Monday, January 20, 2020

Kittens, cats and penguins

Why yes, it is a kitten block featuring penguins.

And here are more kittens all decked out in Team Storm colors. So yes, it might be a bit easy to predict what my Project Quilt Challenge 2 quilt is going to look like. Molly says its going to look like a big zero, just like Challenge 1 because I'm not making blocks fast enough. She assigned me the task of twelve kittens per day in order to reach the level of completion I reached last time, before I failed. Molly doesn't want to see me fail too soon.

Here's Buddy providing a color quality control check.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Purl Penguin

Here is a stuffed penguin. This penguin is from a free pattern from Purl Soho

When taking photos of projects, a close crop is very important or the focus moves to extraneous objects in the house, such as kittens and pictures of dead cats.

Meanwhile, today is the first day for the second challenge for Project Quilting. The challenge is to use colors of your favorite team. I, of course, immediately thought of Team Storm, those sad little foster kittens I took care of starting in November 2015. I am already off to a great start, and Buddy helped me pull fabrics for this new quilt. He flopped in front of me and I laid fabrics on top of him to see if they matched. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Postage Penguin

Sometimes, theory and reality diverge. I was hoping to make a postage stamp penguin or one might say a pixelated penguin. But instead I mismanaged the value of light green and bright green and got goo.

And even after seeing the intention, there are some problems with my theory because I wasn't planning on having the penguin carry groceries. The heavy weight of the packages has shortened the penguins neck, forced him into a squat and made a mess of his wings. Despite all that, I made him from various four patches and think this might be fun to carry through with the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

Next time I will take more time between design and execution.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Penguin Publishing

Molly was right to ridicule me for thinking penguins could write books because their expertise is publishing books. Obviously. So please accept this addendum to yesterday's mishap. This is a penguin made from books and DVDs.

Also, please accept my apologies for the blur. I took this photo without a flash because I was getting glare. Plus, Buddy makes a terrible tripod.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Literary Penguin

The next session of Project Quilting starts on Sunday, so I wanted to get the first session finished by then. Molly thinks I should participate in Project Kitten instead.

And how silly of me to think that penguins would be literary just because of Penguin books. Instead apparently they are obsessed with counting...

...things to crab, two squid, three fish.  How many times do you want to read this book to a penguin?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cognitive Penguin

Meet cognitive penguin. If you have been following along you may have seen that my first penguin (welcome to the new year) was a failed attempt at origami. While I am usually fine with simple origami figures, that was well above my pay grade. And now more advanced constructions are available such as the penguin you see here...a kit that makes a moving penguin. In theory, this penguin could be flattened, and then when tossed on a table, the two suspended rubber bands inside would pop the penguin into this shape. But as you can see from the major gap in this penguin's abdomen, this penguin would become an exploding penguin.

Meanwhile, I discovered Molly playing with her fish/penguin. She had the tail in her mouth as she kicked it brutally. I will tally that it the success column.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Fused Fabric Penguin

Here is an emperor penguin. Back in 2011, I participated in a small quilt a week challenge where I made a small 8.5 by 11 inch fused quilt. It got easier as I went along, but I forgot most of the tricks I had learned back then. However, I did still have some fused bits that I could use so maybe hoarding isn't such a bad idea after all.

And here is what a snow day looks like in Portland. And yes, as I was standing out in the front yard there were snow flakes falling from the the rate of about one snowflake per five minutes.