Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Crazy 29-32 and Lake Flowers

The next four Crazy blocks are done and I'm alternating those pics with ones of flowers from my walk around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

Block 29. I'm really loosening up with my fabric choices by including anything and everything! 

I started my 2.5 mile walk at the far end of the lake where this beautiful display of hydrangeas caught my eye. 

Block 30. It always makes me feel good when a 3" block with its tiny pieces comes together without having to tear out and re-do.

These beautiful planters are interspersed all around the lake and many are located next to a bench making it the perfect spot to sit down and take in the view. 

In town these flowers are in baskets and cover a large iron fence wall.

Block 31. That little block went together perfectly :)

At the end of the business section these flowers were spotted in a private garden.

Block 32. I was anxious to get this block done so kind of grabbed pieces with no real planning in mind. And it shows. Not a favorite.

My walk ended at the Mirror Lake Inn where I am always in awe of the flowers in their gardens :)

And another group is done :)

I can't believe it's the end of August. I lost half the summer!

Looking forward to the long weekend and a string of sunny days :)

Copyright 2023 Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Garden, Stars, Beauty and the Beast

Our plot in the community garden is in full bloom, I added centers to a few stars and a "Beauty and the Beast" surprise!

The community garden is in full sun and has well-drained soil. Connie and I planted both starters and seeds and couldn't be happier with the results.

Cosmos and Calendulas





My table has fresh flowers every day!

On another note . . .  

I reduced the size of the center hexies and hand appliqued them to the stars I've been making. Now you don't see bits of the border around each one.  

I'm loving the way they look :)

What can I say??? Beauty and the Beast?? This toad has been hanging around our front step and when I took the photo I realized it was stalking that white caterpillar for a meal :)

Can you believe the leaves are already beginning to turn around here?

That's it for now.

Enjoy your week!


Copyright 2023 Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Starting something new . . .

Recently, I received Dawn's stash of repro fabrics and as I was wondering how best to use them, I recalled a pattern I'd been saving for about 20 years! 

When Rita, Dawn, Rachel and I would go to Lancaster (years ago) I'd always bring along a folder of antique quilts that I liked along with pics of some of my reproductions tucked in the sheets. The Savery Friendship Star Quilt was one that always appealed to me. In fact, I recall Rita buying the entire kit and when she was done with the top she asked her friends to sign the centers of the stars. 

You can read more about the original quilt which in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum. The quilt on the printed pattern by Andover Fabrics was made by Gail Kessler and quilted by Barbara Persing.

I've decided to fussy-cut fabrics for the stars. Here are a few: 

The instructions call for the center hexie to be machine appliqued first to the star then the entire star be appliqued to a 10" square of background fabric that will be trimmed to 9-1/2". The finished block size is 9".

When Googling info about this quilt, I came across a piece of fabric that was specifically printed by Andover for the hexies. So many cute designs reminiscent of inkings found on quilts c. 1840s.

How cool is this?? There was only a 1/4 yd. but the hexies are small so I'll be able to use quite a few.


I had just enough of this Prussian blue fabric designed by Natalie's daughter, Laura, to make a star and test the center. I'm undecided if I want to applique it by machine or by hand and I wasn't sure if I liked the bits of border showing along the edges. I could try and reduce the size first. There's also a lot of bulk on the back that I should trim away. Still working on it . . . 

I'm not intending to make a full size quilt--maybe only 9 blocks or so. That's certainly doable :)

Enjoy the rest of the week!


Copyright 2023 Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Crazy 25-28

A short post but moving right along . . . 

Block 25 I really like that dark purple fabric with the lavender spray :)

Block 26 is a real mix of Carol's and my scraps. 

Block 27 was easy :)

. . . and so was Block 28. Love that blue squiggly print of Dawn's in the 9-patch. 

Another group of 4 done!

I'm actually running a little behind. Why? I'm being treated for Lyme disease and will be on antibiotics for 21 days ending next Monday. The good news is that they seem to be working and I'm finally feeling good enough to start on a couple new projects :) Will share next time.

More beautiful flowers from our garden :)

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Copyright 2023 Barbara Schaffer