Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Monthly Mini Baggie Challenge

This month my mini is the result of a challenge posted by Janet O. (Rogue Quilter) who is a regular in Wendy's group of monthly mini makers. Thanks for pulling this together, Janet! Mind you, I don't sort my scraps and keep them in baggies like she does, but she graciously put together leftovers from prior projects and offered them to anyone who was interested. So, I jumped at the chance.

I immediately pulled this book (Little Handfuls of Scraps by Edyta Sitar) from my shelf to get some ideas.

And decided this was the quilt I wanted (to try) to make. Lots more pieces than what I usually choose for my minis but hey, why not? 


I chose Janet's baggie of madders and blues for this little piece. There were lots of generous scraps enough for all the hsts, borders and binding.

We were allowed to add one neutral so that was the light part of the hsts and one other color which I used for the strips--an old Thimbleberries fabric from the TS. 

The borders--2 madder and 2 blue--are 1-3/4" wide and each one is different. The most logical way, to me anyway, was to quilt it in vertical rows. 

Ta-da! Thanks, Janet! Your baggie of scraps was perfect for this challenge! The finished piece is 15" x 18".  
Be sure and stop by Wendy's blog the end of the month to see more minis and be inspired to make one of your own :) You can always join in on the fun!
On another note:

Don't laugh! I had donated this little quilt to the TS and last week I bought it back! Why? My daughter said she would like to give it to a co-worker who just had a baby boy so when I saw it was for sale with a $6.00 (!) price tag I picked it up and brought it home :)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

See you next week!

Copyright 2021 Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Ladies' Legacy 5-8 and Free Time

I've been making model blocks for Barbara B's Ladies' Aid Album BOM and thought you'd like to see 5-8. Click on the links to read Barbara's extensive research relating to each block.

Block #5 Union Flag. I just love this flag. There were no white strips to applique only red ones. How clever! Here is the link to Barbara's post where you can see the original block in a quilt from Oneida, NY. 

Block #6 Calico Cat. Read all about the Calico Dress Ball here :)

Block 7 New York Rose in blue and white. I have a Pinterest Board where I keep track of NY Quilts here

Block 8 Social Butterflies in Westchester County. I love the trees in NY quilts :)

I used Barbara's striped fabric from her Ladies' Legacy line to cut out the butterfly. 

I wanted that touch of blue on the wing. 

Here are blocks 1-8. I plan on adding 2" red sashing throughout. 

On another note I had three hours to myself today and this is what I did:   

First, I went to a local antiques shop in Lake Placid where I took pics of a few quilts that were for sale . . . I liked the one in the middle :)

I love antiques shops. You never know what you'll find. I wore a pair of shoes like these to a dance when I was in high school!

Ultimately, I couldn't resist buying this hand-crafted notebook. 

I've always wanted to make something like this.

Each page is different and includes decorated shipping tags. I just love it!  

Then I met my daughter at noon for a 45-minute walk near where she works. 

On the way home I stopped to take a pic of the snow on Whiteface Mountain.  

That's all for now :)

Copyright 2021 Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

It's A Finish!

I finally finished a top I made in March. "Get It Done!" is now Done! Here's what I posted about it back then. 

I would have much preferred to hand quilt it but wanted to "get it done" so went ahead and did it by machine. 

The sunlight streaming in the bedroom showed the triple line quilting both vertical and horizontal. 

I also quilted in-the-ditch around all the sashing. 

I used a variegated red thread only because I had it :)

Another detail.

Rachel gave me the fabric I used for the back when she moved about 5 years ago. Thanks, Rachel! Look close because the black lines are the handles and spouts of various pitchers. 

I washed it in the machine, dried it on delicate for about 15 minutes and then let it finish drying on a sheet. It's 36" x 36".

Anyway, "Get It Done!" should be renamed "Got It Done!" 😊

I have this large antique wooden bowl on my dining room table that is filled with all kinds of things: pine cones, dried black walnut hulls from our NJ trees, dried lemons, hickory nuts, acorns, rag balls, sweet gum tree pods and the most recent addition--gourds. There's still room for a few more things. Maybe I'll add some apples :)

We had our first frost last week and look at the sunrise just beginning . . .

. . . and this is it full blown. It doesn't look real, does it? The whole mountain range was ablaze with this autumn color!

I'm participating in Janet O.'s Monthly Mini Maker Baggie Challenge as part of Wendy's Monthly Minis. I'll tell you more about it soon. I'm really looking forward to it!

That's all for now :)


Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer