Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Ready for Binding!

Hooray for a Sunday when there's binding ready to be sewn and plenty of time for some slow stitching!

I was able to finish quilting Squared Away yesterday - it went faster than I expected, actually!

I quilted it in a diagonal crosshatch, every row of stitching about 2 inches apart, with a light gray Aurifil thread.

Binding is sewn on the front, and ready to pull to the back and hand stitch down to finish.

Mike will be watching football games today, so I'll enjoy some slow stitching in my comfy chair next to him!  Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!

Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap and 
at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Just a little more

I've had one of those weeks where lots is going on, just not in the sewing room!  We all have them - and aren't those the days when we want to sew the most?  That's true for me anyway.

I did have a chance to visit my LQS and I admit to some stash enhancement!  A fat quarter of these kitties came home with me -

And I bet you can guess why!

My Tiny Tuesday kitty cat(s)!

This is going to be a fun collection of blocks.

The only other time in my sewing room this week was spent on quilting Squared Away.

"Almost there, almost there, almost there" is my mantra.

I did make the binding this week, too, so I hope to be sewing it on very soon.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to this week over at Soscrappy for the ScrapHappy Saturday link-up. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I Like Thursday #117 - a box, a book, and a DVD

And a last minute surprise!

Good morning, friends!

Happy Thursday!  Hope you're having a great week!  I'm joining in with my friends at Not Afraid of Color for our weekly party to celebrate whatever has made the week a good one for each of us.

Sometimes I just like the small things - like *finally* finding the right box to send this quilt to my nephew and his family in Florida.

I finished this quilt way back in November, but never sent it until just this week.  I sure hope they like it!

I really liked this movie!  On the recommendation of some friends, we borrowed the DVD from the library.

It is a documentary of Mr. Rogers' life, with lots of behind the scenes info about his career and show.  There was so much I didn't know about Mr. Rogers, but I do remember the show so well from watching it with my kids when they were little in the 1980s.

I am liking this book.  It was available from the library, so I checked it out recently.

There is a quilt along going on, involving the quilts from this book, sponsored by Sujata Shah of the blog, The Root Connection.  I'm not quilting along, but I'm interested to see what people make, so I'm "following along," you might say!

Linda, of Koka Quilts, is making a quilt inspired by this one - 

made sometime between 1930 - 1950.

You can see Linda's Flying Geese quilt HERE.  I really like her version!  Lots of quilt examples from this QAL are also being posted at #UandUQal on Instagram.  These are really interesting quilts - kind of primitive and improvisational.  If I didn't have plenty of other things that I'm already working on, I would think about joining in!

And the surprise... came from our friend, Sally, at Crafts, Cavies, and Cooking!  A few weeks ago, Sally let me know that I won the giveaway she was having for her blog anniversary.  Lucky me!  The package arrived at the end of the day Wednesday (yesterday when you're reading this post)! Sally sent some of her delicious goodies - Ginger Nut Clusters, and two fun cards -  a fabric card and some adorable guinea pigs.  

Oh my goodness, those Ginger Nut Clusters are soooo good!
Thank you, Sally!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

A new take on an old WiP and some Slow Stitching

Back in April of last year I showed these 5 inch squares I'd been cutting for a project I was calling Mellow. 

Blues, grays, and greens...

My idea for these squares was simple patchwork, no pattern, just straight rows of squares.  That sounded good to me.  But there they sat, and I never touched them again!  

Until this week.  I was reading Jeanne at Spiral Quilting's post about her blocks for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge which came from the book, Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Spode.  Something about that book title sounded familiar, so I went down to my sewing room and hunted around until I found it!  I have that book, too!

I looked up the block Jeanne is making, called Northern Lights, and I remembered my collection of 5 inch squares!  

I also happened to have recently bought a charm pack of Grunge White Paper, which would make a great background fabric for these blocks.

Every set of two prints and two background squares makes an 8.5 block.

Two 4 patches and 2 HSTs!

So I've been making a few!

Technically, it's not like starting a brand new project, right?!  :)

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

For my evening stitching, since I finished up the redwork embroidery I was working on for Christmas, I decided to go back to practicing my hand-piecing for the upcoming QAL.   I had made a simple 4 patch pretty successfully back in early December - 

So I've just kept going, and ended up with nine of them!

This week I've been sewing them together into a 36 patch square, and it's almost done.

All hand stitched!

Today, I think I'll pick out a border for this little piece, and turn it into a doll quilt.

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sticking with the Plan

I'm sticking with my promise (to myself!) to focus on getting some things finished in the first part of 2019.  This week I got Squared Away, my 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler, basted and the quilting started.

Red blocks made in 2018

Along the way, though, there was time to stitch a few more of my leader/ender Tiny Rails blocks in Christmas red scraps.

And a Tiny Tuesday block happened, too!

This is the first *ever* circle I have appliqued, so I followed Angela's tutorial and it worked perfectly!  Thank you, Angela!

So now there are two!

They look a little lopsided here on the design wall, but I think that is more a reflection of my photography skills than my sewing skills!  :)  I know I measured correctly! 

Sharing over at Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Check out the links for some scrappy red inspiration!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I Like Thursday #116 - Winter Golf

Last week when I was writing my Thursday post, it was only a high of 15 degrees!  Within a few days the temperature had risen into the upper 50s to low 60s.  Gorgeous weather for January!

So what did we do?  We went to the golf course and played 9 holes!  We had so much fun!

My husband LOVES golf.  It is his absolute favorite thing to do, and I've posted before about part of his love for the game being the opportunity to make his own clubs.  I'm on the receiving end of this hobby of his - and this Christmas my gift was a new putter.

Fancy, huh?!  :)

I like the way he made the grip match the head!


We dressed in layers, but ended up in shirtsleeves about halfway through the round.

Walking up to the tee box.

One thing about winter golf that I hadn't experienced before - you have to pound the tee in with a hammer!

Lots of geese on the mostly frozen pond.

Such a beautiful view!

We really liked our winter golf day!

Joining in, as I do every Thursday, over at Not Afraid of Color for "I Like Thursday!"

Sunday, January 6, 2019


I'm excited to share my first finish of 2019 with you today - Happy Birds!

It measures about 51 x 70.

These blocks were started back in May of last year, inspired by Cathy of Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting, who calls them "Happy Blocks." My Happy Bird Blocks are 5 inch squares of various bird fabrics that I've collected, with 2.5 inch strips added to them to make a 9 inch square.  I made 48 blocks over a few months, half with light border fabrics and half with dark.

I quilted the birds with simple, straight(ish!) lines framing both the larger blocks and the bird squares.

I decided I wanted to try using minky for the backing, and I'm glad I did.  It behaved pretty well for me during quilting, and is definitely soft.  It also gives the quilt weight and warmth, which my husband will enjoy, since this is now his quilt!

While I was working on these blocks, a friend told me she had seen the perfect fabric to go with them at our LQS that was having a moving sale.

This fabric ended up being the binding!

It feels great to have this quilt finished and already being used.  And it helps fulfill my goal of completing some projects to begin the year before I get too distracted by something new!  :)

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