Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, December 26, 2014

Mug Rug Fun

Our Christmas Eve was pretty quiet.  We celebrated with our two grown sons last weekend, and were having other family over for Christmas dinner the next day.  So I needed a little project to work on while my husband and I watched movies and hung out together.  That morning I saw this post on Crazy Mom Quilts and right away I knew what I wanted to do!

I got a new mug from a student in my class, and it needed a mug rug!  I used a granny square block that I had already made and hand quilted it to make this fun mini quilt.  

I love making granny square blocks out of scraps, and someday hope to have enough to make a lap sized quilt.  This one, though, went perfectly with the new mug and gave me some perfect hand sewing to do on a quiet day.  

Thanks for the inspiration, Amanda Jean!  Linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Play

Finishing up some small projects for friends today.  It is fun to just play with the Christmas fabric I have in my stash!

My quilt group always does a gift exchange for our December meeting.  Some years, we have a theme.  Other years, like this year, we can make whatever strikes our fancy.  I decided to make a table topper from a place mat tutorial from a blog called Love by Hand.  I wanted to add a link to that blog, but am unable to find it again!   I added a bread basket with a matching napkin to make a set.  I love how the flying geese turn into trees.  And I was able to add some little penguins to it!  My scrappy quilter's soul loves how this came together!

At work we have Secret Santa going on right now.  We give little gifts to a colleague during the weeks leading up to Christmas, and then something special this last week.  I have been working on a candle mat for my Secret Santa person.  I got a pretty dark green, pine-scented candle to go with this mini-quilt.  I hope she likes it!  Just need to finish sewing the binding and it will be ready!

Linking up with one of my favorite places - Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  Cyndy is starting a new link-up featuring scrappy quilts.   

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 1, 2014

10 Minutes of Sewing

With being out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday and then needing to get ready to go back to work this morning, there hasn't been much sewing going on in my life the last few days.  But, as often as I can, I try to get down to my sewing room and do a little bit of something.  Last night's 10 minutes of sewing resulted in a couple of reversible cloth napkins to go with the penguin table runner I finished up last week.

They are made from this tutorial from Made with Moxie, out of two fat quarters.  So simple!  It's always nice to have a chance to play with some fabric for a quick finish!