Thursday, November 6, 2014

Into Browns and Blues

The fabrics in my most recent quilts are mainly browns and blues. 

I finished this top yesterday. When I saw this quilt on Lori's Humble Quilts blog, I knew I had to make one like it. Originally I thought I would try and reproduce the quilt and make it bed-size but that thought didn't last very long, lol! This is 55" square. 

I pulled all the fabrics from my stash that I thought could work.

As it turns out I only used 5 of them. The sashing is a Kaye England fabric that I purchased years ago. I had 3+ yards which worked out well as I fussy cut the long strips so the flowers would match up. The blocks are 9" and the sashing 4".  

I'm in the process of quilting this one now but it all began with two early quilts and the blue fabric . . .

In 2003 Rachel, Rita and I went to see the Art of the Needle quilt exhibit at the Shelburne Museum. I loved this quilt the moment I saw it.

Then in 2006 we were at the AQSG Seminar in CT. Another favorite!

At some point I bought a yard of this fabric Treasures of the York County Heritage Trust by Roberta Benvin and Joan Hamme for P&B Textiles. 


I'm quilting the blocks in double lines throughout like those in the Shelburne quilt above but haven't yet decided what to do in the borders. It's 27" x 27".

I had a lot of 3" swatches that I cut in fourths to make these little 4-patches. An inner-and-outer border of blue and brown was the perfect setting :)

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer


  1. In your star quilt, I like the brown & blue stripe fabric. Good choice.

  2. What great fabric that instantly says "antique"! Nice job!

  3. Lovely! What a beautiful group of quilts and gorgeous fabrics.
    LOVE the little 4patch