Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Monday, February 24, 2014

My First Pillow Cover!

Like most quilters, I have lots of WIPs to work on, but sometimes I just need a quick weekend project to fill my need to sew and create.  I have been wanting to try a pillow because there are so many out there on other people's blogs that I have loved looking at. Thanks to Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, who was in a pillow-making frenzy a couple weeks ago, I decided it was time! We have had two really boring gray pillows sitting on our living room furniture for years.  They seemed like the perfect candidates for a makeover!  So I took some leftover charm squares that I had from this project, and made a simple patchwork front for my pillow.  I quilted it with straight(ish!) lines about 1/2 inch apart.  Then I made an envelope back for it from Amanda Jean's tutorial.  And voila!

So much prettier than those old gray pillows!  I wish I had saved the info that told what fabric this is, but unfortunately, I didn't.  Here is a close-up of my favorite one, though.
Guess I'd better get to work on a cover for the other pillow!
I am linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday with Blossom Heart Quilts and later in the week to Needle and Thread Thursday!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I think a good part of the country has been dealing with yucky winter weather the last few weeks, and if you're in one of those locations, you've probably been seeing the same thing out your windows as I have out mine - mostly white, with a little brown thrown in here and there.  Is anyone else looking forward to Spring?  I sure am.  The below zero temperatures and lots of snow have given more than a few of us cabin fever!

So, inside my house I've decorated my dining room table with something a little bit Spring-y.  My String of Pearls table runner is done, and I'm enjoying its flowers, spring green sashing, and whimsical polka dots.  It is also fun to dress it up with a few tulips and some positive thinking!

The first day of Spring is only 5 weeks away, folks!  Of course in Colorado, that doesn't necessarily mean winter weather will go away.  We had a snow day from school on May 1st last year!  I'm still looking forward to Spring anyway!
Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation!

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Even though I haven't had much in the way of finishes in the last couple of weeks, I have definitely been having fun playing with my fabric.  My "String of Pearls" table runner top is put together, and I'm working on quilting it.


In the meantime, I've added another granny square block to my collection

Plus, I made a mug rug for this fun mug while I was practicing square spiral quilting for my String of Pearls quilt.  A little bit festive for February, don't you think?

Do you see the adorable heart pincushion in that photo?  It's the pincushion I got in my quilt group's December pincushion swap.  I just love it!  I wanted to quilt a square spiral in the middle of each of my pearl blocks, so I used this mug rug to practice how it might go.

It's good to have time to play with fabric and ideas.  I've been enjoying every minute!
Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday this week.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Stash

I haven't linked up to Sunday Stash in a long time, but I always enjoy window shopping through others' posts.  I definitely am not on a fabric fast!  I enjoyed making a quilt out of a layer cake so much over the holidays, that I decided I wanted a jelly roll quilt next.

I ended up with a jelly roll of Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda.  And is it ever fun to look at!

Every time I look through the stack of fabrics I see something new!  Look at these great houses:

And this:

Can't wait to have fun sewing it up!  I'm linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.