Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, July 31, 2020

The end of July...

Hard to believe August is here already!  It feels like it was just the 4th of July.   I suppose this whole year is going to feel like that!

I finished out dark blue month by sewing up this little quilt top which includes some dark blue blocks.

Right now it measures 48.5 inches square.  I think it needs a border to bring it up to 60 inches square, or maybe something like 54 x 60, so this will be put on hold until I find the perfect border fabric!  

I started making these blocks sometime in 2019, after seeing them on someone else's blog.  They're from the book Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth. 


She calls this design Northern Lights.


After getting that little quilt top together, I decided it was time to play.  Back in May, during the Cool to be Square blog hop,  I saw a free pattern for a tablerunner on Kathleen McMusing's blog that I've been wanting to try.   She calls it the MiniCharm Tablerunner and you can find it at THIS post.

It starts with a mini charm pack (plus two more 2.5 inch squares) which you sew into 4 patches.  I had a mini charm pack of Coco by Chez Moi for Moda that I decided to use.

Happy yellows, greens, pinks, light blues!

Then the fun part - hunting through the stash for just the right bits and pieces to make sashing and cornerstones.

How about some light blue and a darker yellow with tiny flowers?

This design also needs setting triangles, so I thought this might work.

The dark blue with dots is an Art Gallery fabric I just love called Floralish
 that I used for the binding on Scrappy Sprouts.

By the time I stopped working on this Friday afternoon, I had it this far.

It also needs a border which I hope I can piece out of what is left of the Floralish.

Playing with Kathleen's design and my own fabric choices was so much fun - one of my favorite things to do!  

Leaders and enders this week were 4 patches cut from scraps on my cutting table.  I figured if I made purple, yellow, and red ones I'd have a good chance that one of them would be August's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!


Hope you had a chance to play with some scraps this week!  Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!







 




27 comments:

Libby in TN said...

And the August color is purple! Love how the table runner is progressing.

Deb A said...

What a great little quilt! I have that book and was thinking of using that block one of these years for the RSC. So fun to watch the process of making that little fun quilt. Amazing how each color addition changes the piece so much. Love it.

Vicki in MN said...

Love the fabrics in your table runner. The blue dots pop right out of your setting triangles.

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

I have that book! haven't looked at it in awhile but I do have it!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your Christmas in July post, Diann. Just loved the finished quilt and such memories attached to the pretty blocks too. And it's big enough for the bed!
This table runner is perfect colours for summertime; I've just discovered AGF...they are so fresh and modern. Love it when a book can be put to use too.

piecefulwendy said...

Love your Nickel Quilt that you are making, but I love the runner! The dark blue triangles make those colors pop!

MissPat said...

I have that book, as well. Your little table runner came together fast. I should try making some blocks from leftovers of projects instead of putting them back in the scrap boxes. I did start to make some 16 patch blocks with the leftovers from Sandra's Centred QAL.
Pat

Sherrie said...

Hi,
Awesome quilt top of blue...love the table runner your making...I agree with peaceful Wendy, the blue makes it all got together nicely...have a great day!

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

I love all this scrappy goodness! Your colors in the first top are wonderful, and so are the colorful pieces in the table runner. And who doesn't love a four patch? I've got the same problem with needing a border for a 48 in. patchwork top. I'm thinking about a pieced border top and bottom. BUT, math. I'm sure you'll think of something great.

Barb Neiwert said...

I love your blue quilt top! Everything goes so well together. You'll enjoy that one!

Frédérique said...

Your top with dark blue blocks is very beautiful, I love it! And the light blue sashing makes the blocks even more bright, a beauty!

Sandra Walker said...

I heartily agree that playing in one's scraps and with another's design, or even one of your own, is the best! Soothes and feeds the soul. I downloaded Kathleen's pattern too; it's a good one. I love that Northern Lights quilt!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Super fun playtime activities this week, Diann!!

Louise said...

I love how your Mini Charm runner is turning out! The blue dotty corners really set off the sweet little squares :)

Kat said...

I love your blue quilt! I have the book, too! I will have to look for the pattern. I love the tablerunner, too. I have several mini charm sets, so I might follow your lead! Have a wonderful weekend!

grammajudyb said...

Your Northern Lights quilt is stunning! When you mentioned a while back that it was from a Pat Spaperh book, I went looking! I have a different book . That block is great! You are making progress on the cute table runner! I am ready to start a new color too! I sort of did the same thing you did. I started hollow 9 patches in each of the last three colors and located the solids in those colors for Geese Migration. That’s not cheating is it! I say it’s being prepared!

Katie Z. said...

Your blocks are so pretty.

Marly said...

I like the blues and greens in your top. I've pinned the block to my Pinterest board "Patchwork blocks" (if you don't agree, just let me know)because I love the way a secondary pattern emerges. Your table runner is coming along well too.

Susie H said...

What a sweet table runner. I happen to have a mini charm pack of Christmas fabrics and a couple of springtime fabrics. Thanks for sharing the link and I was happy to share the link to the tuffets! Also I'm pretty sure I have Pat Speth's Nickel Quilts too! I'll have to poke around now to see for sure otherwise I'll drive myself crazy! Lol! Great job this week!

Angie said...

Love the colors and prints in that tablerunner!

chrisknits said...

Well, I know what my August Squirrel is going to be!! I have a mini charm pack of the Coco too!!! LOL! Love your progress this week.

Jayne said...

I just love how that block looks when all the blocks are together! It's really lovely and has a nice pattern!

Rebecca Grace said...

Nope, it's not August at all. By my calculations, today is the 140th of March! Your Northern Lights top is lovely and your mini charm runner is delightful, too! I'm not familiar with the Nickel Quilts book; perhaps I should add it to my wish list?

gayle said...

Your mini-charm runner is totally charming! (sorry sorry) Popping in those dark blue setting triangles is a wonderful idea!
And Northern Lights looks great, too. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for a border!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love them all. So much scrappy goodness. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Preeti said...

As usual your studio is a flurry of creative energy. I love the cool blues and soothing greens in your flimsy. July has been so hot here that I am glad it is over, although your blue green top will lower the temperature any day :-) Cute juicy little project in the works is like a popsicle on a hot afternoon!!! Stay safe, Diann.

PaintedThread said...

I love that nickle quilt!