Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Winter Aconite and Projects

Finally! I've been waiting for Winter Aconite to bloom . . . 

. . . and this morning I saw it :) It's always the first flower to bloom in my garden. Yay for spring!

I finished another section of my new quilt. Pretty soon you'll get to see the whole thing, lol!

I stitched together some odd pieces of leftover binding so when it's time to bind Scrappy Strips I'll be ready. 

The backing is done, too. Barbie is going to quilt it for me so I'll drop it off tomorrow.

Every so often I change the little quilts on display in the upstairs hallway. This is the latest :)

Help. I'm running out of room! I have quilts on racks, on beds, on chairs, on dressers, in trunks, on walls, and I need to find some storage space. Where do you keep your quilts?

I finally decided to toss the shoe-box bed I've had since I was 11 years old. It was totally falling apart. But first . . .

. . . I took apart the dust ruffle and bed hangings and soaked them overnight. I think these fabrics will be perfect for a monthly mini :)

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer



  1. Seems quilters all have the same dilemma, how and where to store all the quilts we've made after awhile. Even with all the quilts donated and given to my kids and grandkids, we are still rapidly reaching the saturation point in our tiny house. There are currently four quilts on my bed, I'm still using three at night since it's still cold, but will need to whittle that down soon. I've been trying to think of which piece of furniture could be sold/given away and hopefully replaced with a large chest of drawers for the overflow. I'm a bit hesitant to put quilts in the cedar chest, even wrapped in a sheet or pillowcase, though some are stored in another blanket chest that has no cedar. Those are in old well washed pillowcases.

    1. p.s. I love your method of hanging the mini quilts!

  2. You have given us great teasers. I am anxious to see the whole thing. :)
    I have not turned out as many bed-size quilts as you have, and most of the ones I get finished are given away. I only have 4 or 5 bed quilts I made and about 5 my Mother made. A couple of quilt racks and an armoire shelf do the job for me.
    A fun display of small quilts. Makes me smile.
    Yes, a monthly mini will be a great place to showcase the pieces of fabric from the small bed. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

  3. Spring is here and we are all looking for the first flowers !!
    I can't wait to admire your quilt....
    And for the others, no problem ! I can keep them all in my house ah ah !!

  4. I give my quilts to loving homes everywhere!
    -Jean ❤

  5. Like Janet I'm anxious to see that new scrappy quilt! Love the sneak peeks. Storage, ah yes, the ongoing problem. I have them all over the house in different trunks, bins, armoires, it a problem. A problem that I love having.
    what sweet little winter flowers. I'm not familiar with them. Ha ha I like Cecile's comment!

  6. Thank you for the glimpse of winter brings those of us buried in snow hope! When our woods are finally clear (in July this year?) I will always look for Spring Beauties, Trout lilies and bloodroot. Your “teaser” photos are so the backing too. Storing quilts is a major issue here, especially since our guest room is now being used full time by our son and daughter-in-law until they find a house. So many of the quilts are crammed into our walk-in-closet. The solution I am looking at is giving some away and the rest will be draped over sets of swinging arms attached to the wall...when I can find a wall!

  7. Always love the first sign of spring! Mine is usually the crocus, which are still covered with snow.
    Love your sneak peak!
    I have resorted to selling some of my quilts and of course, I gave many away after the devastating fires.
    In this blog post: YOu can see a quilt rack on my bedroom wall that holds quite a few quilts. It could be a lot fancier, but I'm happy with it.

  8. That's a good sneak peek. Can't wait to see the rest. It will be fun to use that little bit of fabric from your doll bed in a mini. You'll be able to enjoy it again. Storing quilts is challenging. Like everyone else they a tucked here and there, cupboards baskets, shelves...

  9. Oh I can't wait to see the end result of this one. I LOVE the backing fabrics! I store big quilts on the bed in my sewing room annex, that is why we don't have overnight guests upstairs - no spare beds! I store small quilts by hanging them over custom quilt racks that my boatbuilder husband made for me. I think I need a few more! I cannot wait to see what you do with this sweet fabric. It will be nice to re-purpose the fabric and keep your childhood memories alive.

  10. At one time I kept my bed sized quilts, that I've kept, flat on the guest bed, so no folds. Covered with a clean white sheet so no sunlight fading. I even had my smaller ones hidden in there too when not in use as monthly seasonal décor. Yes, my seasonal quilts changed each month on the wall, on top of the treadle sewing machine and perhaps one other place. Now we are in a MUCH smaller place, and the quilts are getting wrinkled, wrapped in clean white sheets in large luggage in my insulated storage container.