Friday, May 31, 2019

Indigo Challenge, May Mini and Strings Update

It all started about two months ago when Sandy at My Material Creations shared her vintage indigo scraps with Wendy The Constant Quilter, Janet O. Rogue Quilter, and me :) It was decided we'd do a challenge with the big reveal May 31st.  So here is mine and I'll update links to others as soon as they post.

When I received Sandy's package, I knew I was going to pair the Indigos with vintage shirting fabrics that once belonged to Natalie.


I saw this little doll quilt on Pinterest . . . 

. . . and made my own 9-block version which I hand-quilted. I just love the look! It's really an easy block--hsts and four patches. I used 9 different Indigo prints and 9 different shirtings to go along with them. 

The label :)

But I didn't stop there. I went on to make this little piece as my May mini for Wendy's monthly challenge :)

The back is a repro from years ago.

Uh-oh! Then I saw this block on Sentimental Stitches as part of the Cheddarback SAL and I couldn't resist making just one more little quilt. I enjoyed hand-quilting this one, too. 

Thanks, Sandy! I've had more fun using these Indigo scraps!


Today is also the Linky Party for Lori's String SAL. Check it out!


These large blocks are 12-1/2" unfinished. Yikes! What's wrong with this block?? I just noticed it!

I started cutting 2" sashing strips and this is as far as I got. More next month :) 

Enjoy your weekend!

Copyright 2019, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Wow! At the rate of three quilts a month, you will have to build a storage room! They are all fantastic! Jacob's Ladder is one of my favorite blocks and it is gorgeous in those indigo fabrics! I love the Flying Geese and Cheddarback minis too. What a great month!

  2. Oh, you've made such great use of that beautiful indigo. All three little quilts are so great! Hard to pick a favorite! Love that double pink in the third one.

  3. Your indigo creations are gorgeous. That first 9 block quilt looks way more complex than it really is! How fun.

  4. Oh Barbara, I LOVE all of them!! I really like how you interpreted the antique "inspiration" quilt, to include more blocks, which really enhances it, imo. I looked at that very quilt, but I didn't have the vision to improve upon it, as you did. Good job!

    The Geese quilt is my favorite! Simple, but so very effective. What else can I say? And the last one is just plain FUN!! The pink really shows off the indigo, and so nicely framed.

    Thank you so VERY much for participating! Seeing these discarded scraps made into such beautiful quilts is simply awesome.

  5. I give up ... I don't see anything wrong with the block. Love your little quilts o' strings!

  6. Love the quilts you made with your indigo challenge. Quilts don't have to be complicated to be beautiful.

  7. I had to check out what you made for the challenge with your friends and the antique little pieces. A great choice.

  8. Oh, my--look at you go! Your beautiful little blue and white quilts are so classic. I also really like that third block you made from the Cheddarback pattern. I am impressed with all the hand quilting. Very nice job on the Indigo Challenge! :)
    Your string blocks are really wonderful--love the effect of the black sashing.

  9. What great little quilts ! Love the indigo with Natalie's shirtings. I wish I had met her. I remember well labeling her books for the GSQ library.
    your salvage strings are really coming along! love the black lattice.Hand quilting is always sweet on small quilts.

  10. Both of your indigo qults are beautiful !!
    Great idea with the block of Gay !! That's a beautiful doll quilt too !
    And your strips quilt...oh la la... just terrific !

  11. Your little Indigo's are so sweet--great choices to show off those blues! Loving your string quilt too, but I'm with Susie--I don't see a thing wrong with that block. So fun to see those selvages.

  12. I love your indigo block quilts!
    Your selvage quilt is coming together nicely!!