Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Table Scraps for February

My red scrap bucket had lots of narrow strips in it, so this month I just started sewing strips onto strips onto strips until I had a piece that was about 13 x 17!

A piece of muslin made a good backing and shows off my quilting design, too!  I was inspired to use the Hanging Diamonds quilting design after seeing a project that Melva had used it on.

I trimmed this to 12.5 x 16.5, placemat size.

More strips were sewn together to use for binding.

Our inspiration this month was the color red and hearts - both perfect for February!

Besides hearts, the red scrap bin had stars, stripes, 
snowflakes, flowers - all kinds of fun prints!

It turns out that this mini quilt fits perfectly on the bedside table.   I have the perfect dish to set on it, too - a door prize that I won at our February quilt group get together.

But it also fits the table in between the comfy chairs where we sit to have morning coffee.  So that's where I think it will stay!

Linking up with the Joyful Quilter for the February Table Scraps Challenge,
Alycia Quilts for Finished or Not Friday,
Quilting Learning Combo for Free Motion Mavericks
and SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

I Like Thursday #376

I've spent quite a bit of time again this week coordinating my mom's care after her hospital stay last week, but she is much better now, so that's good.  She is spending some time in a rehab facility to build her strength and independence back up.  I hope it won't be for too long, though - she is anxious to go home!   Thanks, everyone, for all your good wishes for Mom!

We treated ourselves to a box of Thin Mints this week!  Yum!  I can't go a year without a box or two.

I finished up the February heart for Melisa's Year of Hearts project the other night.  This is one of those where I just used every sweet and happy color that fit the design!

We've just started watching "The Good Doctor" for our evening entertainment.  Have you watched this?  I think it's up to Season 7 just starting this week, but we're starting at the beginning.  I love the main character played by Freddie Highmore - a young doctor who is autistic.  The show portrays the other doctors as quite arrogant and dismissive of this character's talents.  I hope they get better about that!

LeeAnna's question of the week is who is our favorite TV or movie fictional couple and I knew my answer right away - Rick Castle and Kate Beckett from the show "Castle."  That was a very favorite show that I watched every episode of back when it was running on ABC.  I enjoyed the storyline - Castle is a writer who needs inspiration for his books, so he starts shadowing Beckett, the police detective.  Of course Castle ends up helping to solve the crimes, and eventually they fall in love.  

He's funny, and she's the serious detective - together they were very fun to watch!

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Midweek Progress

 As I have for the last month or so, I spent the first two days of the week working on the next border for my Stay at Home Round Robin project.  This week's border prompt is from Gail at Quilting Gail and she called for anything that has an element of 4 in it.  I opted to go simple and traditional and made four patch blocks.

In fact, I made three groups of four 4 patches!  

In the quilt, they became four groups of three!

The center of the quilt up to the narrow red border measures 18.5 inches,
so there is room to add two more 2.5 inch blocks on each side.   I'll wait to see what Border #6 calls for to decide what I'm going to add.

[I've been bothered by the look of that center section - it has looked wider at the top and the bottom - like it was stretched out of shape.  Measuring showed that the top and bottom borders were 1/4 inch longer than the center - I think I sewed them on wrong!  No wonder those borders were wavy...  So out came Jack the Ripper, and I took off those two borders, trimmed them by 1/4 inch and sewed them back on corectly.  Now that center is a true 18.5 inches square!]

Sharing at QuiltingGail for the SAHRR 2024 week 5 link-up and at
Quiltfabrication for Midweek Makers.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Some Slow Stitching for a Sunday

After I finished the Rainbow Bowties quilt earlier this week, I started thinking about what new block I could work on next for a new hand-piecing project.

Then I remembered that one of the blocks on my list that I want to make is a Hollow Nine Patch, and that would be an easy one to hand-piece.  Eight 2.5 inch red squares and one neutral for the center were cut and are ready to stitch together!

This will be a long term project, and I'll need to get caught up on both red and green, but I'll continue cutting and piecing a few of these blocks as I have time.

I've also been embroidering the February heart from Melisa at PinkernPunkin Quilting for her Year of Hearts.   This one is called "Country Mail Delivery."  Those bluebirds make me think of the many blue jays we have around here.  They aren't as sweet as these little birds, but they are definitely the neighborhood sentinels, telling all the news!

Both of these projects will get some stitches today.

Sharing at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.


Friday, February 16, 2024

A Happy Scrappy Finish!

Earlier this week, I put the last binding stitches into Rainbow Bowties and it is now a finished quilt.  I think this might be one of my favorite quilts ever, but I probably say that with every finish!  The bowties for this quilt were my handpiecing project for 2023.  Here's a photo from July - halfway there, maybe?

I ended up with 80 blocks total, and kept hand-piecing them together into 
larger and larger groups until the whole center was together.

By then, I was ready to get this thing finished, so I machine sewed the borders on!  I did hand quilt this quilt, and used the same green for the binding as I used for the borders.

The backing is the bright Tumbling Blocks wide-backing print that I've used on a couple other quilts already this year.  It goes really nicely with the rainbow theme.

So - here it is, all finished!

This is not a very big quilt, 40 x 48, but I noticed when I was quilting and sewing on the binding that it's a good size for covering up in when I'm sitting in my comfy chair, reading, watching TV, or doing some embroidery or cross-stitch.  I think it will get used that way a lot!

Sharing at SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!


Thursday, February 15, 2024

Catching up on Round 4

I'm popping in with a quick post because I finally had some time to sew this afternoon.  Brenda at Songbird Designs called for square-in-a-square blocks for this week's border.  I'm working on a small piece, so I made four 2.5 inch blocks.

I always like how these look as cornerstones, so that's how I'm going to use them.  I was thinking that last week's half square triangles could become flying geese, and they could go on either side of this week's blocks.  Maybe something like this?

Maybe Round 5 will fit in those spaces???

Sharing at Songbird Designs for the SAHRR 2024 Border 4 link-up.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

I Like Thursday #375

I am writing this on Wednesday, so Happy Valentine's Day!  I finished stitching Love Notes the other night.  Hope you got some Love Notes from your favorite someone this Valentine's Day.

My week turned crazy yesterday (Tuesday) because my mom was admitted to the hospital with a UTI and it has made her very weak.  Fortunately,  she is much better today.  Having to spend lots of time sitting in the ER or a hospital room makes me appreciate that I had downloaded an older trilogy by Nora Roberts to read - one of my favorites to reread - magic, romance - all good!  

I was all excited to work on border 4 of my Stay at Home Round Robin this week, but it hasn't happened so far.  I have the fabrics picked and know what I want to do, but no time yet.  Fingers crossed for a little sewing time, maybe tomorrow?

LeeAnna's question of the week is who was our first crush?  I'm sure I had crushes on boys as early as 5th grade and well into high school when I finally had a boyfriend, lol!  But my longtime crush has always been Tom Hanks!  I would love to meet him, but would probably be completely tongue-tied.  😘  But at least we can watch his movies!  We watched and enjoyed this one the other night, "Finch."

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