Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, September 17, 2021

Orange you on vacation?

Why, yes, I am!  And feeling lucky to finally be here, after pretty much staying home for the last two years.   We've been planning this awhile, but recently (with the surge in Covid cases in many places around the country), I wasn't sure we'd be able to go.  But we're masked up, and stocked up with plenty of hand sanitizer and bleach wipes, so off we went!

So how about a beautiful Oregon coast sunset in orange?


Or an amazing rose growing by our hotel in Depoe Bay.

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Clearly, there hasn't been much sewing going on around here the last few days.  But please check out my Wednesday post about "Botanics," my quilt from Kelly Young's new book, Scrappy Improv Quilting.  There was a little bit of orange and a lot of scraps involved there!


Instead we've been wandering the beaches of the Oregon Coast between Depoe Bay and Bandon, getting lots of steps on the step counters!


So beautiful, and hardly any people!


And every once in awhile there's a chance to put a few stitches into my current embroidery project, the Woolly Ewe.


Before long it will be time to go home and get back to normal, but until then I'll enjoy views like this one!


Have a great week, everyone!
Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at 
Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
























Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Hop - Botanics!


Welcome to the book launch blog hop for Scrappy Improv Quilting, by Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation!  This is Kelly's second book on improvisational quilting with your scraps, and it is full of fun ideas.  I could picture myself making every quilt in the book!  These are mini quilts, so they go together quickly and have a fun scrappy look to them, which is really my favorite kind of quilt. 

*For my I Like Thursday friends: I hope you'll enjoy my post for Kelly's blog hop!  I sure liked making this little quilt, and hope to make more from her book.  Thanks for visiting!*

I chose to make "Botanics," from the Single Block Beauties section, and here is Kelly's version from the book.



If you've never done this kind of sewing before, Kelly includes lots of helpful pointers for getting started and how to construct the quilt blocks.  I started with lots and lots of low volume scraps, piecing them together in pairs and then larger groupings until I had slabs of these pieces.  


Some were sliced and sewn back together, and some were trimmed into 6.5 inch blocks.


In fact, the whole quilt design is made up of 6.5 inch blocks: leaves, stems, and background!

24 x 24

Quilting was fun on this one!  I followed the stem and leaves up the quilt, and added veins to the leaves like Kelly did in her quilt for the book.

Some favorite scraps in the background have flowers in them!

Then I thought, "Why not add some ghost leaves in the background squares?"

Fun scraps in this section, too!
Seashells, starfish, bowties, marshmallows on a stick, and more.

If you need help finishing up your mini quilt or ideas for how you might use or display it, Kelly includes a whole chapter on finishing your quilt at the end of the book. 

I enjoyed every minute of working on this little quilt and am so happy with the finish!  It needs the perfect spot to hang in my house, but I haven't decided just where that is yet.


But... being a botanical sort of quilt, I decided it did need to go hiking with us the other day.   It was fun photographing the quilt on a favorite trail up near Rocky Mountain National Park!




Kelly, thanks for inviting me to be a part of the blog hop for your book!  I'm excited to see what everyone else has made, too.


Be sure to stop by the other blogs who are sharing quilts from Scrappy Improv Quilting.  It started on Monday and runs every Monday and Wednesday through October 20th.

9/13- Summer BlossomLori @ Crossquilt
           Up, Up, and AwaySandra @ mmm...quilts!

9/15- FlutterRose @ Something Rosemade
           BotanicsDiann @ Little Penguin Quilts

9/20- Face the SunLaura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
           Full SpectrumJayne @ Twiggy and Opal

9/22- PrismaticAnja @ Anja Quilts
           DownpourNancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- FunkytownVasudha @ Storied Quilts
           Cherub WingsMichelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel WindowKris @ Sew Sunshine
           Winter FrostLeanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- HeartstruckRebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
           Star SpangledChristine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a FeatherPreeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
           Fall FoliageSusan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- OrnamentalGail @ Quilting Gail
            Churn, Churn, ChurnCynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset CrossingKate @ Katie Mae Quilts
             Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
             ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up (here!)

















 

 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Scrappy Improv Quilting!

 Blog hop starts today!



9/13- Summer BlossomLori @ Crossquilt
           Up, Up, and AwaySandra @ mmm...quilts!

9/15- FlutterRose @ Something Rosemade
           BotanicsDiann @ Little Penguin Quilts ⬅️  That's me!

9/20- Face the SunLaura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
           Full SpectrumJayne @ Twiggy and Opal

9/22- PrismaticAnja @ Anja Quilts
           DownpourNancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- FunkytownVasudha @ Storied Quilts
           Cherub WingsMichelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel WindowKris @ Sew Sunshine
           Winter FrostLeanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- HeartstruckRebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
           Star SpangledChristine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a FeatherPreeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
           Fall FoliageSusan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- OrnamentalGail @ Quilting Gail
            Churn, Churn, ChurnCynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset CrossingKate @ Katie Mae Quilts
             Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
             ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up

Come back Wednesday to see what I made!  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Slow stitching this week...

 I've been working on finishing up one of my Kathy Schmitz embroidery designs into a small wall-hanging.  It came together pretty quickly with a simple border and some machine quilting.

Looks like it needs some more pressing though!

I thought this fun floral and the green binding finished it off nicely!

One evening was spent hand stitching the binding to the back.

Other evenings this week have been spent working on my hand-pieced Scrappy Trips blocks in orange.  

So many different shades of orange represented here!

Lots of NFL football on today and my mom will be over to watch the Bronco game with us, and to attend my niece's wedding by Zoom.  So I think it might be a good day to put some stitches into the Wooly Ewe!


Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.










Friday, September 10, 2021

Table Scraps in Orange and more...

 To make this month's Table Scraps placemat, I started with a piece I had made at least a year ago from a tutorial on Joyful Quilter's blog.  I shared this photo on my To-Do Tuesday post.

Unfortunately, Joy says the tutorial is no longer available.  
But I did enjoy playing with some charm squares to 
create this design in the first place!

It wasn't quite the right size to begin with, so I added 1.5 inch strips of an orange solid to bring the placemat to 12.5 x 16.5 inches.  Add some simple quilting and a mellow blue binding, and the placemat was done quickly!


So now there are nine!

The orange looks really florescent - I promise it isn't!

But wait, there's more!

Originally I made two of these pieced sections.  What should I do with the other one?

I was thinking maybe a quick zipper pouch, and I remembered this tutorial from Sew Preeti Quilts.  I made one of these before, when I first started reading Preeti's blog.  Simplest Zippered Pouch. It really is simple!  I layered the top piece with some batting and backing, quilted the layers, and found an orange zipper.



Following the steps of the tutorial gave me a finished zipper pouch in about an hour.  I think this one will be handy for using somewhere that a flat pouch would be useful, like in a suitcase?!

9.5 x 7

The backing/lining piece I used is one of those big print fabrics that I could never figure out another use for!  It was perfect for this pouch.

So there's my week in an orange nutshell!


Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at












Wednesday, September 8, 2021

I Like Thursday #252

Happy Thursday, and thanks for visiting for I Like Thursday, hosted by LeeAnna  at Not Afraid of Color!  

I do love a nice thunderstorm with a rainbow afterwards, and we got one of those the other day!


Speaking of rainbows, I have to show you my favorite glass for ice water or iced tea.  I found these at our Ace Hardware and had to have them!


My mom has down-sized twice in the last 6 months or so, from her two bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment and now to a studio apartment.  That has meant lots of decision making about what to keep and what to get rid of.  So look at this treasure trove of holiday socks she has.  A friend of Mom's in Arizona has been giving them to her for years.   

I don't think my mom has actually ever worn any of these because she likes her outfits to all "go together," but I (the retired 5th grade teacher) love them!  Even so, I'm not sure what I would do with this many holiday socks.

But I do call dibs on this pair!


Reading Linda's post on To-Do Tuesday reminded me of these blocks that I made in 2020 as leaders and enders.  I love the rainbow colors (of course!) and I like the chain effect that the four patches create.


But, since October of last year, these blocks have been in a project box!  Who knows why?  (Out of sight, out of mind, I think!)  So I'm getting them out and putting them on the list to sew into a quilt top, after I finish up the Positivity quilt.


We quilters never run out of things to do, do we?  







 




Monday, September 6, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #104

Good morning!  I'm joining in with Linda and friends at Texas Quilt Gal for the To-Do Tuesday link-up, sharing what I plan to be working on this week.  Thanks go to Linda for taking over the link-up for all of us who like to join in!  And for Chris at Chrisknitssews - we're all thinking about you and hope things are going better.  

I've had a lot of fun playing with my orange scraps this week for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month!


Along the way, progress has been made on Positivity - it's almost a quilt top!  As is, it will measure 50 x 60, somewhat smaller than Preeti was asking for, so I'll have to decide - more blocks or a border?


The other item on last week's list was to work on finishing up an embroidery design with some patchwork borders and quilting.  I did get the borders on, but it needs more work, so that stays on the list.

For the coming week:
  • Continue with orange blocks for RSC projects, including my Table Scraps placemat of the month.  I'm going to be using this piece that I made (quite  awhile ago!) using The Joyful Quilter's tutorial for Mini Magic Stars.

  • Continue working on that Positivity quilt top.  Just a little more work to do!
  • Finish up that embroidery design - choose a backing, quilt, and bind.
Hopefully, just the right amount of things to work on for the week!