Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UFOs and Other Stuff

I recently pulled out a very old UFO that I have been wanting to get finished for Christmas.  The
quilting group I belong to did a number of Bee-type projects where we made blocks for each other a few years ago.  This one was 12 inch blocks, and my theme was Christmas.  Shortly after the blocks were all completed, I put the top together, and since then it has been sitting, draped on a quilt rack, waiting to be completed!

It is a much more traditional quilt than I have been making recently, but it is very special to me because most of the blocks were made by special friends in the group.  Each block is different from any other.  I can't choose which one is my favorite, but here are a few close-ups:

I managed to get the quilt sandwiched and basted so that I can machine quilt through the black sashing and the border.  Because it is a huge quilt, and becoming quite heavy, I'm going to add some hand quilting inside the blocks instead of trying to wrestle it around through my little machine.  At least I am making a little progress on it!

But because I always need some instant gratification, I had to put together something small for my weekend project.  JoAnn's had its Christmas fabric on sale a few weeks ago, and my husband showed me that there were some "Little Penguins" included in the flyer!  Of course, I had to have some!  So I cut some 6 inch squares out of the different fabrics and created a simple patchwork table topper with them.

That peppermint fabric is fun, too!  Penguins on the back - so cute!

I'll be finishing up the binding this afternoon during the football game, and then I will be all set to bring it out after Thanksgiving dinner.

Those are my first set of Wonder Clips!  I saw one of those amazing Daily Deals from Missouri Star Quilt Company recently - a set of 10 for 22 cents! They are definitely wonderful!  

Happy Thanksgiving, all!  I am thankful to be a part of the online quilting community!


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Good job finishing up that old UFO. Love those penguin! And your husband is definitely a keeper if he enables you with fabric shopping!

Lara B. said...

What a wonderful Christmas quilt! I can see why you cherish it so Diann!
Love your little penguin quilt, hee hee. The candy binding is a very sweet finish! Wonder Clips are a really helpful gadget to have - like ten sets of extra fingers.