Friday, June 17, 2022

Three Days Late . . . (long)

I had set a goal of June 14th to finish putting together my parents' memory album, after all, that was the date they were married in 1936. I've been assembling albums like this for years and one thing is certain--even though they are really time consuming to make--the end result is very satisfying. Here is a sampling of the pages in my latest album:

Pictures of my dad, Franklin R. Davis (1909-1992), when he was young. Also a certificate for a speaking contest he won at age 9, his grammar school diploma and the program for the commencement exercises in 1923.

The page from his 1927 high school yearbook. He played basketball for 4 years and he was the tallest one on the team. His coach, Roy Nickerson, was still a teacher when I was in high school!

Photos of his buddies who enjoyed the outdoors--hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing and driving my dad's Model T on a frozen lake. 

He was also quite adventurous. After high school he took a steamship from NJ to CA and ended up as a swimming instructor at a date ranch in Palm Springs. It was after he came home that he and my mom started dating.

Pictures of my mother, Etta Florence Bower (1910-1964), when she was young.

My parents went to the same high school and graduated two years apart. My mother was an art editor for the yearbook.

Here are two of her drawings.

My mom on her 21st birthday . . . 

. . . and a poem written by her dad.

Jump ahead to my brother and me. He is 6 years older and whenever I have any family questions he always seems to know the answers. 

A treasured photo of my mother with her grandson born 1963. She made a baby quilt and applique pictures with him in mind.
She died one year later at the age of 54.

My dad often traveled south to do some serious fishing. 

In 1990 he came to live with us and we so enjoyed his company. Never one to interfere, he kept his distance.

Now that I have fulfilled my goal, I have mixed emotions about completing this album. It has 85 pages and is so final! 

But I also feel that with my brother's help, we pulled together the story of our parents' lives for future generations to enjoy. This is what happens when you are the "older generation" and no one else knows these things :)

Appliqued picture "Etta Florence Bower / Franklin Ralph Davis / Eng. 10/35 Mar. 6/14/36"

See you next week!



Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Dawn's Antique Quilts and More Flowers

Last week (via Zoom) Rachel and I attended a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group to preview some of Dawn's antique quilts that are being auctioned off at Dana Auctions on the 26th. I took a few pics on my computer but now I see the catalog has been posted so make sure you take a look.

For all the years that we had known Dawn and the times we spent together at Garden State Quilters' meetings and attending quilt shows we never knew the extent of her antique quilt collection--until last week. Dawn had worked as a textile specialist for a woman who conducted estate sales in North Jersey, thereby, giving her the opportunity to amass a very nice collection of NJ quilts--50 of which will be auctioned including this beautiful c. 1830 Broderie Perse. 

And this c. 1850s Carolina Lily . . . 

. . . and this c. 1850-60 Mariner's Compass . . .

. . . and this c. 1840 Scrappy Bars. There are lots of items being auctioned at Dana's sale and you can even begin with a $10 bid on many of them :)

On another note . .

Last week's wildflowers were amazing!

Pink Lady Slipper close-up . . .  

A double . . . 

. . . and a white one. 

Starflower . . . 

. . . the last of the Marsh Marigolds . . . 

. . . and a Painted Trillium that I forgot to show you last time :)

Remember my ambitious cross stitch project?? Well, it fizzled real fast!

I spent hours working on the deer and by the time I got this far . . . 

. . . the blue lines faded so badly that I returned everything!  

These are the Farmhouse flowers for June--Peonies, Alliums and Tulips--aren't they beautiful?

The entrance to the farm was lined with purple Alliums--what a sight! 

Enjoy your week!


Copyright 2022 Barbara Schaffer

Thursday, May 26, 2022

May Mini Plus

May mini is done! Had my doubts there for a while . . . 


 I made (9) 4" string-pieced blocks with Carol's scraps . . .

. . . and used muslin for the foundation. This is what it looked like before I added the batting and backing. 

From that wonderful box of scraps I pulled 4 green and pink 2-1/2" strips for the border. I like the contrast. It's quilted in diagonal lines in the opposite direction of the strips.
The finished piece is 16-1/2" x 16-1/2".

I put this fun fabric from the thrift shop on the back. Voila! Make sure you visit Wendy's blog to see more fabulous May minis :)

I bought these two dried flower picture frames at the thrift shop and added photos of the wildflowers we saw on Mother's Day :)

I see so many lilac bushes when I walk into town. The fragrance is heavenly.

Honeysuckle bushes, too. I always liked sucking the nectar from the flowers when I was little. Did you ever do that?

This Memorial Day let us not forget Julius Lemora who died at Hampton Hospital April 13, 1862, age 32. Pleasant View Cemetery, Wilmington, NY.  

Finally! I'd been waiting for a good sunset :)

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Copyright 2022 Barbara Schaffer

Thursday, May 12, 2022

More Flowers In and Out

My Mother's Day was really special. I hope yours was too!

Just look at this gorgeous arrangement from my favorite farm! My husband no longer drives so our daughter took him to get these flowers :) 


Then it was time for a Mother's Day hike in search of wildflowers. Connie and I had a banner day! We saw Hepaticas in blue . . . 

. . . and white.

And Blood Root . . . 

And Trillium . . .

And we hiked a trail where we could see Whiteface Mountain in the distance still with a little snow on top.

And Trout Lily which Connie declared as "My Mother's Day gift to you." It was perfect!

And dinner was stuffed artichokes along with cheese and crackers from a local dairy farm. Yum! 


Last month I treated myself to this In the Outdoors cross stitch pillowcase kit. I'm really not sure why I finally took the plunge but I did. Why not??

It's been quite a while since I've worked on any cross stitch projects but these 5 different designs really spoke to me--and the Adirondack-style. 

I also bought this appealing Patriotic Bouquets by Norma Whaley table runner pattern on Sentimental Stitches website. I thought it would be perfect for those leftover Churn Dash blocks from Barb V's 2018 block swap :)

I'd say both this pattern and the pillowcase kit above were two compulsive purchases that may or may not come to fruition! We'll see . . .

Beautiful warm sunny days have finally arrived!


Copyright 2022 Barbara Schaffer

Thursday, May 5, 2022

UFO#3 Scraps of Friendship

It's done! Thank you Carol Y. for sending me that big box of scraps in January. As you can see I've had a great time digging in! 

I spent many enjoyable hours cutting and sewing strips and other small pieces together. Each row was a new adventure.

After auditioning a couple different fabrics for the border, I chose this red and white diagonal plaid--a thrift shop find last year. 

Dawn at Cabin Creek Stitchery longarm quilted it in an interlocking Surf's Up pattern. Here she is taking the finished quilt off of her machine. My 4-Patch Strippy is hanging on the wall :)

This is one of the fabrics I put on the back, the other is the red/white check on the left.

I've named it Scraps of Friendship and it measures 51" x 64". Thank you Carol for your generosity! 

Here's another finished project. Wondering what it is?? It's a case for a bamboo fly-fishing rod that my brother asked me to make. Specifically 4" wide by 40" long with one channel 1-3/4" and three 3/4" to hold sections of the rod.

Now don't laugh but I've had this 36" wide wonderfully soft flannel fabric for more than 50 years! Yep! I purchased it at Newberry's in the late 60s for about 29-cents a yard. 

And it is s-o-o my brother who is a master fly fisherman :)

May tulips from Little Farmhouse Flowers. I just love going to the farm with my daughter to pick up her monthly gift to me. I wonder what the flowers will be next month?? 

Enjoy your week. I think we finally have some warm days ahead!


Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer