Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blocks for Covered in Love

I've been participating in the Covered in Love block drives for awhile now. I enjoy contributing to Kat's charity and seeing the beautiful quilts she makes out of blocks that she receives from quilters all over the country.  Plus, knowing that someone whose loved one passed away in the hospital is being comforted by our quilts is a really good feeling!

So many of the blocks have been ones I've never made before, and I enjoy trying something new. Sometimes there's a new skill involved for me, so I'm learning as I participate, too!  Here are the ones I've made this year.


Mar/April:  These were interesting to make with the pleats in the center square and partial seams to join everything together!  Now I can say I have done partial seams!

This week I've worked on a few for the May/June block drive, guest hosted by Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  I remember these from one of Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza quilts, and would love to make a whole quilt of these!

The first one stitched up very quickly - 

And before I knew it, I had a couple more.  I love how the sashing is built in on these blocks - so brilliant!

The colors for this month's blocks are red, orange, yellow, and purple.  I'm not sure about purple, but I know I can pull together a yellow one, and then I'll be sending them off to Cynthia who has so generously volunteered to sew the blocks together and quilt the tops, too.  

If you're interesting in participating, check out Kat and Cat quilts *here*
and Cynthia's tutorial for these blocks *here.*

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend!  I'm hoping to finally get to plant some flowers, now that it has finally warmed up after we got 4 inches of snow last Thursday!  I'll also be checking out all the scrappy inspiration over at the Oh Scrap! linky at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Between being out of town for a week, and then a visit with my mom, there hasn't been a lot of time to spend in the sewing room recently.  But I do have some progress to share on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 Scrap Jar Stars quilt.

Finishing this quilt is my May One Monthly Goal, and I think I'm well on the way to accomplishing this goal!

After doing some reading in Walk-Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, by Jacquie Gering, I came up with a plan for the quilting.

I wanted something off-centered, and giving the impression of a starburst, and decided I wanted it to extend outward from my favorite star, which is the red one.  Hopefully, you can see it happening here!

Quilting is proceeding; for me, it's usually at a snail's pace!  Lol!

But, I like how it is turning out!

At this point, there is only a little bit of quilting left to do.  Binding has been made, and hopefully, I will be ready to sew it down in the next couple of days.

Look at that - a matching pincushion!  :)

To see what other Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilters have been working on, be sure to visit ScrapHappy Saturday at SoScrappy!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Like Thursday #30 - Exploring

My husband and I like exploring new places.  When we were given the opportunity to stay in a relative's home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we welcomed the chance to visit a state we'd never been to before.

There are so many things we liked about visiting South Carolina.  Of course, putting my toes in the Atlantic Ocean was high on my list!

I like finding treasures on the beach, too.  There was someone living in this shell, so I put him back after we took this picture!

I like seeing animals that are unusual back where I live!  These swans live at Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter, South Carolina.  If you look closely, by the feeder, you'll see baby swans!

Although I have never been on a cruise, I like riding in boats! This little tour took us out to an island where we could walk the beach and look for shells.  Along the way we learned a lot about the history of the area (especially the rice plantations) and saw bald eagles and alligators that live on the barrier islands.

I like seeing different kinds of architecture, especially in old and historical Charleston.

And the beautiful wrought iron fences and gates.

I especially loved the Live Oaks - the big oak trees you see in the south.  I learned that they are evergreen oaks, and don't lose their leaves like other kinds of oaks do.  Their strong, curving, and low-hanging branches were once used in ship-building for the curved parts of the hull.  (I never knew that before!)

I even like doing touristy things once in awhile.  We walked on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach and even rode the Sky Wheel, a big ferris wheel with enclosed gondolas.  We got a great view of the beach from up so high!

And we rode in a horse-drawn wagon around historical Charleston.  That was a lot of fun!

The end of vacation is both sad and happy - I was sad it was over, but happy to come home.  And I really like coming home!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm joining in with the I Like Thursday crew over at Not Afraid of Color.  See you there!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Scraps and Slabs

While making some Bow Tie blocks out of my green scraps, I started using some of the smaller bits as leaders and enders, and ended up with a few more crumb blocks.

Light green -

Dark green - 

and the rest of the turquoise from last week.

You can see in the picture below that my more recent blocks have gotten bigger than the first few I made! 

Even though there isn't much there yet, these blocks represent a lot of little pieces, and the seeds of an idea have begun to sprout!  I'm thinking they will turn into a rainbow sort of Scrap Vortex quilt, and I'm going to have to do some figuring out about the layout and how I will transition from one color to another.  That will be fun!  Meanwhile, I think I'll make some of the smaller blocks bigger.  That's a place to start, anyway!

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend, and have some time for sewing!  

Linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bow Ties in Green

I arrived home from a vacation last night, and all I could think about was getting back to my sewing machine! Of course, there are a million other things to do when you've been away for awhile - laundry, groceries, picking up the mail that's been held, etc., etc., but before I got started on all of that this morning, I decided to sew.

The 6 inch bow tie blocks I've been working on go together really fast, so I dug around in my green scrap bin, found some pieces that would work, and got busy!

Before I knew it, there were four more bow ties to add to my collection.

Now there's a happy bunch!

Sharing at So Scrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Like Thursday #29 - A Quick Hello!

Happy Thursday!  We have been out of town this last week, and are just returning home today.  Since Blogger doesn't work very well from my iPad, I have to join in with I Like Thursday at Not Afraid of Color with a bit simpler post than usual.

Greetings from South Carolina, and I'll tell you lots more after I get all the way home! :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scrap Inspiration

Sometimes I find it funny where my quilty brain takes me, especially where scraps are concerned.  There are times when one thing leads to another, and another, and another... You know what I mean, right?!

A few weeks ago, Cynthia shared a post about her scrap organization process, and I decided it was time to work on my scraps again, too.  Over a year ago, in the winter, I started sorting my scraps by color into plastic bins, and that has worked really well for me.


this brown basket that I keep under my cutting table was full again.  (Because I'm lazy and throw everything in there when I'm working on a project instead of cleaning up!)

So, I sat for a few hours one afternoon and sorted until my color bins were full again, and the brown basket was empty.

Of course there were a couple of piles that didn't fit in the color bins.  I guess I'm going to have to add a teal/turquoise bin and a multi-color bin.

But then... since I had so many teal and turquoise scraps, I couldn't leave them just sitting there - I "needed" to sew them together :), and ended up with these slabs.

I was about to put them away, when...


I was reading a blog about turning little bits of patchwork into needlebooks!  So... I cut the big turquoise slab in half, found something that matched for the lining, and a little bit of batting...

stitched the layers together and added some wool in the center.  Voila!  A little needlebook!  (It's about 4x5 inches.) There's even an "N" for needles right up there in the corner!

There is still some of the turquoise slab left, so I put it with all the other crumb/slab blocks I've been making this year.  

Hmmm... maybe I have the start of another Scrap Vortex quilt?  Lol!  

Sharing at Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Green for May - Scrap Happy Saturday

I was excited to find out that Angela chose green for our color of the month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  Green is one of my favorite colors, the color of Spring, and I'm looking forward to sewing with it this month.

A big part of my week involved getting my Scrap Jar Star quilt top (my RSC blocks for 2016) basted, and getting the quilting started. I've gotten quite a bit of the quilting done already, and I'm liking how my plan is working out!

Looking through my stash for more green to sew with, I found that I still have some of those adorable owls, so they will definitely be a part of my 2017 projects!  I found these mini Pearl Bracelets, too - they will be a great addition to my blocks this year.

I did have time to stitch up a maple leaf and a nine patch to add to the collection.  I love them - so fresh and pretty!

And a quick check to see how these blocks are looking, on the design wall - fun!

Looking forward to checking out all the green inspiration from the RSC quilters at the ScrapHappy Saturday link-up!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I Like Thursday #28 - Odds and Ends

Welcome to another I like Thursday - I'm joining in with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color and her brigade of "I like Thursday"-ers, and sharing some things I've come across this week that caught my attention and made me smile.

Like the Colorado weather -

This was the scene outside our house one day last week - it was the funniest day!  We woke to fog, then bright blue sky and sunshine showed up about 11:00, right after lunch it started to rain, and by evening it was snowing!

I liked seeing this little house finch who took shelter on our bird feeder.  He wasn't even eating, just taking cover out of the snow.

I like basting quilts... well, to be honest, not really.  What I do like about that stage of a quilt is that I'm almost there - ready to do the quilting, and the binding (that really is my favorite part!) - close to a finished quilt that I can really enjoy.

I like a brand new pile of fabric.  I want to try to make that sunflower painting I showed a few weeks ago into a quilted wall-hanging.  Here is my first attempt at the fabric for it - some Kona cottons and some Grunge.  The darkest yellow is even called Sunflower, so I decided it was meant to be!

I like this pretty yellow snapdragon and its colorful container.  It was a thank you gift from the people who run the after school homework help program where I volunteer during the school year.  They were so sweet to make these for all of their volunteers!

I like the way the new Kleenex tissue boxes are decorated!  (Isn't that silly, but this one does make me smile!)  All those leaf or "orange peel" shapes appeal to my quilter's heart.

And I like a guilty pleasure now and then!  A treat at Starbucks - yummy chocolate loaf cake and an iced latte, plus my book to read.  Ahhh...

Happy Thursday!  Hope you are enjoying a great week!  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A New Pincushion

Like many of you, I've been enjoying the blog hop over at Crazy Mom Quilts celebrating the release of her new book, No Scrap Left Behind.  Although I don't buy a lot of quilting books, this might be one I need!

I especially like the Mini Nine-Patch quilts that have been shown.  Amanda Jean has a tutorial for a mini nine-patch pincushion that is easy to follow, and before I knew it, I had sewn one up!

A few scraps were all that I needed.  I pulled out some white, a bit of Kona pomegranate leftover from my improv quilt, and a chunk of the stripey Good Neighbors fabric that I'm using for the backing of my Scrap Jar Stars quilt.

That nine patch measures 1.5 inches square!  So cute!  

I did some simple quilting for the top, and used some more pomegranate for the backing.  I use crushed walnut shells for the filling.  (I think I might have a lifetime supply of those things! Lol!)

Fun and fast!

Looking for more scrappy inspiration?  Check out the Oh Scrap link-up over at Quilting is More Fun than Housework today.  See you there!