Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Summer Finish

I am so happy to have finished my Winter in the Woods quilt earlier today!

It is made from a jelly roll of Into the Woods by Leila Boutique for Moda and a jelly roll of Kona Snow, loosely based on a video tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company (called Summer in the Park) and a pattern from England Street Quilts.  I say "loosely based" because after the initial jelly roll strip sewing and cutting, I put the rows of smaller blocks together completely differently than the patterns called for!  Rather than unpick and re-sew, I decided to leave them as is, and go with the quilt this way.  And I have ended up being very happy with it!  

I love the color palette of this fabric line and quilt - it has always reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream!  (With a little strawberry thrown in!)

Awhile ago, I used a few orphan blocks leftover from the construction of this quilt to make a pillow that goes with it.  It's fun to finally see them together!

I quilted this one myself on my Janome with edge to edge organic, wavy lines.  I love the result of the quilting, but have to admit that one of the reasons it took me so long to finish was because the quilting process went very slowly for me!  I started and stopped many times because I got bored and needed to work on something else!  So happy to have it finished now!

I often forget to put a label on my quilts, but not this one!  Another leftover part of a block made a great label.

And, finally, a shot of the binding.  I ordered some yardage of the mint dots from Into the Woods for the backing and binding, but also added in the last few jelly roll strips in green and pink to make a scrappy binding!  My favorite!  

Yay for a Friday finish! Linking up with Finish it Up Friday and Oh Scrap on Sunday!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Progress and a Pyramid Pouch

With my Scrap Vortex blocks, I am making slow progress, but definitely having fun!

Week one:

Week Two:


For this project, I really need a design wall in my sewing room so that I can keep the blocks up all the time and work on how they will fit together.  That will require some furniture moving and figuring out!  

This week, I have also been working on a Pyramid Pouch, and just finished it up this morning! 

For the last couple of years, I have had fun trying different types of pouches and bags, so when I saw that Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon had published her pattern and tutorial for the Pyramid Pouch on Moda Bake Shop, I knew I wanted to try it!  Working with equilateral triangles was a good stretch for my sewing skills, and although my points aren't as perfect as I would like them to be, I'm not disappointed in my work, for this first time!

I used 16 charm squares from a charm pack of One for You, One for Me by Pat Sloan for Moda for the outside.  I chose the navy, teal, and lime pieces because I thought they would go well together and give my pouch a happy look!  Unfortunately, the lime color didn't photograph quite right for this close-up.  For the pouch lining, I used a lime fat quarter from my stash.

Sandra's tutorial was very clear with lots of helpful hints on how to make the pouch turn out exactly the way you want. (Which I am sure I followed perfectly..wink, wink!)  There is definitely plenty of room for whatever you want to carry in this pouch.  I think I might use it to house all of those pesky cords and things you have to take along when you travel!

Now it's time for me to get back to work on one of my bigger WIPs.  But pouches and scrappy sewing are a fun break now and then!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Simple Things

Simple things always make me happy!

A young hawk using our bird bath to cool off:

The little birds at our feeders probably aren't so happy he is there, but I love the variety of wildlife we are able to attract to our suburban backyard.

My favorite souvenirs from our recent trip to Oregon include rocks, shells, and bits of driftwood from the beaches we visited.  I think I will add "beachcomber" to the skill description on my resume!

A simple sewing-related thing that made me happy today was replacing the old pillows that I put inside the pillow covers I made in the last year or so with real live pillow forms which are the correct size for the covers!  I made these with the best of intentions: to dress up some old, tired, gray pillows we had for our couch.  Unfortunately, I didn't quite match the size correctly and the pillows looked kind of slouchy and wiggly.  So today I put 18 x 18 pillow forms inside them, and love the difference it makes!

Here's to the simple things in life!  Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Scrappy Projects

I have one tiny little scrappy finish this week... a pincushion!  I have admired Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts' collection of mini pincushions for a long time and made one other before this.  This one is made from scraps of Gleeful.

I sent this one off to Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework, along with the dot fabric giveaway she won from my 101st post.  Thanks for always being such an inspiration, Cynthia!

Having survived the end of the school year, and thoroughly enjoyed a trip to beautiful Oregon, I am more than ready to get back into my sewing room on a regular basis.  I decided I want to participate in the Scrap Vortex QAL at Crazy Mom quilts and this is what I've done so far:

My plan is to match darks and lights so that, hopefully, I will have a good balance of those as the quilt comes together.  This will be fun to try! Time to get some more bits and pieces put together!  

Linking up with Finish it up Friday and Oh Scrap on Sunday, too!