Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scraps and Stripes

A big focus of my sewing this week was to get somewhere with my Improv Stripes blocks.  And I did!

It measures about 35 x 35, a small baby quilt size, and I think that's as far as I will go with it.  I met my goal of using up the gray solid that I started with, and combined it with "sherbert" colored scraps in shades of yellow, pink, green, and blue.

After making the initial few blocks, it was a good challenge to figure out how to fit them all together - the best kind of puzzle! You can see where I added a long stripe here or there, or sliced up a block I had made into smaller pieces to fill in a hole.  I definitely enjoyed this process! 

A little fussy-cutting makes a fun surprise here and there!

Today I pieced a backing for this quilt, and I hope to get the basting done tomorrow, so that quilting can begin.  

Yesterday I went to a garage sale and bought fabric!  I never do that, but this was being held by a local quilt guild which a friend of mine belongs to, and I knew everything there would be sewing related.

I got this gallon-sized Ziploc bag of fat quarters and yardage - anything I could stuff into it - for $10!

Here's what I found - 14 fat quarters - lots of neutrals plus a red and some greens.

Some fun Christmas trees on a light blue background - 

and this really cool piece - not sure what I'll do with it, but it will be fun to contemplate!

I don't have a huge stash, and I especially use up neutral/low volume fabric quickly, so I will enjoy having a few more choices for my next blocks and projects!

Linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for her Sunday linky, Oh Scrap!


  1. Nice job on your improv-I can tell you enjoyed that process. You certainly did add to your neutrals-nice find!

  2. I love the colors against the gray background on your improv quilt and the "rogue" vertical stripes and fussy cuts. :)
    Yay on the garage sale finds!

  3. Your improve stripes have turned out really well; it's a lovely little quilt: soothingly restful! Lucky you, finding all that fabric for so little; you're set to go on some great new projects!

  4. Oh my, that improv stripe top turned out so cute! Kudos to you! Hey - we'll be seeing each other in about one month!!

  5. I love your stripes! It is like a puzzle when putting improv together. I love that part of the process! What a deal on the fabric!!

  6. Great choice of colors for your improv quilt. And you did a great job visually laying out your blocks. Have fun with the quilting!

    Also enjoy your new bag of scraps. What a bargain! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  7. Well stuffed! And what a good deal!
    Your stripes made a wonderful puzzle - I love watching you play with improv!

  8. Your improv looks great! I love those little 'rogue' extras, it's all nicely balanced and such pretty sherbert colours!

  9. What a bargain bag that was. Good job on the quilt.

  10. That was an amazing bargain bag and your improv looks wonderful! :)