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! 






27 comments:

Libby in TN said...

Yes! I'll crank up the ole laptop this afternoon and drag out a photo of something similar that I did. I even quilted some flying geese into the sky.

Vicki in MN said...

I think I agree with you that the top needs something besides the flowers. What about appliqueing butterflies, dragon flies-just thinking out loud!

maggie fellow said...

wonderful - I enjoy watching you design the next steps

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

all of the projects look so good! if you don't want to do butterflies and insects what about some clouds?

LA Paylor said...

I like the birds in the air, with the same blue as background so just the birds pop out like your little butterfly. Great idea and the quilt is so pretty. Good that you worked on it again!
Leeanna

grammajudyb said...

Thanks for sharing your Tiny Tuesday blocks. I have a couple that need the setting pieces added and the spinner block to finish. I did not think I would like the tiny blocks, but I am loving them.

Katie Z. said...

Your spinning star is beautiful! It's so fun to see how different fabric choices totally change the feel of a block.

Quiltdivajulie said...

You could also use a multitude of blues and create a giant scrappy slab for the top and then work in the Birds in the Air block and your Dresden blocks. Lots of possibilities!

Cathy said...

Your Tiny Tuesday blocks are looking wonderful. The gray for setting them really gives them a wow factor. For the blue background, why not piece different shades of blue 2.5” squares to give the sky area some depth and interest? The little butterfly(ies) are a great idea, and I love the sun, too! I think the flying geese shapes might not have meaning to the average viewer, whereas butterflies are so readily identifiable. And you could even embroider a bee or too as well! So many possibilities!!

piecefulwendy said...

I'm liking all the ideas for the sunflower background, so I'll just agree with them. Your tiny blocks are so cute! I should've joined in on that one (I know I still can, but I have too many projects going on!)

moosecraft said...

You've received so much input already....but, thought maybe the blue sky should be scrappy squares like the leaves? The third row from left, second down seems about right....of course a couple of birds in there would be nice too...;-)

Deb A said...

So many fun ideas for your quilt... I love the idea of a sun and cloud added in with some wildlife- birds, butterfly's maybe a little bee visiting the sunflower. I am really enjoying watching this one progress along.

gayle said...

You're on the right track with your sprouts/sunflower quilt - I think you'll enjoy it more if you have a variety of things in the upper part. Go for it!

Word Weaver Art said...

I love this rainbow scrap one! I'm going to have to come back to see it finished.

MissPat said...

I like how the sprouts/sunflower piece is developing and also agree with many of the suggestions for making the sky more interesting. I never did start the tiny Tuesday blocks when I got home from FL. I should really try to squeeze in two a week.
Pat

The Joyful Quilter said...

Such good ideas percolating for your Sprout quilt!! Enjoy the adventure.

Louise said...

I like the partial dresden as the shining sun! Maybe scrappy blues for the sky, transitioning into scrappy whites for clouds? A bias strip rainbow? There's really no way to do it wrong, is there :)

Mari said...

I'm with Louise-- there really is no way to be wrong on the sprouts quilt. Can't wait to see what you do! I love those tiny blocks, too. Such a nice quilt that will be!

Jennifer said...

LOVING your sprouts blocks/quilt! i will put that on my "to do" list. ha! how about some crumb blocks for your sky? that would give some depth and interest. and maybe some flying geese? i didn't take the time to read all the comments above; maybe that's already been suggested....

Linda said...

I love those Tiny Tuesday blocks too. I really enjoy projects that are more "sampler" in nature, such as my Countdown to Christmas sampler quilt. I like making different blocks in a quilt.
Yes to the texture and interest on the background of your Scrappy Sprouts!

Frédérique said...

A lot of progress on your projects! Lovely aqua blocks

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Love that Spinning Star block. Can't wait to see the top of your Scrappy Sprouts. I like your ideas. mary

Cathy said...

I have my sprouts stashed away but you sure make me feel like getting them out to play! You have some great ideas for moving those sprouts forward!

chrisknits said...

I think your little blocks are my favorite of all I have seen!!

JanineMarie said...

I enjoyed your sprouts all last year, and now with the sunflowers they look so happy. I’m sure you’ll figure out the top (or already have!) but I’ll throw my two cents in anyway. I wonder how scrappy blue and white crumb blocks would look as a background to the sunflowers. I love how the Tiny Tuesday blocks look with the gray background. It really makes them stand out.

Kate said...

Your Tiny Tuesday blocks are going to make a very fun and bright quilt. I like how you are approaching the floral part of your Scrappy Sprouts project. That's going to be such a pretty quilt when it's all finished. (you could add a butterfly block or too)

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I am loving all your projects!