Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Monday, August 19, 2019

To-Do Tuesday #2

Say that 5 times fast!  (wink!)

I went back and reread last week's Tuesday post, and as I expected, everything has been moved along, but nothing completed.  I guess that's life, right?!

1.  Finish my last embroidered basket block - Done!
This week, I hope to finish its borders and get this little top sewn together.  I'd also like to get it layered and basted for quilting.

2.  Tiny Tuesday blocks - Ongoing

Both of last week's blocks are still in progress, with the Double Nine Patch needing to be redone.  I won't have any time at the sewing machine until Thursday or Friday, but I'll get there!  :)

3.  Prep hand stitching projects to work on while my mom is visiting - Done!

I've been working on the new embroidery piece each evening, and will continue that until it's completed.  The pattern called for a reddish brown variegated floss, which I couldn't find, so I'm using a variegated dark red instead.

4.  I also cut pieces for a couple of the blue and white hand pieced blocks I'm slowly stitching, but haven't worked on those yet.

5.  Enjoy the time with my mom and other family members who are around while she is here - Ongoing!

We went to one of our mountain parks the other day and had a picnic.  Fun!

"Sure, Mike, go ahead and take a picture before we're ready..."

We've also gone to a really good movie and made the peach pie, among other things, but more about that in another post!  My mom's visit continues for a few more days.

Hope your week is getting off to a good start!  Linking up with Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us for To- Do Tuesday!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Few Blocks at a Time

Awhile back I started making these low volume Bright Hopes blocks, inspired by Cathy at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting, and using this tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts.

Here's how they looked the last time I had them on my design wall.  I wish I could get a brighter photo of them - this is what my camera produces!

They're so easy to make - for a 6.5 inch block you need a center 2.5 inch square and 4 rectangles that measure 2.5 x 4.5.

I'm using all low volume fabrics on a white background with pops of pink and turquoise here and there.

I've got a stack of pieces cut so that I can make a few blocks whenever I feel like it!

I've made about 40 blocks - I think I will shoot for 80, to make a lap quilt about 48 x 60.  I'll just keeping making a few blocks at a time!

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This has been a week full of time with family, so only a little bit of sewing accomplished that I can share.

But first thank you to everyone who commented on last week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge post about my Scrappy Sprouts quilt!  I really got lots of ideas, and made a small start on some changes.

I took all of the medium blue squares off the wall, and added a row of neutral squares before putting some lighter blue squares above that row.   

What about adding a light blue butterfly?

So, a small step on that project.

This week, I also stitched up Libby's Tiny Tuesday block - 

Two steps forward!  :)

Then I made an attempt at Angela's Double Nine Patch for this week.

Now in spite of being a bit wonky,  I could probably live with this one, except I don't really like the way I've got the colors arranged - the balance is off.

One step back...

I decided to start over!

Before I needed to quit for the day, I had these little pieces and parts ready to sew together.

I don't know if you can tell, but I think I'll be happier with this one.
I'll get it finished up later this week after my mom's visit is over.

Sharing at Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I Like Thursday #147 - Busy Week!

It's a busy week at my house with company here and all, but I didn't want to miss out on sharing a few things for I Like Thursday!

I *love* this new sculpture at our Visitor's Center!  It's big!

It goes along with this lovely poem I found the other day.

I am grateful!

I finished the fifth embroidered basket Tuesday night.  This might be my favorite one!

It's ready for the red border and then for sewing the little top together.

And you know how much I am entertained by the wildlife in my suburban yard.  This squirrel was funny the other day!

Enjoying an apple.

But then...
"What are you looking at, lady?"

Hope you're having a great week, and finding lots of things to LOVE, like our sculpture says!   I'm joining in with the other I Like Thursday bloggers at Not Afraid of Color.

Monday, August 12, 2019

To-Do Tuesday: Joining In!

When I saw that my friend, Roseanne, from Home Sewn by Us, was going to start hosting the To-Do Tuesday link-up, I thought I would join in.  It seems I always have things I want to accomplish for the week in my head, but rarely do I actually write them down!  That does result in forgetting important stuff at times!

So... this week I'm sharing a list of to-dos, and we'll see how it goes!

1.  Keep working on my embroidered baskets project.  Just one basket left to finish and then I can sew these blocks together!

2.  Keep up with the Tiny Tuesday blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Libby at Life on the Hill shared one for us last Saturday, so I stitched it up on Sunday.

Thanks, Libby!  This is a sweet little block - it still needs its sashing added.
I'll be watching to see if there is a new block shared for this week.

3.  Since my mom is visiting this week, I won't have much time at the sewing machine, but it's nice to have some hand stitching ready for when we are sitting together.  I traced a new piece from my Gail Pan book to work on.

The pattern calls for a variegated red/brown embroidery floss, which I don't have, so on the list is to go find some!

4.  I also want to cut some pieces to stitch up another couple of blocks for my blue and white project.  Since these are hand-pieced, they are also easy to work on when visiting or watching TV.

5.  Last, but probably most important, is to keep up with household needs and groceries while Mom is here, since other friends and extended family members will be in and out.  Must not forget the ingredients for a peach pie!

Have a great week, everyone!
Sharing at To-Do Tuesday at Home Sewn by Us.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August Blooms Finished!

This week I had a chance to finish my August Blooms tabletopper, which I made while participating in the Scrap Dance Minuet mystery QAL, a design from Carole at From My Carolina Home.

I had purchased Carole's August Blogger Bundle last year from Bernie's shop, Needle and Foot Fabrics and saved it to use for "something special!" (You know how we all do that!)

It's always fun to take bits and pieces like these...

and turn them into a piece like this - 

And to also use some leftover chunks for the backing!

I chose a quilting design called "Echoing In"  out of Jacquie Gering's Walk book for walking foot quilting designs, and I think it was perfect for this piece.

I took a picture early in the morning, hoping that you can see the design.

I used the yellow cross-hatch fabric for the binding.

August Blooms in the garden - 

and on the table - 

I admit there are some scraps of these pretty fabrics left, even after using some to make another little table topper (see last week's post), but I'll enjoy having them show up in other projects!

Linking up to Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Friday, August 9, 2019


or at least trying hard...

 to make some progress on my Scrappy Sprouts quilt this month!

Throughout 2018, I made a rainbow of sprouts blocks.

February 2019 was yellow month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and I came up with an idea to make Dresden sunflowers to go above the sprouts.  I've been hand piecing these, and they still need their centers.

Sashing and borders in Kona Grass Green were added to the sprouts section in March.

Since then I've been asking myself how I want the upper part of this quilt to look - the sky section.

Plain blue?  (This is actually a Grunge variegated blue that makes me think of the sky.)

Or a pieced background for the sunflowers with some added birds and butterflies?

Nothing I've tried seems quite right yet.

This is how the project looks on my design wall right now.
The sunflowers would be appliqued onto the pieced background.

It feels like the contrast between the sprouts and the sky background is too stark.  Maybe it needs some curvy hills in the foreground before the sky comes in.  Should  they be different shades of green?  I'm feeling sort of stuck!  

Sometimes it's hard to get your vision to match what you know how to do!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been working this week over at Soscrappy on ScrapHappy Saturday!