Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Rainbow Scrap Jar Stars

I'm joining in with the Blogger's Quilt Festival, sponsored by Amy's Creative Side, to share my Rainbow Scrap Jar Stars quilt.

The 20 Scrap Jar Star blocks were made throughout 2016 as I followed along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge monthly color choices.

The quilt flimsy was finished in March of this year, and the quilting and binding were finished in May.

My hubby and I had fun photographing my Rainbow Stars at Benson Sculpture Park in the city where I live, Loveland, Colorado.

Thanks for joining me while I share one of my favorite quilt finishes one more time!  To see more quilters who are sharing their favorite quilts,  be sure to check out the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Hand Stitching Project

Football season is upon us and that means if it's Sunday, and the Denver Broncos are playing, they are on at our house.  Sometimes I disappear into my sewing studio, but sometimes I want to watch, too, and that means some hand stitching is nice to have ready.

Recently I got started on a pre-printed whole cloth piece that I found at a local quilt shop.   I bought two, and here is one still in the package.

I layered the top with some batting and a piece of muslin, and have been using some variegated quilting thread to quilt along the lines.

Very simple, not much thinking involved in this, just stitching along and enjoying the process.  I've made several of these in the past, and with a small border, a backing, and some binding they make nice little wall-hangings to give as gifts to special people.

I think I will definitely be enjoying some slow stitching today!

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

When life makes other plans...

The plan for this week was to drive over to Winter Park, Colorado, and meet up in real life with Cathy K from Utah of Cathy's Crazy by Design to enjoy the mountains and have a sew day.  We both have been looking forward to this trip so much, and I was in the process of getting everything ready that I wanted to work on while there.

Then the phone rang with news of a death in my husband's family and everything had to change.  We were needed in Nebraska (the opposite direction) to be with family instead.  Oh well.  You just can't say no to your family when they need you.

So, consequently, with plans changing, I was feeling a bit funky in the sewing room and had trouble settling on what I wanted to do with myself.  It became one of those, "I just need to sew, and who cares what it is" weeks.

For some reason, I had some Halloween fabric scraps laying on the cutting table, so one night I made this - 

It will probably turn into an October mug rug.

Another day, I uncovered a mini charm pack of Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille, so I started sewing some of them together.

This will most likely become one side of a zipper pouch for a friend's birthday gift.

Then, digging around in a basket, I found that I still have some of that gray solid from Connecting Threads left (used in two different quilts, and still some left!) along with some leftover cut off triangles, out of which came this - 

This one turned into a little 12 inch pillow - 

I'd been saving a yard of one of the Good Neighbors prints that I got on clearance from Connecting Threads for something, and this must have been it!

I guess this week I just needed some scrap therapy!

Linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Some more with orange

It is always fun sorting through fabrics to figure out what to use for a few new bow tie blocks.  This week I found bright tropical orange and dark red-orange, creamy peach and darker orangy-peach.  These blocks are so fun and fast to make.  

I have 28 bow ties right now - still need lots more for a good-sized quilt, but it's fun to look at my collection all laid out!

After finishing up all of the string blocks I needed for my String Star project, I realized I still have a lot of chunks that are 1.5" wide and various lengths.  Inspired by the way Cathy at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting uses even the littlest of scraps, I started cutting these chunks into 1.5 x 2.5 inch pieces.

Sewing them into pairs makes a 2.5" square, and 25 of them will make a nice sized block!

        Whoops!  Need to turn this one right here so the ↑orange piece is on the bottom!

Right now, they are all being thrown into this little tin.  I've made orange ones, yellow ones, and black/gray/and white ones.  When I have a chance, I'll go back and make blocks of some of the other colors we've already worked on this year, but I'm sure this will be a long term project!

Linking up with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Like Thursday #47 - A Special Visitor

Over the weekend, we had refugees from Hurricane Irma staying at our house.  My husband's sister and brother-in-law were in the process of moving TO Florida and, watching the weather reports, realized they should probably wait a few days before heading out on the road.  Knowing they didn't have anywhere else to stay because they had closed on their house here in Colorado on Friday morning, we invited them to stay with us for a few days.

I love these folks as if they are my own sister and brother, but the most special visitor who came along with them was their dog, Ruby!

Ruby is a sweet, 3 year old Akita, very mellow and well-behaved.  She enjoyed nosing around in our yard and watching the squirrels!  (They were wondering what this creature was who had invaded "their" yard!)

At one point "mom" and "dad" had to go somewhere and left Ruby with us, and she wasn't too sure that was a good idea!

Where are you going, Mom and Dad?

They also took her to a self-serve dog washing place near our house, and Ruby came back looking just beautiful!

We haven't had a dog at our house for a very long time, so I enjoyed this visit with Ruby very much.  In fact, I think I'll miss her!

I hope you've been having a great week!  Along with my SIL and BIL, we spent a lot of time watching the Weather Channel and waiting for news from their daughter who lives in Puerto Rico, and their son who lives in Florida.  Everyone seems to have gotten through the hurricane with minimal damage to their homes and neighborhoods, so I'm really thankful for that.

I'm joining in with the I Like Thursday bloggers, over at Not Afraid of Color!  You should, too!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Tote Bag for Fall

A couple of years ago, I stopped buying purses when I wanted a new one, and started making tote bags from the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, "Make 3 Totes from One Charm Pack."  (This is easy to find if you go to their YouTube channel!)

Earlier this week, I decided it was time to retire my Watermelon Tote bag that I made in July of 2016 -

and make a new one for fall!  I made this one a little taller and a little wider than the original pattern, and I liked the size and shape it became, so I did the same with my new one.

I started with 16 red, brown, and orange charms from a charm pack of Miniature Gatherings by Moda and added some of the dark red with cream stars that I had leftover from my 4th of July projects as the top and bottom borders.  

Some simple quilting to a scrap piece of batting, a coordinating lining, and a fat quarter to make some inner pockets - 

makes a very functional tote bag/purse that will last me quite a long time!  This bag measures about 15.5" wide x 12.5" tall, and 3.5" wide at the bottom.

One thing I may add that I have found helpful in the past is a magnetic clasp to keep the top of my tote bag from gaping open.  I can recycle one from an older bag that I'm no longer using - that sounds like a good Sunday afternoon project!

Linking up - Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Friday, September 8, 2017

Orange Strings

Since I was on a roll with my low volume string blocks last week, I decided to keep going and finish up the orange string blocks that I need for my String Star design.

It didn't take long to complete all of the orange blocks!

Since I hadn't used up all of the orange strings that I cut, I decided to keep sewing with them, using a couple pieces of scrap batting for the foundation.

These turned into a couple of bright and happy September coasters for our morning coffee!

This fun polka dot made the perfect backing for them!

Now that all of the string blocks are finished, I can plan some time to get this top sewn together.

Oops!  There are a couple of blocks turned the wrong direction over there on the right side!  Lol!  I didn't notice that until just now, looking at this photo.  Good thing those are just the blocks laying out on my design floor!

This coming week, I'm looking forward to meeting up with Cathy of Cathy's Crazy by Design and a few crafty friends for a mountain sew day.  I think I will be working on putting my String Star quilt top together!  

Happy ScrapHappy Saturday to all of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge friends!  I'll be linking up at SoScrappy!