Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I Like Thursday #156

Good morning!  Happy Thursday to you!

I like my husband!  😘  It's his birthday today.  I figured out that we have celebrated 45 birthdays together.  Wow!

I'm thankful to have enjoyed a picnic in this beautiful place with him!

I love soup season!  My favorite is lots of vegetables, some stew meat, a can of tomatoes and some beef broth, plus some seasonings.  Smells so good cooking away in the crockpot all day!

I'm really liking how my hand-pieced pumpkins and embroidery are coming along.

This picture is from a couple nights ago - now the embroidery is almost done! 
I'm looking forward to getting the layers basted and starting on the quilting part.

Four patches have become my favorite quilt block! These are for a border for my mom's table topper.  I should just keep making more.

I really like this quilt top  (at the link, scroll down a bit) that Libby, from Life on the Hill, shared the other day.  Lots of four patches in a pretty setting!

I enjoy  my book club so much!  We met on Monday this week, and discussed this book.  If you haven't read it, I really recommend it.  I actually read it a year ago, so re-read it for our discussion, and enjoyed it just as much!

And one other like for this week - this neat little reusable bag that a friend gave me recently.

The zucchini bread that was in it is long gone, but I can use the bag over and over!

Hope you're having a great week!  I'm joining in with my friends at Not Afraid of Color to share positive posts.  Join us!

Monday, October 14, 2019

To-Do Tuesday #9

I've been joining in with Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us for my weekly To-Do list for 9 weeks now, and find I'm enjoying thinking through what's going on and what I hope to accomplish!

The "Big Dig" finished up at our house last Wednesday late in the day, and all that's left is this pile of dirt!

I think it looks a bit like we buried a body there, lol!
Mike says I should decorate it for Halloween!

That does leave us with some re-landscaping as a long-term To-Do, but we'll deal with that next Spring.

Meanwhile, the goal of cleaning out the storage area in our basement, and taking unwanted items to Goodwill is ongoing.  I did pass on an old quilting project (not even one I had started, just one I had inherited from another friend) to someone at my quilt group, and was very happy to do so!

I have lots of projects on my sewing list this week, and need to prioritize them!  

1.  I traced the embroidery design onto my pumpkin project, and started on that yesterday, so of course would like to make progress on that.

2.  I'm going to visit my mom next week, and like to take her something I've made, so I started a tablerunner with this star from Carole at From My Carolina Home's Autumn Jubilee sew along.  I'm thinking of adding some strips and four patches on either side of the star to make a smaller piece that would fit my mom's table better.

Something like this - 

This needs to be a priority for finishing since there's a deadline on it!

3.  It's time to finish up Almost Amish, so I'd like to make progress on that one, too.

I have 6 out of 9 of the main blocks assembled, sashing and cornerstones cut, 
so it's just a matter of finishing up!

4.  And, finally there are always blocks to work on for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, and I'll definitely squeeze those in!

Hope your week is getting off to a good start.  Sharing at Home Sewn by Us.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pumpkin Progress

Recently, I've been sharing the hand-pieced pumpkins I'm stitching as I sew along with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  

This week during my evening slow stitching time, I sewed five of them into a panel -

And added borders.

My plan is to add some embroidered leaves and vines in that empty space in the top left corner.  I googled "pumpkin vine coloring page,"  found this design, and printed it out.

My job this afternoon is to get it traced onto the pumpkin piece so that I can work on the embroidery this week.  That sounds doable!

Meanwhile, I used some of the leftover scraps from the pumpkins and background to make this star.  It was a good excuse to use my Tri Recs ruler set, which haven't seen much action recently!

Check out Carole's post HERE, at From My Carolina Home, to see the table runner she's planning to make using this star.  I'm going to finish this into something for my mom, and take it to give her when I go visit later in the month.

Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap and
Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Scrappy Saturday

Poking around in my stash to see what might work for this week's Tiny Tuesday block, I found this favorite piece of fabric.

It worked great for making these sweet little flying geese with a white sky!

My favorite Flying Geese method is the No Waste method, using 

I've been experimenting with some four patches that could become a scrappy border of sorts for this quilt top.

These are still in the *maybe* stage!  :)
My one rule is that the 4 inch squares in the four patches
 have to already be in a TT block somewhere.

I also completed a few more string blocks in a color I'm calling Butterscotch!  These will go into my string block collection to add to the border for the rainbow strings made throughout this year.

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I Like Thursday #155

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope you're having a great week!  Ours has been a little up and down, as I shared in my Tuesday post, with some plumbing issues.

Today (Wednesday as I write this), they brought the Big Rig to do the final work.

The neighbors are probably really wondering now!  
So far, no one has come out to ask, though.

This is not something to like - but hopefully by the time you are reading this, it will  all be over with, and we will really be *liking* that!

Meanwhile, this made me laugh when I saw it on Facebook the other day!

I love this pretty view of fall colors that I noticed out our front window yesterday.

It's time to decorate with pumpkins, and I always like that!

And I love pumpkin yogurt, too.

Yesterday, I discovered a stash of brown-ish/gold scraps that I had forgotten about.  That was a fun surprise!  They make me think of warm butterscotch.

I decided to use them for some string blocks to go 
with my Rainbow Scrap Challenge string quilt project.

Hope you're having a great week!  Be sure to visit all the I Like Thursday posts at Not Afraid of Color.  See you there!

Monday, October 7, 2019

To-Do Tuesday #8

So... this is happening at our house...

After an emergency visit on Saturday to fixed a clogged pipe in the basement, the plumbing service showed us that our sewer line was cracked, so work had to be done
to fix it.

Ufff!  Takes the wind right  out of your sails!

A very big hole in our yard and several large checks later ($$$), all I'm really good for is curling up with a good book and ignoring everything else.

However, there are, of course, plenty of other things that need to be done.

#1 Around the house - when things like this happen you notice all the old things that have been stored away and could be gotten rid of.  So a truckload of donations need to go to Goodwill!

#2 There's lots going on in the sewing room that I want to work on this week.

  • My hand-pieced pumpkins are moving along.
You can probably see where I'm going with this.  I hope to use my newfound embroidery skills in that empty space, top left.  We'll see! :)
  • At the sewing machine, I'm working on more blocks for Almost Amish (right) and an idea for a scrappy border made of four patches (left) for my Tiny Tuesday quilt.

  • Speaking of Tiny Tuesday blocks, I'm all caught up for now, and just need to wait for this week's block to come out, which usually happens on Tuesday evening.
These are the blocks from the last two weeks.

#3 And one last thing on the list - it's time for me to start going to my afternoon volunteer job - an after school Homework Help Club for elementary kids in a large, low income trailer court in our town.  I'm late getting started this school year because of our recent trip, so this week is my first time there.

Hope your week is getting off to a good start, with no plumbing problems!  Linking up to Roseanne's To-Do Tuesday at Home Sewn by Us.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

A little hand-piecing, a little by machine...

After bringing home these pretty orange fabrics from Center Diamond, the quilt shop in Cannon Beach, Oregon -

I got busy right away with hand-piecing some pumpkins, using this tutorial from Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  The background is scraps of Moda Bella Ivory, cut when I was trimming embroidery pieces.

I used Patty's size chart for the first two that I made, 
and then it was easy to figure out the dimensions for
 a smaller pumpkin, and a tall, skinny one.

These pumpkins are so fun to stitch up - I really enjoy the hand-piecing process!

Meanwhile, I've gotten caught up on Almost Amish, part 3, and done a bit of part 4.  We made a lot of nine patches, and now they are  being sewn into bigger blocks.

I'm using scraps from my solids drawer for this quilt along, sponsored by Lori, at Humble Quilts.

I'm sure I'll be spending time on both of these projects this afternoon!  Hope you have some time to stitch this afternoon, too.

Linking up with Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap! 
and Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Catching Up

Even though October has arrived, and a new color has been chosen for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I still needed to finish up some purple for September.  So I stitched up a Tiny Tuesday Bright Hopes block!

I guess the black cats are fitting for October!

In order to have five purple blocks (which is what I've made of all the other colors), I added  a simple square set on point of a pretty print that I found on my trip to Oregon.

Then, a decision had to be made.  What scraps would I use for October's blocks - brown, black, or gray?    With my gray sashing, that didn't seem like the right choice, and I didn't really want brown either, but how about black and white prints?  Directions for this week's block can be found here.

Yes!  That will work!  I even found a last little bit of 
some little penguins with their colorful caps.

It's always so fun to put these on the design wall and start thinking about a layout.  I like this ROYGBIV layout, but will need to decide how to make the quilt wider.

More thinking to be done about this one!

Meanwhile, I finished up the two purple Tiny Rails blocks I was working on in September.

Lavendar and dark.

Here's what's happening with these blocks - 

I think I will shoot for two more, for a quilt that would measure
about 50 x 50.

I've enjoyed my week of getting caught up - hope you've had a good one, too!  See you over at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

I Like Thursday #154 - Memories Made

Happy Thursday!  I'm joining in with the I Like Thursday bloggers at Not Afraid of Color - be sure to click on over and visit all the other fun posts, too!

We're back home again, but still thinking about our fall trip.  There are so many things to like about the places we visited in Oregon!  In Newport, we found a fishing pier to walk on, and it turns out everyone there was crabbing.  It was fascinating to talk to them and learn how they do what they do.

All those ropes lead down to the special nets that are being used to catch the crabs.

A few times we found ourselves in a forested area, and I love how the trees are covered with thick moss.

We enjoyed spending a couple of afternoons watching the gray whales who come to feed in the kelp beds at Depoe Bay.

When you see a spout come out of the water, you know to watch for the curve of the whale's back.  I loved being able to watch the whales from the shore!

For the first time, I saw Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.  It's so amazing to come around a corner from the street to the beach and it's right there!


We love having  picnic lunches when we're traveling.

Especially when this is the view! 

We enjoyed this museum in Astoria where we learned about the specially trained Columbia River Bar pilots who are needed to help a big ship navigate the area where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.

And I always love visiting quilt shops in the towns we visit, and bringing home some "souvenirs!"

I've already cut into those orange pieces to get started hand-piecing some pumpkins, but more about that in another post!

Thanks for visiting  - hope you're having a great week!

Monday, September 30, 2019

To-Do Tuesday #7

Good morning, friends!  It is Monday morning as I write this.  I'm at the Portland airport waiting to board the plane to head home from a lovely vacation.  A day or two ago, I was wandering a beautiful beach on the coast, something like this...

Now, of course, you know what I'm facing...

And this, too...

Thank you to Google for helping me to illustrate this week's To-Do list!

Meanwhile, since I've been away from my sewing machine for a week, I have lots I want to do in the sewing room.

  • Get caught up on my Tiny Tuesday blocks - last week's Bright Hopes block, seen here, and whatever comes out as this week's block.  I think I want to make one more of each color so that I have at least 6 each of 9 different colors, for 54 total Tiny Tuesday blocks.
  • Depending on October's color choice for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I will definitely have other things I want to work on - string blocks, color gradient blocks, crumb blocks.
  • I want to cut out some pieces to stitch some hand-pieced pumpkins like Patty at Elm Street Quilts is sewing.  I wasn't able to get to that before we left town.
On our trip I started working on this sweet embroidery piece from my Gail Pan book.  I definitely want to make progress on it this week!

The variegated blue floss is so soothing to embroider with.  
No decisions to be made, just stitch along!

That's it for my list this week - it remains to be seen what I actually accomplish beyond tackling that big pile of laundry!

Hope your week is getting off to a great start!  Sharing my list at Home Sewn by Us.