Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Brownstone Quilt Show & GSQ Block

Last Saturday, Rachel, Dawn and I met up at the Brownstone Quilters Guild show in Allendale, NJ, where we spent a delightful couple of hours looking at quilts, seeing friends and enjoying a cup of tea :)  Here are some pics.

Best of Show was awarded to Daryl Ferber for her Classic Christmas Cactus quilt. Beautifully long-arm quilted by another but my photo of the label was out of focus. My apologies for not mentioning her name. 

Industrial Chic was made by Diane Fama who wanted to make a quilt for herself using Tim Holtz's fabrics. It received multiple awards: Best Machine Workmanship, NQA Award of Merit, 1st Place Bed Quilt, Pieced.

It was so much fun to see Barb V's one block wonder Snow Flower and the Secret Fan in person. It won 3rd place in the Large Wall Quilt, Pieced category. Yay, Barb! Wonderfully effective straight line quilting on this piece!


I'm really attracted to all things 'selvage' and this quilt didn't disappoint. Rags to Riches was made by Norma Abate and quilted by Mary Diamond. It was an adaptation of a pattern by Tina Craig.  


A Tisket,  A Tasket, A Quilt Full of Baskets was made by Sandra Sorge and beautifully hand-quilted by Bellweather Dry Goods. Sandra wrote, "This quilt was made in tandem with a friend of mine who hated applique and learned to love it."


Wanderlust was also made by Sandra Sorge and quilted by Bellweather Dry Goods. Both patterns--this one and baskets above--are by P3 Designs. Sandra wrote, "Since I have 'Wanderlust' and have only been to 20 states, this is my journey to the rest one stitch at a time." Great idea, don't you think? P3 Designs calls this series American Album Limited Edition and features a Baltimore Album block for each state. 


This is the Disappearing Four-Patch block I made for our guild's November Block of the Month. There was an overwhelming response with 50+ blocks turned in--and one lucky winner! 

I'm picking up two quilts from Barbie this afternoon. Now all I have to do is bind both before Christmas!

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Zig-Zags and Thanking A Vet--or 2 :)

Remember the zig-zag border I wanted to put on my 5 Hexies top? Well, it didn't happen.

This is the effect I was hoping to achieve . . . 

. . . and this is what I ended up doing. So much better!

It took some playing around with lots of 2" hsts but it was well worth the effort. 

The border is Windham's Attic Heirlooms by Pat Speth c. 1845 #24161. Thank you, Susan, for these great fabrics!

I filled in the empty spaces with little hexie flowers.

After I finished making this one I realized I had three (3!) pieces going in the wrong direction so had to rip out and do over. That's not the first time something like this has happened :)

These are two of my favorite books for chintz quilt inspiration. I'm working on another top but I'll show it to you when it's together. 


This Veteran's Day I'd like to thank my husband, Ben (2nd from L), for his service in the U.S. Army. He went through the ROTC program at the University of Idaho and reported for duty May 1961 as a 2nd Lt. At that time, he was the Leonia (NJ) Community Center director and a substitute teacher at the high school where I was a senior. Someone at the school (not me, lol!) started a petition to delay his call to duty as the kids in town didn't want him to leave but the U.S. Army said he had to report so off he went :) He was stationed at Fort Benning, GA, where he was assigned to the General's Staff and Special Events. He had orders for Vietnam but back surgery prevented him from going. This photo was taken Dec. 10, 1962. 


I'd also like to thank his dad, Ben, a career Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam. His final resting place is Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, CA.

Please remember to thank a Veteran this Saturday :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Windshield Tour and Baskets

It was such a beautiful fall day last Friday that we decided to go on a "Windshield Tour" of the Old Mine Road in Sussex County, NJ.

It took us about an hour-and-a-half to drive to the northwestern part of the state where we started our tour. Of course, we missed the turn and ended up going across the historic Dingman's Ferry Bridge to PA. We paid the toll collector $1 each way and came back to NJ :)

We were finally on the Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Much of it remains the same as it was in the 1800s.

We saw some beautiful stone houses. . .

. . . and a quaint cemetery along the way. 

Welcome to the "ghost town" of Walpack, NJ. 


This little town was abandoned in the 1960s to make way for a dam which was never built.

  Glorious trees along the Delaware River . . .

. . . and a beautiful sunset back home :)


Have you seen the charming basket blocks Barb V. is making? Maybe you'll be tempted to SAL with her--I am! 

They are so much fun to make. I cut out the pieces the evening before and sew them together the next morning--usually at 5:00 a.m. The best time of the day :)

One last note--

It's amazing what you come across on Pinterest.

This must be the pattern my mother used to make shoe-box doll beds when I was a Girl Scout.   

I am thrilled as I had no idea she even used a pattern! You can read more about this little bed here

Happy Quilting!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This 'n That

This past week had me going every which way . . . 

I was determined to get this top done but I didn't have a piece of fabric large enough for the border so here's what I did: I extended the sashing strips by 3-1/2" and cut rectangles of another fall fabric to add in between. I think it's okay. Even made the backing so I'm off to Michaels to buy a package of Hobbs batting with a 50% off coupon :)

I haven't photographed gravestones in a while but this old graveyard at the Presbyterian Church in New Providence, NJ was calling out to me :)

I thought for sure all the gravestones would have been documented with photos uploaded to Find A Grave but I was wrong. It's not often I come across a double gravestone but here is one of a sister and brother who died in 1790 and 1791.

Yesterday I had a block of time to play with some hsts for a border on this hexie piece I've been working on. I had zig-zags in mind and wanted to see what the corners would look like. I'm making 2" hsts using Triangles on a Roll. Once I sew them together they will be a lot smaller and will fit "perfectly" lol! 


Remembering my mother this Friday, Oct 27th:

A photo of my mother (r) Etta Bower Davis (1910-1964) and her sisters Midge (c) and Leila (l) taken at my high school graduation in 1961. It was around this time when she was making quilts or doing cross-stitch.

She made an entire series of applique pictures depicting family members. You can read more about them here. This one is of Aunt Midge and Uncle Warren in their home where they had a small pot-bellied stove and trivets hanging on the wall. Embroidered on the tray is "Midge Warr Apr 1944" the year they were married. 

But before Mom made quilts she was into cross-stitch. "The Pheasants" . . .

. . . and "Mother and Fawn" were made in the late 1950s. Both of these McCall's designs could be ordered from L. Bamberger & Co. in Newark, NJ. The complete kits cost $3.39 and $5.19 respectively. 

After my mother finished her pictures I decided I wanted to make the companion piece to the deer above called "Stag at Eve." Well, you can see I didn't get very far. Maybe it will be a good project to work on at the cabin. We'll see :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#5 Done, QAL Done, Cross-Stitch

It was a productive week--sort of :)

#5 on my UFO list is now done. I started All That Madders last October and thought it would be a quick and easy finish.

I quilted the stars in straight lines and chevrons . . . 

. . . in the ditch along the inner striped border . . . 

. . . and double diamonds in the outer border. That's where I began to run into trouble. I hastily marked the diamonds thinking they fit almost perfectly just inside the printed border stripe and that I could make slight adjustments along the way if needed. I realized too late that each quilted diamond point left a little indentation which skewed the printed line. I tried to make it better by quilting along the inside of the line on both sides but that didn't solve the problem. Not a happy camper! 

The 3/8" binding also gave me problems. I should have done a single binding instead of a double but I didn't. And I realize now it was a big mistake to put another stripe on the back. You can see it lined up fine on the right but not on the left. In any case the quilt looks okay from the front--just don't turn it over!

On a happier note Palmateer Point is done! I machine quilted it on the diagonal and finished it with a 1/4" binding :)

The back. 

When I was cleaning out my sewing room a few weeks ago, I came across a sampler that I made 51 years ago! So after all these years I finally decided to have it framed. Michaels was having one of their custom framing specials so that's where I brought it :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer