Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Friday, July 9, 2021

Cool Blues for a Hot July

 It's been really hot here the last couple days...


Fortunately, my sewing room is in the basement, which for us is the coolest part of the house, so it's been a good place to spend part of each afternoon.  Early in the week, I finished up my hand-pieced 4th of July tabletopper with some hand quilting and scrappy dark blue binding.


It fits perfectly on the little square table where I keep all my stitching supplies.  I'm using the little penguin pouch with it for supply storage and even made a tiny new pincushion for the table, too.


I also prepped (and have been sewing) a dark blue scrappy trips block.  The others I made previously were mostly lighter blues, so this will be a good addition to the project.

These are also hand-pieced.

Every month I've been adding two chandelier blocks in the RSC color of the month, so I stitched those up this week, too.  They're really quick!


Here's the whole group - 14 of them.


These are hard to photograph!  The dark blue and purple blocks look black, but I promise they are not!  I do they think they will make a pretty *something* - probably a tablerunner.

And one other thing I worked on - the start of my July Table Scraps project - these little string blocks in dark blues and browns.  They're 3.5 inches square!



More about these next week!

Linking up with my favorite weekend parties at:





 





33 comments:

The Joyful Quilter said...

Nice start to Dark BLUE month and your July 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge, Diann!!

Linda said...

Love your little supply table with that pretty topper. Those tiny strings - gah they are cute! Wow it has really been hot where you are.

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

The weather this year has been insane! Basements are very helpful. I love your 4th of July table topper, and those adorable chandelier blocks, but the little string ones--wow! so cute! Stay cool!

Deb A said...

Great start on the darks this month. Sewing in the basement with those outside temps is probably the coolest place to be!

Vicki in MN said...

You have some beautiful blues in your stash. We have had cooler rainy/misty days this past week, in fact one day I actually had to put on my jeans instead of shorts. Good days to sew.

maggie fellow said...

the blues look great and a mystery for us too

Sara said...

You have lots of variety in your blocks!! Great job!

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

quite a variety of blocks - the heat has been terrible in some places it is nice that you have a basement that you use that is cooler. I know a lot of houses in the northern states and mountains do not have A/C is that how it is for you?

Gretchen Weaver said...

You have some very nice RSC projects in progress. My favorite was the cute little table scrap blocks, happy stitching!

Kate said...

I really like those chandelier blocks. All your RSC projects are looking good.

grammajudyb said...

You got a great start on dark blue! I haven’t made much progress! A post later today! Garden Walk this morning!

Cathy said...

String blocks for a table runner/topper - brilliant!! I may just *cough* “borrow” that idea! xo

LA Paylor said...

love your chandelier blocks... now what did I do with mine??

Maggie said...

You are on a roll, so many projects and they are all growing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Diann! Your planned fun-day last week looks FAB. I love the hike/lunch/quilt shop/wine idea. Sue and I need to make a plan for something like that ourselves - thanks for the idea. I can't believe it is still so hot by you - 104?!!! That's NUTS. Your topper for the 4th looks just fab - so simply perfect. The chandelier blocks remind me a lot of the International Sister blocks (without the arms/hands!) and your layout for them is so fun. Great projects all the way around. ~smile~ Roseanne

Jenny said...

Your 4th of July table topper looks perfect adorning your little sewing table. And those chandelier blocks are lovely, they are on my must do sometime list for later.

PaintedThread said...

Red white and blue is pretty... and then I saw the aqua blocks. I like those ones best!

You can never go wrong with strings. I don't know why I'm crazy for strings.

Ivani said...

Love all the chandelier blocks together on the design wall, they look so pretty together.
Thr patriotic quilt is beautiful, and I love the way you hand quilted it.
Great begin with the table scraps for the month.
hugs

Pat said...

love your chandelier blocks! and your little string blocks are intriguing...staying tuned to see where they are going!

Angie said...

The new decor for your stitching table looks cheerful and fun! Kudos on the 3.5 inch string blocks - looking forward to seeing more of them.

gayle said...

Ooooo! Looking forward to seeing what those tiny strings grow up to be!

Julie in GA said...

You have so many great projects in the works! I especially like the Chandelier blocks. Stay cool!

Susie H said...

Hopefully you've gotten some relief from the heat by now. We're rainy & cool this weekend but then šŸŽµšŸŽ¶ "The Heat is On" šŸŽµšŸŽµ once again. You've got some very pretty blocks going and, of course, I'm happy to see more strings!

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

All of your Rainbow Scrap blocks are darling, I like how the Chandelier blocks look together.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, that is too hot!! Great progress on your projects.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Beautiful job on the July tabletopper. You are rocking the RSC challenge. So many pretty projects. Happy quilting.

chrisknits said...

Looks like a lot to progress is being made there! Hope your mom is still settling in well in her new locale.

Karrin Hurd said...

Great projects you are working on! I love your little pouch! Hope you have a great week!

piecefulwendy said...

Your hand projects are looking really good! I'm so glad you have a cool place to hang out when the temps climb. Of course, I love that little penguin pouch :-)

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Oh my! Those string blocks are tiny! I would have guessed they were at least 8". Thanks for linking them up with Oh Scrap! Lovely blue blocks :)

Mari said...

I love those chandelier blocks. I've been admiring those quilts for a long time. They always turn out great. And the strings-- oh my! Hope the heat has eased a bit.

KatieQ said...

The Chandelier blocks are going to make a fun quilt. I love the mix of fabrics.

Bonnie said...

Your little string blocks are so darn cute. Nice job. Yikes we're half way through July and I have an idea for Table Scraps this month but I haven't done a darn thing about it! (Or friendship star blocks either.) I need to switch gears and work on these two projects. Have a great weekend.