Thursday, May 6, 2021

Tahawus Warmth and Beauty Quilt Exhibit Part I

Quilts by 5 Adirondack quilters are on display at the Tahawus Cultural Center in Ausable Forks, NY. Here are some photos.

"Fancy Flowers" by Luvie Tuller is hand appliqued and hand quilted. It is 88" x 102" with scalloped edges.

A detail.

"Reflection" by Amy Pawlowski depicts her daughter at the Jay Bridge. Amy started quilting 5 years ago when her husband gave her a sewing machine.

All 3,000 pieces were cut individually and put together like a big puzzle.  

 My daughter and I admiring "Irene" by Bethany Krawiec. 

This quilt was made when Hurricane Irene had demolished much of Upper Jay, NY including the Wells Memorial Library. The blocks represent the toppled books.

This Civil War Repro quilt was made by Dawn Klotzko, owner of Cabin Creek Stitchery. It's 90" x 90" and longarm quilted. Dawn was the first quilter I met when we moved here a year ago! She does lots of YouTube posts so take a look and see what she's been up to :)

More to come next week.


Copyright 2021 Barbara Schaffer 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

April Mini, Wildflowers, Sunrise

What to do with 4 extra 9-patches?? I had no idea how this month's mini would materialize but it all came together . . . 

. . . with a large floral print, some hsts and a striped border :) Actually, it looks kind of Christmas-y so I will use it when we celebrate the Christmas we missed in July! 

Guess I'd been saving this fabric for the back, lol! I had just enough. If you click on the photo you can see the chevron quilting pattern which is a favorite of mine. Wendy will be posting her mini on Friday so make sure you visit her site and be inspired by all the other mini-makers' quilts. You can even join in!


Sunday morning's wildflower walk/hike with my daughter was a great success! We saw what we set out to see--patches of Bloodroot and Hepatica.


                                                Hepatica in white
                                                Hepatica in blue

                                                Fiddlehead Ferns

While they are not wildflowers these fascinate me. Each fuzzy stem will unfurl into a lush green frond.  


This was the sunrise yesterday morning :) It really made my day!

Have a great week!


Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Deacon 73-76, Wildflowers, Grouse

It's month #19 and only two more to go :)

 The final blocks close in on the middle rows. 

                                              Original attributed to Letitia B. Hale 

#73 had a large empty space in the center so I added a stamp.

#74. This original block is attributed to Aunt Ann Reeves / Mount Holly / 1842. It is so pretty and delicate-looking . . .  (Sentimental Stitches photo)

. . .  but I had trouble finding the right fabric to duplicate that look so went off in an entirely different direction. I cut these motifs from an older repro by Karen Jarrar for Marcus Brothers and machine zig-zagged the edges. 

                                          Original attributed to R.A.H. Woolston

#75 may become my favorite :)

                                            Original attributed to Elias Buzby / 1842  

#76. I always welcome a pieced block thinking it will take less time to make. Most times that's true but what appears to be simple can take a lot longer than expected :)

                                                Blocks 73-76

It's the beginning of wildflower season!

Colts Foot


My daughter and I were out early this morning and photographed this patch of Dutchman's Breeches on top of a rock slab. So beautiful!

On our way home I had to get out of the car to shoo this grouse out of the road. It just didn't want to move. 

Have a wonderful week!


Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Monthly Mini and Quilt Exhibit

 The end of the month sure comes quick! 

I pulled out some 4-patches and strips from long-ago projects and in less than 20 minutes I had this month's mini arrangement. So I went with it! 

Love this backing fabric that I picked up on the freebie table at a GSQ meeting over a year ago. There was just enough for this little quilt.

Rachel sent me a new roller pen to try and I'm so pleased with the result--it's Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric. Thanks, Rachel! 

I hung three March little quilts in my sewing space and plan on doing monthly rotations. 
***Quilt News*** 

I am very excited to be part of the Warmth and Beauty quilt exhibit at the Tahawus Center Windows Gallery in the neighboring town of Ausable Forks, NY. Five quilters were chosen to participate in both the online exhibit as well as in-person. Here is a link to the online exhibit. You can click on each quilter's page as well as on each quilt. Morris Hexathon and Dear Daughter will be in the gallery exhibit starting mid-April.
Today Barbara B announced her Ladies' Aid NY Sampler BOM here. I'll be making a NY-style model quilt with repro fabrics and red sashing :)   
Update: Make sure you check out all the other mini-makers this month on Wendy's blog. And, here is a sneak peak of her exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum. Congrats! 

Have a great week!

Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Get It Done!

Every so often I'd pull out some leftover blocks hoping to come up with a plan that would launch me into putting them together. 

It all started back in 2018 when I had some extra bordered 9-patch blocks after I had made . . .

. . .  Eagle Medallion where I included them in the 2nd round of that quilt.

That same year I made these blocks but wasn't motivated to do anything with them either.

Fast forward to two months ago when I finally got the urge and put them up on my new design wall.

I had used mostly large scale prints and set the blocks with 1" sashing.

I can't tell you how many times I shuffled them around.

I had one rogue block on the lower right above.

I arranged them all in diagonal rows alternating 9-patches with log cabin-style blocks and I'm calling the finished top "Get It Done!".

Have a great week!

Copyright 2021 Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Deacon Blocks 69-72

 Moving right along . . . :)

These are the blocks for Month 19--can you believe it? 

                                         Original attributed to Mary Deacon 1841

Block 69. I really enjoyed making this one. I appliqued all the yellow petals first followed by the reds. 

                                        Original attributed to M A Buzby 1841

Block 70. Often it takes some studying to figure out how to tackle these blocks. I always trim the extra layer of fabric on the back.

                                         Original attributed to William Deacon

Block 71 was paper-pieced. I have to remind myself every time to pay extra attention when ironing each section. It's so easy to not get it flat which causes problems in the end. That happened with this block. I had to rip out two long seams and re-do.

                                       Original attributed to Wm C Snyder April 1842

Block 72 was a bit of a challenge. I sort of cringed when I first saw this one and that's why I saved it till last. I must say I had my doubts but it all came together. A good thing because I wasn't doing it over!

Blocks 69-72 with only two more months to go . . . :)

You'll want to hop on over to Barbara B's Civil War Blog announcing her new Ladies' Legacy fabric line and Ladies' Aid NY Sampler BOM which starts in 2 weeks. I'll be making blocks using my repro stash. The large appliques are so much fun! Hope you'll join in! 


Copyright 2021 Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

AQSG Study Centers

Last weekend (2/27 & 2/28) Rachel and I attended (via Zoom) three study centers that were being offered by AQSG. In 1998 we went to Sturbridge Village for our first seminar so when we saw Lynne Bassett's session, "Northern Comfort--22 Years Later" we signed up. And when each of us opened our Northern Comfort book this is what we found. . .

A pic of me . . .

. . . and one of Rachel. Who knew?? Never even gave it a thought after all these years. 

During the powerpoint presentations I took some pics :)

Natalie and Rita were also with us and we all obsessed over this quilt in the exhibit. We spent nearly every spare minute drafting measurements on paper napkins :) My attempt at reproducing it was quite unsuccessful mainly due to that blue border but I made some adjustments and finally finished it. You can read about it here. Natalie and I both purchased the same fabric for the alternate strips. Rita finished hers but I don't have a pic and Rachel still has her fabrics stashed away :)

A detail of that quilt.

The next session we attended was Sandra Starley's "It's All About the Fabrics". Sandra has a wonderful collection of antique quilts and this fantastic inked design appeared in one of them. 

This is such an unusual pattern. Have you ever seen it before?

The last session was Anita Loscalzo's "Prussian Blue." This fabric . . .

. . . appears in the President's Medallion quilt in our NJ book. Take another look if you have a minute. It's on page 222. 

Some examples of Prussian blue--my favorite color! Note the leafy quilting designs in the blocks on the right. 

This really spoke to me! Love the warm scrappy feel with pops of Prussian blue. 

All in all we enjoyed every session we attended and would encourage you to join in the next time AQSG offers virtual study centers. So easy and no travel involved :)

On another note . . . 

I was thrilled to be a winner of Kyle's (Timeless Reflections blog) give-away! This beautifully-made bag is perfect for all kinds of "quilty" projects. There was even an extra goodie tucked inside :) Thank you so much, Kyle! See how she does it here and here. Enjoy! 

It's going to be spring-like for the next few days. Time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine!

Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer