini I tried to reproduce vintage 9-patch blocks and combined them with 70s brown fabrics but it's not my favorite finish.   


I had a small baggie of leftover blue squares from a previous project. August mini was quick and easy.

 

That led me to make another r/w/b little quilt . . .


. . . and yet another. The ideas just kept coming until I finally finished up that little bag of squares :)

 

Large floral strips and leftover triangles were combined for September's mini.

 

Me, modern?? I made the Spiral Log Cabin block for our guild's BOM but never went to the meeting. So I added a little pooch and checkerboard border for October's little quilt.

 

November's little quilt needed a little bed :)

 

It took 4 months to quilt Scrappy Squares. It was finished in November.

 

I get so much done when I'm in my sewing room at 4:30 a.m. I have a whole hour to sew to my heart's content before tackling the day. December's little quilt was the perfect way to end the year :)
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Double Life is the last block in Barbara B's Antebellum Album Quilt series.

 

I found this original inking on Sandra Starley's blog Textile Time Travels.

 

My version.  

 

I must admit I really enjoyed my inking journey this past year :)

As always thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. You make my day! 

Here's to a fantastic 2019!




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Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

So Long, 2018!

Another year gone by and for me it's always fun to see what I accomplished. Here's the first six months:


1.  Abe's Stars was the first quilt to be finished in 2018. The stars were extras that I made during Barbara B's 2015 Stars In A Time Warp SAL. It's machine quilted. 


2. The first monthly mini in Wendy's 'no rule' challenge was off to a good start. This was an orphan block from my 2017 Gypsy Wife quilt. 

  
3.  Five Hexies had a much more 'tailored' look than what I would normally consider my style. These were orphan blocks from Barbara B's 2016 Morris Hexathon. It's hand-quilted.

 
 4. Use 'em up! February's mini was made with leftover hsts from several projects.


5. March mini is my favorite. It's a reproduction and hand-quilted. 


6. Patch Basket was #1 on my 2018 UFO list. I discovered I'm not fond of mitered corners, lol! 


 7. I started laying out April's mini when we had no power for 4 days during a nor'easter. The art print was a gift from Rachel and some of the conversation prints were from Natalie's collection. 


8.  Playmates Revisited was my oldest UFO to be crossed off the list. It's a Peto reproduction that was started by Natalie in 1996 and finished by me in April '18. 


 9. May's mini was a Cheri Payne design. So easy!


 9. Leaves and Stars was a fun piece to make. I found a lot of inspiration in Ann Hermes' book Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures (Schiffer Publishing, 2014).


10.  June's mini was accomplished by finally adding selvage borders to these UFO tumblers. Yay!

That's it for now. To be continued . . . 




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Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer