Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Works in Progress 2020

I used to be the kind of quilter who worked on one thing at a time from start to finish, and didn't start anything new until the previous quilt was done.  That was back when I was teaching - I'd have a summer break project and a winter break project.

Not anymore!  :)  Since I retired, and have lots more time to play in my sewing room, I work on lots more things at one time.  That means there are now quite a few unfinished objects in that sewing room!   In an effort to get a little more organized, I decided to do an inventory of what I've got going on, and make some plans for finishing these projects up.

Three quilt tops are ready (or just about ready) for quilting:

Floral Sawtooth Stars

Tiny Tuesdays - needs a 2 inch gray border all the way around.
I have that fabric and will be working on the border soon!

Scrappy Sprouts - needs sunflower blocks appliqued in sky section.  I have those sunflowers made and need to finish their centers.

The rest of these are collections of blocks made throughout 2019.  All will be ongoing projects continuing in 2020.

Tiny Rails blocks - so very close on this one!

24 (10.5 inch) blocks made out of my tiniest scraps - only one more needed for a 5x5 layout, about 50 inches square.  The last block is going to be dark yellow/gold/orangish scraps.  

Northern Lights blocks from the book Nickel Quilts - scrappy blues, greens, and grays with a white background.

26  (8.5 inch) blocks are made - 22 more planned - for a total of 48 
to make a 6 x 8 layout.  In the book, this quilt has a border, so I may add one, too.

Bright Hopes blocks - light prints on white with some pink and turquoise -

42 (6.5 inch) blocks made.  I think I want at least 30 more for an 8 x 9 layout, or possibly 38 more blocks to have an 8 x 10 layout.  
Although, as is, this could make a sweet baby quilt!

Rectangular Strings - 

9 (12.5 x 18.5 inch) color blocks made during the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2019.
Border blocks are neutral strings, either 6.5 x 9.5 or 6.5 inches square 
depending on placement.
I just need to finish those border blocks and can sew these inyo a quilt top!
Need 14 more square blocks and 6 more rectangle blocks.

Also during 2019, I made these Color Gradient blocks - 

10.5 inch squares

and crumb blocks of various sizes  - 

Since there are always more scraps where those came from, I'm going to keep making these during 2020 and they'll turn into something, someday!

Thanks for sticking with me as I sorted through all the projects.  There's lots to do in my sewing room, and I know I'll find new things to work on this year as well.  Never a dull moment around here!

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Libby in TN said...

Lots of pretty projects underway. Scrappy projects just seem to generate more scraps! I have faith you'll be able to wrap up quite a few of those projects.

Michele McLaughlin said...

Happy New Year Diann!!! I love looking at your quilts! I really enjoyed seeing the rectangular strings! I don't remember seeing them before and love the border idea. I love your projects! I appreciated seeing them but also that you shared the dimensions of them. Have a wonderful 2020!

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

they all look great but I really love those rail blocks!! I used to do the same when I worked I would stick to one from start to finish and then in years later many. I think working on one when I was working was good as you could see a finish

Susie H said...

I'd forgotten all about your string diamonds. They are beautiful! I'll cheer you on to more great finishes this year!

Louise said...

Wow! You have tons of irons in the fire! I love the variety of blocks and patterns you have going on here, Diann. It's going to be fun to see each one get finished :)

piecefulwendy said...

Just fun to read this post and see all the pretty colors and variety of patterns! Isn't it fun to have different projects in the works!? I've never been good at finish one before I start another :-)

Barb N said...

Wow, just look at all that scrappy goodness you've got going! It will be fun to get them finished :)

The Joyful Quilter said...

SEW many wonderful projects, Diann!! I see several that I would like to try, as well. Best of luck for a productive 2020!

MissPat said...

It would be truly frightening if I tried to list all my unfinished projects. Fortunately since I don't have a blog and it would be difficult to do on Instagram, I'm letting myself off the hook. I'll just keeping moving forward, but I am going to try not to start anything new until some of the RSC projects get done. I'm looking forward to seeing your Sprouts quilt.

chrisknits said...

Tiny Tuesday will forever be my favorite!!! One day I hope to make one.

Laura said...

Beautiful projects...all! I think my favorite is Tiny Tuesdays! :)

Farm Quilter said...

So much eye candy!!! I have a tub filled with selvages and I want to make them into a quilt with the rectangular stings pattern!!! I've been saving them since 2008!!!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Wow what wonderful projects, Diann. So much colour! I will enjoy seeing these all done and dusted.
Just enjoyed reading your Likes post too. I have noted the Pyrex dishes as I am gradually doing away with plastic.
Hope you both have the most wonderful New Year!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

So many colorful quilts Diann! It is hard to pick a favorite.

Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2020!

Kate said...

You've got some very bright and fun RSC projects in the works. Looking forward to seeing your Sprouts project all finished. Wishing lots of finishes in 2020.

Chantal said...

You won't be bored in 2020 with all those projects. They all look great. Love the Sprout quilt. Looking forward to its finish. Enjoy! ;^)

Jayne said...

I use to force myself to finish one project before starting another too! Not so much these days though. It looks like you got your list and will checking it twice...I know you'll be relieved and thrilled once some of these are finished. Good luck and keep sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I am SEW in love with every one of your projects, Diann!!! Looking forward to seeing each of them transform into completed quilts in the coming months. Happy Quilting!!

Cathy said...

It's all good!! (including retirement it appears.)
I can feel the joy!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lots of yummy projects underway here! No time to get bored that's for sure. I'm tackling a couple of unfinished WiPs at present, and it's very satisfing!