Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Let's Celebrate!

Monday night was Garden State Quilters 35th Anniversary celebration. The meeting room was all abuzz with door prizes, tricky trays, and demonstrations. We were all encouraged to bring in something for show and tell that related to the guild's history so here's looking back to the 25th Anniversary in 2006--and beyond.  

Rachel was president, Natalie's daughter, Laura, designed a bandana for the celebration and I was in charge of making a quilt.

My inspiration came from this early George Washington Handkerchief quilt. 

I used browns, reds and lights from my stash but ordered the large white and red floral online. I did 1" crosshatch quilting in the bandana and chevrons in the triangles. The binding is back to front. 

The celebration continued the following year with the guild's show A Heritage of Quilts. Here are the Bandana Challenge pics from that show. Each quilt received at least one ribbon :)

Dawn showed her winning quilt at the meeting.

So did Susan. She said at the time she was "experimenting with so-so results" :)

Barb V.'s quilt had a presidential theme :) Yay, Barb! I think you said you received a Judge's Choice award?

Made by friend and colleague Jill Reid whose quilts were always an inspiration to us all.  

Our next show and tell was this NJ State Flag Banner made by 9 members of the guild including Rachel and myself. It was part of Fairfield Processing Corp's open invitational and hung at Quilt Market in 1985 and the Great American Quilt Festival in 1986.  


Applique was my thing back then so I did the "N" and the "J" with the Jersey Devil entwined.  


After all these years, I finally made a label!

In 1987 I won twelve Washington Star blocks at the guild meeting's Block Party. The names of all the makers are on the label including my my dear friend, Natalie's :)

It's always fun to look back, isn't it?

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer  


  1. Hello Barbara !
    All the quilts are gorgeous but my preference goes to the last ...this green softens the quilt.
    Thank you for sharing !

  2. It is fun to look back and see how differently the project was interpreted. Thanks for sharing.

  3. How fun to look back on these quilts. It was a wonderful challenge. I really loved seeing yours and Jills again. It is amazing how different they were. My only wish is that more had joined in.
    I was sorry to miss the event!