Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, March 23, 2018

Project Quilting 9.6 - Scraptastic!

The final Challenge - #6 -  for Project Quilting Season 9 was revealed last Sunday, and it is called "Scraptastic."

The main parameter for this week's project was that it had to include at least 12 different fabrics.   For me, that wouldn't be a problem!  The only problem was narrowing down what I wanted to make with my scraps!

Eventually I decided on pulling out my small collection of selvages and making something with them.

Using a "quilt as you go" method, I sewed them onto a 19 x 19 inch square of batting, making a giant string block.

A close-up of a couple favorite selvages - and the very simple quilting I did just to anchor everything to the backing -

After trimming and squaring up, I ended up with an approximately 18.5 inch square block - 

which I decided to turn into a mat for my sewing machine to sit on.  Since this is the spot where Little Penguin Quilts are created, I used some of my pink penguin fabric to add a set of pockets along one side.

Including the backing, binding, and penguin pockets, this 18.5 inch square has 28 different fabrics used in it!

And I cleaned up my sewing table just now to show you all how it looks!

I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in Project Quilting this year and am so glad I found it!  

I've completed all 6 quilted projects in the one week time period, have won a couple prizes - and have really been inspired by all the entrants for each challenge as well.

Thanks so much to Kim at Persimmon Dreams and Trisha at Quilt Chicken for your creativity and enthusiasm and for sponsoring this fun event!   It's been SEW much fun!!!

To check out the entries for the final challenge, go HERE.  ( Voting will start this coming Sunday afternoon.)

I'll also be sharing at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for the Oh Scrap link-up on Sunday!


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I like your table set up and have thought of making one of those mats for under the machine and over the edge

Louise said...

What a perfect little machine mat! You can enjoy the selvedge reminders of so many favorite fabrics as you stitch each day :)

Barb Neiwert said...

Great way to use up those selvages for a great scrappy look....that is useful! And you got your penguins in there :)

Mary in Boulder said...

What a fun mat! The penguin fabric is perfect.

Kate said...

A great way to execute the theme for this challenge. It's a very pretty useful thing to add to your sewing room.

Kathy E. said...

You certainly put those pretty scraps to good use! Making a sewing machine mat with pockets makes your space more colorful and welcoming...and usable! Wonderful project!

Cathy said...

What a cute project and a great idea! I have an old quilted mat for Bernadette, but she really is in need of a new one. That would be a great use for all my multi-colored selvages that don’t fit neatly into a color category. And congrats on doing all the projects. You’ve probably been a good (or is it bad?) influence on lots of us to join in next year!

Karen S said...

Smart way to meet the challenge and have something useful, too. Great idea.

Linda said...

How very cool! I love your selvedge mat, and what a great idea for your sewing machine. You’ll get so much pleasure sewing on that! I love the glimpse into your sewing space - very pretty.

Vicki in MN said...

Your little mat looks fabulous, and glad you showed us your sewing table where the magic happens;) If they have this challenge another time I might join in. That is a Janome right? Which one?

works4me said...

Great project. The penguins are a bonus.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

What a great idea for a sewing machine mat. The selvages remind you of all the quilts made :)

And the penguins just make you smile. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

Ivani said...

Great idea Diann and love those pinguins. You got my vote

Laura said...

What a wonderful way to meet the challenge, create something fun and useful, and have a keepsake, too!

PersimonDreams said...

This is absolutely wonderful! I'm so so happy that you joined in this season and enjoyed PQ!