Thursday, August 9, 2018

Little Applique Blocks

I'm hooked on these sweet 8" Dear Daughter blocks that are being offered by Gaye at Sentimental Stitches.

I started this project a few months ago concentrating on blocks that were attributed to NJ--specifically, the one on the top left and the three on the right. The originals were signed by members of the Dunham and Clawson families in Piscataway and Marlboro in the central part of the state. 

After I made the first three I couldn't wait for the next set to become available so decided to recreate the center of this block that I made a while ago also from a NJ quilt.

For some reason I'm focused on using green with touches of red and am liking the way it looks.

I added the red dot to this one.

I think these small blocks are charming and they're so easy to work on during hot summer days.

I've prepped the next one but reversed the colors as shown in the original above. I traced the pattern onto my background square using a blue Frixion pen and will outline the appliques with an 01 black Pigma pen. Any blue lines that show when I'm done will disappear with an iron.  

Check out Barbara B's post this week to see some new ideas for setting the Antebellum blocks including a NJ quilt and my small Chimney Sweep. Thanks, Barbara!

Happy August!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Antebellum #7 and John Hankinson

This week I finished Antebellum #7 Chimney Sweep. Barbara B's instructions for vertical row piecing made this block easy to assemble.  

In keeping with adding the names of my 2nd gr-grandparents, this block is in memory of John Hankinson, an English immigrant. According to the 1841 & 1851 England censuses, John, a brick layer, his wife, Alice, and their children were living in Liverpool. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1851. For more than twenty years (1854-1876) John was listed in the NYC Directories as a mason with his business at 464 Greenwich St. and residence at 36 Renwick. Both are in the area of the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan.

I chose to copy this inking that Barbara had posted on her blog a while ago. 

Would you believe the first time around I didn't leave space for a seam allowance? What was I thinking?? This is version #2 :)

The Hankinson family plot is in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. Interred there are John Hankinson (1821-1885), his wife Alice King (1819-1904), three  children (small white stones): Richard (1851-1860), William Henry (1854-1856) and Betsey (1839-1859); also, a grandson Walter (d. 1915) and my gr-grandfather, Frank Hankinson (1856-1911) though his name is not inscribed on the monument.

MARCH 15, 1885
AGED 64 YRS 11 MOS 30 D'S

When John died the attending physician was Samuel S. Purple, a founding member and past president of the NY Academy of Medicine and for many years the editor of the NY Genealogical and Biographical Record. After all these years the Purple name continues to haunt me. My grandmother Maud Hankinson Davis states her mother was Mary Purple but I haven't yet been able to make that connection. 


So back to Chimney Sweeps for a minute . . .

Here's a little piece I made in 2004 based on a doll quilt that was documented by HQPNJ.

In 2006 Barb V. and her friend, Mary, were co-chairs of GSQs Friendship Quilt. I had to provide the red fabric for my block so this is what I chose. 

A wonderful assortment of reds and one lucky winner :) 

Happy August!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July Mini and Flower Gardens

Would you like to hear the saga of July's mini quilt? I had some antique 9-patches that I purchased from Mary Koval years ago and thought I'd try and use them for this month's quilt. But they were all different sizes and the more I looked at them the more I realized they were not going to work. 

So I chose similar fabrics and made an entirely new set. I also wanted to use some of the browns that I recently purchased at GSQ.  

When it was finished I was really surprised to see how those white squares popped!

I machine quilted diagonally in both directions followed by chevrons in each quadrant which worked out fine. I had marked the lines (on the front) with a Chakoner marker but I couldn't get the pink chalk out of the white fabric so I soaked it in a pot of water with a little Dawn. Some fabrics shrunk in the process so by the time this piece was finally finished it was not what I expected it to be.

I also had a really hard time getting a good photograph. If I 'enhanced' the photo like this one is the border looked more rust than brown. 

But I think the colors in this photo are as true as they're going to get  :) 

On another note . . .

We've been at the cabin again this week for my husband's birthday and had lunch with my daughter at Heaven Hill Farm. 

The gardens there are in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous!

Cosmos . . . 

Beggarticks . . .

And Sunflowers in the formal garden :) 

Enjoy your week!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Antebellum #6 and Chimney Sweep

Just trying to catch up :)

I finished Antebellum #6 Madame's Star and followed the color placement as shown below in the NJ quilt on Barbara B's blog.

Thanks, Barbara, for letting me use your pic!

I found this cute inking on Pinterest . . . 

. . . but my spacing wasn't terrific when I wrote 'Robert Bower' so I may fill in with a little flourish--or something else. Robert is my 2nd gr-grandfather and Phebe's spouse. Remember her from last month?

Here are blocks 1-6. I'll be making at least one more with Prussian blue fabric to try and balance things out. 



Did you notice the leaves in this quilt in Linda Otto Lipsett's book, Remember Me? I've been wanting to make a Chimney Sweep quilt like this for a long time so in addition to appliqueing leaves I started making 9" blocks in brown prints. 

The leaves are along the edges . . . 

. . . and in the corners. Isn't that a great stripe? It's Georgetown by Judie Rothermel / Marcus.

I stopped after 5 blocks and made a small top instead of a large quilt :)  

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Snapshots of the Adirondacks

We spent the July 4th holiday at the cabin and enjoyed sitting out on the deck. The weather was perfect even if it was a little hot but I finally finished reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Here are a few of the places we visited . . . 

I saw this lovely Purple Flowering Raspberry on my way to the Community Garden . . .

. . . where there is lots of creativity to be found including Buddha's garden. 

There are hand-painted plant stakes . . . 

. . .  and painted rocks that make me smile :)

My daughter and I hiked the trails at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid which is where she now works :)

The main building was once the home of Henry and Mildred Uihlein of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. It is now a conference center with beautiful gardens and adjacent community hiking trails.  

Love this view! 

My husband and I spent some time at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake NY and went on the Wild Walk for an amazing birds-eye view of the Adirondacks.  

We were definitely in the tree tops!

Back at the cabin this sunset was the end to a perfect day :)

I have lots of photos posted to my Love the Adirondacks! board on Pinterest. Many of them you've already seen but I like having them all in one place.

Have a great week!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4 Quilts 4 the 4th

Patriotic quilts for the 4th :)


Patriotic Pieces 

Patriots Path

Flags of the American Revolution

Let's have some fun today and celebrate!


Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June Little Quilt, More Leaves, and Quilting

My June Little Quilt was actually a dual project--it was once a UFO and now it's this month's little quilt. Here's the story. 

I started cutting large tumblers a few years ago with the intention of making a bed-size quilt but never got beyond this point.

Then I saw this quilt on Pinterest and thought the tumblers would be great for the center. Besides, I had plenty of strips . . .well, that didn't work either!

So when it came time to make June's little quilt I decided to finish this UFO once and for all. I removed two rows of tumblers and added selvages for the borders.

I had plenty to choose from but pulled the most interesting ones.

Hmmm. . . I see a pattern here. Marcus and Windham appear to be favorites!

I machine quilted about 1" from each long edge of the tumblers and in the ditch along the selvage edges.

The back and label :) #3 is now crossed off my 2018 list--yay!

I've started a new little project--yep, more leaves for edge and corner triangles. More to come :)

And I finally basted Scrappy Squares so I have a quilting project to work on in the evenings :)

Have a wonderful week! I can't believe it's almost July.

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer