Thursday, January 28, 2016

Baskets & This 'n That

I'd like to show you my new scrap project + my last-chance purchases at the local quilt shop + a cross stitch sampler. 

I treated myself to Edyta Sitar's book, Handfuls of Scraps . . . 


. . . and immediately fell in love with her 4-patch basket quilt.

I had plenty of 1-1/2" squares to play with so went right to work :) I've made two so far. The 4-patches are 2" unfinished and the block size is 13-1/4".


Last week Rachel and I went to the going-out-of-business sale at our local quilt shop where we found some good bargains. Fabrics were $4/yd and fat quarters were $1.50. All books over $24.95 were $5. I came home with a bundle.

This fabric was perfect for a fussy-cut hexie . . . 

 . . . and this brown and white stripe might look nice in a small 4-patch strippy. 


But then Rachel found this book and I couldn't resist . . .

. . . because I have an early sampler that once belonged to Aunt Midge. It was made by Maria ? when she was 12 years old in May 1836. I love the way the word "years" is split between two lines--"yea rs". 

And prior owners of our house discovered this sampler under the floorboards in an upstairs bedroom years ago. It was made by 8 year-old Elizabeth Ann Ely in 1818. This isn't the real thing--only a photo :)   


Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Love all your new loot and new projects. The scrappy basket is a great design. It can see where it would be fun to do. You're so fortunate to have that lovely antique sampler. Wow., how cool that the other sampler was found in your house. It makes you want to go hide something up in the attic or some place where it will be found some day!

  2. Oh my....very cute purchases Barbara !
    Your baskets are soooo beautiful and use lots of scraps ! Wonderful !
    And the E.Sitar's models are amazing but are going to appliqued like her or use the traditional method ?
    I'm a little bit curious uhhh ? :)
    Happy WE and big hugs !

  3. Lots of goodness! Your purchases were a home run!!
    The basket blocks are amazing and look so precise. The little quilt is very sweet.

  4. what a great post! the basket block is wonderful - wow that is a lot of tiny squares. Looks like fun.
    Sad that we lost yet another quilt shop.
    That fabric did make a great hexie - good fussy cutting.
    Love the old sampler. and what a mystery - finding hand work under a floorboard??? how curious

  5. oh and of course the strippy is sweet!

  6. I love all of Edyta's books. Your baskets are gorgeous and I love the little strippy too. Thank you for sharing the wonderful samplers too.