Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Monday, October 25, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #109

 Good morning!  I'm joining in with Linda and friends at Texas Quilt Gal for the To-Do Tuesday link-up, sharing what I've been working on and my new list for this coming week.

This past week I worked on the Autumn Jubilee QAL project from Carole at From my Carolina Home.  This is where I left off:

The center out to the maple leaves is sewn together.
The next border is the squares that you see on the top and left.

I also got the backing for Positivity pieced and it is now spray basted and ready to quilt!

The other thing on last week's list was to finish up my October Table Scraps placemat, which I did, and you can read about that in my Saturday post here

So, on this week's list:
  • Keep going on Autumn Jubilee - two borders left to go, then finishing.
  • Get started quilting Positivity!
  • Assess where I am with other Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks/projects, and decide on one to move forward in the coming months.
I think those things will fill up my week!  What's on your list?

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Hand-Pieced Progress

 Friday afternoon, I had my hand-pieced Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt to this point - two eight block units and the bottom four block strip.

Friday evening I stitched like crazy and got the whole quilt top finished up!

I'm so happy with how this is going!  Next steps are pressing it, figuring out a backing, and getting it ready to hand quilt.   So, back to embroidery for now.  

Today's slow stitching will be to finish this design up...

Almost done!

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Table Scraps in Bright Green

This month's Table Scraps placemat started with some Kaffe charm squares and a small piece of Kona Butter out of my solids drawer.  (It's a very pale yellow, and hard to photograph correctly!)  I decided to make hour glass blocks (3.5 inches finished) this time.  

I was able to make 12 hour glass blocks, and then in order to bring the piece up to size, I added a couple strips of Kona Grass Green to two sides.   Here it is prior to quilting.

And, ta-dah!  Placemat #10 for the year!

This photo makes the yellow look really bright, 
but look at this one...

This time the yellow is all washed out!  
However, this does show the bright green backing - a fun print!  There was just enough left of the backing and Kona Butter to piece the binding.

Here's the whole rainbow of placemats!  Pink, red, orange, yellow, two greens, two blues, a turquoise, and a purple.

My LQS has a group that is sewing placemats for Meals on Wheels, so I'm hoping to pass these on to them in the next week or so.  I'll still work on Table Scraps projects in November and December, but I'm thinking mug rug size now.  I've got some ideas and plans - more on that next month!

Thanks, Joy, from The Joyful Quilter, for this fun year long challenge!  I think maybe I've used up a few scraps! 

Sharing at SoScrappy  for ScrapHappy Saturday.
And at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

I Like Thursday #257


Happy Thursday!

The skies have been interesting in our neck of the woods recently!  There was an air show out at the airport here, east of town, and the Navy Blue Angels did a big performance.  They started practicing last Thursday and then performed on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  We didn't need to go out there with the crowds to see them, they flew right over our house!

So fun to see!

Back on earth, I just finished an entertaining page turner!

The president's daughter has been kidnapped, and only the president (who is a former Navy Seal) can save her.  I couldn't put this one down!  It's the second in the series.

This adorable design is the One Stitch at a Time club's October design.  I'm planning to get it traced so that I can work on it this coming week, with Halloween coming.

Pumpkin Patch

Hope you're having a great week!
Thanks for visiting on I Like Thursday, 
hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  

Monday, October 18, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #108

 Good morning!  I'm joining in with Linda and friends at Texas Quilt Gal for the To-Do Tuesday link-up, sharing what I plan to be working on this week.

Last week, I was determined to finish up the little 4 Patch quilt, and I did, along with the orange row for my Full Stop sampler quilt.  You can read about both of them in my Saturday post, here.  

I also wanted to work on some blocks for the Autumn Jubilee QAL hosted by Carole at From My Carolina home.  Four out of eight maple leaf blocks are made as well as the center star.  This will end up as a 40 inch square tabletopper - I'm using Halloween prints for this project.

On this week's list...
  • I want to get going on the next quilt to finish, Positivity.  Backing fabric is purchased, batting and spray basting are on order from Amazon!   The next step will be to piece the backing.

  • Time to finish up this month's Table Scraps project in bright green.  I've been playing with some Kaffe charm squares and a light yellow solid, making hourglass blocks.

  • And, of course, keep working on the maple leaf blocks for the Autumn Jubilee QAL.  The next directions come out on Friday.
Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Slow stitching this week...

 has been all about sewing these hand-pieced scrappy trips blocks together.  

First in twos - 

Then into fours -

It won't be long until the whole top is together, even with hand-piecing it!

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, October 15, 2021

One finally finished and a little bit more...

Hooray for a Rainbow Scrap Challenge finish!  I started making these rainbow 4 patches as a leader/ender project sometime in early 2020.  It was a way to use up more of the smallest scraps, this time in 2 inch squares.  This is the first photo I could find of them from last February.

3 inch finished blocks - I made 112 of these!

Then, of course, I started combining the 4 patches with a light blue Grunge to make 6 inch blocks, and worked on a layout I liked.

Figuring out what I needed!

So... this week, the Rainbow 4 Patches are finally finished!

This makes a nice child-sized quilt, about 43 x 49.

And the back is fun, too!  Little Red Riding Hood pieced with some dark green Grunge to make it long enough and wide enough.

Also this week, I got caught up on the Full Stop sampler blocks with the hyphen block in orange for September.  These were quick to cut and sew, see the tutorial HERE.  Thank you, Angela, our hostess at SoScrappy, for coming up with this unique project for the year!

The orange strips in these are leftover from the backing of a quilt I made years ago, before I started blogging, so prior to 2013, and this is almost the last of it!

I put all the rows I've made up on the design wall, and I think this is going to make a fun quilt!

The hyphen row is actually the longest at 46.5 inches.  It's about time to be thinking how the layout should go.
Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at 
Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

I Like Thursday #256

Happy Thursday!  Thanks for visiting on I Like Thursday, hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  

One day last week, we went for a scenic drive to see the Colorado fall colors, and it was beautiful.  We came across this scene - leaves and llamas!

A flock of blackbirds visited our neighborhood for a day, and they were interested in our yard because of all the bird seed.   This photo just shows maybe 1/5 of them.  I wish you could have heard the noise they made!

Speaking of the neighborhood...

I finally got around to making some applesauce out of the apples we picked recently.  It is so yummy!  I don't think there's a better scent than cooking apples with some cinnamon mixed in.

Also this week, my book club met.  We read the best book!  I definitely recommend it.  There is some sadness to it, but worth the read.

And last, but definitely not least, I've been enjoying this Kathy Schmitz embroidery design this week!   Slowly stitching along with my favorite DMC variegated blue floss, Laguna Blue, is such a lovely pleasure!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 11, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #107

Good morning!  I'm joining in with Linda and friends at Texas Quilt Gal for the To-Do Tuesday link-up, sharing what I plan to be working on this week.

Last week, I wrote that I really wanted to get the quilting done on my Rainbow 4 Patch quilt, and over the weekend I did!

I also made the binding and sewed it on.  You'll notice that I'm sewing it on to the back of the quilt, and that's because I'm going to finish it by machine, too.  I'm using this tutorial from Sylvia at Treadlestitches, on machine binding for donation quilts.

I'm hoping to finish up the last step of the binding this afternoon.

I didn't have a lot of other piecing time at my sewing machine this week, so I hand-pieced instead - finishing up the last two blocks for my trip around the world project.

This might be the final layout.  I'm just living with it for awhile 
before starting the process of sewing the blocks together.

Coming up for this week...

         ⭐Finish up that binding!

         ⭐Cut and piece some blocks for a few Works in Process, including the      orange hyphen row for the Full Stop sampler, a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  I'm planning to make 6 of these, and they should sew together pretty quickly, once I get the rest of the background pieces cut.

              ⭐Make room for a little squirrel sewing - some maple leaf blocks for the Autumn Jubilee QAL over at From My Carolina Home.  I can't resist them!

These are fun!

Have a great, productive week, everyone!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Slow Stitching the Rainbow

There hasn't been a lot of sewing machine time this week, and when there was time it was reserved for machine quilting the 4 patch quilt.   I've been poking along with it, and I'm getting close.

Consequently, the piecing I've done has been entirely by hand, working on the last two blocks for the Rainbow Trip Around the World quilt.

Pieces prepped for a bright green block:

And a light neutral block finished, with the green block in progress:

Here are all the completed blocks up on my design wall in their color groupings.  This won't be the final layout, of course, but I'll start working on that as soon as the last green block is finished.

And then I'll be hand-piecing the blocks into rows.
I'm really enjoying the slow-stitching process of this quilt 
as well as the way the blocks are looking together!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday and at 
Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap and at 
Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

I Like Thursday #255

Happy Thursday!  Thanks for visiting on I Like Thursday, hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  My Wednesday has been packed full!  I went with my mom to a meeting at her assisted living place to see how she's adjusted after a month there, and it turns out she's doing just great!  That felt good to know!

I also went to the eye doctor, which you all know messes you up for many hours afterward.  My eyes are dilated so I can't read, thread a needle, or go outside because it's too bright!  I'm glad to have had the appointment, but will be so happy when my eyes get back to normal.  It does look like cataract surgery is in my future.

Hopefully, I can see well enough to write this post!  😎

I sure love Fall!  The leaves around here are changing color and are so beautiful.  I've been especially enjoying these across the street from us!

And aren't these cute pumpkins?  I love them!

The other day we rearranged some of the things on our walls and put up this grouping in a corner of our family room.  It's a favorite photo from the Oregon coast and a couple from our trip to Alaska a few years ago.   I'm liking this arrangement!

We were so happy to see that "Call the Midwife" returned for its 10th season this past Sunday.  It's one of our favorite shows, and never disappoints!

Screenshot from PBS

I've been enjoying this book this week.  As soon as my eyes go back to normal, I'm going to finish it, lol!

Wine, WWII, historical fiction with a current day mystery. 
Many of my favorite things in this genre.

Hope you're having a great week!