Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Antebellum 9, Johan Strubbe, DD Blocks

Oh what fun! Antebellum #9 Lexington Belle is done :) 

I made this block in memory of my maternal 2nd gr-grandfather, Johan Heinrich Friedrich Strubbe, who was b. June 28, 1819 in Harpenfeld, Germany. 

I found this wonderful bird inking on Pinterest . . .

. . . and used it for the center of this block.

About 8 years ago when I was researching my Strubbe ancestors, I had a pleasant surprise when I found a Post 'Em Note on my Another Davis Family Tree on RootsWeb. It was from Anke Waldeman in Germany. She and some other researchers were tracking families who had emigrated from Harpenfeld to the U.S. and provided me with names and dates of my 2nd gr-grandfather's siblings and parents. Johan never came to the U.S. but some of his children did including my gr-grandfather Heinrich Wilhelm aka William Henry Strubbe.

My journey led me to the graves of relatives who were buried in a cemetery only 5 minutes from our house. Who knew?? And I met a 3rd cousin who was a descendant of Eleanor Strubbe, my gr-grandfather's sister. When I was done (though never really done, lol!) I gave my brother a binder with all the info I had gathered. 

On another note I continue to make Dear Daughter blocks (Sentimental Stitches) and try to focus on those that were originally made in NJ. 

Oops! Not NJ but I liked the pattern :)

Originally made by Ann F. Randolph, New Market, NJ and "Peased" in Wisconsin Fulton Co. 1850.

And this was originally made by Elizabeth Dunham, Piscataway, NJ 1852. I'm still enjoying these small appliques. The blocks are 8". 

Lastly . . . 

Our guild's October BOM was called Birch Block. It was super simple to make. Three striped strips on a bright solid color background. I turned it in at Monday night's meeting but didn't win the raffle. Some lucky person got all 37!

Have a great week!

P.S. Is anyone else not receiving emails when comments are posted? I noticed it yesterday. 

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Out and About

We're up in the north country for some leaf peeping and fun activities.

Out for an early morning walk. 

Sunrise looking west . . .  

. . . and sunrise looking east.   

On to Sugar House Creamery where cheeses are handmade and aged in an underground cave.  

And look at the pumpkins around the silos at Asgaard Farm & Dairy known for its award-winning goat cheese.     

Meet Hazel :)

On the back roads the foliage was beautiful . . .   

. . . especially at Franklin Falls where my daughter and I had paddled a few years ago.

We rode the Adirondack-themed Carousel in Saranac Lake . . .

. . . where all the animals (24 of them) were made by carvers both local and from across the country. 

The fox was a favorite.

And so was the otter :)

Driving through the 'Notch' . . . 

. . . the scenery was spectacular.

A hay bale 'snow' man.

The view at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area was the end to a perfect outing :)

Thanks for coming along!

Happy Fall!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Quilt Sightings

Last weekend Renee and I spent an afternoon visiting local historic sites in NJ that were open to the public free of charge.

First stop was the Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park. It was constructed in 1866 and expanded in 1905. It's on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. 

A portion of the interior was set up to depict a school room.

Quilts were displayed on racks in between the large windows.

This one, in particular, caught my eye. The label states the quilt was made c. 1850 by Mrs. Jesse Keys, Sr., mother of the first mayor, Jesse Keys. 

Check out these fabrics including my all-time favorite, Prussian Blue. 

Across the way were a few more quilts and the one in the middle was really interesting.

Love the squiggly fabric and the turkey red.

The Silas Riggs Saltbox House in Ledgewood was moved to its present location at Drakesville Historic Park in 1962. 

Going from room to room we saw a Carpenter's Wheel on a rope bed . . .

. . . and a Log Cabin on a rack against the wall.

Another Log Cabin was in the upstairs bedroom.

A Bicentennial Quilt was prominently displayed on the way out. 

And here's a block of that little Saltbox House. 

Next door is the c. 1827 King Store which provided food staples to boat crews along the Morris Canal. It was also the post office, polling place and general store. No quilts in here just an interesting building that is being restored.

Another gem is the King House Museum which features period furnishings and two exhibit rooms on the first floor.  

In 1935 English artist, James Marland, painted a mural on four walls in the dining room. The upstairs rooms were not open due to ongoing restoration. 

All in all it was a fun afternoon!

Have a great week!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September Mini

I don't know about you but I love making these small quilts every month. It's a fun way to get those creative juices flowing and to think outside the box :) Thank you Wendy for this fun challenge! 

Here is my September mini and how it evolved:

I've always liked this little quilt in Merikay Waldvogel's book, Childhood Treasures: Doll Quilts By and For Children. I wasn't sure I'd do the cut-out corners but I loved its simplicity.

I pulled strips from my scrap bin early this summer so when it came time to make this month's mini I knew it was time to get serious. 


I decided on these early florals and then chose scrap triangles in pink, brown, gold, and neutral to add to the mix.

And this is what I came up with :) The strips are 1" and the finished quilt is 17-1/2" x 15-3/4".

The back and label.  

I see Kyle has just posted her lovely September mini so be sure and stop by for a visit :) 

Enjoy your week!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2018

After reading Wendy's and Barb's posts about the quilts they entered in Blogger's Quilt Festival 2018, I decided to join in the fun! Make sure you hop on over to to see all the quilts and think about entering one of your own :)

I'm sharing the Morris Hexathon quilt that I made in 2016-17. I was participating in Barbara Brackman's SAL making blocks inspired by English textile designer, William Morris.

The top is pieced entirely by hand.

There was lots of fussy-cutting :)

I hand quilted each pieced block following the design . . . 

. . . and quilted three concentric hexies in the setting blocks.

I added a little 'something extra' to the label.

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer