Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monkey Business!

It's pretty clear that I am not calling the shots when it comes to this quilt... the monkeys are in control!

While finishing up the final outer border this week, here was my plan:

A 5.5 inch strip of Kona Maize to match the sashing around the blocks.  But no...

Monkey cornerstones were suggested demanded... and so, of course, four more were made!  Since it is pink month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I made sure I included a little pink in these guys!  

Finally!  A finished quilt top!

Apparently these monkeys are Scrappy in more than one way, if you know what I mean!  I wonder what will happen when I try to quilt this one... 😂

Sharing at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I Like Thursday #52

Welcome to I Like Thursday!  Doesn't this fun little glass make you smile?

I found it at the dollar store, and actually bought two, so both Mike and I could have one.  Sure makes drinking a glass of water more fun!

I like these funny little birds who have been visiting our yard lately.  They are Red-breasted Nuthatches, and they are almost always upside down!  Their larger cousin, the White-breasted Nuthatch, has been around, too.  We've been enjoying watching these birds at our feeders.

I like my local public library - for many reasons - but lately because of these bookbags that they stock for book clubs.

This section of the library is called Priscilla's Bookshelf, named after a longtime library patron who loved reading and books.  Priscilla's friends donated money after she died to honor her memory and promote her love of reading in our community.

This is the book my bookclub read this month, which came out of the bag from the library.  I loved this book, and would recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction set during World War II.

I love this cross-stitched pillow that a friend made me for my birthday!

It's meant to be Christmas-y, but I'm leaving it out all year!  Joy!  

This week I've enjoyed working on this little block which is a free pattern from Cheri Payne, through the Quilts by Cheri Facebook page.  A big thank you goes to Jocelyn of Canadian Needle Nana who enjoys this kind of stitchery and told us about it.

Here is how my block looked on Sunday - 

And here is how it looks now -  

I glue-basted the pieces and stitched them down as raw-edge applique.  It has been fun choosing the fabrics and doing the hand stitching.  Where the buttons are placed, the pattern shows circles, but I thought buttons would be fun instead.  I'm planning to finish this up as a mini quilt with a little bit of hand quilting and binding.

I just realized that this is my 52nd I Like Thursday post, which means I've been writing these for a year now!  Thanks go to LeeAnna, as always, for getting me started on this endeavour, and one that I now look forward to every week.  Be sure to check out all the other Thursday bloggers at Not Afraid of Color!  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Projects

On our recent trip to McMinnville, Oregon, I visited Boersma's Sewing Center, and brought home a small fat quarter bundle from a fabric line called Autumn Road.  I really like these fun prints, especially the bicycles!

As soon as I saw the quilt along that Carole at From My Carolina Home had planned for her Autumn Jubilee series, "Stars on Autumn Lane," I knew what I could use these for! (Click the link if you would like to learn more about the QAL.) Five fat quarters and some background fabric would be just the right amount to make a table topper from her pattern, so I got to work cutting!

I am pretty much a slow poke when it comes to making and trimming a large number of HSTs, but I'm on the way, and even had a chance to put together one large star, which is this week's step.  (We are to make five of these.)

I'll continue to work on cutting, trimming, and sewing the rest of these stars together this week, and look forward to the next step coming up on Friday.

I also decided to get started on a small applique project that I found out about through Jocelyn from Canadian Needle Nana.  I always admire her embroidery and applique work, and she mentioned a Facebook group, Quilts by Cheri, where some free applique patterns are shared.

After joining the group, I found and downloaded this fun little block, and have been getting the pieces cut to work on this afternoon.

I thought I'd try glue basting the pieces to the background (thank you, Cathy, for sending me this fabric adhesive - it's working perfectly for this!)

Since my applique skills are limited to raw edge applique, that is my plan for this, and I'm planning to enjoy some slow stitching this afternoon while watching some football with Mike.  

Linking up these fun fall projects to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework and Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Corralling the Monkeys

The little pink monkey in the top left of the photo below is one of my favorites made in 2016 for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge pink month.  I had fun fussy cutting that pink bird for the center!

My goal this week was to get the monkey blocks into nine groups of four. 

And then to sew all these bigger blocks into rows, and the rows together, with the first narrow border in Kona Navy surrounding the center.

This measures 42.75 inches square so far.

I hit one of those points this week where I wasn't sure I was happy with how this quilt was coming together so far.  But after getting the whole center sewn together and the first border on, my feelings about it changed, and I like what is happening!

This week, I'll add a second, wider outer border, using the Kona Maize, and that will bring the quilt up to about 52 inches square.  I'm not sure yet about backing and binding for this project - hopefully, I'll know it when I see it! :)

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Like Thursday #51 - Fall!

Welcome to Fall in Colorado, where one day it can look like this -

And a few days later, there's this!

I really can't complain because I like all the seasons and because today, a few more days later, we are back in the upper 60s with sun and blue skies.  Unfortunately, though, these early snowstorms can result in this -a large limb broken off of one of our trees.

This fall we have also had a huge migration of Painted Lady butterflies coming through, and they liked my marigold garden.

It's been to see bunches of them flitting around everywhere we go.  There was even this funny report about them in the news!

The gist of it is that they saw this on the weather radar and thought it was a flock of birds, but it was actually the Painted Lady butterflies!

The butterflies also brought back some good memories of my teaching career!  I loved teaching Science, and in the last year of my teaching, we had a new unit that involved (among many other things!) observing some Painted Lady caterpillars make their chrysallis and hatch into butterflies.  Here's a peek into my classroom from the Fall of 2014.  

Can you see the caterpillars attaching themselves to the top of the cage?

Happy Thursday!  I hope you're having a lovely week!  I'm joining in with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for our weekly party to celebrate being positive!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quilty Friends

On our recent trip to Oregon, I had the opportunity to get together with Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun than Housework, scrap quilting mentor to many and host of Oh Scrap!  We met for lunch and enjoyed getting to know each other in real life, as well as exchanging a few fabric gifts.  Cyndy was so sweet to give me this fun bundle of solids and a mini charm pack of Kate Spain's Early Bird line.

Right after we got home I saw this tutorial for a sewing machine cover by Elm Street Quilts, and I think this collection of fabric would be perfect for that purpose!  What better way to use a fabric gift from a friend than for a useful sewing item?!  Thanks, Cyndy!

When we arrived home from the trip, a package was waiting for me in the mail from Cathy of Cathy's Crazy by Design.  We had plans to meet for a couple days up in the mountains here in Colorado to sew and get to know each other, but a death in my husband's family kept us from going.  Instead of meeting up, we both sent each other some fun things in the mail -hopefully Cathy's from me will be delivered this coming week!

Thank you, Cathy, for the great zipper pouch and all the goodies!

Included in the package was some Essex Linen which I have never sewn with, but am excited to try making something with it.  I've seen so many bags and pouches that use linen, and now I can give that a try!  Cathy, I hope we can try again to meet in the future!

Thank you, quilty friends!  You're the best!

Sharing at Oh Scrap!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Penguins with Bow Ties

While rummaging through my stash this week to find some pinks for a few bow tie blocks, I found this -

So Cute!!! 

I completely forgot that I had bought a 1/2 yard of these pink penguins at my favorite LQS while shopping with LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color way last March, and then put it away on the shelf with the rest of the pink when I got home.

I had to make a pink bow tie block out of a bit of it, and then made a few more to go with it.

My collection of bow tie blocks is coming along!

In other scrappy sewing this week, I started to sew groups of four Dancing Monkeys together.

It's always fun to revisit your favorite blocks as they go into the quilt.  This bunch has some Christmas penguins, Halloween cats, Kaffe fabric, and watermelon colors of pink and green.  I like how they're coming together even though I just noticed that there is some monkey business going on up in that green and purple one!  Lol!

Sharing at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

I Like Thursday #50 - Oregon!

Welcome to I Like Thursday, hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  I enjoy joining in with all of the other I Like Thursday posts to celebrate being positive.

This past week, Mike and I visited Oregon for a week-long vacation, and I found lots to like.  In fact, I have to say I LOVE Oregon!  It is really one of my favorite places to visit.

We enjoyed the beautiful wine country in the McMinnville area - the hills, the friendly people, and the tasty wines.

I got to put my toes in the Pacific Ocean!

The Oregon beaches are so beautful, and every mile of them is public, so there is lots of access, wherever you are!

We saw some spectacular waves!

Treasure from the sea!  (I even found an agate and some sea glass!)

We hiked up to Munson Creek Falls, just south of Tillamook.  It felt like a rainforest!

There was a kite festival on the beach right by our hotel.  We hadn't known what to expect, and were gone exploring most of the day, but when we came back, went "Wow!" and immediately walked back out to investigate!

On our way back to Portland to fly home, we stopped and met Cynthia from Quilting is More Fun than Housework for lunch.  It is definitely fun to meet your quilty online friends in real life, and I hope to do more of that in the future.  Silly us, we did not take a photo of the two of us together, so I will just have to go back!

Goodnight, from Oregon - yes, we will definitely be back!

Friday, September 29, 2017

These monkeys want to dance!

Four orange-ish monkeys were made in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge orange month way back in 2016, and they have been patiently waiting for me to get them back out again so they could play with their friends.

I *finally* got some more Kona Maize which I have been using for the sashing between these very scrappy blocks!  (the scrap quilter's dilemma - when your scraps run out and you need more!)

I needed to cut some more scrappy cornerstones, so I went to the orange box first.

And a few more in some other colors.  I loved finding the last tiny bit of one of my favorite text prints!

Unleash your creativity and be inspiring!  :)

And here we are - all the monkeys playing nicely together!  But...

They said, "No way!  This traditional setting is boring!  We want to dance!"  Of course, I'm thinking, "How do I do that?"  And then I thought about Bonnie Hunter's tutorial for the Dancing Nine Patch quilt, and wondered if I could make that work for my monkey friends.  

And I think I figured it out! I already had the sashing sewn on, so it was just a matter of turning the blocks correctly, like this!  And I do like the way the cornerstones meet in the middle every so often.

Here is the layout as it is now - just a bit more fun!  (And it also has the benefit of giving me way fewer seams to match up, yay!)  After sewing the blocks together, I think a narrow inner border and wide outer border will be just what these monkeys need!

Sharing at So Scrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday. and
                Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I Like Thursday #49 - Some Miscellaneous Likes

So this was happening at our house the other day -

The tree guys came to take down an old, dying Russian Olive tree in the next-door neighbor's yard.  You can see that the tree is very close to the fence between our yards, so some of the action was also in our yard.

I was kind of sad about it at first because this tree had been there for a long time and gave us a lot of shade, but it had actually gotten pretty ugly and dangerous to the houses because of a big split in the trunk.  I don't know if you can tell, but there is a beautiful green tree just on the other side of the old tree that has become the view from our window, and I'm loving it!

I liked their truck (it's purple!) and their business name, too!  We Love Trees!  I also liked seeing Mike "supervising!"

The other day we went to Boulder and drove past this painted cement wall.  I made Mike go back for a photo!  I like all the painted designs - they remind me of EPP projects I see people doing.

I've been enjoying this book, No Scrap Left Behind, by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts.  She is the guru of scrap quilters and I love all of her projects.  I want to make one of each!  

I also like that I could check this book out of my local public library before deciding if I will buy it or not.  It does look like one I might want to own so I could refer back to it whenever I want.

I like planning a trip!  It's fun to send away for information and pour over the map.  You can find a lot of good stuff for traveling online, too, so I have lists of things to do, restaurants, etc.  I like looking forward to visiting one of my favorite places in the world!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm joining in with the I Like Thursday bloggers over at Not Afraid of Color. Thanks, as always, to LeeAnna, for gathering us together!