Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September Little Quilt: Old and New

Remember when I bought Dawn's Log Cabin quilt at auction? And I had removed two odd blocks in an unfinished row? Well, guess what? I turned those two extra blocks into this month's mini.

These are the extras which I decided to separate and reverse. 

Why? I don't really know! My plan was to mirror image the original blocks--on the diagonal--and then try to reproduce them. So the green/black stripe in the upper right will now have a more less matching fabric on the lower left.

So as not to get confused with placement, I made xerox copies to use as my guides. The center squares are 2-1/2" finished, the strips are 1" and the blocks are 8-1/4".

I tried to match lights and darks as best I could. Even used a strip of the original paisley backing from Dawn's Snowball quilt. I added the conversational print after nixing a stripe that would have been too dark and used the reverse side of a print for the center square.

All in all I'm happy with the end result except I would have really preferred a ditsy shirting fabric in place of the conversational print I used. 

This wonderful high wheeler repro was in Natalie's stash :) The finished piece is 17" x 17". Now I feel the urge to make another Log Cabin quilt--a little larger though--and in browns and neutrals. So easy once you get going!

Be sure and visit Wendy's blog on the 30th when she will post her mini along with links to all the other monthly mini-makers :)

Don't you just love these Chinese Lanterns?? There's a big patch in a neighbor's front yard :) 

Enjoy your week!


Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

UFO#4 Morris Geese is Done!

I've been trying to work my way through some UFOs and am happy to report another one is finished!

I started this piece in 2021 after receiving samples of William Morris fabric from Barbara B. Thank you, Barbara! I looked forward to this new challenge so when I saw a quilt on Pinterest that I liked I dug right in. I drafted my own pattern of 12" blocks with 2" finished hsts for the sashing and 4" borders with geese corners. I used the geese paper foundation piecing pattern from the Deacon quilt and 2" finished Triangles on a Roll.

                                                    Block 1

                                                    Block 2

                                                                           Block 3

Block 4 
So after I drafted the entire quilt (more or less) I happened to see a free pattern on Old Country Store Fabrics for the Tide Pools Quilt, the one I saw on Pinterest! Who knew??

Dawn at Cabin Creek Stitchery machine quilted it for me :) Thanks, Dawn!
I put the same border fabric on the back with a strip of green from the thrift shop. Ta-da!

Such a pretty assortment of fall flowers from the farm!

Enjoy your week! 

Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

August Mini and more . . .

The month's mini was made from Dawn's snowball quilt that I took apart and washed.

Just look at these blues, aren't they wonderful? I ended up hand quilting 1/4" inside each snowball and around the hourglass units. 

I had an old Harriet Hargrave blue for the border and machine quilted a double row of stitching around the entire piece. 

The back is an old double pink and the finished piece is 15" x 21-1/4". 

Wendy's posted her August mini here so be sure and visit. See what other mini-makers have been up to, too :)

On another note . . . 

Every once in a while I'll stop at a local antiques shop in Lake Placid and that's exactly what I did yesterday. Here are some pics of the 'vintage' quilts that were for sale.  

I also saw . . . 

. . . a 1988 framed poster of the Folk Art from the Shelburne Museum exhibit at the National Museum in Washington . . . . 

. . . and a framed Mola?? All hand sewn. 

But I couldn't leave without buying something! So here's what I got . . .

.  . . this Native American weaving . . .

. . . that now joins this one that I bought at the same shop years ago. One more and I'll have a small collection :)

And a small felted coin purse that is new but I simply couldn't resist!

It's hard to believe we're at the end of August and some of the leaves are already beginning to turn.  

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Fabulous Flowers in LP

It's that time of year in Lake Placid when the flowers are breathtakingly beautiful. Here's what I saw on my walk around Mirror Lake. 

A "wall" of hydrangeas along the sidewalk in front of a private residence.

With echinacea--an all-time favorite.

Hanging baskets in town . .  .

. . . and a cascading display In front of a store. 

The gardens in front of the Mirror Lake Inn . . .

. . . I can't get enough of them!

Across from the inn and near the end of Mirror Lake. 

I re-photographed this quilt that I made in 1990. 

It's called Endless Chain and I got the pattern from Patchwork Quilts magazine, see below (no date). I made it to celebrate my son's 27th birthday, his promotion at work and for buying his first house :) The fabrics are wool and the piece is machine quilted. It's actually one big rectangle, 64" x 34.5". 


The original article says the quilt was made in Blackwater, Ontario, Canada. 

This was my sketch.

I'll leave you with that for now :)

See you next week with my mini!


Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

All Over the Place

Do you ever flit from one project to another? Take the time to enjoy nature? Re-do a label so the info is more accurate? Well, that's been my last week or so.

After I finished the journal I made for my granddaughter, I am now totally absorbed in printing pics of all the quilts I've made and putting them in a little album and that is no small feat!

I have some photos in my quilt files . . . 

Others in a binder with detailed info about each quilt but mostly they are in the "Barb's Quilts" file on my computer.

Oh yes, there are also some in a journal/album that I started in 1997! I didn't get very far with this project at the time. I wanted to record some of my favorite snippets of fabrics that I had from when I was in high school sewing clothes for myself and even my mother. But this project went by the wayside, that is, until last week.

Now my pages have pics plus fabrics that were used in a particular quilt. That is, if I had scraps left after making it. 

I like seeing detailed shots along with a fabric or two on each page :) So, I will continue in this mode . . . 

This is one amazing sunset that we've had in the past couple weeks. 

Check out the reflections of the clouds in the river! The water was so still I had to go down to the dock to take some pics.

A cairn at the top of the mountain that Connie and I hiked to last weekend.

Tree fungi--so cool!

I made 'Ancestry' back in 1977 and wrote in the names of my ancestors--some of whom were incorrect. You can read about them here and here.

After all these years of wanting to set the record straight, I finally added a new label :)

More thrift shop fabrics. I need to stop going there, haha!

Enjoy your week!


Copyright 2022, Barbara Schaffer