Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Pink Lemonade

After I shared these blocks last week -

made as I figured out that the Tri Recs ruler set was not the same ruler that 
Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict is using for her Christmas in July project -

Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework commented that I was making lemonade out of quilty lemons, and gave me the idea for this post!  Thanks, Cynthia!

This week, I finished up the eight triangles, using the Tri Recs rulers the correct way, and ended with this layout in a rectangle that measures about 12.5 x 24.5.

To make for a quick finish, I just quilted the piece really simply with the scallop stitch on my Pfaff.

Backing is the gold I used on the back of my Circle of Sisters mini and binding is the same dark pink as the centers of the diamonds.

After I finished sewing on the binding, I decided to add some big stitch hand quilting with white perle cotton to some of the diamonds.

Even though this wasn't what I set out to make, it's been fun to turn it into something I like anyway!

Meanwhile, I've ordered a true 45 degree triangle ruler, the same one Sarah recommends using, and as soon as it comes I'm going to try her blocks all over again!

Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pink Pig Fishing on Tuesday

This week's Tiny Tuesday block is brought to us by Sally at The Objects of Design.  Thanks for a fun block,  Sally!

I just loved turning these little bits and pieces...

into a tiny pink piggy!

But then, these fish came swimming along, demanding to get in on the fun.

I'm not much of a fisherman (or should that be fisherwoman?), but Ms. Oinker caught these two quite easily!

Here they are, joining their tiny pink buddies for the month of July!

And in other project news, I finished up the last two blocks I needed for my Floral Sawtooth Stars quilt.

I started with 11 Sawtooth Stars in 12.5 inch, 9.5 inch, 6.5 inch, and 4.5 inch sizes.

Then I made 9 alternate blocks that are all versions of 4 patches.

All of the blocks finish at 12 inches.

All that's left is to figure out the layout and get these blocks sewn together!

Sharing at Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I Like Thursday #143 Birds, stitching, a book, and a hike

Welcome to my weekly post of things I've enjoyed over the week, and thanks for visiting!

You know we are birdwatchers at our house, and enjoy all the bird activity in our yard.  There have been tons of baby flickers, and they are hilarious to watch because they whine like crazy for mom to feed them.  I caught a couple of them out the window the other day.

The "baby" is the same size as the parent!

Our friend, Mr. Great-Horned Owl, slept in our big tree in the backyard all afternoon last Saturday.

Mike caught this photo just when he was waking up.

Each time he (or she  - we can't tell if it's a male or a female) visits, he leaves us a present in the form of scat.  I think that means he's been digesting his morning meal up there.

Now probably only an old science teacher like me would think this was neat to look at, but it really is!  I promise I didn't touch it, just poked at it with a stick...  

You can see bones, feathers, and teeth in the scat.  It's dry and doesn't smell bad - another promise I will make you! 

I liked finishing up some red, white, and blue stars for Covered in Love's summer block drive, and getting them sent.

A few years ago, one of my local quilty friends passed away due to cancer, and her family asked our group to take her stash and make things with it.  Among other things, I got a baggy filled with big, leftover HSTs.  I pulled out the r, w, and b ones, trimmed them to 3.5 inch squares, and used the leftover small parts to make the centers of these stars.  I think my friend would be pleased to know her hsts will end up in Kat's beautiful quilts.

I've enjoyed stitching on another embroidered basket this week from my Gail Pan book.

Time to trace another one!

And I've been working on turning my "mistake" triangles into something!  Read my last post HERE if you want to know about the mistake.

I'm hoping to have a finish to share on Sunday.

I loved this book that I just finished up Tuesday.  Such a good story - I couldn't stop reading to get to the end to find out what happened, but at the same time I didn't want it to end.  You know - that good!

Here's a link to the Goodreads blurb about it, 
if you want to know more.

And, finally, yesterday we went on a favorite hike up in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I'll just share a couple of pictures today.

The view from the trail - 

The trail is called Lumpy Ridge.  Can you see why?

And a close-up from the trail.  The wildflowers were just beautiful!

Hope you're having a great week!  Be sure to visit the other "I Like Thursday" bloggers at Not Afraid of Color.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Quilty Confessions

I like to try new-to-me quilty things.  Sometimes that new block becomes a quilt, sometimes a mini, or even just a mug rug size.

But sometimes things don't work out quite like you expected!

I'm a total novice when it comes to sewing 45 degree triangles, so when I saw Sarah's (Confessions of a Fabric Addict) tutorial for making a sample block from her upcoming Christmas in July quilt along, I thought I'd give it a try.  (Thinking, "Oh yes, I have a 45 degree ruler!)

These pretty fat quarters came in the mail recently from Sarah for participating in her Hands2Help charity quilt drive, so I thought they would be perfect to play with.

The top fabric is much more pink than the orange it comes 
out in the photo - as usual my camera seems to want to change its color!

Sarah's tutorial is very complete and detailed, with lots of tips and photos that make it really clear.  She has you cut some of the pieces larger than they need to be and then trim them to size after sewing.

So far, so good!

I happily sewed up the 8 bigger triangles that I needed, and laid them out together on the table.  

Unfortunately, this was my first hint that something wasn't quite right.

Seven triangles seem to fit together, but what about the eighth one?

But, on I plowed, sewing together pairs and then fours.  Now this really isn't right!

After looking things up online and rereading and figuring, 
I think I've been using the WRONG ruler!   My ruler is the Tri Tool part of the Tri Recs rulers.  I *thought* it was the same one Sarah used in her tutorial.

Oops... 🙄    Evidently the 45 degree triangle ruler is different than the Tri Tool.

I actually took one triangle off and sewed the seven remaining ones together.  (Can you tell that I've already been using the scraps from this ill - fated project in my Bright Hopes blocks?  At least there is a bit of "hope" lol!)

There's only one problem with the block as it is now...

Nope, that's not going to work either...

So, what next?  How about using the Tri Recs rulers the way they're meant to be used?  (That was my light bulb moment!)

Oh yeah, that's going to work better!

These blocks will turn into something!

But that's not what I originally set out to make.  And I'd still like to actually make the original block...  Guess I'd better go find the right 45 degree triangle ruler!

Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Bits and Pieces of Pink

I've been having so much fun with my pink scraps and stash this week!  They've been out in all shapes and sizes.

1.5 x 2.5 inch pieces for Tiny Rails -

The bottom block was made last year.  
I've decided to make three of each color, 
but only have one pink block so far.

Here's a picture of these blocks, taken in May, the last time I had them all out!

Then there are the 2.5 inch squares - 

This is a squirrel project, started in June.  
Just a "Can I do it?" kind of thing.

I made two blue blocks like this last month, and then have tried the gradient technique with red, green, and pink since then.

These are so fun to play with!  
It's interesting to look at the photo of these blocks - 
I see pieces I would have changed around before sewing.

Of course, there is a new Tiny Tuesday block.  Love, love, love this one!

Thank you, Angela, for this week's bear paw block tutorial!

And, here and there, in between the others, I've continued making the Bright Hopes blocks.  These are also fun to play with!

And, interestingly, hard to photograph! 

Hope you've enjoyed your bits and pieces of pink this week!  Sharing at Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I Like Thursday #142 - Mail and other Happy Things

Happy Thursday, friends!  How's your week going?  I received some happy mail the other day, a new Gail Pan embroidery book!

I had checked her Christmas book out of the library and made several of the designs back then, but this is the first one I've owned.  I took it to Office Depot and had them cut off the binding and put a spiral binding on it.  That is so helpful!

Of course, I want to make everything in it, like this one - 

But I decided to start with these sweet little baskets.  

After I embroider a few, I'll add some patchwork like the pattern shows and make a little wall-hanging.

These will go into the queue of hand-stitching projects that I'm enjoying these days!

Updated on Saturday - one little basket finished!

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

In other happy things this week, we loved seeing this movie!

A fun story line, good acting, a little romance, and lots of our favorite music - perfect!

I took my new little camera to the fireworks on the 4th and tried out the fireworks setting.  It was fun seeing what I could capture!

I love Rainier cherries!  So yummy!

And I liked this meme that I saw on Facebook the other day.

I definitely have a lot of ideas laying around in my sewing room!

Thanks for visiting today!  Don't forget to check out the other I Like Thursday posts at Not Afraid of Color.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Playing with Pink

What better way to celebrate a new month and a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge than to start a new project?!  (I know you're laughing at me!)

I've had a Low Volume quilt on my quilty bucket list for a long time, and after reading this post from Cathy at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting, I knew I wanted to make some Bright Hopes blocks just to see how I like them.    Cathy found these blocks at Red Pepper Quilts and shared the link where there is a tutorial for them.

Although they do have a partial seam involved in their construction, these blocks are really simple to make, and once I made the first one, I knew what to do.

I've made just a few so far, playing with fabric placement, and trying to answer the question, "Just what is considered a low volume fabric anyway?"

My plan is to stick with fabrics that have a white background (rather than cream or beige) with pops of pink and aqua.   Some stash enhancement may be needed, lol!  My blocks are the 6.5 inch size - 2.5 inch center square and 2.5 x 4.5 outer rectangles.

Meanwhile, I also finished up some Tiny Tuesday blocks.  Last week's kitten in a basket got its gray sashing.

Thanks, Libby!

I've made 33 Tiny Tuesday blocks so far, which is more than the weeks in the year, I know!  Anytime there was an extra, I made it, plus I've made two blocks twice.  Those duplicates may or may not make it into the final quilt!

But here they all are.  Lots of pretty color!

I have 13 blocks set on point and 20 with the straight setting.  That's something I'll have to pay more attention to as the year goes on as it will definitely affect how I lay them out for a quilt.

There are lots more pink scraps laying around on my cutting mat and sewing table waiting to be sewn up into blocks, so I'd better get back to work!  Looking forward to seeing how the other Rainbow Scrap Quilters got the month started with pink.

Linking up with Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!