Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Monday, May 10, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #88

Good morning!  I'm checking in with Chris and friends at Chrisknits to share my to-do list for the week.   

Keeping it simple last week, I had just two goals for the week: 

  • Make more arrows for the Follow Your Own Path QAL.  Slow progress here, but I'm up to 6 out of 16 arrows that are needed.  

  • And work on my May Table Scraps placemat.  Progress here as well.  I started with an orphan block, and it is now quilted and ready for binding.

I'm continuing on the same path this week.  Although the days are busy with responsibilities for helping my mom, I've been successful at sewing for at least 15 minutes most days, and that's helping me get a few things done.

  • I'll continue to work on the arrow blocks.  Every block counts, right?!
  • I'm planning to machine sew the binding on the placemat, finish up the hand stitching, and write up a post to share by Saturday.
  • One other thing I hope to get done is to piece the backing for my Harmony quilt top and get started quilting it.  I noticed today that in the QAL, we are just up to completing the top, but I've got that part done!

Friday, May 7, 2021

My week in red...

I thought I'd lay my blocks out on the upstairs "design floor" instead of the downstairs design wall and try to take advantage of the morning sun.  This week I made two Chandelier Bead blocks in red.  I love these simple blocks!

Here's the whole collection so far:

I'll keep making two of these 6.5 inch blocks each month,
and then figure out what to do with them later in the year!

My hand stitching project this week has been to make another scrappy trips block in red.  This might be my favorite one yet - I love the red and white prints!

You might notice that when I had the red scraps out for one project, 
I also used them for the other!

Now there are nine of these blocks, and the design is really emerging!

For this month's second block, I decided to go with some darker reds I found.  Some came out of the Christmas bin!  

I've been trying to use up the peppermint candy fabric forever,
but there's still more left!

This one might be cheating for a red block, but it's such a fun print that I couldn't resist doing a little fussy cutting.

Linking up with all my favorite weekend parties:
SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday 
and Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching!
Since I got at least 5 minutes of sewing machine time 6 out of 7 days this past week, and did some hand-piecing each evening, I'm also linking up with Kate
at Life in Pieces for 15 Minutes to Stitch.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

I Like Thursday #234

 It's been another busy week with my mom, and not a lot of photos to show for it.   She is starting to settle in and get the hang of the routine at her apartment complex and meeting some nice people, so we're headed in the right direction!

Meanwhile, the best thing to happen all week is this.  Mike had his last cancer treatment (a whole year's worth of them)!  He wanted a picture to send his friends, so I took this one.

There will, of course, be follow-up visits, and scans, and tests, but so far everything is looking good!

I'm enjoying this book this week!

When I read the author's dedication at the beginning of the book, 
I knew I would like this one!
"To all the authors of all the books I've ever read.
Thank you for the escape, for the knowledge, and for shaping me into who I am."

In my little bits of sewing time the last couple days, I've worked on a couple more arrow blocks.  I've been saving the bonus triangles from the flying geese, and using them as leaders and enders.  They'll finish at 1.25 inches.  Aren't they cute?

Bonnie Hunter's quote of the day on her Wednesday post resonated with me this week!  I definitely don't have it all together right now...

Have a happy Thursday!
Joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color for I like Thursday.

Monday, May 3, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #87

Good morning!  I'm checking in with Chris and friends at Chrisknits to share my to-do list for the week.  I had a simple goal on my list this week -to carve out at least 15 minutes a day to sew!  And I did pretty well at that - 6 out of 7 days.

Some happy blocks on my design wall:
Wonky stars
Arrows for the QAL 
Chandelier bead blocks in red
And my Scrappy Trips blocks from Jan - April

This week I'd like to continue my plan of 15 minutes a day, with these things to accomplish:

  • More arrow blocks, one in each color
  • Get started on May's Table Scraps project.  I have the perfect orphan block for a placemat, leftover from the Diamond Strings quilt top I finished in December that still needs to be quilted!

Keeping the list simple, but I think these goals are achievable!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Slow Stitching this week and Blogger Award Nomination

CathieJ of Cathie's Craftworks was so sweet to nominate me for the Outstanding Blogger Award!  Thank you, Cathie - I really appreciate that!  I've gotten to know Cathie through the Slow Sunday Stitching link-up at Kathy's Quilts, so I thought I'd post my response right here on my Sunday post.  Cathie gave me some questions to answer, so here goes!

Do you do anything else while crafting? (i.e. listen to music or a book, watch TV, etc.)

I usually work on embroidery, hand-piecing, or other kinds of hand stitching in the evenings when my husband and I watch TV together.   I enjoy having something to do with my hands while we have a show on.

This week I finished up my Harmony Hand-pieced quilt top while we've been watching the show "Elementary" on Hulu.  Elementary is a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes with Lucy Liu playing Dr. Watson.  We're enjoying it!

Do you prefer crafting alone, with a friend or in a group?

I mostly sew alone.  My favorite time in my studio with the sewing machine is an hour or so every afternoon, and it's sort of sacred "me" time!  I do have a local quilt group that meets monthly, and we often bring a show-and-tell project, but we don't sew together.

Beach, lake, mountains? What would be your preferred place to vacation/visit? 

Always - the beach!  I live just on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, so I can go there whenever I want.  So a beach vacation is a must.  Due to Covid, of course, we haven't traveled in a long time.  But a few years ago, I put my toes in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico all in one year!  I'm definitely looking forward to a trip back to the ocean - hopefully later this year.

I do like this woodsy fabric that I found at Bernie's Needle and Foot Etsy shop.
It will be the backing for my Harmony quilt.  I need to get that prepped for hand quilting - hopefully this week!

What is your favorite genre of music?

I love all kinds of music!  I enjoy singing along with 60s classics, country-western, and Broadway musicals.   I also love groups like Celtic Women, Enya, and soloists like Celine Dion or Josh Groban. 

This week I've also been working on this April One Stitch at a Time club design,
and making good progress.  See the little bluebird?  I'm sure he's singing a pretty song!

Thanks, again, Cathie!  Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.


Friday, April 30, 2021

A stitch here, a stitch there!

With my 15 minutes a day sewing plan for this week, I've been able to get a little bit done!  It reminds me of back before I retired from teaching, and that's all the time I had to sew, but still things were accomplished.  Not a lot at one time, but something!

This week I played with all the colors!

Three arrows for the Follow Your Own Path QAL going on at mmmquilts:

And pieces and parts for a green one ready to sew the next time I have 15 minutes.   These are quick to sew together!

I also sewed up one wonky star in light blue as a leader/ender in between arrows to finish up May.

I'm going to continue my 15 minutes a day sewing goal for the coming week, and hope I can make four more arrows.  Maybe I'll even get some red scraps out for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in May!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at 
And since I was able to grab at least 15 minutes of sewing time 6 out of 7 days this past week, I'm linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces today, too.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

I Like Thursday #233

Happy Thursday, friends!  Hope you're having a good week.  I was so happy to see my tulips blooming the other day.   After really cold weather and snow the week before, I was afraid they were frozen.

Speaking of pink, I love my mom's pink bedroom in her new apartment!  The quilt on the end of the bed is one I made a few years ago and haven't used much, so I gave it to Mom.  I think it's perfect for her colors there!

Here's my mom in the living room of her apartment.  My brother-in-law made those beautiful stained glass windows for my mom and dad years ago, and they've hung in every house Mom has lived in since then.  So, that was almost the first thing he hung up for her when we were moving her in.

I love my reading friends, both those here in town and all of you in blogland because I always get the best book recommendations from all of you!  I just finished this one, recommended by Carole of From My Carolina Home.

I enjoyed this story of three women who have decided to buy and restore an old farmhouse in Virginia, and all their ups and downs.  This is the second in the series,  and I wasn't able to find the first book, but that didn't matter.   This has been the perfect relaxing read for the busy days of the last week or so.  I'll definitely look for the next book!

Joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color for I like Thursday.

Monday, April 26, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #86

I missed last week's To-Do Tuesday because my mom was arriving in town, but after a very busy week, things are starting to settle in.  I still don't have as much sewing time as I would like, but there's been a little bit the last couple days.

First of all, what was on my last to-do list?

  • Finish up the asterisk row for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2021 sampler. ✔  Yes, I did get that done!

  • And I wanted to make sure I had plenty of hand stitching work prepped for while my mom was staying at our house, and I did do that as well.  I worked on the Harmony QAL hand-piecing project.  You can read about my progress on that quilt in my Sunday post HERE
So, for this week, and my new normal - needing to spend time with my mom and help her with lots of things - here's what I'm thinking:

  • My goal is to sew 15 minutes a day.  I used to do this when I was still working, and I got a lot done that way.  Plus it helps my mental health!   😉  I started this Sunday and have achieved my 15 minutes for two days in a row already.  Whoop whoop!
I'm working on blocks for Sandra's QAL at mmmquilts, Follow Your Own Path.  15 minutes is just enough to cut pieces for one block, or sew one block together.

My dark orange is looking florescent, but I promise you, it isn't!
Once you've made the first block, it's pretty easy to make more,
so I'll just keep going from here! 

Joining in with Chris and friends at Chrisknits to share my to-do list for the week. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Slow Stitching Progress

I haven't touched my sewing machine all week, but it's been a great week for hand stitching.  My mom has been at my house and we've spent most of the week working on moving her into her new apartment.  Evenings have been spent relaxing with a TV show on, so that's when I got out needle and thread.

I was able to get all the main parts made for the Harmony wall-hanging.

I think this is my favorite fabric in the bundle.  Marshmallows on sticks - so cute!

This week I'll be working on sewing these bigger sections together into the quilt top!    Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Also sharing at Elm Street Quilts for the Rectangle Unit Link-up.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

I Like...

Um, what day is it anyway?  Lol!

My mom arrived on Monday and we've been busy getting going on things for her move - well, busy at a 90 year old's speed, anyway.  Visiting the apartment complex, getting insurance changed, getting my mom a Covid test (even though she is fully vaccinated!), and that kind of thing. 

After three snows, I decided to rescue one of my daffodils and bring them inside, and they've been very happy!  Our warm beginning of April has been cold and damp for a couple of weeks now.

Fortunately there has been down time for hand-stitching.  I've worked on the flying geese for the Harmony hand-pieced project, and they're ready to sew together in pairs.

And the April "One Stitch at a Time" design from Kathy Schmitz has gotten some attention, too.

1976 is the year Mike and I were married.

There are lots of odds and ends of things to do in the next couple days - shopping for supplies, changing addresses, making sure we're there when the cable people come to hook up the TV.   My sister and BIL are driving Mom's furniture up here, and we should be ready to move her in Friday or Saturday.  Progress!  Maybe next week I can share a picture of Mom in her apartment.

Hope you're having a great week!  I'll join in with my friends at Not Afraid of Color for I like Thursday!

Friday, April 16, 2021

This week in blue...

My main sewing goal for this week was to get the asterisk blocks made for the April row of Full Stop, the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge sampler.  I ended up with five of them.

Here are my four rows for the year.  I'm thinking the asterisk row could use one more in it, so that might happen this weekend

Along the way, I had some time to make two blue crumb hearts.  I'm sewing together the bonus triangles, too.  The hearts are 6.5 inches, the HSTs are trimmed to 2.5 inches.

In my evening slow-stitching time, I finished up the two light/bright blue scrappy trips blocks that are hand-pieced. 

Here are all the blocks so far!

Sharing my blue progress at my favorite weekend link-ups!

This weekend, I'm hoping to do some cutting for the Follow Your Own Path QAL  at mmmquilts and also prep the last pieces for the Harmony Hand-pieced QAL blocks.  If there's time I'll trace another embroidery design, too.  

My mom is arriving Monday for her big move and I want to have lots of projects ready to go for when there's a little time to sew.  We have lots of appointments to go to, as well as moving her into her apartment, so I will probably be away from the blog this week.   I'll be back soon, though!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

I Like Thursday #231

Happy Thursday!  Someone was having fun with their sidewalk chalk at my neighborhood park the other day!

Good advice, although not always easy to follow.

I've been so blessed to see some of my favorite people in person this week!  Of course, I was too busy visiting to take any pictures.  I got together for a socially distanced breakfast with my teacher friends and we spent a lot of time sharing memories of our friend who passed away in February.  We toasted her with our orange juice!  

We also met up with our oldest son for a picnic lunch to celebrate his birthday.  He lives about 250 miles from us, so we met halfway in between.  Even though we Facetime with him regularly, it was so good to actually see him!

Back at home, we've been enjoying the newest season of The Brokenwood Mysteries on Acorn.  I think it's Season 7, and we have loved them all.  These shows take place in New Zealand, and I love their accents!

I'm really enjoying this book, recommended by Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life.  It's WWII historical fiction, one of my favorite genres.

Five young Americans go to Paris to become spies during the war.
I 'm about halfway through and I really can't tell how this is going to turn out!

I've been enjoying some hand-piecing this week.  The center section of my Harmony hand-pieced project is taking shape.  I've made the four corner blocks, and now need four more triangles in a square, and some flying geese to finish everything off.  Then I can piece all the parts together!  

Hope you're having a great week!
I'm joining in with LeeAnna and friends at Not Afraid of Color 
for I Like Thursday.


Monday, April 12, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #85

Good morning!  I'm checking in with Chris and friends at Chrisknits to share my to-do list for the week.  It was a good week for finishing up a few things - the Stay at Home Round Robin quilt, a placemat in blue for the April Table Scraps challenge, and a small pillow using my most recent embroidery finish!

Friday, we took the SAHRR quilt up to give to my MIL, and she loved it and covered up in it right away.    

Unfortunately, she had fallen earlier in the week and cut her arm, and the nurse had just been in to check her out.  Messing with the bandage hurt, and by that time I realized I wasn't going to get a happy photo.  Mike did talk to her again Sunday and she was fine!

Coming up this week, my mom will be moving here and a lot of my time will need to be focused on helping her get settled in her new apartment.  I have just about a week to get my own projects done, so I've been trying to prioritize!

  • For the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I need to finish up the asterisk blocks for this year's sampler, Full Stop.

  • I'd like to prep quite a few projects for hand work, that I can do while my mom is staying here at our house: embroidery, hand-piecing, etc.  Here's the April Kathy Schmitz design that I've just started working on.  I also have more blocks to piece for the Harmony QAL and another blue Scrappy Trips block to work on. 

So, I'm keeping it simple this week, and may not even be able to manage a To-Do Tuesday post next week, with Mom here.  Just playing that by ear!  

Friday, April 9, 2021

Table Scraps in blue and a Slow Stitched Finish

 It's been a week of cleaning up and finishing a few projects, most importantly my Stay at Home Round Robin.  You can read more about it in my Friday post, if you're curious!

Along the way, I also finished a couple of smaller things, including my April Table Scraps placemat in light blues.  Sharing this at Joyful Quilter's April Table Scraps link-up!

It's looking to me like it might need more quilting, 
so I may go back and add some.

A peek at the back:

So now my collection of placemats to donate has four!

I also finished up the Kathy Schmitz design I was embroidering.  Blue borders were added, some machine stitching around the design, and hand quilting in green in the borders.

Then it turned into a pillow cover to gift to a friend!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at 
Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.