Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Plethora of Polka Dots

Last week, while making multi-colored blocks for my RSC projects, I got side-tracked by some fun fabrics and kept making different blocks until I had an 18 x 18 table topper pieced.

This week I finished it up!  There was plenty of the yellow and block dot for the binding.

I quilted it with a some curving cross-hatching, which created interesting diamond shapes.

The back is just about as much fun as the front!

My hubby got a kick out of me trying to "stage" some photos with some of my Fiesta Ware!

But here is how my table looks with its new decoration today.  I'm going to enjoy this one!

Hope you're having a great weekend!  I'm looking forward to checking out the scrappy inspiration at Sunday's Oh Scrap! link-up at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  See you there!

Friday, April 21, 2017

String Star Progress

It's the third week of April, and time again to share what we've been doing for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This week I got out my paper plate of string blocks, checked the plan, and decided to make some of the low volume/neutral blocks that I need.

I cut some muslin squares for the foundations that I needed - 

and went in search of a few low volume strings that would work for these blocks.

Before I knew it, I had stitched up a few more blocks for my String Star!

Here's a bit of the layout, and you can see in the corners where the neutral blocks will go.

I still need quite a few more of the neutral blocks (20 total), so I'll keep making them as the year goes on. The purple blocks are not actually the row right next to red in my plan - that honor goes to orange.  Maybe next month?!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Like Thursday #27 - a Little Road Trip

Over the weekend, my husband and I took a trip to see our kids who live in western Kansas and Nebraska. It was a good weekend for a road trip - great weather and beautiful Spring green color was seen all across the plains and prairie as we traveled.  We saw tons of wild turkeys and ring-necked pheasants.  I was wishing I had been able to get some pictures of them, but since we were driving along, and just catching sight of them as we drove, alas, no photos!

Something I enjoyed in the small town in Kansas where my younger son lives is this building -

It started out as one of the 1,689 Carnegie Public Libraries built around the United States by a philanthropist and businessman named Andrew Carnegie between 1883 and 1929.  According to this article from NPR, he was once the richest man in the world and he gave his fortune away to fund public libraries across our country!

Nowadays, this building is the Carnegie Arts Center in Goodland, Kansas.  We took a walk over to the Arts Center last Saturday afternoon and went in to visit the exhibit that is there for the month of April.  I like this painting that I found there.  I can see turning this into a quilt, can't you?!

Whenever we are with our kids, we play a lot of games.  We really like card games like Cribbage, Skipbo, and Phase 10!

I arrived home to a package on my doorstep!

It was the fabric I had ordered from Connecting Threads last week.  They had a sale going on that I couldn't refuse!  It's the last bit of Amanda Jean Nyberg's Good Neighbors fabric.  At somewhere in the "neighborhood" of $2.50 a yard, I decided to stock up!  The stripey yardage is going to become the backing to the Scrap Jar Stars quilt I've been working on.

And also greeting me when we got home the other day is this pretty daffodil - just about the last one to bloom in my Spring garden.  So pretty!

Happy Thursday!  Thanks for visiting my I Like Thursday post!  Thanks, as always, to LeeAnna, at Not Afraid of Color for hosting this weekly blog hop!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Polka Dots and Lady Bugs

I did some thinking this week about what kind of multi-color maple leaf and nine patch I wanted to make for my April Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks, and it always helps to dig around in my stash while I think.

When I found these, I knew they would make some fun blocks!

It didn't take long to cut the pieces and layout one of each type of block.

This color combination was so much fun to play with that I knew right away I wasn't finished! So I added some HSTs to the mix.

How about a bow tie?

I just couldn't stop!

I think this will become a fun table topper - right now it's measuring about 18 x 18.  I'll finish it up after we get home from a quick weekend trip to visit our kids.

Happy Easter to all of you!  I'll be sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!    

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Like Thursday #26 - Shapes

One day last week, I went for a walk at my favorite spot, and started paying attention to the shapes I was seeing.

I liked this bench - whoever was commissioned to make it for this natural area had the right idea!

I liked these leaves (or maybe an open seed pod?) from last year - looking at them, I wondered how I would recreate that shape with fabric.  That would be a good challenge for me!

I liked these new emerging leaves - they have a circular shape.  I love the spring green colors of all the new leaves we're starting to see around here!

At home, Mike was mowing the lawn for the first time this spring.  I like the long, rectangular shapes he made this time.  I also like the smell of freshly mowed grass!

My tulips bloomed, and I like the cup-like shape they formed.  They are a pretty variegated yellow-y/orange, which I also like.

The birds have been liking our bird bath recently!  This was the scene Sunday afternoon - lots of robins and cedar waxwings coming and going.  It was a bird party!

Hope you're finding many things to like about the emerging Spring where you live!  I'm joining the I Like blog hop over at LeeAnna's place, Not Afraid of Color, and you're invited, too!

Wild Thing - an Improv Sampler

I took a leap of faith back in February, and joined in with the Play Improv Quilt Along over at Elm Street Quilts, and I'm so glad I did!  I tried a bunch of different techniques, struggled a little bit, and learned a lot!

From the beginning, Patty told us that this QAL was about playing with color, shape, and fabric, but without a pattern or rules.  That made this quilt along fun, because everyone followed it in their own way.

Earlier this week, I finished up my quilt top for this quilt along - it measures about 30 x 33.

I've taken to calling it Wild Thing - because it really is about the wildest thing I've ever made!

Some favorite parts - 

all the different ways to make triangles!

an improv quarter log cabin, that I stuck in because I needed something there!

curved piecing, letters, a word!

I quilted it with horizontal curved lines, very simple, but going along with the modern feel of this quilt.  The binding is Kona Pool.

Today, my Play Improv Sampler, Wild Thing, is done!  I took it out in the backyard for some photo ops - 

Love this one!

Thanks, Patty, for hosting this great QAL!  I'm already thinking about what improv kind of sewing I might like to try next!  

The final link-up for finished Play Improv projects is happening right now, over at Elm Street Quilts, so I'll be linking up there to share this Wild Thing!

Also sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Little Bit of Miscellaneous

Focused on finishing up my Play Improv Sampler, I pieced some letters (our final prompt from this past Monday) and added them, plus a few other bits and pieces to the bottom of this project that I've been working on since February.

This is only the bottom half of my improv sampler - I need to photograph the whole thing, but I'm working up to that!  Meanwhile, I also had to decide on a backing for it, and I decided to piece the backing from a small piece of a fun yellow print that I found in my stash, and added some Kona Citrus to it.

I even pieced the batting for this quilt.  This is easy to do because the whole thing only measures about 30 x 30.

I'm excited (and anxious) to get on with the quilting, but somehow these in between steps take time to accomplish...

I did stitch together some "multi-colored" string blocks this week as leaders and enders, with a plan of using a few yellow, turquoise, and green strings, to make some new coasters for our morning coffee spot.

Scraps of batting work really well as the foundation for these little projects.  Now they just need backing and binding, with a bit of quilting to hold them together.

Happy Sunday!  For more scrappy project inspiration, be sure to check out the Oh Scrap linky over at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Multi-color Bow Ties

April's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is multi-color... the fabrics that just don't fit into one particular color category.  This week, I had fun digging into my stash to see what might fit that theme and I pulled out -

Apples, bicycles, sewing items, and owls!

Bow tie blocks are so fast and easy to sew up that it only took a few minutes to make these - 

But why stop there?  So I made a few more!

These blocks finish at 6 inches, so it will be awhile before I have enough to make anything, but that doesn't bother me!  I just enjoy making a few whenever I get the chance!

Happy ScrapHappy Saturday!  Check out what all of the other Rainbow Scrap Quilters have been up to, every Saturday over at SoScrappy.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I Like Thursday #25 - This, that, and a few other things

Welcome to I Like Thursday, a weekly blog hop sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color!  I'm always on the lookout for things I like to share with you, and to promote thinking positively about life and our world.

I like seeing the world around me green up in spring!  We have a beautiful flowering crab apple tree in our backyard (called a Spring Snow Crab), and I have been anxiously waiting to see its blooms.  Unfortunately, the buds haven't opened all the way yet, but all over our town there are other pretty trees that I am really enjoying.  I saw this one at our bank while going through the drive-thru today.

I like a little bit of spring snow.  Colorado has had a really dry winter, so the moisture we've gotten the last few weeks has been very welcome.  Here are the views from our windows yesterday.  I did end up covering all my daffodils and tulips - I was afraid they might freeze!

I like my little pincushion collection!  Some of them I've made myself, and some are gifts from friends.

The latest addition to my collection is this adorable piece of pie, made by LeeAnna, and gifted to me when we met up last week.  So cute!  Thanks, LeeAnna!

I really like our membership to Netflix.  We've found lots of good shows to watch, and our latest favorite is "Call the Midwife."  These women are midwives in a poorer section of London, set in the 1950s.   One of the things I enjoy about this show is that there is no "girl drama" in the story lines.  These women live together, work together, and genuinely care about each other.  Plus they make a difference in the lives of all the women around them. Reminds me of many women I know!

I like experimenting with fabric!  This week's prompt for the Play Improv QAL at Elm Street Quilts is to create letters, which is definitely something I've never done before.  But, I gave it a try - and letters formed! This required some "brain work!"  What shapes form the letters that we've been able to recognize since we were little?!

One thing to share that I (or maybe I should say "we") didn't like this week, was a pizza crust made out of shredded cauliflower.  (Sounds a bit weird, but there really is a recipe for it out there!)  You know that my hubby and I have been on a quest to replace some of the carb foods we love with vegetables, right?  Well, this was the most recent try.

It actually looks good in the picture, but the flavors didn't really work for us.  I guess you never know until you try though!

Have a wonderful day, friends!  For more I Like Thursday posts, check out Not Afraid of Color every Thursday!