Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Red, White, and Purple?

That's probably not a color combination you would associate with the July 4th holiday!  But let me explain...

I finished up a small project this week that is celebrating an important achievement in our country's history - the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in the United States in 1920!

I grew up in Rochester, New York, also the home of Susan B. Anthony from 1845 when she was 25 until her death in 1906.   The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House at 17 Madison Street in Rochester is a place I visited more than once while growing up there. With 2020 being the Women's Suffrage Centennial, I've enjoyed learning more about Susan B. Anthony and her contemporaries who worked so hard to give me, and all women, the right to vote.  We owe them so much!

To honor Susan, and my home state of New York, I've made a New York Star.  This is a paper-pieced block and can be found at the Quilter's Cache website.  One block made a 12 inch mini quilt.  I made the New York Star in the American Suffrage colors of purple, white, and yellow (all scraps from my stash) which symbolize loyalty, purity, and hope. Evidently, the color yellow also pays tribute to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who used the sunflower as a symbol during a campaign for state suffrage in Kansas in 1867.  The yellow floral fabric in my New York Star fits the suffrage colors and symbols as well. 

Besides sharing here on the blog, my New York Star mini is participating in the Suffrage Centennial celebration at Pennsylvania Piecemaker where Michele has been sharing all kinds of fascinating information about Women's Suffrage for the last year.  If you haven't been participating, head over there and read up on all the facts about the women who fought for us!

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

As for the red and white, that's my Book Club hand-pieced quilt that I am madly quilting away on!  Good progress is being made on finishing it, with my goal being to link up the finished quilt by July 15th.

Working on the sashing and cornerstones now!

Sharing a Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Getting started with dark blue...

We went for a hike up in Rocky Mountain National Park the other day under this beautiful blue sky.

That really got me in the mood for sewing with some blue, specifically dark blue, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for July.   Since I made some wonky trees for the Rainbow Jungle in light blue earlier this year, I pulled them out first to see what fabrics I had already used.

This group has a dark blue and a dark gray, but it could still use some more dark blues.

This is the fun part - hunting around for just the right pieces to make these trees from!  How about these?

I usually try to find about an 8 inch square, and that first batik isn't quite wide enough, 
but maybe I can make it work.

Look what else I found!

Perfect to use for blocks this month!

So, I stitched up a few trees - 

I like this combination!

I'm always looking for fabric pairs that have a good contrast.  I like these trees, too!

Here's the blue Rainbow Jungle now.

Four more dark blue trees needed!

Meanwhile, I kept playing with the smaller dark blue batik scraps, sewing up pairs, adding a strip here and there, ending up with this slab.

I added in some sunny yellow, and now I'm auditioning some strips 
to go around the outside.  Just something fun to play with!

Wishing you all a fun and safe July 4th!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

I Like Thursday #192

Happy Thursday!  As I do every week, I'm joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color for "I Like Thursday" where we share all the positive things we've enjoyed recently.

I like playing with scraps!  (I bet you knew that already!)  These pretty blue batik scraps leftover from Beautiful Blue have been calling to me this week.

There are strips and chunks and some bigger pieces, too.
I've been sewing some of the smaller squares and rectangles together 
to make a blue improv slab of some kind.  
Maybe it will turn into something like a mug rug or placemat.

Of course, some of these scraps will work perfectly for the 4 patches I've been making, like this:

But then, I saw Bonnie Hunter's new Leader and Ender Challenge, and I thought some of these scraps could work for those blocks, too!

Oops, did I just start a new project?  

I love fresh green beans, and they're even better when they come out of your own garden!  I've picked seven so far!  :)

They were delicious steamed with a little butter, salt, and pepper!

I really liked this book, which was recommended by Karen of Karen Quilts, etc.  Thanks, Karen!

I thought it was a really interesting story and well-written, too - a young college student interviews a dying Vietnam Veteran about his life and uncovers an old mystery.  

Flowers are starting to bloom in my little front garden - the kind that come back every year for me - marigolds and sweet alyssum.

And finally, I loved this comic from the other day!

So true!  I never did like roller coasters...

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone!

Monday, June 29, 2020

To-Do Tuesday #44

Good morning, friends! Can you believe it's the last day of June?  This year is flying by in all its strangeness.  Whether we are running around or staying at home, the days go by, don't they?

I'm checking in today with my weekly to-do list and linking up with Roseanne and friends for the To-Do Tuesday linky party at Home Sewn By Us

From last week's list, I finished a couple of things, and made progress on a couple of things.  

Finished - the June Color Challenge Block

Progress on:  the paper-pieced purple project 

and the doll-sized hospital gowns.

So, for this week: 

1.  I really need to finish up the purple project because it has a deadline that's coming right up!

2.  I'll also plan on making more progress on the hospital gowns.  I need the bias binding tape for the neckline/tie, and then they will finish up quickly!

3.  One last item on the list is to sew up the pink row for my rainbow zig zag quilt project.

4.  Oh, and I'm still stitching on the red and white quilt, too.  Until it's finished!

I know where I need to start!  What's on your list this week?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Still stitching...

My hand stitching right now is focused on quilting the red and white hand-pieced quilt from the Book Club QAL, sponsored by Patty at Elm Street Quilts and Kristin at Simple.Handmade.Everyday.  

I'm stitching around each square, plus following the seam lines for all the block designs.  Here's the block I finished most recently.


Just two more blocks to go - here's the one I'm currently working on - Claire.

and then I'll quilt all the sashing and cornerstones.  I'm getting close to a finish!

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dueling Squirrels

Just like those squirrels, I've been going multiple directions in my sewing room the last couple weeks.  It's been a case of one thing leading to another, following inspiration from multiple sources!

After seeing Mari's Modern Blocks, I had to try some, too.  I chose a small piece of Kona Butter, and scraps in a dark pink/magenta, some bright yellow Grunge, a couple different dark turquoises, and purple to make 20 of these 5 inch blocks.  

I think you can also call this a Hatchet block.

After settling on a layout and sewing the blocks together, this week I finished up the tablerunner I made from these blocks.

This one measures about 18 x 23

It looks good hanging like this, too!

I quilted it in a diamond spiral following the shapes created by the blocks.  Binding is the same dark purple as in the block corners.  I had a lot of the purple left from my Beothuk Star quilt, finished up last year. 

Here's the backing - just something I happened to have enough of - but it is bright and sunny!

I thought it would be fun to use this tablerunner on the table out on our back porch!

Meanwhile, along the way, I got sidetracked by the bonus triangles left from those stitch and flip corners in the above project.  I almost never save those, but this time I did!  What could I do with them?

Enter the next inspiration, from The Joyful Quilter's Monday Mini post of a couple weeks ago.  She made an adorable mini quilt for her kitchen that involved a pink fairy!

I have a whole panel full of forest fairies that I won in a giveaway when I first started blogging (in 2013!) that  I've never been inspired to use for anything.

Why not play with one of these?

So I did!

The HSTs made kind of an off-center outer border for the fairy I chose, 
and again, the purple for binding.  This mini ended up measuring about 10 x 12. 

The Blackberry Fairy is now hanging with the International Sisters,  watching over my sewing room.

So, dueling squirrels?  Or maybe they're BFFs!  

Whatever you want to call them, they were fun to play with!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

June Color Challenge Block

Earlier this week I finished up this month's color challenge block designed by Patterns by Jen.  June's block was inspired by the Mountain Bluebird, which is a favorite bird of mine since I live on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains here in Colorado.

I just happened to have the scraps left out from my Beautiful Blue batik quilt, so I thought they would be perfect for this month's block.

There are six color challenge blocks on my design wall now.  I like how these are looking!

Big thanks go to Jen who offers these block designs each month, 
and prizes, too, for linking up our blocks!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I Like Thursday #191

Happy Thursday, friends!  How's everything going?  I went to the dentist yesterday... Life is good.  (Glad to have that out of the way!)

We must have had a chickadee nest somewhere in our yard, because there have been a bunch of little ones visiting our feeders this week.   We sure enjoy watching them!

In the garden, my green beans are growing!  I haven't planted these for years, and I had forgotten that they have pretty purple blossoms, too.  Can't wait to eat some!

You might be surprised to learn that I like this place.

They are taking good care of Mike through his cancer treatment, 
and I am so thankful for that.

I can't go inside with him for his appointments, so sometimes I just stay out in the parking lot if it's a short one.  Last week, I brought along my embroidery to work on.  I thought this would be good to stitch on while waiting.

I was happy to find out that our library had opened for curbside pickup recently, and I had a book to pick up.  Here's how they handed it to me!

Inside the bag was this book, which I've been enjoying, after finishing my previous book that was kind of heavy duty.  This one's a political thriller with the whole world in jeopardy - definitely a page turner - and I know the good guys are going to win!

And how about a little treat?  We've discovered a small, locally owned donut shop near us, and it tempted me the other day!


Joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color
For "I Like Thursday."

Monday, June 22, 2020

To-Do Tuesday #43

Good morning!  I'm checking in today with my weekly to-do list and linking up with Roseanne and friends for the To-Do Tuesday linky party at Home Sewn By Us.  

Here's what was on the list for this past week:

1.  Finish up my version of Centred from the QAL.  ✔  I renamed this quilt Beautiful Blue, and you can read more about it here.

2.  Get caught up on pink blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  ✔  Read more about them here.

3.  Keep quilting on the red and white Book Club quilt.  ✔  This will be a Work in Progress for awhile longer yet, but it's definitely progressing!  I've been stitching on it every evening after dinner while we watch NCIS episodes on Netflix.   It's a good thing there are lots of seasons of NCIS!  

For this coming week, I have a bunch of smaller projects on my list:

1.  I'm working on a paper-pieced mini quilt for a special event.  It's about 1/4 pieced.  I'm hoping to make progress on that this week.

2.  I've had on my "mental" to-do list for a couple of weeks to make some doll-sized hospital gowns to send off to A Doll Like Me.   The link will take you to a post at Needle and Foot.  Bernie has been encouraging readers to send off doll quilts and hospital gowns to A Doll Like Me, and I did contribute a quilt a couple of years ago.   I finally printed out the pattern and pulled some fabric for them.  I have some more doll quilts to send along with them, too.

3.  A couple of small squirrel projects have invaded my sewing room in recent weeks, and I'm ready to finish them up.  Today I found backing for both and got them layered for quilting.  It shouldn't take too long to finish them now!

4.  The last thing on my list for this week is actually already finished!  I needed to sew up the June Color Challenge Block from Patterns by Jen, so yesterday I cut out the pieces, and took this photo.

And then, about 30 minutes later, it was all done!  
But the finished block will get its own post later in the month when
it's time to link up with the QAL.

It's nice to have one item on my list already completed this week!  
Hope your week is getting off to a good start, too!