Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#11 Top Done and Sunrays

It's been a 14-year journey to finish the top of my Philadelphia Pavement UFO. It's #11 on my '17 in 2017' list.


It all began in 2003 when I saw this quilt in House Beautiful magazine.    


I couldn't wait to get started. I made the first two blocks following the colors in the picture. 

Then made three more and lost interest. Surprisingly (haha!) the blocks varied slightly in size so I couldn't sew them edge to edge.

I thought about laying them out on point but couldn't bring myself to fill in the empty spaces with more squares. What to do?? Nothing! Nada! Zip!

But then two weeks ago it all started to come together. I chose the blocks that were closest in size and used leftover squares for the sashing and corner blocks. 

I love this border fabric. It's Windham's Wm. Penn's Vision#25506. It was just the right shade of blue plus it added some movement. So now that the top is finally finished I will add it to my quilting pile :)


I couldn't resist this photo op the other morning when it was a little foggy and the sun's rays were coming through the trees :) 

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This 'n That

Wow, I missed blogging last week and I don't even have a good excuse. There's really not much going on just a bunch of "this 'n that."

Recently we visited our friend in northwest New Jersey and on our way I took a photo of the barn quilt that I missed last year! 

We spent a day with him at the lake where my grandparents' used to live. It always feels like home when we're there. 

My 16-year old Subaru finally konked out at 141,300 miles. I was really hoping it would make it to 150K but here it is being towed away. I donated it to Disabled American Veterans. 

I also went through my vintage clothing and donated some to The Shakespeare Theater of NJ. I've really narrowed my collection to keeping only those items belonging to family and friends :) 

The rest of my stuff I hope to sell at a vintage clothing auction in the fall. I've been debating about these shoes but I think it's time. The high tops on the left are actually Keds!

Lately I've been on some early morning (5:30 a.m.) walks when the moon is still out. I love that time of day :)

Isn't this animal "toile" the cutest?? I may use it as the backing on one of my UFOs. 

And talking about UFOs . . . I haven't been spending much time in my sewing room but managed to put a couple of things up on my wall. I made the decision to use only 4 out of the 5 Philadelphia Pavement blocks that I made years ago. I played around with 2" squares for the sashing but I don't like the way they look! So back to square one. The small pieces on the right are leftover patriotic fabrics / blocks. I still need an inner border and one more corner block but the going is S-L-O-W. . . 

I hope you're enjoying your summer!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Thursday, August 3, 2017

#4 and "Mountain Mist"

#4 on my '17 in 2017' list is done! I actually finished quilting it in Feb (!) but wanted to wash it at the cabin before sewing on the label.   

I'd say the red fabric bled a little! 

I always referred to this quilt as my red/green applique but renamed it My Best Applique because it really was just that--my best applique. I started this quilt in 1994.  


I quilted around all the appliques and filled in with straight lines 1" apart. The sashing/border was quilted 1/4" inside the seams. 

I threw the quilt in the dryer because I didn't like the way I could see bits of red and green in the seams when it was wet. It krinkled up a bit but I'm okay with that.

The back is a neutral print.

The label. It's not fancy :)

I washed a couple more quilts and then draped them all over the railing just for fun :)

This Mountain Mist???

Nope, this "mountain mist." I snapped this photo on an early morning walk.

This one, too. The mist was just creeping across the river. It was rather chilly--45 degrees! 

Just look at this beautiful salad my daughter and son-in-law made! All fresh from the community garden. I've got some spaghetti squash growing along with heirloom squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Maybe we'll get to enjoy them next time we head north :)

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer