Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Looking Back At My 2016 List

Last January I made a list of things I wanted to do sewing-wise in 2016 so I took another look to see how I did.   

First, I wanted to participate in at least one quiltalong or block swap. I actually participated in four.

I went on a journey west with Barbara Brackman and her Westering Women BOM series which began in January and ended in December. I started in Independence, MO, traveled through Indian Territory, crossed the Platte River and went over the Hill and Hollow . . . 

. . . to Courthouse Rock and Chimney Rock, on to Fort Laramie where I found the Sage Bud block a bit challenging, then followed the Rocky Mountain Chain to the Road to California :) Thanks, Barbara, for a fun trip!

Then for 6 months beginning in May I participated in Barbara's Morris Hexathon quiltalong. I never would have attempted these hexies on my own but with a goal of one per week it was manageable. I'm in the process of sewing them all together and hope to finish the top by the end of the month. Thanks, Barbara, for the challenge!

In August Barb V. announced her Broken Dishes block swap. It was my first time using Triangles on a Roll and I'm so glad I did. I've got a plan for all the red and white blocks I received but must wait for my hexies to come off the wall so I have the space to play.  Thanks, Barb, for another great swap!

In Sept. Lori at Humble Quilts announced her Quilters Madder quiltalong. I've participated in three of Lori's QALs in the past. I had enough madders and shirtings to make not only one but two small pieces. Thanks, Lori! 

Second on my list was to take a workshop to learn a new technique. Well, it looks like I'll have to carry this one over to 2017!

Third was to try my hand at wool applique.  

I made these two small pin cushions and filled them with crushed walnut shells. A first for me--wool and shells!

Fourth was to make a cute needle case or two. 

This little Needle Nest caught my eye in Kathy Schmitz's book, Simply Red. 

Fifth was to learn big stitch quilting. Maybe this year, lol!

Sixth was to become a better hooker. 

I still have a lot to learn :)

Seventh to add more pics to my Pinterest boards. Well, that's ongoing! I now have 35 boards. The most recent are Hooked Rugs Mainly Houses, Memories, Schoolgirl Samplers, and Book Art. It's also where I keep track of the quilts I make. Check them all out here.

Eighth to Stay Involved. Attending guild meetings and going to quilt shows is ongoing. 

Lastly--to Keep on Quilting! Have you seen the Gypsy Wife quilt by Jen Kingwell?? I envision using 60s and 70s fabrics to make this fun quilt in 2017!

Happy Quilting!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer



  1. Well, I would say that you did very well this year. I too want to learn Big Stitch so maybe we both will this year! I love the Gypsy Wife quilt. I look forward to watching your progress. Maybe I'll have enough "orphan blocks" left after my "Pot Luck" quilt to start this. Hmmm, maybe another quilt-a-long. What am I saying????

  2. I like your categories and how you used your quilt projects to grow and try new things. I'm sure next year will give as many new experiences.

  3. You realized beautiful projects Barbara ! I have to sew the two last blocks of the WW from B.Brackman's BOM !
    And I'm in love with your hexathons blocks ! It will be a wonderful quilt, no doubt about that !
    Happy new year to you and your family !

  4. Great to see your review. You have so many varied projects.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do this year. I'm still working on a plan for my broken dishes.