Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Looking Back Part II

From July to December I continued making monthly minis, worked on Deacon blocks and finished a couple quilts.      


Deacon Block 37 turned out so much better than I anticipated. Having sixteen points come together in the center was a real challenge.

Scraps from my bin along with 3" squares from Wendy made the perfect combination for July's mini.  


I finished Dear Daughter, a quilt I started in 2018. The blocks were offered by Gay Bomers at Sentimental Stitches and I focused on the ones that were signed by NJ quiltmakers in 1852. 

 Deacon block 42--halfway there!

For my August mini, I was inspired by a doll quilt in Merikay Waldvogel's book Childhood Treasures. I already had three sixteen-patch blocks so made three more and then added a large paisley border. Something I don't think I would have thought of doing.


It was a frustrating month for Deacon blocks. The top left ended up being too small--and dark; and the lower left should be re-done, something I said I wasn't going to do when I first posted the photo. I think my problem was not ironing the seams in the right direction for that center white circle to lay flat. 

Vintage blocks from Natalie's basket of goodies made this month's mini come together in no time at all. 


I finished the scrap quilt I started in July. The pattern is Interweave by Karen Griska. It was mindless sewing which I welcome every so often. 

This was meant to be finished for Lori at Humble Quilts Fifty Shades of Brown SAL Linky Party but I didn't quite make it. When I sewed all these 1-1/2" squares together I realized the extent of all the dark browns I had in my stash. It definitely needed a light border! 


What a perfect time to make a patriotic mini! I printed Barbara B's commemorative panel on my printer but you can purchase hers on demand at 


There's really no need to show you this December mini again but here it is :)

I am so looking forward to 2021 and hope you are, too!


Copyright 2021, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Lovely quilt show today! Thanks for part 2!

  2. All beautiful but I especially love your Fifty Shades of Brown! Jan in MA

  3. What a lot of beauties you created! Thanks for your year in review; I enjoyed it! ---"Love"

  4. So much fun to revisit all your wonderful minis and I love your scrappy Interweave quilt - perfect for a country cabin!

  5. What a wonderful quilt show this has been. I love looking back at your accomplishments over the year. Your Deacon blocks are so amazing. I would have quit after the first challenging one!

  6. I love seeing these quilty delights again!

  7. Very productive second half of the year with so many lovely finishes!

  8. Thank you for sharing this beautiful second part !!
    Your Deacon blocks are amazing !

  9. Incredible! loved seeing more of your finished quilts. Beautiful quilts.

  10. If you really don't like that dark green against dark green for your big quilt, just frame it and make it a mini! giggle!

  11. I've enjoyed perusing your year of creativity, Barbara.