Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Slow Stitching this week

 After my big push to finish up the blue and white hand-pieced quilt last week - 

I played with some other slow stitching projects.  I finished putting together this little hand-pieced doll quilt.  It measures about 21 inches square now.  I need to find a small piece of batting and a backing for it, and then I'll get started on quilting it.

I also started a new Kathy Schmitz embroidery design that I had seen on a couple other blogs, and knew I had to stitch it, too!

There was even a little knitting!  I'm enjoying this very simple dishcloth pattern, found HERE.  It's perfect for a person like me who's pretty rusty with the knitting needles!

Today's slow stitching will probably include some more on that embroidery and some knitting, too.  Nice to have choices!

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rainbow Progress

I'm on the way to another Rainbow Scrap Challenge finish with the color gradient block quilt top that I put together a few weeks ago.   This week I found some time to layer and spray baste it with batting and backing, and get the quilting started.

This brown block is a favorite with its fall colors!

These blocks are made with 2.5 inch squares, mini charms, and chunks cut from here and there.  I admit that I fussy cut a few pieces just to get the exact right bit of fabric!

For my September red blocks, I finished up all the HSTs for the zigzag quilt.

And the red section of double 4 patches, too!

Hope you've had a good week, too!  Linking up with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!



Thursday, September 17, 2020

Quilty Orphan Adoption

***If you are visiting from "I Like Thursday," that post is HERE.***

When I saw that Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework was hosting her Quilty Orphan Adoption again this month, I decided to join in and offer up a quilt top that is in need of finishing.

This is my Floral Sawtooth Stars top, finished a year ago!

Twenty 12 inch blocks, this quilt top measures 48 x 60.

I started this with the purpose in mind of playing with sawtooth star blocks that would feature the pretty florals of a fat quarter bundle of  Blush and Bloom that I won in a drawing quite awhile ago. 

I always intended for it to be a donation quilt, and thought it might go to Covered in Love, sponsored by Kat and Cat quilts, or to Mercyful Quilts, sponsored by Bernie at Needle and Foot.

My only problem, shall we say, is getting it finished!  I love piecing blocks and making quilt tops, but I definitely have a back log of quilt tops waiting to be finished!

Are you a good finisher?  Maybe you'd like to take this pretty quilt top and get it to the quilted stage, and pass it on to an organization that could use it to comfort a person in need.

Let me know in the comments if you are interested in taking on this quilt top!   I am happy to ship it anywhere in the U.S., and will choose someone randomly from the comments next Wednesday, September 23rd.  Thanks for considering it!  

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

I like Thursday #202

Happy Thursday!  I'm joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday where we share all the positive things we've found in our week.  

One day last week, I needed to pick up a book at the library, but got there before it opened.  So I took a walk around the area and enjoyed the sights.  Our library is in a downtown area that includes the rec center and municipal building.  In the center of all the buildings is this beautiful lagoon and park area.

A sign points the way to go either to the library or to the rec center.  After all, you wouldn't want to get lost!

Our city has lots of public art, and this area is no exception.  I love this sculpture!

Speaking of the library, I love the services it offers to our city.  One of my favorites is Priscilla's Bookshelf, which has bags of books for book clubs to check out.

This was our September book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  
So good!  I definitely recommend it.

Bernadette is an architect and builder who has won awards for her work, but things happen (no spoilers here!) and she stops creating.  One of the best quotes in the book will resonate with many of you!  After explaining to him why she stopped working, Bernadette's former partner tells her, "If you don't create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society!"  

There is a movie based on the book, and Mike and I watched it last night.  It is also very good!  Of course, parts of the story were changed up a bit, as they always do, but it stayed pretty true to the book.

And one more thing to share this week.  I love this sweet card I got from Michele, our friend at 3P&N and also Pennsylvania Piecemaker.  

Inside was a gift card that I won for participating in Pennsylvania Piecemaker's Suffrage Centennial quilt festival.  Thank you, Michele!   I *might have* spent some of it already on some very important quilting supplies, lol!  😁

Have a great day, friends!


Monday, September 14, 2020

To-Do Tuesday #55

Good morning!   I'm checking in today with my weekly to-do list and linking up with Roseanne and friends for the To-Do Tuesday linky party at Home Sewn By Us

It was a different week than I expected!  I made progress on some of the things on last week's list, but not on others.  I did finish a small quilt that had been on my to-do list earlier in the year, but not recently.  Here's my finish!

I even had time to hang it today in a little nook in our master bedroom!

You can read more about this project in my Sunday post HERE.

So what was on last week's list?
1.  Continue working on the red HSTs for my zigzag quilt.  Yes, a few more were made.  24 are needed for a row, so only 6 left to make.

2.  Layer and spray baste a quilt so that it can be finished.  No progress here because I ended up finishing the blue and white quilt instead!

3.  Finish up the X's and O's mini quilt.  Progress made.  Quilting is almost finished and it will need binding.

So, for this week's list:

1.  Finish the red zigzag row.
2.  Spray baste that quilt!
3.  Finish the X's and O's mini quilt.
4.  One thing I'd *like to* work on, if there's time, are the mini Magic Star blocks I started a few weeks ago.  I have in mind to turn them into a tote bag, so I'll need to do some figuring about how many more I need and what I want to use for other parts of the bag.

Maybe I'll get to this!

Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Almost finished!

 I have shared this project on the blog many times since I started it, and it's the true definition of a slowly stitched quilt!  After I learned how to hand-piece in early 2019 and finished my very first Hand-Pieced QAL project, I wanted to keep going and chose a block from the QAL to work on.

Four of those made this really neat star!

By January of this year there were five 12 inch stars, 
made of 20 of the original blocks!

Along the way, I had also been doing a lot of Gail Pan embroidery designs in a variegated blue.

So, I decided to combine the two types of blocks and ended up with this little quilt top

Over the summer, I got it layered and basted and started hand quilting.  Eventually it was just too hot to have a quilt in your lap and stitch on it, so I set it aside.  But this week, with our big chill (100 degrees last Sunday, down to 31 on Tuesday), I picked it back up again and finished the quilting!

Trimmed and ready for binding.

I love the five stars that appear if you follow along each diagonal!

Yesterday, I sewed the binding on by machine and got started on the hand-stitching.  That will be my slow stitching for this lovely Sunday, while football is on TV!

The binding is actually a swirly navy blue although it appears black in the photo.

It won't be long before this little quilt is completely finished!  Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Goals and Distractions

 My main goal for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge sewing this week was to keep working on the HSTs for this month's zigzag row in red.  Here's where I am with that - 

18 made, 6 more needed

But, you know me - it's easy to get distracted by pretty things out there in blogland and find things I just "have to try!"  For example, I'd been wanting to make a postage stamp block.  Wondering if I would catch the PSP 2020 bug.  Lol!  So, I did!

Will I make more?  Not sure yet!  Making this block felt a bit like experiencing labor and delivery... As I was working on it, I was saying to myself, "Never again!"  But now that I am a few days past it, I've been thinking it wasn't so bad!  All those little squares are pretty cute!

And then there are Preeti's Petite Sisters blocks to play with!  Now there are three.

In other red news, I've made some Easy Breezy blocks in red scraps - 

And have firmed up the layout for my Double 4 Patch quilt!

The scrap pieces that are pinned up there represent the blocks that are left to make - yellow and turquoise in the top right corner, and then red, orange, blue, and pink on the left side to make a 7 x 8 layout.

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at