Thursday, February 6, 2020

Marbles and This 'n That

Four years ago I kind of jumped in on the Quilty 365 SAL. I say 'sort of' because I didn't make a circle a day.

Instead I cut as many circles as I could from the hand marbleized fabrics I had made many years ago. The solid colors were mostly my mother's from the 1960s but check out the polka dots below . . .

In 1965 (!) I made this blouse and had saved the leftovers and scraps. Would you believe there was enough fabric to cut strips for the first border? I was 22 at the time and my son was 2-1/2.

Not wanting to buy any fabric to finish this top, I had a piece of blue / pink
chintz that seemed to carry the circle theme and worked just fine. I'm calling this quilt "Marbles" because I loved playing with marbles when I was little :)

I published my 2019 blog book at Now I have 6 years' worth. 

The printed photos are true to color and that makes me very happy.

My current evening project is quilting Dear Daughter. I got carried away with this block and decided I went way overboard! So now I'm doing 1/2" crosshatch in the others :) 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer



  1. How fun that you were able to use that cute polkadot fabric in your Quilty 36 project! It's a lovely table topper size for springtime or Easter perhaps? I had no idea there was a site for publishing yearly blog postings, will have to look into that. I've just been making up little photobooks for each year's finishes on either Shutterfly or more recently on Mixbook. Your book looks like more fun for future rereading.

  2. Wonderful use of your fabric! Love those polka dots.:)

  3. Your Marbles are very pretty! I loved to play with marbles when I was a little girl too. I've printed all my blog posts since I began, and I have several big notebooks stored away. I wonder if my kids will even look at them when I'm gone I really like the last quilt you showed. I hope to make one someday. ---"Love"

  4. The appliqued marbled fabric does look like marbles. A
    I can't believe you still had the leftover pieces of your blouse fabric! (Plus a photo of you wearing it) And even more amazing you were able to use it in this quilt!!! I'm just totally amazed!! Wow!

  5. I love your finished quilt. It appears as though it was carefully planned, so it is fun to learn "the rest of the story." I liked seeing the blouse you made from the polka dot fabric. The quilt currently on my bed was made by my mother and it has some scraps of fabric in it that came from a maternity dress I made when expecting my second. Just last night I looked at those fabrics and realized I have no photo of that dress.
    Wish I had been printing my blog each year. The books look great!
    That is very intense quilting on that block! Good call to go with the cross-hatching from here on out. I take it this was the center block?

  6. I didn't know you could do that! (print a book from blog posts) What a great legacy to pass on. The quilting on your Dear Daughter block is superb but I can see why you wouldn't want to do the entire quilt that way. Can't wait to see it finished. Love how you finished the marbe blocks - which also look like planets to me - and LOVE the old picture! You're lokking quite proud of that blouse!

  7. What a wonderful idea to print a book from blog posts, I think you have us all excited about that! The marble blocks look so much more interesting than a big quilt full of circles would. Oh what a cutie we were when we were YOUNG!

  8. What a wonderful quilt and story to go with it. I am so happy that you had enough polka dot fabric to border the marbles. Now whenever someone asks me why I keep fabrics for so long I can reference this post! You just never know when it will come in handy. You hand quilting is beautiful and very ambitious.

  9. Love your marble quilt and those polka dots!!
    That quilting is a bit crazy, but looks beautiful!