Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, April 26, 2019

Stars, Sprouts, and Sunflowers

Where did this week go?  It has sped by for me, and I'm not sure where the time went!  I did manage to make this week's Tiny Tuesday block - a sweet Spinning Star shared by Katie at Zana's Ninis.

Thanks, Katie!

I've made 20 of these fun blocks now.  I really love them!

I did also manage to pull out my Scrappy Sprouts project this week which is an ongoing Rainbow Scrap Challenge project started in 2018.  This picture was taken on March 31, the last time I looked at it.

Ideas are starting to come along for the top part of it.

Yesterday I finished up the bottom Grassy Green border.

I've made four Dresden Sunflower blocks for the top section.  I'm wondering, though, if I'd be happier with piecing that section with a variety of blocks, rather than just a yardage of the blue sky fabric with the sunflowers appliqued on.  I think I want more texture and interesting things to look at!

Butterflies, maybe?

What about some Birds in the Air blocks in that section?   These are just the pieces cut for one block, but you get the idea.

Two or three of these might work!    

You can see that this is a "design as I go" project!  But it's moving forward!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on this week over at Soscrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday! 


I had a "Drop Everything and Make It" moment this week...  If you've visited my blog before, you probably know that's not unusual!  

Our family has always loved strawberries, and when I saw Vicki's adorable tablerunner a couple weeks ago (See it HERE), I knew I needed to follow her link to the pattern and make one!  It's from the blog, Skyberries Handmade.

It was fun, and also a little challenging, to pick through my red and green scraps to find just the right pieces to make a strawberry.

Dark reds, bright reds, orange-y reds, stripes, text fabric - I used it all!
I thought the red and green dots on white made a perfect background, too.

I pulled this piece from my stash for the backing - 

Oh, so true!

This bright yellow - green print was perfect for the binding.

A fun and fast project!

I think this is just where my strawberry belongs!

Sandra at mmmquilts is having her DrEAMi link-up this weekend, so I'll be sharing this there, and also at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap on Sunday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I Like Thursday #131 - On the Road

We spent Easter weekend at our son's house in Nebraska.  Seeing the "Welcome" sign reminded me of all the times we stopped at the border of a new state to take a picture when our kids were little to snap a picture.

We did not stop to take a picture on this trip, so while hunting around for one to include in this post, I found this interesting article. 

50 Welcome Signs for the 50 United States of America

We enjoyed the time with our son - conversation, games, food, a ballgame on TV - our favorite stuff.  We also enjoyed seeing a family of wild turkeys!

I always have to visit the quilt shop when we are there, and this time I bought a few turquoise fat quarters to add to my stash, plus a charm pack of Garden Variety by Lella Boutique.  That will be fun to play with!

I'm sure I'll be cutting into those turquoise pieces before this month is over!

My son's favorite fruit is strawberries, so they are always on the menu when we are with him.  When we got home, I decided I had to drop everything and make...

A strawberry!  (More about this little project later this week!)

Last week we had a chance to get up into the mountains to Estes Park to enjoy the scenery and a walk by the lake there.

Driving up into Rocky Mountain National Park, we passed a herd of deer.

This photo found on Facebook made me laugh this week!  Now I have not experienced this, but I know people who have.

I hope you're having a wonderful week!  Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out the other I Like Thursday posts at Not Afraid of Color!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Little Bits of Turquoise

I realized this week that I don't really have a lot of aqua/turquoise scraps left.  Turquoise is the smallest pile in my fat quarter shelves, too.  Good thing I could still pull together a few blocks with the little bits I do have!

I finished up the Tiny Rails block in turquoise that I started working on last week -

I had to dig into my solids drawer for this week's Tiny Tuesday block!   This photo really makes the scraps I picked look blue - they definitely look more blue-green in real life.

Thanks, Mari, at the Academic Quilter, for this fun pinwheel block!  I really enjoyed making it!

This month's three Tiny Tuesday blocks - 

My main focus this week has been to move my Hands2Help quilt for Jack's Basket along, and it's almost done!

Some "S Curve" quilting on a turquoise block - 

The binding is made and ready to be sewn on, too.

But first, a quick weekend away to visit our oldest son for his birthday!  Happy Easter, everyone!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Beothuk Star QAL

Sandra at mmmquilts has given us the fabric requirements and cutting directions for her Beothuk Star pattern, so yesterday I got to work on my version of it.

I'm using a fat quarter bundle of Printology by Benartex that I won in a giveaway from Allison at Little Bunny Quilts last year.

My bundle had 8 fat quarters, so I set aside two that I thought would be more useful as blenders or background fabrics, and then chose the 5 that would make up my stars.  That 6th fat quarter will probably end up in the binding, since it has all the colors in it!  My background fabric is Kona Butter.  

Wanting to be very careful about fabric placement and cutting, I decided to make myself a key using graph paper and colored pencils.

Then I reread (and reread, lol!) the cutting directions and made copious notes for myself!

Fortunately, we have a couple weeks to do all the cutting, which is good for me as that is something I'm slow at.  I did get started on my background pieces today!

Linking up to mmmquilts to share my progress!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I Like Thursday #130

Welcome to this week's list of likes, and thanks for visiting!  Happy Easter Week, too.  I hope you're celebrating this week in the way you love the most!

I like Spring decorations!  I enjoyed seeing all of Mary's bunnies a couple weeks ago, so I had to get mine out, too.

I like my friend, Maureen, who is in my local quilt group.  Maureen is our member who really produces!   I shared my Vinyl Project Pouch at our March get together, and last week at our April meeting she brought 5 or 6 of them she had made, in all different shapes and sizes!

Speaking of quilting, I liked making progress on my Hands2Help donation quilt earlier this week!

I was listening to the Friendship Album, 1933, podcast while I sewed.  I'm really enjoying that story!

I like my current read, The Huntress, by Kate Quinn.  One of my favorite genres is WWII historical fiction, and this one is right up my alley!

Part of the story line is about women pilots in the Russian army who flew bombing missions against Germany.  That was something I had never heard about before, so I had to look it up.    Sure enough, they were the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known as the Night Witches.  Here's the Wikipedia article about them.  I love learning something new!

Our friend, Jocelyn, at Canadian Needle Nana, has gotten me interested in bird nesting cameras that you can look at online.  There happens to be an osprey nest cam at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, in Longmont, Colorado, (not far from where I live) that I've been watching.

The nest notes from 2018 say that eggs were laid on April 19th, so I'm going to keep checking back - maybe we will see eggs this week!

It's too soon to plant here, but we're getting a new raised bed ready to go.  We found this one at Menards, a big box store similar to Lowes or Home Depot, and Mike assembled it himself.   I like the look of the dark gray and it's very sturdy!

Hopefully some veggies will like the warm sun on the south side of our house!

Every Thursday, I join in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color to celebrate our likes for the week.  Be sure to head over and check out all of this week's posts!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Quilt for Hands2Help

Checking in today with my progress on a quilt for this year's Hands2Help comfort quilt drive.

I started making these blocks awhile ago using a layer cake of Hello Darling from Bonnie and Camille and a free block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew called Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew Blocks.  Because I had pulled a few of the squares out of the layer cake here and there for various other projects, I ended up with enough squares to make 25 blocks that measure 8.75 inches square.

I decided that I wanted to make a small quilt for Jack's Basket, so I chose 16 of the blocks to use, and added a narrow green outer border to make the quilt about 36 inches square.

I love the lime green, red, and turquoise in these blocks, and the strawberries!

I found this fun polka dot fabric for the backing binding.

The next step is to layer, baste, and quilt this little top, and today would be the perfect day to get going on that, so I guess I'll get to work!

Saturday, April 13, 2019


Sand, Sea, and Sky - my favorite view.

If only I could have this view daily, but since I can't, why not sew it into a quilt?!  That's what I've done through the Hand-Pieced QAL,  hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts and Kristin at Simple.Handmade.Everyday.  Thanks go to both of those amazing quilters for their excellent block patterns, videos, and tutorials that lead us through from start to finish!

I began in January with these fat quarter bundles: sand, sea, and sky prints and solids.

Pieces and parts of blocks were cut out and sewn together until we had made 9 different designs - 

 Sashing and cornerstones were added - 

After finishing the quilt top with borders, I worked on hand quilting it, and finished up the binding just the other night.

It feels like a big finish, even though this quilt is just 22 inches square!

That's probably because every stitch in this quilt has been a slow one, just me with a needle and thread - no power tools involved!

And I've loved every minute of it!

Seeing as how there's more snow where I live right now than there is sand or sea, I will have to enjoy my quilty version for awhile!

And dream of the next time I get to my favorite view - 

Sand, Sea, and Sky

Sharing at the final Hand-Pieced QAL link-ups HERE and HERE.
Also at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap 
and at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Moving Along

I dug out my turquoise scraps and strings this week so I could sort through and see what I had to work with.

Lots of good choices for some string blocks!

In progress - 

Stitched and trimmed!

I definitely need another Tiny Rails block in turquoise, so when I had leftover string bits, I trimmed them to 1.5 x 2.5 inches and got them moving along, too.

And the strings and little bits worked for my Tiny Tuesday block, too.

I really like the progress of these fun blocks!

Hope you made some progress this week, too - whatever you're working on!  

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!