Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, November 18, 2018

From Turkey to Tomte!

All my quilty blogger friends know this about me - I am easily distracted by fun new projects!  I suppose you could say "Squirrel" is my middle name!

Last week it was a turkey block, this week it is the Moss and Lotus Tomte SAL over on Instagram.  The thing is, I wanted to join in when it was going on last year, and I didn't.  So silly of me!  I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice...

Patterns printed and fabric pulled!

It quickly became apparent that my paper-piecing skills are a bit rusty - especially since the first block I chose began with the teeniest pieces!  So Nes Tomte was started twice...  But he turned out just fine!

And how about some Tiny Tomte?

I am a terribly messy paper piecer...

But it is so fun to see these creations come alive from paper, fabric, and thread!

Peder Tomte has joined the village, along with a lovely pine tree!

There are lots more Tomte to make in my pattern bundle - maybe this afternoon I will sew them up a house!   You can find this Sew Along on Instagram @mossandlotus and there's a bunch of  merry sewing to be seen at #mossandlotustomtesal2018!

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!  I'll be sharing over at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Back on Track

A big thank you to everyone who weighed in on what color the sashing should be for my Squared Away Sampler!  The gray Grunge got a lot of votes and as the day went on, it grew on me, too, and so the gray it is!

This gray was part of the Grunge Yellow Brick Road quilt I made for my son last spring, and I didn't really think I had enough leftover to get started on the sashing (plus, what if I went to buy more and I couldn't match it?!) so I spent the better part of this week flitting from one project to another and not getting very far on anything!

I made a few more of these blocks -

from Cluck, Cluck Sew

I worked on some Christmas gifts - 

9 Patch tabletopper

I even sorted out my green scrap bin - 

And started sewing up some crumb blocks!

These will definitely be a part of my 2019 scrap projects - I just have to decide where I'm headed with them.

But as the week went on, I thought, why not pull out the gray Grunge scraps and see what I can get out of them?

Thursday afternoon I finally had the chance to get to my favorite quilt shop that has the best Grunge selection so I could get the yardage I need to finish up the sashing. (And they could look up my purchase history to make sure I was getting the right gray!)

Oh yes!

I'm going to like this!

And now I'm back on track!

The next big decision will be about a border fabric, but I'll think about that another time!  :)

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I Like Thursday #108

Hello, friends!  How's your week been?  These weeks fly by fast, don't they?

This week, I liked hosting my book club discussion group.  It means the house gets cleaned, there's a reason to buy some yummy snacks, and we've read a good book to talk about.  I like these seasonal napkins I found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond to use for the treats!

Our book for this month was - 

which we all really liked!

It is kind of a quirky story, set in a neighborhood in England, a bit of a mystery, lots of neighborhood secrets, and two 10 year old girls who set out to solve the mystery.

Tuesday it was Read Aloud Day in my town.  A local organization helps fill any classroom whose teacher wants to participate with a guest reader, and it's something I've done every year since I retired from teaching.  I love reading aloud to kids  - I used to read aloud to my 5th graders every day, and I've missed that since retiring.

One of the books I read was this one, by a favorite children's author, Cynthia Rylant.

I love her word choice, and often used her books to inspire kids in their own writing.

I ran across a Quilt Along this week that I decided to join.  It is the Moss and Lotus Tomte Sew Along over on Instagram.  This is actually the second year it has taken place, and I didn't join last year, but this year I decided to go for it!  You can find out more about it on Instagram @mossandlotus, or on the blog HERE.

Tomte are little gnomes or elves, from Sweden.  The patterns are paper-pieced, and turn out so cute!

I was looking around for a new series to watch on Netflix while I'm sewing, and discovered that the series, "Glee," is available!  

I loved this show and watched it all the way through when it was on originally, so I'll enjoy the chance to see it again.  The music, all the quirky characters and teenage angst, and the teaching life as it's portrayed were all fun for me!

Have a great day!  I'm off to visit with the rest of the I Like Thursday crew, over at Not Afraid of Color!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Turkey Time!

In the category of "I just had to" this week is a fun turkey block that I found HERE on Bee in My Bonnet!

I had an ulterior motive for this squirrel, though, because I wanted to stitch up something small that I could try a faced binding on.  That's a technique I've never tried before, and I love trying new things!

A great tutorial for a faced binding can be found HERE at The Silly BooDilly.  Thanks go to Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life for pointing me in the right direction!  Here's how mine turned out:

A close-up view:

I do like the finish it gives to a quilted piece, and now that I've done it once, it will be easy to use again.

Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

During my evening stitching time, I've continued to work on some redwork embroidery from Gail Pan's Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery.

I'm just loving this kind of stitching - pretty results for someone without a lot of embroidery experience!  There will definitely be some slow stitching in my day today.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Mulling and Dithering

This week I've been thinking some more about what sashing to use for my Squared Away sampler quilt.  I don't know why I can't make a decision!

Every time I see someone else's choice, I like it!  Every single one!  But when I audition some of my own ideas, I just don't know...

Should I just go with Kona White, which is my background color?  With or without cornerstones?

What about Navy blue?

I know this looks black, but it really is a dark blue.

Well, then, what about a light blue?

Or gray?


Meanwhile, I did finish up the dark green Tiny Rails block I was working on in October.

It makes a great contrast to the light green one I made earlier in the year.

I'm up to 15 of these scrappy blocks now.

I'll definitely keep making them in 2019!

Hope you had a great sewing week!  I'll be joining in with the other Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilters at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  See you there!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

I Like Thursday #107

Happy Thursday to everyone!  I hope your week is going well!  I'm joining in with the weekly party over at Not Afraid of Color and looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

I am really thankful to have had the right and the opportunity to vote this week!

I'm happy that some of the candidates and issues that I supported were successful this year.  I'm also really thankful to be done with all those yucky election commercials on TV and radio, as well as the junk mail and phone calls!

I really like trying new blocks and patterns, so I've  had fun playing with fabric and thread in my sewing room this week.

I bet you can't guess what this is! (wink!)  More about him later!

I liked stitching another redwork design from Gail Pan's Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery book.

So simple and enjoyable to work on!  

I've also been making these blocks, a few at a time.

I have had a layer cake of Bonnie and Camille's "Hello, Darling" in my stash for a long time, and have broken into it more than once when I needed a certain color for a project, but I'm sure there are enough 10 inch squares left to make a baby quilt.  I'm using this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew to make the blocks.  "Easy Stack, Cut and Sew Blocks" in red, turquoise, and lime green!

I like learning new skills so I'm planning to participate in Elm Street Quilts' hand piecing quilt along, starting in January.

Check out Patty's blog HERE for more info - she's already had a couple of posts with helpful info in them.

I even have a couple of fat quarter bundles set aside for this QAL!

I guess I'll go sew!  :)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Some Christmas Scraps and a little Slow Stitching

I've been playing with my Christmas fabric this week, mostly because I have a deadline for a party that is a few weeks before Christmas, and I have to play a little bit before I'm sure about what I want to make!

So I decided to use some of the more traditional colors in my scrap drawer - dark reds and olive greens, and a Moda Bella Cream for a background.

I cut them into a bunch of 2 inch squares.

From squares to a 9 patch - 

And then to here - alternating greens and reds for an Irish Chain.

These are 5 inch squares.

Meanwhile, I'd been wanting to try embroidering some Gail Pan designs, because I've been so inspired by the sweet designs I've seen on Kathy's Quilts and Gretchen's Little Corner recently.  I decided to see if I could check out a Gail Pan book at the library, and found this one - 

After borrowing a light box from a friend, I traced up a simple design, and a short time later, I had it completed!

I will definitely be stitching up more of the projects from this book!  In fact, I have another one traced to work on this afternoon.

So now I'm thinking about changing out at least one of my plain cream background squares in the Christmas project with some embroidery  - like this!

If I add another column on to the right, the heart would be the center square.  I think I like that!

Linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap today
and also Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.