Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I Like Thursday #91 - Red, White, Blue, and Rainy!

Happy Thursday, friends!  Welcome to our weekly celebration of all things positive, hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Thanks for visiting!

I loved having a cool rainy day this past Sunday!  It's been hot and dry here, so a day of rain was just wonderful!  (The resulting humidity, not so much, but I won't mention that...)

Do you make Caprese Salad?  I discovered it recently, and we've really been enjoying it.  A friend told me her very simple recipe - cherry tomatoes, chunks of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.  


I've enjoyed sewing on a few last Red, White, and Blue projects this week.

Friendship Stars for Kat's July/August Covered in Love block drive


Flags for Sue - Alycia at Quilty Girl is sponsoring this block drive to celebrate the life of her friend, Sue, who was very involved in Quilts of Valor.

I like participating in these kinds of quilty projects!  I'm a slow finisher of larger quilts, so being able to contribute in a smaller way is a really good feeling!  For more info about either block drive, click the links under each picture.

And my last like for this week - did you see the thin crescent moon with Venus earlier this week?  A fun sight that I just discovered in the western sky right before heading to bed.  I didn't get a picture of it, but there's one HERE, at

I loved the headline on the article - "Look up!  Venus Snuggles up to the Moon Tonight!"

Hope you're having a great week!  Be sure and visit all the other I Like Thursday bloggers at LeeAnna's place!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy Scrappy Birds

In between other projects, sort of Leader/Ender style, I've continued to make more 9 inch Happy Bird blocks.  They are just a 5 inch center square with 2.5 inch outer borders, alternating lights and darks.  I'm up to 30 blocks now - progress!

Here's my latest favorite -

Don't you think those cats would love a little penguin snack?!

I haven't bought a single bit of fabric for this project, except for this  -

It's a two yard piece I found in the sale bin at my LQS - I think it will be perfect for the backing.

Hope you're enjoying some weekend sewing!  
I'm linking up with Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Friday, July 13, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Red Hot!

Has it been hot where you live?  It definitely has been here...  Fortunately, my sewing studio is in the basement, which isn't everyone's favorite location, but for me it's an ideal spot in the summer!

This week there was lots of red sewing going on!  My first goal was to make two blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Squared Away Sampler.

I found two red fabrics in my stash to use for these blocks -

I wasn't actually sure if the print would work very well for this purpose, but it was what I had, and that's what this project is all about, right?!  Using what you have?!

Here are my two red blocks - 

I do like the way the print fabric looks after all!  There are a few bits of pink and green in it, and since there are both pink and green blocks in this project, I think this will fit in just fine!

I took just a moment to play with these blocks on some Kona White yardage which is the background color of these blocks.

I'm wondering what other color might make a fun sashing color for these pretty blocks...

Also this week, I finished up the rest of the red bowties that I planned 
for this month - 

as well as all of the tiny rails needed for a 10 inch block -

It turns out that I have more than enough red scraps to make two of these blocks this month - a bright red one and another out of my darker reds.  More on that next week!

Hope there was some Red Hot sewing going on at your house this week!  Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I Like Thursday #90 - Out and About and a WiP

We took a quick road trip to visit our two sons earlier this week, and had a really good time!  I know the plains of eastern Colorado and western Kansas and Nebraska are not the scenery for everyone, but we love it.  The big sky and wide open spaces really are beautiful!

Something we particularly enjoyed on this trip was seeing the winter wheat harvesting crews hard at work as we passed by -

Photo courtesy of Google!

In our yard this week - more baby birds figuring the world out!

I think this little guy was wondering where his mama went!

I'm liking this pretty bit of color in my small flower garden - 

I rarely manage to pull together a mid-week WiP post, so I thought I'd include it in this one.  I've been enjoying stitching these hexies together over the last few months as we watch TV in the evenings.  (This is a true slow stitching project!)

I glue basted the hexies from one of those 2.5 inch square charm packs at least a year ago, and then they sat!  I think it is Persimmon by Basic Grey for Moda.

I liked this shape you can make with 9 of them - and was able to make 4 of that shape out of my charm pack.

Recently, I've started making some more hexies out of a Kona solid blue - I think it could be Lagoon - with the idea of them becoming a background for the project and a way to join the original shapes together.

There were just enough pieces left to join together in a flower - that's what I've been working on the last couple nights.  Maybe it will go in the center of the diamond shapes...?

What am I making?  I knew you were going to ask me that!  Of course, I don't know yet - it will probably depend on how many more hexies I want to stitch together!  I'm just enjoying the process for now. 

Hope you're having a great week! Thanks, as always, to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for hosting our weekly "I Like Thursday" party! 

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Red Scraps are Out!

It's July, and the new Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month is red - both the lighter and darker shades of it.  So the reds are out on my cutting table!

I'm hoping to get closer to having enough bow tie blocks to be able to figure out a layout and start sewing them together soon, so I always check that collection of blocks first.  Here are the red ones I've already made - 

And a few new ones added this week - 

The first week of a new color, I always do a lot of cutting - 3.5" squares for bow ties, 2.5" squares for Scrappy Sprouts, and 1.5" x 2.5 inch rectangles for my Tiny Rails blocks.

Meanwhile, the 4th of July holiday this week put me in the mood for some Red, White, and Blue sewing!  So I made a couple new coasters/mug rugs, which we use daily for setting drinks on where we sit to read and watch TV.

They go perfectly with the 4th of July flag table topper that I made last year!

And with this mug - 

And one last bit of sewing - I turned this orphan string block (leftover from my String Star finish earlier this year) into a potholder.

I layered the string block with a scrap of regular batting and a piece of Insulbrite plus backing fabric to make it thick and heat resistant.  Such a good way to use up orphan blocks!   I know other quilty friends have done that and gave me the idea to do the same, so thank you for that!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday, and
at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap! on Sunday.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I Like Thursday #89 - Happy 4th!

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope those of you in the U.S. enjoyed the 4th of July holiday!  We did at our house.

This week, I liked finishing up this little project, which ended being called Lemon and Lime, because I used Aurifil Lemon thread to quilt it.

Earlier this week, I really enjoyed spending a few hours boating out on a lake near us with some special friends from my teaching days.

Beautiful, green, and peaceful!

Lots of laughter and good conversation!

And our intrepid mascot, sweet Remi, who evidently loves going out in the boat!

I love fireworks!  Every 4th of July we walk down to the park near us to watch our city's big professional display, and it never disappoints.

I really liked this song that we heard in a local coffee shop lately - 

"Love is a Wild Thing," by Kacey Musgraves.   You can listen to it on YouTube  - just search for it and it comes right up.  The words, melody, and voice are really beautiful!

Running like a river trying to find the ocean
Flowers in the concrete
Climbing over fences, blooming in the shadows
Places that you can't see
Coming through the melody when the night bird sings
Love is a wild thing

My favorite line is, "Even if you lose it, it will find you."

Joining in with I Like Thursday at Not Afraid of Color - click the link to see what other blogging friends are sharing this week!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Lemon and Lime

... a scrappy DrEami!

I posted about this project earlier this week - *Lime Sherbet.*

I was hoping to have it completed to share this weekend, but not it's not quite done yet.  What I forgot to mention when I shared it before was that I have a spool of Aurifil #2115 *Lemon!* that I thought would be fun to quilt it with.

I decided to play with the quilting to see what different kinds of designs I could figure out for the different sections.  

This one might be my favorite - 

Or maybe these wonky square spirals!

I found the perfect backing fabric in my stash!

There's just a little bit of quilting left to do, but the binding is ready to go.  I'm hoping for some slow stitching time today or tomorrow to finish it all up!

Sharing at:
Sandra's June DReaMi link-up
and Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts

Friday, June 29, 2018

June in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

My sewing room has been happy with its infusion of turquoise sewing this month!

I especially love these Scrappy Sprouts blocks!

I think I need to remake the purple ones, though... They were the first ones I made, and I mixed the darker purples with the lighter, lavendar ones.  I think I would like them more in separate blocks - a dark one and a light one.

The one project I hadn't spent any time on this month was my Sawtooth Stars quilt.  So I pulled out that project box and sorted through to see if any of those pretty Blush and Bloom florals had some turquoise in them.

Sure enough - here are two I hadn't cut into yet.

So I made a couple 12 inch Sawtooth Stars - 

This quilt is slowly taking shape!

For more turquoise fun, check out the ScrapHappy Saturday link-up at SoScrappy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I Like Thursday #88 - Green, Growing, and Yummy!

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope you're enjoying the week!  I'm joining in with LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color and other blogging friends to share my favorite things of the week.

Sunday I shared my "Green Project, " which I think of now as "Lime Sherbet" thanks to Mary in Peoria.  Thank you, Mary!

I wasn't quite happy with the dark green bottom strip, so after pulling it off, cutting it up, and messing around with it some, here's where it is now - 

I'm liking this better because the dark green strip is floating, like the rest of the pieces are, and it feels lighter that way.  This piece measures about 20 x 20, and will become a small wall-hanging when I finish quilting it.

I like my two container gardens - a tomato and a jalapeno pepper, and both are doing well.  

Mike has already harvested a couple of the peppers.  I think the tomatoes will take a little longer!

I like that we have lots of little apples on our tree this year!  Last year we didn't get any...

The tomatoes and apples are about the same size right now, but they will definitely have different (though both yummy) results happening in a few months time!

I like that my potted flowers are pretty and happy right now!

I like this picture Mike took of a couple of young nuthatches on our feeder the other day.  We have had a bunch of baby birds in the yard this last week - we know this by all the noise they make and the funny things they do.  

These little ones were just learning how to land on the feeder, and the one on the bottom just hung there for the longest time.  His next job was to learn how how to eat from it!

And one more "yummy" to share - have you eaten at Mod Pizza?!  We went there this week for the first time.

They have lots of choices - we each got our own mini pizza - and they charge by the size not by the ingredients.  It made a very tasty lunch!

Thanks for visiting today!