Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"I like" Thursday #1 - the Orange Edition!

A quilt blogger I've discovered this year, LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color, recently started a series called "I like" Thursdays, and I've been enjoying reading her posts so much that I decided to join in!  It's been kind of fun to look around and pay a little more attention in the last few days to see what I might like to post about today.  It turns out, this week's things I like happen to be orange!

1.  I like marigolds!

I'm not much of a gardener, but I love flowers, so when I figured out that the marigold seeds I planted years ago would re-seed themselves, I just let it happen!  And now, every year, I have all this glorious red, orange, and yellow color in the flower garden at the front of my house.  These are the last of the marigolds this year that I brought in while cleaning out the old plants so that I could put in some bulbs this fall.

Which leads me to - 

2.  I like daffodils!

Daffodils don't bloom until the spring, but in order to get them, you have to plant the bulbs in the fall, and that is what I did yesterday afternoon.  Crossing my fingers that my minimalist gardening skills will be enough to get some beautiful yellow, white, and orange blooms come spring!  (Does anyone have any advice about fertilizing daffodils?  :)

3.  I like carrots!

Yes, I actually grew these this year!  They aren't very big, but they sure were tasty!

4.  This time of year, I like all things pumpkin!  Especially, it turns out - pumpkin yogurt!

Noosa Yoghurt is made right here in Colorado, and it is like dessert for me!  Sprinkle a little granola on top, and yummy!

5.  I like little bundles of fabric!

This is a bundle of fat eighths that I found in a quilt shop on our trip to California recently.  I don't know what I will do with these fun, colorful polka dots, but I did notice that there is some orange and yellow in there. Just looking at this makes me happy - maybe I will never undo the string, just keep looking at it!  Lol!

6.  I like the Golden Gate Bridge!

Also on our trip to California, we stopped off at a couple of the spots where you can look at and photograph the bridge.  Did you know it's painted a color called International Orange?  I had to look up why this is, and it turns out it is a special kind of paint designed to keep the bridge from rusting due to the moisture from the fog that comes in from the ocean to San Francisco Bay.

7.  I like orange leaves in the fall - especially in vineyards!

My husband and I like to visit wineries when we are in California, and especially this time of year, we have fun walking through the vineyards and looking at the leaves on the vines.  They can be just beautiful!

Wishing all of you a good end of the week, and hoping you will find an opportunity to think about the things you like!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Quilty Orphan Adoption Update

As a newbie to the Quilty Orphan Adoption event this year, sponsored by our scrappy fearless leader, Cynthia, at Quilting is More Fun than Housework, I was the lucky recipient of TWO sets of fabric!  I posted about the beautiful 3 inch squares of fall fabric and the little pillow I made out of a few of them back in September.  But there are a ton more of these little squares, and I found the perfect project for them this week!

Carole, over at From My Carolina Home, is holding a month-long celebration of all things Fall over on her blog, called Autumn Jubilee.  Carole posts about all kinds of crafty things, but of course, I am participating in her Autumn Jublilee QAL, where we are making Maple Leaf  and Pumpkin blocks in various numbers so that we can make a mini quilt, or table-topper, or whatever our hearts desire, I'm sure!

I've made four maple leaves and a pumpkin, so far:

These are perfect for my fall 3 inch squares!  I even made the pumpkin out of them, since my orange stash didn't really have the right color for a pumpkin!  I had in mind that I would make a table topper out of these, but that may need more blocks, so I'm still thinking about what will happen next with these blocks.

The second project I have been gifted with through the Quilty Orphan Adoption came from Susan at Mrs. Pepper.  This fabric is going to make a sweet little mini quilt that I am planning to donate to a local charity called the B.A.B.Y. Foundation for their silent auction in the spring.  This will be my third year donating a small quilt to this organization.

Susan sent me a lovely package with all the pieces and parts cut out to make this fun quilt:

Although she didn't send me the directions for the quilt (because they are in a book she owns), it was easy to figure out based on a picture from her blog, and a little internet sleuthing!

I think I've got it right!

These blocks are great for a leaders and enders project, so I have all the pieces matched up and ready to go whenever there's a place to stick them in.  It is wonderful to have a project to work on that requires no cutting, and all the pieces (including borders and backing) are ready to go!

There is something very exhilarating about giving away an unwanted project to someone who wants to make something out of it, and in turn, receiving someone else's unwanted project!  Who knew it would be so fun?!

I'll be linking up with Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is More Fun than Housework tomorrow to see what other quilters have been up to this week.  But, for now, I'm back at the sewing machine, stitching up more maple leaves, pumpkins, McGuffey blocks, and who knows what else!

Friday, October 14, 2016

One Rainbow Flimsy

I've been on a roll this week, sewing blocks together, and then rows, to finish up my first quilt top made from Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 blocks.  This has been my first year participating in the RSC, and I have loved it!  Since I like to work on more than one project at a time, it works out perfectly to just have a few blocks to make each week.  Then, here comes October, and I have a whole lap sized quilt ready to go!

So, here is my RSC 16 patch quilt top:

This morning I was trying different shots to see what would show it off the best!  How about as a picnic quilt?

Or on my dining room table?

An artistic shot!

I love scrappy quilts so much, and this one is a perfect example of why.  It's full of my favorite fabrics - scraps from friends, and old projects, and then newer pieces that I've collected here and there.

I love them all!  Now this flimsy goes into my queue to be basted together and quilted.  I'm not sure who this quilt is going to belong to in the end, but I have sure enjoyed making it!

Linking up to ScrapHappy Saturday at So Scrappy with all of the Rainbow Scrap Quilters.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

16 Patch Love

One of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects for this year has been making 16 patch blocks.  I started out making six blocks each month in the chosen colors, which gave me a wide range of scraps to work from.  As the year has gone on, I've noticed that some of the blocks I made in one month, fit better with the color choices of another month.  So, as I've been laying out these blocks to decide on a layout, it's been easy to move them around from one row to another.

Here is my most recent layout - 49 blocks in a 7 x 7 square.

I started with pink, then red, orange, yellow/gold, green/turquoise, blue, and finally purple.  Even though the colors for this month are orange and yellow, I think I have enough of both of those that I don't need to make any more.

But...I do have some gray blocks that I made in August for the smoky purple/gray month.

To make the quilt a little longer, a rectangle instead of a square, I decided to add 4 more gray blocks.  Back to my stash I went to see what gray fabrics I could find.

These blocks are so simple to make - a 2 1/2 by 21 inch strip of the main fabric, and the same size piece of a low volume background fabric.  I've made every single one of my blocks different, so there are a variety of low volumes included, and 56 different main fabrics.  This will make for a very scrappy, but I think interesting and fun, quilt!

Last night I stitched up my 4 last blocks.

Although originally, I thought I would use the gray as the last row, I've started to think that maybe I will put it in somewhere among the rainbow rows.  A little bit of a surprise!  Or maybe a place to rest your eyes.  We'll see!  :)

Off to start sewing up my rows!  I'm excited to be at this point!

Linking up tomorrow with Cynthia's Oh Scrap!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Candy Corn

Don't this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors make you think of candy corn?  Yum!

Earlier this year, I came across some candy corn fabric in my stash and ended up using it in some of my April RSC blocks.

When October rolled around and the colors for the month turned out to be orange and yellow, I immediately thought of that fabric and decided I wanted to make something else out of it!  I also wanted to try some Relief Quilting based on this tutorial by Bernie at Needle and Foot.   

So... combining some candy corn fabric and trying out some letters made with relief quilting, here is what I ended up with!

I love how this turned out!  I have never made any Halloween decorations for my house before, so this was fun to work on and now I'll enjoy using it for the rest of the month!

Bernie's tutorial for the relief quilting was excellent, and so easy to follow.  Even though my lines of stitching are a bit wonky here and there, I really like how the letters turned out.  I used a scrap of batting which was a bit loftier than my usual Warm and Natural, and that helped the letters puff out and created some great texture.  The rest of the quilting is a combination of stitch in the ditch and some wavy, criss-crossing lines in the borders.

The backing is a fun yellow polka dot, and the binding is a combination of my two candy corn fabrics.

Having been out of town for the last week, and wanting to get this finished when I got home, I haven't done much with my RSC blocks yet this month, but that is my plan for this weekend.  It's going to be exciting to see where those projects are headed next.  I'll post an update on those soon!

Linking up with Needle and Foot's Halloween Linky Party here
and So Scrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday here.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Scrappy and Useful!

In anticipation of an upcoming trip, I thought of something I wanted to make that would be really useful when I'm traveling.

Like most of you, when I travel these days, I have lots of cords.  Chargers for my phone, iPad, and iPod, and headphone cords, too.  I made a zipper pouch for them to travel in a couple summers ago and I use it constantly, even when the cords are just sitting here at home.

But they still get all tangled up in the zipper pouch!  So I decided to make some cord holders or organizers that would hold each of my cords together and keep them from getting tangled.  

I could have searched for a tutorial, but I decided I had enough of an idea of what I wanted that I could make it up myself.  After the first one was completed, I made a second and took photos as I went along. Here's what I did!

A good size for my cord holders seemed to be about 9 1/2 by 3 inches.  So I cut two pieces of fabric to those dimensions, one for the outside, and one for the inside.  I also cut a piece of fusible interfacing that same size.

I ironed the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer piece, then layered the outer and inner piece right sides together, and sewed them together with a 1/4 inch seam all the way around, leaving an opening about 2 inches wide for turning.  Before turning everything right side out, I clipped the corners.

I always use a knitting needle to poke out the corners and give them a nice point.


I finger pressed the raw edges of the opening together and then pressed the whole thing with my iron before stitching all the way around my piece 1/8 inch from the edge to get a nice finish.

Luckily, I had some stitchable velcro which is about an inch wide, and I cut two pieces to sew onto my cord holder, about 2 inches long.

This is where I kind of "customized" the cord holders to fit the different cord holders I have.  I wanted to be able to wrap the plug end inside the fabric.  To decide where the velcro pieces should go I made a mark with my Frixion pen that would iron out after I was finished stitching.

I did this on both ends of the cord holder, and made sure I had one piece of velcro on each side so they would connect when I wrapped it around the plug and cord.  The finished size of the cord holder is about 9 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

And, voila!  In a really short time, I had three cord holders, and I think they'll work great in my zipper pouch to keep everything in its place!

These are great for scraps, because they use fairly small pieces, and I think they would make the perfect gift for someone you know who travels, a lot, or even just a little!

Friday, September 30, 2016


How is it possible that September has gone by already?  As it is one of my favorite months, I hated to see it go!  But I am excited to see what's up for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month.

While I was waiting for October 1st to roll around, I decided to lay out my Scrap Jar Star blocks just to look at them all together once again.  I'm getting anxious (in a good way, I promise!) to see what will happen with this quilt!

I wonder what colors are missing!

For one last September rainbow project, I decided my husband's special mug needed its own mug rug to sit on.  This mug commemorates that he was a member of Helicopter Support Squadron One while in the Navy back in the late 60s and early 70s. They were a helicopter squadron who rescued people (jet fighter pilots) out of the ocean during the Viet Nam War.  He found this mug online a few months ago and uses it for his coffee every morning.

It had been sharing space with my favorite fall mug on the flying geese mini I made earlier in September.

But that just wasn't working for me!  Not enough room, and it was covering up those wonderful flying geese!
So I decided to use some of my Quilty 365 orange peel blocks to make his mug its own little mini quilt.

Dark red, gold, blue, and some stars.  Perfect!

That's so much better!

Happy Scrap Happy Saturday to everyone!