Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Goals

I've never really set many goals for myself as a quilter.  Since my day job can be somewhat stressful, it seemed like quilting should be done only for pure enjoyment, without any pressure to produce. That can make for a lot of WIPs and very few finished quilts, but, actually, I've got quite a lot to show for my hobby!  This summer, however, I've done a lot of sewing, and have several finishes that I am really proud of.  My biggest goal was to finish my Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt, and I did that a couple of weeks ago, right as company was coming for 10 days.  Perfect timing!

I love this quilt!  It is pure scrappy, and just fun to look at.  I lost count of how many different fabrics are in it, but I only duplicated a few, so there have to be at least 100 fabrics, maybe more!   Every piece has a story about what other project it came from - a special baby or birthday quilt, or the kit I bought in Albuquerque several years ago to make my beautiful southwestern quilt. 

I chose a completely whimsical cat print for the back of it that makes me smile every time I see it.

Machine quilting through each block, with straight lines on the diagonal gave me a chance to look at the design of the quilt with different eyes.  See the hourglasses?

I even made a scrappy binding for this quilt, using my favorite prints from the quilt itself.  This turned out to be fun, too. 

Who's this quilt for?  Just me!  And I'm going to enjoy it a lot this winter!

So will I set more goals for myself, now that I achieved this one?  Probably not, although I have lots of ideas about what I want to do next.  I guess I'd better get back to sewing!

I will be linking up with Kelly at Needle and Thread Thursday.  Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on!


Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

Dropping by from N&T Thursday - nothing better than making a quilt for yourself! This is a great quilt too and I love your backing fabric - such a calming contrast compared to the busy quilt top, just perfect :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Thank you so much for stopping by! I surprised myself with that backing fabric, but I love it!

kim said...

I love your scrappy trip quilt, it's beautiful!! I really need to make one for my guest room too.
I love the scrappy binding too :)

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

That is what quilting is really all about- making something that you enjoy looking at, and being able to do something that makes you smile! Enjoy this quilt- it's a beauty!

Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Your scrappy trip is beautiful and I really like the back too :)

Jessica Hadden said...

I love this scrappy finish! I so understand about making quilts for pleasure and not on a timeline! Enjoy!