Thursday, November 2, 2017

Windshield Tour and Baskets

It was such a beautiful fall day last Friday that we decided to go on a "Windshield Tour" of the Old Mine Road in Sussex County, NJ.

It took us about an hour-and-a-half to drive to the northwestern part of the state where we started our tour. Of course, we missed the turn and ended up going across the historic Dingman's Ferry Bridge to PA. We paid the toll collector $1 each way and came back to NJ :)

We were finally on the Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Much of it remains the same as it was in the 1800s.

We saw some beautiful stone houses. . .

. . . and a quaint cemetery along the way. 

Welcome to the "ghost town" of Walpack, NJ. 


This little town was abandoned in the 1960s to make way for a dam which was never built.

  Glorious trees along the Delaware River . . .

. . . and a beautiful sunset back home :)


Have you seen the charming basket blocks Barb V. is making? Maybe you'll be tempted to SAL with her--I am! 

They are so much fun to make. I cut out the pieces the evening before and sew them together the next morning--usually at 5:00 a.m. The best time of the day :)

One last note--

It's amazing what you come across on Pinterest.

This must be the pattern my mother used to make shoe-box doll beds when I was a Girl Scout.   

I am thrilled as I had no idea she even used a pattern! You can read more about this little bed here

Happy Quilting!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


  1. What a delightful day you had exploring. It's such a beautiful area. I've never been in your lovely part of the state. Maybe someday. How sweet that you actually found the pattern your mom used and that you still have that lovely doll bed.

  2. What a wonderful tour of NJ. I had no idea there was a ghost town. I love that. It is sad and charming all at once.
    I love your baskets!! aren't they fun? I don't know why I'm drawn to them, but I am. I'm happy to see you're joining us :)
    How special to find that pattern. I have never heard of a shoe box doll bed. I'm off to see your post. fun post Barb!
    Hope you and Rachael consider visiting the Brownstone Show next week.

  3. Your pictures are beautiful except the ones about the ghost town !! It's a little bit lugubrious ! ah ah !
    Your baskets blocks are very cute ! I have decided this last summer to make my SAL in January with baskets too ! Oooh !! that's funny !

  4. Maybe some gentle folks will decide to return and bring the ghost town back to looks charming. Your basket blocks are lovely - such a classic pattern. I have distant memories of shoe box doll could do so much with shoe boxes (and tall oatmeal containers!)

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