Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, May 24, 2019

This week in orange...

Our Tiny Tuesday block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was a rail fence block.  It was fun working with some little strips of orange and this pretty background fabric!

Thanks, Angela, for the directions for this block!  They can be found HERE

I think I might like this block better set straight rather than on point, but I can change my mind about that later in the year if I want.

Here are my three orange blocks for May, including a redo of last week's Bearclaw Bowtie.   I like it much better than the first one I made!

I also finished up an orange Tiny Rail block.

I've made three of these, each using different orange scraps.

And now I have 20 Tiny Rails blocks!  I started making these blocks as a way to use up the smallest scraps I have.  There are 50  (1.5 x 2.5 inch) pieces in each block, so 1000 little pieces all together! 

I'm still thinking I need 30 of these 10.5 inch blocks to make a good size lap quilt - it will be about 50 x 60.  So 10 more to go!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I Like Thursday #135

Oh good grief!

That's what I said on Tuesday morning, when we woke up to this view out into our yard.

You know how the weather folks predict it, but you just can't quite believe it will really snow on May 21st?!  That was me.

In an effort to think of the positive side of this rain and snow we've been getting, I have to say the moisture is always appreciated around here, the grass is very green, and the birds love it, too.  I am also thankful there weren't tornados around here, like in so many parts of the country.

Needless to say, there hasn't been much outdoor activity at our house this week, other than to cover the garden plants and flowers every night, and uncover them when it was warm enough the next day!  But it has been good reading weather!

I've finished three books in the last 10 days or so, and I liked them all!

Each is a little bit different genre - I like Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache mystery series, and this was book 7.  Now I'm waiting for the next one!  Alafair Burke is a favorite author who writes mysteries also.  The Wife is one of those psychological thriller types where you're never quite sure who's the good guy and who's the bad guy, and there's often a twist at the end!   You, Me, and the Sea is realistic fiction that has a bit of a Wuthering Heights feel to it - cliffs, orphans, long-lost loves - but set in modern day San Francisco, a location I enjoy reading about.    

It's been good sewing weather, too, and among other things I've made some good progress on my blue and white hand-pieced blocks.  There are eight finished now, and I'm working on number 9!

This is called the HST block in the Hand-Pieced QAL, but I'm wondering if it has a traditional block name.  Does anyone know?

We've been enjoying a New Zealand series, "The Brokenwood Mysteries," on Acorn TV most evenings.  I like the main characters a lot, and am so fascinated with their accents!

And I just had to laugh when an order of Olfa rotary cutter blades came in the mail the other day!  I usually order a package of 5 whenever we're ordering other things from Amazon, because their price is the best I can find.  Here's how they came!

That's 5 of them, all right!!!

Hope you're having a great week!  Wishing everyone sunshine and warm weather and a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

That "Aha!" Moment

I love that point, when you're figuring out a quilt pattern, that you're able to say, "So that's how that's made!"  I had that happen this week as I began to work on block construction for my Beothuk Star QAL.

While still sewing and trimming the HSTs that are needed for this quilt, at which I am painfully slow -

on Wednesday, I read Sandra's post about constructing the first blocks.  Find it HERE.  That's when the Aha happened!  I pulled out my color-coded diagram of the version I'm making, and started outlining the basic block.

And then, here it is in my pieces and parts!

Before too long, I had one of the purple stars laid out on my design wall.

Since I am making the version where two stars are the same color (in my quilt, they'll be purple), I ended up laying out both of them side by side.

These will be the bottom left and top right quadrants of the quilt, and are (I think!) mirror images of each other.

I really like this gray fabric that has tiny squares of all of the other colors sprinkled throughout!  It is part of each of the four main stars, but also creates a center star as well.  

Now I'm ready to sew some stars together!

And that's what I'll be working on this afternoon!  

Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap, and at
mmmquilts for the Beothuk QAL link up where everyone is sharing their progress!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Two Tiny Tuesday Blocks Today

Say that five times fast!

I've been awash in little bits of orange this week -

First to catch up with last week's block, shared with us by Angie at Quilting on the Crescent.

The Road to _______ (Angie says insert your destination here.)
I'll call mine The Road to Colorado, since that's where I live!

Next up was this week's block from Sally at The Objects of Design, called  Bear's Bowtie.  Be sure to look at Sally's version, because mine does not quite do it justice, mostly because of poor fabric choice on my part!  ;(

I think those are snakes who are after whatever the bear has in its claws, lol!
This one may be redone, but that will have to wait for another post...

Both blocks - 

And all of my Tiny Tuesday blocks, so far!

Plus, a few little bricks for another orange Tiny Rails block were made as leaders and enders.

Hope you've had fun with your orange scraps this week!  Linking up with Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I Like Thursday #134 - Flowers

Welcome back to "I Like Thursday," our weekly celebration of the positive things in life!  Thanks, as always, to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for getting us started on this journey.

I loved all the interesting plants that were growing everywhere we went in San Diego.  This pot was in the courtyard of our hotel.

Luckily for me, Mother's Day means it's planting time where I live, so that's what I've been working on this week!  Although I would not say I have a green thumb, I do enjoy planting things each year and adding color to my yard!

Tiny to begin with, but they will fill up this big pot before too long!

And while we were at it, we planted some veggies in the new raised bed garden planter.

Hoping these will bring us fresh tomatoes and peppers later in the summer!

Meanwhile, in the sewing room, I've been playing with flowers, too.  This pretty orange/coral fabric is part of my Beothuk Star QAL project, and since I didn't need all of it for the HSTs I needed to make, I decided it would make a great headdress and skirt for one of Preeti's International Sister blocks.

My lady has sparkly age spots, lol - just like her maker!

I also liked getting caught up on the parts I needed to make for Carole's Scrap Dance Minuet mystery over at From My Carolina Home.

There are bricks, flying geese, and four patches involved.  I'm making the table topper size out of my August Blogger Bundle that Carole curated for Needle and Thread Fabrics last year.  There are a couple of pretty florals in this bunch, too.  Since I bought half yards, I'll have enough to make one of these for my mom, whose birthday is in August!

Happy Mail arrived the other day in a package from Sandra at mmmquilts who is sponsoring the Beothuk Star QAL.  I won a charm pack of this pretty fabric that has yellows, grays, and black.

This will be fun to play with!  Thank you, Sandra!

And, finally, it was fun to see the first goose mama and papa with their babies at the golf course yesterday.

Little fuzzy goslings, and very protective parents!

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Finish for H2H

Just in time, I finished up my little quilt for Jack's Basket, one of the featured charities for this year's Hands2Help Quilt Challenge, sponsored by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

16  "Hello, Darling" Stack, Cut, and Sew blocks, from this tutorial by Cluck, Cluck, Sew

Plus a narrow green border

And some fun polka dot backing and binding

Equal this sweet 36 inch square baby quilt!

Ready to be sent off this week!

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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Some Orange for May

I've been out of town this week, but before we left I had a little time to pull out my orange scraps -

and get my four string blocks made for May.

After making the four rectangular blocks, I even had time to rip out the paper foundation and sew them together.

So far I have five 12.5 x 18.5 blocks - 

If I make 12 of these big blocks, and set them 4 x 3 (because they are taller than they are wide), I'll have an approximately 48 x 54 center, and then I have to figure what to do for borders.  Maybe a bunch of smaller (6.5 inch square) neutral blocks?  Hmmm... definitely something to think about!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I Like Thursday #133 - Field trip!

Back when I was in the midst of my teaching career, the words "field trip" were not  my favorites.  But nowadays, when Mike says, "Do you want to go on a (field)trip?" I'm all in!

Needing (as I often do) some time by the ocean, we chose San Diego, California, one of our favorite cities, as our destination.

I like the color... everywhere!

I liked the baby seal pups at the Children's Pool at La Jolla Cove!

Mike found some sea glass - a favorite of mine to search for.

The views are amazing!

We decided to stay over on Coronado Island, which is a new experience.  I'm loving the amazing bridge that brings you here, the interesting old homes, the places we can walk to, and this view of the city at night!

And riding the ferry over to the city so that we could go to a Padres ballgame.

I like the interesting things you see in beach towns that you wouldn't ever see anywhere else, like this seashell design in the sidewalk!

And finally, I liked bringing along my hand-pieced project, "Sand, Sea, and Sky," for some photos by the sea!

We have one more day to get some ocean time in before we head home.

Meanwhile, thanks for visiting my Thursday post and don't forget to check out all the other "I Like Thursday" bloggers at Not Afraid of Color!