Wednesday, May 25, 2016

" . . . died in her service."

This Memorial Day let us honor these young men who lost their lives fighting for our country during the Civil War.

 West Glens Falls Cemetery, Queensbury, NY

Wm. O. Akins
July 22, 1864
AE 23 yrs
Company B, 123rd Inf.
New York
Died of wounds
received at the Battle
of Peachtree Creek, GA

Hanover Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

Eugene I. Kitchell
Nov. 28, 1838
Aug. 2, 1839
Alfred F. Kitchell
Jan. 20, 1843
Fell at battle of
Sept. 17, 1862 

Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Lieut. Chas. B. Peirsons
CO C 22nd REGT
N.Y.S.V. Wounded
At the Battle of
Bull Run VA Aug. 30
Died Sept. 8th 1862
Aged 26 Years
He died in the defence
of his country  

Hanover Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

Benjamin Cook
Died Sept. 30, 1882 Aged 92 years
his wives
Isabella Robertson
Died July 17, 1824 Aged 29 years
Cecelia Losey
Died June 24, 1874, Aged 66 years
Edward Cook
Co. D. 10 N.J.V. Died from wounds
July 31, 1864 Aged 22 years
Luther Cook
Co. B. 132 N.Y.V. Died 1864 Aged 25 years

Pleasant View Cemetery, Wilmington, NY

died in Andersonville
June 26, 1864
AE 16 yrs & 6 mos
died Oct. 21 1863
AE 17 y'rs 7 m's & 10 d's
died Oct. 16, 1863
AE 8 yr's
Children of
W.W.& C.E. Warren 

Lafayette's remains are buried at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA.

Hanover Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

son of
Eben & Maria Griffith
He enlisted to fight for
his country Jan. 5th, 1861
and died in her service
Aug. 21, 1861.
In his 25th year.

"Memorial Day"

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Little of This and A Little of That

A hooked rug, Morris Hexathon, Orange Peel quilting, a bird nest and the link to a video of a bird with many and often strange songs :)

After I finished hooking this little rug I trimmed the Monk's cloth foundation to 1-1/2" then folded it over and hemmed it to the back. 

The rug was rather lumpy before being blocked but now it lies nice and flat. 

I put it on top of the apothecary chest to admire :)

I wasn't going to . . . but then I couldn't resist making the first two hexies in Barbara B's Morris Hexathon quiltalong. These were easy enough to do by machine but now I'm wondering how intricate others may be. Looking forward to the challenge! 

I pulled lots of botanicals . . . 

. . . and birds. I think that will be a nice combination, in fact, I'm pretty excited about it! 

Orange Peel quilting shows up really nice in NJ Stars. I can almost quilt a block a night :)

A mama Robin built her nest in a bush right outside our door but I  don't see any babies yet.  I keep checking.

And talking of birds--

Have you watched the You Tube video of the Lyre bird who can mimic a car alarm or even a chainsaw? Check it out! Thanks to my daughter for passing this along :)

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rainy Days = Sewing Time

Seems like we had nearly a week of bad weather until late in the afternoon on Mother's Day when the sun finally came out. No complaints, though. I got a lot of sewing done!

 I made a label for my stars quilt . . . 

. . . and then literally put the quilt to bed :) 

A while ago I had made some 4-patch strips after seeing a little quilt on Pinterest. They sat for the longest time until I decided to put them together last week. Funny how I never noticed the way that last block on the lower right disappeared into the background. So . . . 

. . . I made another with better contrast and appliqued it over the first. Now, that looks much better!

I cut out the bottom layer to eliminate the bulk . . .

. . . and layered the quilt using Hobbs fusible batting. I marked the quilting lines with a stencil and was happy to discover half-diamonds fit perfectly in the border without having to make any adjustments. Yay!

Here it is all finished :) It measures 18"L x 19-1/2"W.

So now it's time to start quilting again and this quilt was next in line.  I'm doing an orange peel design in the center section, not sure yet about the inner border, and cross-hatch in the wide outer border. I'm hoping to get started tonight :)

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Another Finish and WW4

This week I finished a small Nine Patch Repro and made the 4th block in the Westering Women quiltalong. 


This is the little antique quilt that caught my eye on Pinterest. I loved its simplicity and the unbalanced 9-Patch set. I never would have thought to arrange the blocks this way.

And this is my version. The border fabric is what started it all. It measures 24-1/2" x 29" with 4-1/2" blocks and a 3-1/2" border. I wasn't going for an exact repro but tried to keep the fabrics fairly close in value and color while making substitutions along the way.

You know by now that I'm not a machine quilter but decided I better 'get movin' if I wanted to make a dent in my growing backlog of quilts needing to be quilted, lol! So I used Hobbs fusible batting and machine quilted it in a 1" crosshatch allover. This was my first time using Aurifil thread and I was really pleased with the result. 

This is the back before I sewed on the label.

Here's a detail . . .


 . . . and finally the label :)

I've always liked the Tree of Life pattern so when this month's Westering Women block was Lone Elm I finally had my chance to make oneI'm using Barbara B.'s Alice's Scrapbag fabrics with a few others mixed in. Piecing was done in four sections and I only had a few rip-outs along the way, lol! 

And if you follow Barbara's Material Culture blog you'll see a NJ quilt on her most recent post Potted Plants with Reverse Applique. Scroll down to the pic of alternating red and green blocks with a vine border on the left. HQPNJ documented this quilt years ago and if you own a copy of our book, New Jersey Quilts, you can read all about it on page 15 :) The quilt is in the collection of the Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ.   

Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer