Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Broken Dishes, Gypsy Wife, and More

It's been a wonderfully busy week :)

I was looking through Edyta Sitar's book Handfuls of Scraps when this quilt caught my eye. It was the perfect set for the blocks I received from Barb V's Broken Dishes swap.

I used five Broken Dishes blocks vs four as shown in the antique quilt above . . .

. . . and sewed them together 9-patch style. I love the secondary design. 

I clipped the seams on the back so they would iron flat.  

The large blocks are 12" square and I used all 80 swap blocks--thank you, everyone! I still need to sew the sashing between the rows. I'm contemplating a wide border if I can find the right fabric.

On another note I had my Flags quilt long-arm basted by Barbie Vanderfleet-Martin. You have no idea how happy I am to have this done! This quilt is next on the list to be quilted.

And the binding's all prepped and ready to go for Westering Women :-)

New fabrics from Hancocks and Sew Jersey    

Here are the first two blocks of Gypsy Wife. I'm primarily using fabrics from the 50s-70s but will fill in with newer ones if needed.

I have no real plan color-wise. Just sort of randomly picking fabrics depending on size. This one is called Color Wheel . . .

. . . and this is Pershing. The white & red fabric in the corners was mine when I was in high school. A friend of my grandmother's worked in the fabric dept. at Macy's in NYC and gave me a box of samples :)

Mark your calendars for Quilt Fest NJ. Three weeks and counting--can't wait! 

Happy Sewing!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer 


  1. Wow! Your solution for the broken dishes blocks is spectacular. I love the original quilt too, but I like your version even better. I just got Edyta's new book, "A Little Handful of Scraps" and it too is full of inspiration. Your Gypsy Wife quilt is going to be sensational. I think I had that red and white print in high school too. Can't wait to see more of that one.

  2. I love your broken dishes setting! So excited to see your Flags quilt!

  3. What a wonderful setting for those broken dishes blocks! I agree with Wendy. I like yours better than the original! The secondary pattern is great and the addition of the brown was perfect. To be able to pull out fabric from when you were in high school is incredible. The 50's - 70's is a time period not replicated too often...yet. Great job.

  4. I love your setting for the broken dishes blocks ! I have an idea to make mine and I will do it this year !

  5. what a great antique quilt and how great the swap blocks will work for your version. Neat pattern you've developed.
    what a awesome red and white fabric! love the look of those blocks.

  6. Your quilt top is just wonderful!