Sunday, November 29, 2020

November Mini

Surprise! I'm jumping in before the end of the month--

I loved it from the start! In August Barbara Brackman made a presidential campaign fabric of the Biden-Harris ticket and posted it on her Material Culture blog. One could print the image on pre-treated fabric using your printer but . . . 

. . . because I wanted to start right away, I decided to give it a try using Moda Bella white and plain old freezer paper. It took a couple of tries but this was the result. This print is not permanent but I was satisfied enough to move forward. Barbara's fabric is now available to purchase printed-to-order on so be sure to check it out :)

I centered the image on the front of a piece of patriotic star fabric, zig-zag stitched it down and cut the excess away on the back (above).   

The red border fabric says VOTE, VOTE, VOTE . . . an oldie by Judy Rothermel for Marcus. I did a 3/8" double fold binding which I cut 2-3/4" wide. It finishes at 13-1/2" x 15". 

The back before I added . . . 

. . . a little tag "Please Do Not Wash." 

Cynthia at wabi-sabi quilts has posted her November mini, Love Thy Neighbor. Don't miss it!  And I'm sure Wendy will be posting hers tomorrow along with links to more :)

Have a wonderful week!


Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Deacon Blocks 53-56

 This group of blocks were all applique.

And they were all in the same row!

                            Original attributed to B___Chapman Mount Holly May 27, 1842

I started with Block 56. It had a light airy look that appealed to me. 

                         Original attributed to M.C. Coles Mount Holly May 27, 1842

Block 55 was next. Looks like I'm working backwards. I pieced the plate on the machine and appliqued it to the background.

                                              Original attributed to Sarah B. Deacon New Jersey 1842

Block 54 was a real challenge with lots of small pieces!

This is the original block made by Elizabeth H. Burr. Study it for a minute . . .

And this is mine. Do you see what I did? I transposed the red and yellow and didn't even realize it!

Blocks 53-56 are done and there's only 29 to go which is exactly the number of miles I have left to walk in the RBG Challenge. That's crazy!

My daughter had set me up with the MapMyFitness app to keep track of my time and distance. Here's one of our favorite weekend walks through the woods and along a mountain road :)

I was about to get down on the floor to stretch the other morning when the sunrise caught my eye. I put my jacket on and walked to the top of the driveway where I caught this view just before the colors faded away. 

Enjoy your week!



Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer

Friday, November 13, 2020

Basket Quilting and Walking . . . .

I finished quilting the center of my basket quilt and now it's time to move on to the borders. 

The front. . . 

. . . and back.

Initially I had marked a fan quilting pattern on all four sides of the border but by the time I had finished quilting the center the marks had pretty much faded. What to do?

Why not mark and quilt the borders from the back?

It's working really well! 

I had marked out my boundaries by following the quilted lines of the inner border on the front. 

This is how it looks on the front. You'd never know it was quilted from the back! 

Moving on or better yet walking on . . .

I am so into the RBG Run/Walk challenge! I committed to walking 87 miles by December 30th and have completed 44.18! 

I've been out and about in Lake Placid with awesome views of the Olympic Ski Jumps. . . 

 . . . an impressive estate . . . 

Cornell University's Uihlein Forest Maple Program facility . . .

. . . and the Luge Training Complex :)

Only 42 miles to go and counting!

I'll be back next week with my Deacon blocks. 

See you then!




Copyright 2020, Barbara Schaffer