Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, January 19, 2018

Just Playing!

This week, while working on a new quilt that's been requested by my son (more on that in tomorrow's post!), I also had a chance to play with a few favorite fabrics and quilt blocks.

First, I decided I wanted to make another Floral Sawtooth Star.  Last November I realized that these stars would be the perfect project for my fat quarter bundle of Blush and Bloom, so I started with this pretty star.

This week, I chose some Spring-like pink and light blue to surround another floral center.

Both of these blocks finish at 12 inches.  Then, because I want to experiment in using star blocks of different sizes in this project I made a 6 inch block with fabrics from both stars.

And in the category of "I've been wanting to try one of these..." and "while I have the blue scraps out," I cut pieces for a Scrappy Sprouts block...

and ended up making two!

Those are fun!  I think I'll keep cutting 2 1/2 inch squares for future sprouts, whenever I have a leftover chunk of fabric.  I used to have a bunch, but have mostly used them up and not replenished the bin.  Time to get back on that!  :)

Hope you had fun playing in your scraps this week!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I Like Thursday #65 - in the sewing room

Happy "I Like Thursday", friends!  I like keeping track of things I want to share for this weekly post as I go through the days.  This week it's all about some new additions to my sewing room.

I don't buy a lot of specialty rulers, but I was finally convinced that I needed the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers.  (Thank you, Libby and Angela!)

Those were my first HSTs made with the Easy Angle ruler, and they turned out pretty good!  (Haven't had a use for the other one yet.)  Just like with any new tool, I need to get some more practice with this ruler - my preferred method for HSTs has been drawing the diagonal line on a square to make two at a time.  This usually requires lots of trimming, which gets old fast!  Hoping I can learn to make HSTs more accurately and cut out that trimming step!

Playing with a Scrappy Sprouts block - 

I also liked finding out that I can order things from, where these rulers were both on sale, and then pick my order up in the store for free! 

Thanks also go to Karen, who posted about fusible tape to connect scrap pieces of batting - I found some of that at Joann's, too.  I have lots of bits and pieces of batting to use up.  I have zigzagged them together in the past, but was interested in trying something different.

At Costco a few weeks ago, I bought these plastic crafting totes to store some ongoing quilting projects.

I like that they are colorful and stackable!  Here is one opened up to show my Floral Sawtooth stars project stash, and one 6" star that I made this week.

Notice the sticky note with dimensions and diagrams, lol!  At least it won't get lost in some other pile!

After filling these five totes up, I realized that unfortunately, I could probably use another set of 5!  :) 

And, just in case you haven't done enough blog reading this week, I have one to recommend!

I loved this post on the blog, Cheeky Cognoscenti, (click on the blog name to get to the post) from earlier this week!  Her take on what she calls Compulsive Creative Disorder.  I think I probably fall into that category.  I love trying new things, which often turns into starting a new project! 

Hope you're having a wonderful week!  Please join us over at LeeAnna's place, Not Afraid of Color, every Thursday, for our weekly sharing of favorite things. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Project Quilting: Hometown Proud

Welcome to Loveland, Colorado - the Sweetheart City!

Because Loveland has wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains, specially created Valentines, and lots of public art, I knew those things would need to be represented in my first ever entry into Project Quilting.

I started with a sketch and some scraps - 

Those scraps turned into this patchwork background - grassy fields, mountains, sun, and blue sky.

A heart was needed, so I fussy cut one that I raw-edge appliqued to the background.  After a little quilting and binding, my Sweetheart City mini, measuring 10 inches square, is complete!

Loveland has been my home since 1977, and I am definitely Hometown Proud!  

Head over to Persimmon Dreams to check out the other Hometown Proud entries - they're a lot of fun!

Also sharing at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Squared Away for January

I got started on my Squared Away blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week by pulling out some leftover Kona White, a bit of some light blue Pearl Bracelets, and this bunch of swirly, dotty squares that I had cut for another project a long time ago and had never used.

Perfect for making two 8 inch (7.5 inches finished) blocks to get me started on this year's sampler quilt!

Along the way, I also finished up my dark blue 10 inch rail fence block - 

and made 25 little 2.5 inch rails for the light/medium blue block. 

These little bits are waiting by the sewing machine for the next step!

Looking forward to seeing what other scrappy quilters have been doing with their blue bits this week at ScrapHappy Saturday over at SoScrappy

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday - my Albuquerque Quilt!

I've never shared an older quilt in a throwback post, but I've been wanting to.  When I saw that Sandra of mmm! quilts was starting up a Throwback Thursday linky, I decided to join in!

Several years before I started blogging, I wanted to make a sampler quilt and found a kit I really liked for one at the Kokopelli Quilting Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  So, on a quick trip down to Albuquerque one summer, I picked up the kit and here is the result!

I love the southwest colors of this quilt, the interesting quilt blocks, and the on point setting.  It was a pretty challenging quilt to piece!  The scraps from this quilt have found their way into many projects since then.

This is the only quilt I've ever had professionally long-arm quilted, and I've never regretted that decision!  The quilter chose the perfect quilting motifs to go with the style and shape of the blocks.  

Not sure if you can see the quilting very well in these photos, but looking at it sure makes me happy!

Thanks for coming along with me to visit this favorite quilt!  Linking up with Sandra for Throwback Thursday.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Like Thursday #64

Good Morning, friends!  We've been having some beautiful sunrises recently, and I was able to get this picture on Monday morning.

I liked that my camera captured pretty well what I was actually seeing, and that doesn't always happen!

I like these new wool socks that I bought at Cabela's recently.

They're warm and soft.  What cracks me up, though, are the L and R on them.  Can you see it?  What do you suppose happens if you put them on the "wrong" foot?  (Which I have already done!)  Are there sock police?  :)

Have you had your DNA tested?  Mike and I sent away for the kits from for Christmas and our results came back this week.  So interesting!

I have to learn lots more about it, but I liked looking at what they've sent me so far.

I liked this book that my book club read for our January get-together.  If you like World War II historical fiction, I would definitely recommend it.  It's based on the life of a man named Pino Lella who was 17 when he got involved in the Italian Resistance during the war.  Italy is evidently often called the Forgotten Front because so few of us know what happened there during WWII.  I definitely didn't!

Have you heard of Project Quilting?  

Learn more about it here at the blog, Persimmon Dreams.  When I read about it, I was intrigued enough to give it a try!  Its beginning was inspired by the show "Project Runway,"  and it works kind of like the show.  A challenge is issued, and you have one week to make a quilt of any size that fits the parameters of the challenge.  The first challenge is called "Hometown Proud."  I've been working on a mini for it that looks like this so far - 

Green grass and fields, sunflowers, mountains, sun, and blue sky - but that is just the background.  The final project has to be posted and linked up by Sunday at noon, so I'll be back with more by then!

And the most important like for this week has to do with this picture!

We celebrated our 42nd anniversary this week!  This picture was,  of course, taken as we got into our little red Datsun pick-up truck to leave for our honeymoon.  Were we a 70s couple or what?!  I'm so thankful to have made it this far, and hope for many more years to come.

Hope you're having a great week!  Thanks, as always, to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color who hosts our weekly parade of likes! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New for the New Year

Something I've never tried is repurposing an old piece of clothing into something useful, so I decided that I would find a way to do that this year.

I have had this old "teacher" jumper for years.  I got rid of lots of old work clothes after I retired, but for some reason I kept this one.  However, having not worn it once in the 2 1/2 years since I retired, it was time to do something about it!

I decided to try making a tote bag out of it, since that is something I use a lot!  The first step was to cut a large rectangle out of the front of the jumper and quilt it to a piece of batting.  I was able to get a 17 x 28 piece out of it, including the original pocket.

The straps (handles) came out of the back, and I used a piece of fabric leftover from my Stars on Autumn Lane project for the lining.

I added some interior pockets like I always do for my phone, keys, and miscellaneous little stuff.  And a magnetic snap closure, too!  

The lining fabric worked for the inside of the straps as well.

And here it is!

Joining in with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

And also with Kate at Life in Pieces for her 15 Minute Challenge link up, because I did sew every day this week, except one (when we were out of the house all day until late).  I sew at least 15 - 20 minutes every day as often as possible, and started that while I was still teaching to help keep myself sane!  Now that I'm retired, it's definitely different, but still needed!

I love this quote that I just found:

"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

Friday, January 5, 2018

In Search of Some Blues

A new year is here for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and the color of the month for January is light/medium blue.  Angela, our lovely hostess of the RSC and Mari of The Academic Quilter have collaborated on a sampler quilt for us to play with, and I definitely want to participate!  I’m looking forward to seeing the first block, but while waiting this week, I pulled out my blue scrap bin to see what I have.

Awhile back I had cut some of the smallest dark blue scraps into 1.5 x 2.5 pieces for these blocks –

and they are now sitting by my sewing machine, waiting to be sewed into rows as I need them for leaders and enders.  I also started cutting up the smallest light and medium blue scraps for the light blue set of these little blocks.

Then I found some bigger chunks that are perfect for making some more bowtie blocks.

I know I need to at least double the number of bowtie blocks that I’ve already made in order to have a good sized quilt out of them, so now there are eight blue blocks!

I like the variety in this group of bowties – solid, print, stripes, text, light, and dark!  They will add a lot to my Scrappy Bowtie Quilt!
Linking up with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I Like Thursday #63 - a New Year

Happy New Year, friends!  I hope you enjoyed the last night of 2017.  I loved this meme I found on Facebook -

I definitely did some sewing on New Year's Eve, and may have also watched several episodes of our latest favorite British detective show on Netflix, "Broadchurch."

I like having a roast in the crockpot - it smelled so good all day!  I even successfully made my own gravy out of the juices.  Add some roasted veggies and it made a really easy and tasty dinner!

I like starting a new quilt in the new year.

I especially like that my son asked me to make him a new quilt!  The first quilt I made him, when he was in college, is starting to fall apart.  He asked for "earthy" colors, so I put together this pretty bundle of Grunge fat quarters.  I've just started cutting into it this week.

I like trying something new - felted wool dryer balls, made for me by a friend.

Today was the first load of was I used them with - and I think they worked really well!  The only thing that takes some getting used to is the "bumping" sound that the dryer balls make when the dryer is going!  :)

I like the Nook app that I put on my tablet.  (I have a Kindle app, too.)  I can buy and  download  ebooks from both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  One neat thing about the Barnes and Noble app is something they have called Serial Reads.  They offer a chapter of a book a day for a month - for free!

And speaking of reading, I have really liked keeping a written record of all the books I've read since January 1st of 2017!

I kept it up all year, and was curious if I would read 50 books, but I actually read 61!  I'm planning to keep up my list this year, too.  Too bad I didn't start doing this years ago - wouldn't that be a life list?!

I liked this photo that my husband took of the Super Moon setting early on Tuesday morning.

I also liked this article from that had some really amazing photos of the super moon!

Hope you are having a great first week of 2018!  I'm joining in with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for her I Like Thursday party.