Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

I Like Thursday #225

 March decided to come in like a lamb in our neck of the woods so it's been a great week to spend some time outdoors!   I met a friends for a walk at our favorite natural area and there were bald eagles there.  You know I am always thrilled to see eagles, so I went home and got Mike along with his good camera and we went back.

This adult eagle was sitting with two immature ones
 nearby in a tree by the river.

We also got out of the house yesterday and took a drive up to Estes Park for a picnic and walk by the lake.  It was a really beautiful day!

A whole day of "not a cloud in the sky!"

And because...

We had to stop off at our favorite winery, Snowy Peaks Winery, for a wine tasting after our walk.  


Speaking of Spring, I'm happy that I joined the "One Stitch at a Time Club" from Kathy Schmitz designs.  I'm still working on the January block, but that's okay.  It definitely says "Spring!"

Hope your March is getting off to a good start!
I'm joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color 
for I like Thursday!

Monday, March 1, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #79

Happy Tuesday!   I'm checking in with Chris and friends at Chrisknits to share my to-do list for the week.   I finished up my sunflower squirrel project on Saturday evening and here it is on my table!

Also on my list from last week was working on the next rounds of the Stay at Home Round Robin.  I ended up combining round 5 (wonky stars) with round 6 (log cabins). This photo is showing rounds 5/6 three-quarters of the way sewn on (which makes it 34.5 x 34.5), plus Round 7 (pinwheels) just getting started.

No progress on the blog hop project because my bigger Pfaff is still in the shop.  I may have to start quilting it on the smaller Janome.  It's a baby quilt size so that wouldn't be too hard to do.

So what's on this week's list?

  • Keep going on the Stay at Home Round Robin - the final linky party starts March 29th!
  • March is green month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so it's time to sew some blocks with green.  So far I've just gotten out the green scrap bin and started on some crumb blocks

  • Quilt the blog hop project - keeping that on the list!
  • Stay away from squirrel projects, if possible.  🤣
Have a great day, everyone!

Friday, February 26, 2021

A Little More with Yellow

I must have needed flowers and sunshine this week, or maybe that was just an excuse to play with more yellow scraps, because that's what I did!  It all started with an orphan Dresden sunflower that I originally made for my Scrappy Sprouts quilt, but didn't end up using.  And then a need to play with string blocks was thrown into the mix!

I appliqued a brown center onto the flower with a variegated brown embroidery floss, and the string blocks turned borders on either side of it.

 15 x 25

Everything in this project comes from leftovers, including a scrap of batting and a piece of backing left from the Rainbow Zigzag quilt.

I had to remind myself how to change the presser foot on my little Janome over to the walking foot, but that wasn't too hard to do, and now quilting is in progress.  It won't be long before I can be using this happy tablerunner!

Sharing at SoScrappy for the last yellow Saturday of February.

But wait, there's more!  My slow stitching this week has been to hand quilt these happy tulips.  

I've enjoyed stitching along on this project each evening - just using a white quilting thread.  

Not too much more to finish up on this little wall-hanging either.  
It's going to get some purple binding that will match the purple tulip.
Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I Like Thursday #224 - Friends

I am a lucky woman, blessed, you might say.  I have some special friends, women I worked with during my teaching career, who have become lifelong friends.  Even though we don't work together anymore, we enjoy meeting for coffee and meals, going for walks, talking about books, and keeping up with each other's lives.

The reason I'm telling you this is because I lost one of these women this week.  This is a picture of the seven of us from a few years back.  We used to celebrate the end of the school year with a dinner out at our favorite restaurant.   I'm back there on the right by the window, and Holly is right next to me.  Holly lost her battle with brain cancer this week.

Even though I am old enough to have been Holly's mom, that didn't matter.  We (all of us) have enjoyed a lot of fun things together.  Holly loved Broadway musicals, as I do, so every now and then a group of us would get tickets and go together.  "Mamma Mia" was, and still is, a favorite!

We participated in different kinds of walks for charity and just for fun.  This one was on a very cold December day.   I think it was called the Kris Kringle 5k.

When Holly was diagnosed with glioblastoma and began this journey, we all got these t-shirts to wear to support her.  

"Embrace the journey" was her favorite saying.
I'm not sure what to do with this t-shirt now.  Maybe I can make a small wall-hanging out of it.  Just not sure yet.

We've shared teaching methods, students, life events, ups and downs, books, meals, adult beverages, you name it.  On Tuesday this week, Trish (front left in my first photo) sent us this photo with the caption, "Holly painted the sky for us this morning!" 

I'm sharing this as my "I Like Thursday" post, because I was and am so blessed with these friends.  And I feel the same about all of you whom I've met as a blogger.  Friends are precious!  Thanks for visiting today!

Find more good Thursday posts at Not Afraid of Color!

Monday, February 22, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #78

Happy Tuesday!   I'm checking in with Chris and friends at Chrisknits to share my to-do list for the week.  Considering I had to take my sewing machine in for repair last Tuesday, and I'm taking it back today for the actual repair to take place, it hasn't been too bad of a week!  (wink!)

So what did I get done?

  • The quilt I'm working on for the Salt and Sand blog hop in March is spray basted and ready to quilt.   I'll wait and see if my Pfaff actually does get fixed before I start the quilting.

  • I worked on Round 5 of the Stay at Home Round Robin project and made wonky stars.  I shared what I thought this round would look like in yesterday's post.  Here's a look at one corner:

The next round is to be log cabin blocks, and inspired by Roseanne's quarter log cabin idea, I took those pink squares and turned them into the same type of quarter log cabin block.  Just two so far.  Now here's what the corner could look like:

This could work...  
Also on the list last week was giving myself the possibility of working on some other kind of project, and I did get a bit caught up in a squirrel.

A leftover Dresden sunflower, some yellow string blocks - 
not sure where this is going, but it could be fun!

So, this week's to-do list will continue with more of the same.
  • Work on the Stay at Home Round Robin project - star round and log cabin round.
  • Quilt the blog hop project - hopefully!
  • Continue with the squirrel project. 
Have a productive week, everyone!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Stay at Home Round Robin Update

 Making wonky stars this week for Round 5:

These are so great for using up little bits of the different fabrics!
They remind me of a star burst.

Meanwhile, I've been mulling over what to do with my stars.  These strips and squares aren't sewn together yet, just a possible layout for this round.

Now that it's time for Round 6 to be introduced, I'll have some more mulling to do.   This is like a giant puzzle in fabric!

Update to my update!  Round 6 is log cabins and I've worked them in with Round 5's stars.  Can you see them?  

Friday, February 19, 2021

All Over the Place!

 It's been a little bit of this and a little bit of that all week long at my house.  You can tell by looking at my design wall!

Maybe it was the sewing machine drama on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It made me really glad that I enjoy hand-piecing!  So I finished up another hand-pieced scrappy trips block in yellow.

But then I set up my backup sewing machine and while I was getting used to it again, I played with these Chandelier Bead blocks.  These have been on my "want to try" list for a long time.  I found a tutorial for them at a blog called Stitchin Therapy, but they are really very simple.  

I played with a few tiny wonky stars for the next border of the Stay at Home Round Robin.  These are fun, but I still have a long way to go!

Sharing all these scrappy bits at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at 

Finally, I sashed and bordered the four tulips I appliqued a few weeks ago.  I think that sashing fabric is my new favorite floral print!  Pink, purple, yellow, and tulips - perfect!

On the other side of this folded piece it says it's by Patrick Lose Studios for RJR Fabrics.

I'll spend some time this afternoon layering and prepping this mini quilt for hand quilting.  It measures just about 20 inches square.

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

P.S.  My sewing machine drama will hopefully be over by next week at this time!  The quilt shop owner (where I bought the machine) will be fixing my two year old Pfaff for me as soon as the parts come in.  Yippee!