Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Fun with the Frosties

There's been no measurable snow in Colorado for something like 226 days (almost a record), but I don't need snow to make a snowman!  First there's this guy, Vicki's Welcome Frosty pattern, who now has a face.

The nose is made of orange felt, appliqued down with the button-hole stitch.  
I back stitched his mouth with black perle cotton no. 8.
Now it's time to find a backing and figure out how to quilt this guy!

Then there are these guys - the first three in the Frosty McChill series that Melisa at PinkernPunkin Quilting has been offering on her blog every Thursday.  These are so simple and fun to stitch!

I love that each one has a different hat.  
And Frosty's little bird friend - so cute!

Right now I'm working on block 4 - "Just A Sweeping" and this will be my slow Sunday stitching today. 

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Rainbow Progress

 I have several Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects that are in different stages of construction, and this week I've worked a little bit on each one.  That is something I really enjoy doing!

I finished up the final row for Full Stop, and took some time to measure what I've got and do some thinking about how I might finish this one.

I've made all 10 rows, and they are varying lengths and widths.
The widest row is the orange hyphens at 47, and I think I would want this at least 50 inches wide.
 The total length of all the rows when laid out together is 72," but of course I would lose some to the seam allowance. 
I really like Angela's layout (see her post here) - she has combined some of the rows, and added sashing in between, so that gives me something to think about!

Meanwhile, I've been cutting low volume neutrals for the Easy Breezy sashing.  When I get them all cut and the layout finalized, this will go back to being my leader/ender project at the sewing machine.

Back at the sewing machine, I got all the crumb hearts and Tula Pink squares sewn together - so far this makes a 36 inch square.

Next step is to add some borders.  6 inch borders will bring this up to 48 inches square, and I have an idea for how to make it rectangular by adding something else at top and bottom.

In the evenings, I've been continuing to work on hand quilting the Rainbow Trip quilt.  I've started by quilting on the diagonals going both directions through the quilting which makes these larger squares - about 8 inches.  Next step will be to cut each square in half by finding the center diagonal again.

So, progress on everything this week - feels good!  
Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

I Like Thursday #263

 Welcome!  I'm joining in with "I Like Thursday" hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color. Come see what I found to like this past week!

We took a little road trip for Thanksgiving to see our kids for a few days.  It's a trip across the plains of eastern Colorado and western Nebraska and Kansas.  This landscape isn't for everyone, but we love that you can see for miles!


In tiny Oberlin, Kansas, population 1788, we found this adorable quilt shop.  We've gone through this town many times, but I never knew it was there.

Right inside the front door I spied this!  

If they had had a kit, or even just the pattern, you know I would have snarfed it right up!  But alas, the last one had been sold just the day or two before.   

Instead I came home with a wool applique kit and a free Christmas stocking kit, too.  I'll never run out of things to work on, even if they aren't penguins!

Our youngest son lives in Goodland, Kansas, also a small town, but with many neat amenities.  On the day after Thanksgiving, this beautiful historical home (owned by the county historical society) had been decorated for Christmas and was open to the public.  

This was my favorite room.  Can you tell why?

There was a decorated Christmas tree in every room of the house!

So now we're home, and the calendar has turned to December.  The year is flying by.  Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, November 29, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #114

 Good morning!  I'm joining in with Linda and friends at Texas Quilt Gal for the To-Do Tuesday link-up, sharing what I've been working on and my new list for this coming week.

With last week being Thanksgiving, and with our plans to spend some days away from home, I didn't have much of a to-do list.  We did have a fun little road trip, spent time with our kids, ate turkey and pie, and hope all of you did as well!

So, today I'm starting fresh with a new list - not new projects! - just an updated list.

When I left home last week, this is how I left my sewing table:

I was finishing up the final row for Full Stop, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2021 sampler, and starting to sew blocks into rows on my Crumb Hearts quilt.   Since we returned home, I've finished up the Full Stop row and set it aside.  More on that one later!

To focus on this week:
  • Sewing the Crumb Hearts blocks into rows, and into a quilt top.
  • Work on the layout for the Easy Breezy blocks, which I actually started on today.  Here's what I'm thinking:
Framing the blocks with neutral sashing and 
using a Kona medium blue for cornerstones.
For a 5 x 6 block setting, I need two more blocks.

So I pulled out some scraps, got the pieces cut, 
and started putting those two blocks together today.
(Along with those Crumb Hearts rows!)

  • And you might have noticed something else on my design wall in the photo above - my not-so-secret (anymore) sewing project, Vicki's Welcome Frosty wall-hanging.  The basic piece is made, now it needs to be quilted, and Frosty's face added.  This is a gift for someone, but the get together is postponed until January.  Meanwhile, I'm keeping it on my list for finishing up!
I think that will do it for me this week!  What's on your list?

Friday, November 26, 2021

November Table Scraps in mini form...

You might remember that in October, I was working on a Halloween version of Carole's Autumn Jubilee quilt, and used a few of the scraps to hand-piece a little mug rug.

So then I thought, if that was fun in Halloween scraps, why not stitch up something in November/Thanksgiving scraps?  A few years ago I made this tablerunner, also during Autumn Jubilee,  and still have bits of that Thankful fabric left.

I pulled out the leftovers from that one, cut some squares, and made this little mat.

These measure 8.5 x 6.5.  You can see that I tried
to be a bit creative with my cutting so that the center gives the impression of the word "thankful."  The "n" got swallowed up in the seam allowance!

Right now this one has my angel collection sitting on it - it's just the right size for this little space!

You know I couldn't stop there, right?  What about a little quilted mat like this in Christmas scraps?  I started hunting around in my Christmas drawer and found these 3 inch bowties.  I made them last year for some purpose, but abandoned them before anything was finished.  (I think the little pieces were kind of fiddly and the finished sizes of these varied widely!)

I cut an alternate block for in between, and hand-pieced these together, too.  It wasn't hard to adjust the seam allowances to fix the wonky bowties.

Some simple hand quilting and matching binding and this one is done, too.  It's a little bigger at about 10.5 x 8.

These little projects don't need much for backing - another good way to use up scraps!

So, here are my Table Scraps minis!

Lots of places to link up this weekend:
Quilting is more fun than Housework 
Kathy's Quilts 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

I Like Thursday #262 - Happy Thanksgiving!

It has been a week of looking at old pictures, telling family stories, laughter and tears.   I really love old family pictures, so I picked a few to share with you.

Mike and his mom when he was a young sailor, about 1970.

All of the boy cousins with their grandma at a family wedding, about 1999.  Our boys are the two on the right.

And a more recent photo of my mother-in-law, having her very favorite meal at Red Lobster, fried shrimp!  That was the last time Mike was able to take his mom out for lunch back in July of this year.

I love that look on her face!

Thank you for indulging me, one more time.  Hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving, however and wherever you celebrate!

Thanks for visiting on "I Like Thursday" 
hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color

Monday, November 22, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #113

 is a TA-DAAAA!!!!

Positivity is finally finished!

This quilt along was sponsored by Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts and the design is her own.  I chose reds and low volumes for my blocks because that's what I had the most of in my stash at the time.  

I ended up adding a few new red and low volume prints to the mix along the way because I ran low.  Plus I found the perfect backing for the quilt at Joann's - red with white stars.  I used it for the binding, too.

The Positivity QAL was started to benefit Mercyful Quilts, a charity quilt drive started by Bernie at Needle and Foot,  for Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California, to comfort dying patients and their families.  And so that's exactly where this quilt is going, in honor and memory of my mother-in-law, Goldie, who passed away last Tuesday, November 16th.

My favorite picture of my MIL and our oldest son, I would say this was taken sometime in 1982.

My to-do list this week has nothing quilt related on it!
  • Make sure my mom has everything she needs so that we can leave town for a few days.
  • Celebrate my MIL's life this afternoon with Mike's family.
  • Pack up and go spend Thanksgiving with our kids.
 I'm joining in with Linda and friends at Texas Quilt Gal for To-Do Tuesday.  Happy Thanksgiving!