Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I Like Thursday #83 - Inside and Out

Welcome to my latest "I Like Thursday" post!  I've been joining in each week with the party at Not Afraid of Color where we celebrate the good things going on in our lives.  Thanks for coming to visit me!

Inside, I like this new "toy" we got the other day - a Roomba vacuum cleaner!

We're still in the mode of learning how to use it and understanding how it works.  It's quite fun to watch - like it actually has a bit of a personality!

So far, it has picked up quite a bit of dirt off our floors (I'm embarrassed to admit...:), but I am glad to know it's doing its job.

I love to read, and love our local public library.  I've had a library card there since 1977 when we moved here!  Things have really changed in our libraries these days because of technology, though.    Anytime I want to, I can check what books I have checked out and when they're due by logging into my account.

Roseanne, did you get me started on David Baldacci's Amos Decker series?  I've been enjoying them, and just finished book #3!

Outside, it's that lovely time of year when we can be out enjoying our yard.  We've had lots of rain, so everything is green and growing!

I might be out here reading this afternoon!

I added a new rainbow spinner to my deck area this week.  These are so much fun when there's a bit of a breeze.

These little guys have been enjoying our yard, too, and are fun to watch.  Maybe it's too much to hope that they won't find the lettuce that's growing in the garden?!

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope you're having a great week, and have some fun plans for the long weekend!

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Even though yesterday was a dark and dreary day here, and not good for quilt photos, I took some anyway because my Penguin Mystery quilt is done and I have to share it!

It's fun to see what quilting (even a minimal amount like I did) and binding adds to a quilt!

Curvy lines through the seams on the diagonals and in between created some fun rectangle sorts of shapes.

I backed this little quilt in my favorite black and white cat print and used a black with white dots fat quarter for the binding.

I machine stitched the binding this time since I'm donating it for a child.  It's not my best skill, but I think it turned out okay!  A run through the washer and dryer and I think this will be ready to send off to the Little Lambs Foundation as a part of Hands 2 Help over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  It measures about 33 x 40 before washing.

Happy Sunday from the little penguins!  Hope you're enjoying some stitching today!

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

Friday, May 18, 2018

Charleston Pink

A whole year ago, Mike and I took a trip to South Carolina, and on the way into Charleston we stopped at a little quilt shop where I bought six fat quarters of, yes...


I loved these sweet prints and knew I would enjoy making a little something for myself to remember the trip by.  The best kind of souvenir!

 We loved seeing these houses, called Rainbow Row - how about that pink one?!

And here they are in fabric version!

Fast forward a year, and I finally did come up with an idea for my Charleston fabric, and sewed it up this week!

I wanted something that wouldn't cut the prints too small, and no HSTs, lol! (I've been trimming a lot of HSTs recently, and I was feeling lazy!)

So, I cut several 2.5 inch strips out of each fat quarter and sewed them together, trying to alternate darks and lights.

I cut those into 6.5 inch squares, and ended up with this layout.

Measures about 12 x 36.

Leftover pieces and strips made the backing and binding.

And a curvy grid for the quilting - 

Perfect for my dining room table, and a place to display my South Carolina shell collection!

Plus, a few of the leftover bits turned into some pink bowtie blocks and a couple of 9 patches!

This was definitely my favorite kind of quick project!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I Like Thursday #82 - Colorful!

I love this time of year! Don't you?!  The leaves on our trees are that bright Spring green, the lilacs are blooming and smell so good - it really is my favorite.

Right now,  the Columbine are blooming in our garden.  We started these years ago, and they come back every year.  Did you know they're the state flower of Colorado?

I enjoy planting my garden and pots on Mother's Day, so after we talked to our kids that morning, I did just that.  Everything seems pretty happy so far!

Several of these beautiful Western Tanagers have been visiting our yard this week.  Their bright orange heads and yellow bodies really catch your attention!

Speaking of color, I received this fun set of Aurifil thread in the mail recently.  It was a prize I won from participating in Project Quilting earlier this year.  I'm going to enjoy having these pretty threads to choose from!

My last like to share today is that I like making progress on a Work in Progress!  I got my Penguin Mystery Block quilt basted and quilting started.  It shouldn't take too long to finish it up!

I hope you're having a great week!  You can find more "I Like Thursday" posts over at Not Afraid of Color, hosted by Lee Anna.  See you there!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Decisions, Decisions...

Yesterday, in an email conversation with Karen, of Karen Quilts, etc, I was telling her that I really enjoy playing with fabric and trying new blocks - thus ending up with several WiPs at the same time, lol!  And that is exactly how this project started - my blocks for Libby's Magical Mystery.

I had a fat quarter bundle I had purchased around Christmas time, and no real plans for it, so when Libby announced her mystery QAL, I thought, "Why not join in?!"

This fabric bundle has penguins, polka dots, and bright primary colors.

At one point, I added in that peach-colored fabric in the center, for some reason, but I've since put it away.  It didn't really fit with the rest of the colors!

After learning how to cut each pair of fat quarters and sew the blocks together, I've been working on making four at a time every so often, and now I have 20 blocks total.

Now I think it's decision - making time.  I've played with this fun fabric, learned how to make these blocks, and - bonus! - learned how to "spin" the center seam of a four patch block.  That's something I've never done before, and I can see where doing that can be really helpful when sewing many blocks together.

So, I'm ready to move on!  After playing with many layout possibilities, I decided to stick with something really simple, and arrived at this - 

Of course, I'm noticing that there's a ton of contrast in these fabrics, and even though they were picked to go together, they don't mix up in these blocks.  I can see (and I hope you can, too) the diagonal pattern that's created when the blocks are laid out this way.  I like the way these blocks create that design.

I think I have ended up liking the dot fabrics the most in this bunch.  The polka dots have all the colors of the penguins' hats in them, so look fun with any of the other fabrics.

I'm definitely left with scraps from this project, but I'll enjoy having these in my stash to pull from for future projects.

I'll be working on finishing this little quilt up this week, and finding somewhere to donate it.  I think it will make a fun and bright comfort quilt for a little one somewhere.

Hope you're enjoying some stitching today!  
Sharing at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap.

Friday, May 11, 2018

In the pink!

It's always fun at the beginning of a new month, to go on a scavenger hunt for scraps and stash in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color - for May, it is pink!

After returning from our trip to Washington, DC, I finally had a chance to dig into some pink.

I also decided to look at some of my WiP boxes to see what I needed to make for those projects.  There, I discovered that I had already made a pink Tiny Rails block, and also one in yellow, which I don't think I shared last month.

Here are the pink bowties I made when it was pink month in 2017.  

Since I need at least 10 bowties in each color, I'll be making more pink ones as the month goes on.  Here are a couple new ones - 

And my main focus for pink this week - my Squared Away blocks for the 2018 RSC Sampler quilt.  I really enjoyed making these, and they went together so easily!

Aren't these looking pretty together?

Thanks, Mari and Angela, for planning this year's sampler and sharing all the info for making the monthly blocks! 

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

I Like Thursday #81 - Washington, DC!

Happy "I Like Thursday," friends!

We've spent much of the last week on a trip to Washington, DC.  It was an amazing experience for us, and there was much to like.  We've traveled to DC before, but never with this group -

These are some of the members of Mike's Helicopter Squadron from their time in the Navy in the late 60s to early 70s.  They met when they were 19-20 year olds, and have become our very dear, life-long friends.  It was particularly special to be at the Vietnam War Memorial - the Wall - with these men who are Vietnam veterans.  Not too many dry eyes in the group that morning.

We liked riding the Metrorail train all over the place!

Although we got turned around a time or two, we always found where we were going.  Everyone you meet is so helpful if you have questions!

We had a lot of fun on the Hop On - Hop Off busses! 

The evening Twilight tour was especially neat.  We had a great tour guide, Henry, who was extremely passionate and knowledgeable about all the monuments, memorials, and famous people.

We liked the WWII Memorial with its beautiful fountains.

We visited several of the Smithsonian museums, and I enjoyed the 3-D Imax movies at the Air and Space Museum!

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was high on my list to visit, and I am so glad we did.  It's not a place where you take pictures, but the information displayed there is profoundly moving.

We also visited the Newseum - it is a privately run museum, not part of the Smithsonian - but very worth the money we paid.  It celebrates journalism and the First Amendment.

We were amazed by the Food Trucks at the National Mall, and enjoyed having a picnic lunch there.

Can you tell it was packed with people?  I wonder if there is any time of year when DC isn't a busy, busy place!

I'll leave you with this beautiful view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol behind it, taken on our Twilight Tour.

Hope you're having a great week!  Be sure to visit the other I Like Thursday posts over at Not Afraid of Color!