Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monkey Business!

It's pretty clear that I am not calling the shots when it comes to this quilt... the monkeys are in control!

While finishing up the final outer border this week, here was my plan:

A 5.5 inch strip of Kona Maize to match the sashing around the blocks.  But no...

Monkey cornerstones were suggested demanded... and so, of course, four more were made!  Since it is pink month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I made sure I included a little pink in these guys!  

Finally!  A finished quilt top!

Apparently these monkeys are Scrappy in more than one way, if you know what I mean!  I wonder what will happen when I try to quilt this one... 😂

Sharing at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I Like Thursday #52

Welcome to I Like Thursday!  Doesn't this fun little glass make you smile?

I found it at the dollar store, and actually bought two, so both Mike and I could have one.  Sure makes drinking a glass of water more fun!

I like these funny little birds who have been visiting our yard lately.  They are Red-breasted Nuthatches, and they are almost always upside down!  Their larger cousin, the White-breasted Nuthatch, has been around, too.  We've been enjoying watching these birds at our feeders.

I like my local public library - for many reasons - but lately because of these bookbags that they stock for book clubs.

This section of the library is called Priscilla's Bookshelf, named after a longtime library patron who loved reading and books.  Priscilla's friends donated money after she died to honor her memory and promote her love of reading in our community.

This is the book my bookclub read this month, which came out of the bag from the library.  I loved this book, and would recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction set during World War II.

I love this cross-stitched pillow that a friend made me for my birthday!

It's meant to be Christmas-y, but I'm leaving it out all year!  Joy!  

This week I've enjoyed working on this little block which is a free pattern from Cheri Payne, through the Quilts by Cheri Facebook page.  A big thank you goes to Jocelyn of Canadian Needle Nana who enjoys this kind of stitchery and told us about it.

Here is how my block looked on Sunday - 

And here is how it looks now -  

I glue-basted the pieces and stitched them down as raw-edge applique.  It has been fun choosing the fabrics and doing the hand stitching.  Where the buttons are placed, the pattern shows circles, but I thought buttons would be fun instead.  I'm planning to finish this up as a mini quilt with a little bit of hand quilting and binding.

I just realized that this is my 52nd I Like Thursday post, which means I've been writing these for a year now!  Thanks go to LeeAnna, as always, for getting me started on this endeavour, and one that I now look forward to every week.  Be sure to check out all the other Thursday bloggers at Not Afraid of Color!  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Projects

On our recent trip to McMinnville, Oregon, I visited Boersma's Sewing Center, and brought home a small fat quarter bundle from a fabric line called Autumn Road.  I really like these fun prints, especially the bicycles!

As soon as I saw the quilt along that Carole at From My Carolina Home had planned for her Autumn Jubilee series, "Stars on Autumn Lane," I knew what I could use these for! (Click the link if you would like to learn more about the QAL.) Five fat quarters and some background fabric would be just the right amount to make a table topper from her pattern, so I got to work cutting!

I am pretty much a slow poke when it comes to making and trimming a large number of HSTs, but I'm on the way, and even had a chance to put together one large star, which is this week's step.  (We are to make five of these.)

I'll continue to work on cutting, trimming, and sewing the rest of these stars together this week, and look forward to the next step coming up on Friday.

I also decided to get started on a small applique project that I found out about through Jocelyn from Canadian Needle Nana.  I always admire her embroidery and applique work, and she mentioned a Facebook group, Quilts by Cheri, where some free applique patterns are shared.

After joining the group, I found and downloaded this fun little block, and have been getting the pieces cut to work on this afternoon.

I thought I'd try glue basting the pieces to the background (thank you, Cathy, for sending me this fabric adhesive - it's working perfectly for this!)

Since my applique skills are limited to raw edge applique, that is my plan for this, and I'm planning to enjoy some slow stitching this afternoon while watching some football with Mike.  

Linking up these fun fall projects to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework and Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Corralling the Monkeys

The little pink monkey in the top left of the photo below is one of my favorites made in 2016 for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge pink month.  I had fun fussy cutting that pink bird for the center!

My goal this week was to get the monkey blocks into nine groups of four. 

And then to sew all these bigger blocks into rows, and the rows together, with the first narrow border in Kona Navy surrounding the center.

This measures 42.75 inches square so far.

I hit one of those points this week where I wasn't sure I was happy with how this quilt was coming together so far.  But after getting the whole center sewn together and the first border on, my feelings about it changed, and I like what is happening!

This week, I'll add a second, wider outer border, using the Kona Maize, and that will bring the quilt up to about 52 inches square.  I'm not sure yet about backing and binding for this project - hopefully, I'll know it when I see it! :)

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Like Thursday #51 - Fall!

Welcome to Fall in Colorado, where one day it can look like this -

And a few days later, there's this!

I really can't complain because I like all the seasons and because today, a few more days later, we are back in the upper 60s with sun and blue skies.  Unfortunately, though, these early snowstorms can result in this -a large limb broken off of one of our trees.

This fall we have also had a huge migration of Painted Lady butterflies coming through, and they liked my marigold garden.

It's been to see bunches of them flitting around everywhere we go.  There was even this funny report about them in the news!

The gist of it is that they saw this on the weather radar and thought it was a flock of birds, but it was actually the Painted Lady butterflies!

The butterflies also brought back some good memories of my teaching career!  I loved teaching Science, and in the last year of my teaching, we had a new unit that involved (among many other things!) observing some Painted Lady caterpillars make their chrysallis and hatch into butterflies.  Here's a peek into my classroom from the Fall of 2014.  

Can you see the caterpillars attaching themselves to the top of the cage?

Happy Thursday!  I hope you're having a lovely week!  I'm joining in with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for our weekly party to celebrate being positive!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quilty Friends

On our recent trip to Oregon, I had the opportunity to get together with Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework, scrap quilting mentor to many and host of Oh Scrap!  We met for lunch and enjoyed getting to know each other in real life, as well as exchanging a few fabric gifts.  Cyndy was so sweet to give me this fun bundle of solids and a mini charm pack of Kate Spain's Early Bird line.

Right after we got home I saw this tutorial for a sewing machine cover by Elm Street Quilts, and I think this collection of fabric would be perfect for that purpose!  What better way to use a fabric gift from a friend than for a useful sewing item?!  Thanks, Cyndy!

When we arrived home from the trip, a package was waiting for me in the mail from Cathy of Cathy's Crazy by Design.  We had plans to meet for a couple days up in the mountains here in Colorado to sew and get to know each other, but a death in my husband's family kept us from going.  Instead of meeting up, we both sent each other some fun things in the mail -hopefully Cathy's from me will be delivered this coming week!

Thank you, Cathy, for the great zipper pouch and all the goodies!

Included in the package was some Essex Linen which I have never sewn with, but am excited to try making something with it.  I've seen so many bags and pouches that use linen, and now I can give that a try!  Cathy, I hope we can try again to meet in the future!

Thank you, quilty friends!  You're the best!

Sharing at Oh Scrap!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Penguins with Bow Ties

While rummaging through my stash this week to find some pinks for a few bow tie blocks, I found this -

So Cute!!! 

I completely forgot that I had bought a 1/2 yard of these pink penguins at my favorite LQS while shopping with LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color way last March, and then put it away on the shelf with the rest of the pink when I got home.

I had to make a pink bow tie block out of a bit of it, and then made a few more to go with it.

My collection of bow tie blocks is coming along!

In other scrappy sewing this week, I started to sew groups of four Dancing Monkeys together.

It's always fun to revisit your favorite blocks as they go into the quilt.  This bunch has some Christmas penguins, Halloween cats, Kaffe fabric, and watermelon colors of pink and green.  I like how they're coming together even though I just noticed that there is some monkey business going on up in that green and purple one!  Lol!

Sharing at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday!