Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Going in Different Directions

I'd been working on the five extra hexies and appliqueing them to background fabric until I decided to clean out my sewing room and got side-tracked in all directions . . . 


I'm leaning toward this arrangement with a zig-zag border--maybe :) The center hexie still needs to be appliqued. 


Close-ups of the last two. 

As I was saying . . . I began to clean, I mean really clean, my sewing room. I emptied three shelves of novelty fabrics which I plan on giving to our guild for charity quilts. In their place I put wool fabrics that I've had in a storage bin forever. I finally washed them in the washing machine using Ivory dishwashing liquid and threw them in the dryer on the regular cycle. Now they are light and fluffy!

Initially I wanted to make a hooked rug but I've had this table runner in mind ever since I purchased the pattern at a thrift shop last year. I ordered Prairie Cloth on Etsy and hope to get started sometime soon! 

But as I was placing my order I noticed this wonderful cross-stitch pic of Abe and George. So I purchased the pattern and bought some DMC floss.

But I really needed to clean off my work table and had two guild projects that needed attention. First, I made a block (your choice) using the fabric that was provided by the Sunshine Committee. I added the yellow print. Super simple!

Then I made a Disappearing Nine Patch Block. I had picked up the instructions at our last meeting just out of curiosity. Every month guild members have an opportunity to try something new by participating in Block-of-the-Month. For every block you turn in you receive a raffle ticket. A winner is chosen during the meeting. Depending on how many people participate, there are usually enough blocks to make a quilt.  

This month's fabric selection was "Nod to Fall. Break out the reds, oranges and yellows for this Fall-inspired block." I have a lot of fall fabrics and was intending to make only one block but it was so easy I got carried away. 

The unfinished block is 13-1/2". I may keep on going :)

And I've got my pink hsts made for part 3 of Lori's Palmateer Point QAL here :) 

After three days of cleaning out and getting rid of stuff I actually added more projects! Does that ever happen to you??

BTW, those of you who thought the guy in the mural (last post) was Buddy Holly--it was a great guess! My son said it was James Dean so I stopped by the pizzeria today to ask. Sure enough it's James Dean! Thanks for playing along!

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#1 Done! Giant Puffballs and Marilyn and ?

Morris Hexathon was #1 on my '17 in 2017' UFO list to quilt and it is now done! 

I started making it over a year ago when Barbara Brackman announced her Morris Hexathon quiltalong. The designs focused on English textile designer, William Morris. One hexie a week for 26-weeks was certainly doable--and fun!  

My pieced hexies ended up being 7" across instead of 8". I didn't discover this until I began cutting the 8" setting blocks and laying them out on my wall. So I had to make a new template and re-cut.

I had yards of both the floral and bird fabrics to play with so I fussy cut those. 

The entire quilt with the exception of a couple of hexies was hand-pieced. I quilted in the ditch on all the pieced blocks and around each hexie . . .

. . . and quilted three concentric hexies in the setting blocks and chevrons in the edge triangles. I used Quilters Dream Request batting.

The back.

A detail. 

I fussy cut the binding and fused the flower on the label. The finished quilt is 63-1/2" wide by 56" long. Yes, wider than it is long.


On another note, it seems every year these Giant Puffball Mushrooms appear in our backyard. The pictures don't do them justice. They are the size of beach balls! 

Over the past few months I've been watching this mural materialize on the side of a building on one of the busy roads in town. It looks like the scaffolding is still up on the far right so assume it's not yet finished. But--who is the guy?? I feel like I should know who he is . . .  Do you?

Make sure you check out Barbara B's blog to see what she's donating to the AQSG auction next month :) 

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Little Things

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things :)

Last Sunday I made 3 pillowcase dresses for little girls in Colombia. Read about Lori's February trip at I purchased these pillowcases at the thrift shop for 50-cents each. I just love the way they turned out. They make me smile!

I started prepping the next "odd" hexie block. It's in black and white because the colors were really, really off. I think I need a new battery for my camera. Anyway, I fussy cut 1-1/8" strips, attached them in spiral fashion, and trimmed the extra fabric.

I turned under the edges 1/4" and appliqued the hexie to the background square. I now have 2 done. Oh, btw, my initials are in the fabric 'B D S'. This hexie was a reject when I was putting together my Morris hexie quilt. It was too big.

Our first guild meeting of the year was held Monday night. The Sunshine Committee put a small packet on each chair asking everyone to make a 9-1/2" unfinished block that will eventually be sewn into a charity quilt. The blocks are due at the February meeting. It's a great way to get everyone involved!

Yesterday I made 25 four-patch blocks for Lori's Palmateer Point quiltalong. I had a stack of 2" squares and chain-stitched them together in no time at all. No fussing just letting the lights and darks fall where they may. It'll be fun to see what the next step is. This will be the 5th small quilt quiltalong I've participated in with Lori. Here are the others:

 All That Madders 2016 

Country Roads 2015

 Cascadia 2014

 Midwinter Blues 2014

There's still time to join in the fun!

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Weaving, Flowers, and a Small Finish

Before we left the cabin to come home, I took a few more pics.

I was fascinated with this weaving at the entrance to a neighbor's camp.

Look at those fun fabrics! I think next time I'll leave a note :)

We had lunch in Lake Placid and I was in awe of the beautiful flowers in front of the Mirror Lake Inn. 

Nasturtiums like you've never seen before!

All so beautiful!

I managed to sew the binding on this small piece which I had brought with me. It was the 5th Philadelphia Pavement block that I couldn't use in the top I recently made. In searching for a border fabric I found this wonderful floral polished cotton in Natalie's basket :) It's definitely vintage as it was only 36" wide. 

I had already machine quilted it at home in a simple crosshatch. Sorry, the color is off here.

I named it "Friendship" for the three of us: Barb, Natalie and Laura (Natalie's daughter). I made the block, used Natalie's chintz on the front, and put Laura's fabric on the back :)

In case you didn't know . . . Laura was once a fabric designer for Marcus Brothers :) Love this fabric, Laura! 

Hope to get back on schedule soon.

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another Walk and Dreaming

We arrived at the cabin Wed. afternoon and the first thing I did Thurs. morning was go for a walk :)

I passed a long stretch of Queen Anne's Lace along the side of the road. . . 


. . . took pics of the sunflowers at the Community Garden and . . .  

. . . the squash in my plot that are now beyond eating! 

I walked to the bridge where the dam is closed in the summer to make the river suitable for swimming and opened again in the fall to lower the water level for winter. 

Back at our cabin the purple coneflowers are in full bloom.


But why is it that every time we go to the cabin I get all these ideas for new projects that I want to begin RIGHT AWAY! This is one. I came across a quilt in the book Chintz Quilts: Unfading Glory by Lacy Folmar Bullard and Betty Jo Shiell thinking it would be a good layout for six leftover hexies that I made last year for Barbara Brackman's Morris Hexathon quiltalong.

At a time when I should have been packing, lol, I quickly cut a 14" square for the background then added a narrow strip to each side of the hexie so I could bring it with me to applique :)  

Then I thought about making another quilt like this one that I made for my niece's wedding in 1994. But the second time around I'd use toiles and early chintzes. What's easier than 4" squares, edge triangles and a center focus??

And I want to draft and make this block to add to my NJ Plainfield Sampler quilt that I started 2 years ago . . . 

But in the meantime I've been quilting Morris Hexies which I hope to finish next month :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer