Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #1

Okay, here we go. I was a bit faster than I thought, and the first pattern is ready for download. “Penguin Promenade” has nine blocks, each featuring a penguin. These are cartoonish penguins as you can tell by the scarf and hat the first one is wearing. His friends in the months to come will all be participating in some kind of winter activity. They will all be wearing accessories. Use your scrap bin and imagination for these, they don’t have to be in the colours that I chose for the design. The finished block size is 8″, and the finished quilt size is 38″ x 49″.

Penguin #1

There is one major difference this year: The finishing instructions will NOT be included with the last block, and I
will NOT provide them for free download. Of course you are welcome to just download the free patterns and assemble them any way you like. If you do the math, nine 8″ blocks do not give you a quilt of 38″ x 49″, and I added a couple of filler rows. These are pieced (no appliqué, no penguins, just plain old patchwork), and it takes a lot more time to write instructions for this than to just place sashing around the blocks and add a border. The finishing instructions will be available separately for a nominal fee. If you collect all the blocks there will be no need to purchase the full pattern if you decide you want to assemble them the way I did. I will however send the finishing instructions for free to anyone who makes all nine blocks and sends me a picture of all of them before April 1, 2021. That gives you a whole year to make nine blocks, and I enjoy seeing what other people do with my designs.

If you want to use the same background fabric for all nine blocks, you will need approx. 7/8 yard. The background fabric does not appear anywhere else in the pattern. For the pieced elements you can pick coordinating fabrics later on. My design is rather monochromatic, I chose only blue fabrics in different values from light to dark for the pieced parts. This is just to give you a general idea, I will post more information on this when I have double checked the math. 

The free pattern will only be available in Englisch/Imperial this year. I haven’t decided yet if I will publish a German/metric version but if I do, it will not be for free download. The rest of the rules are the same as last year, and I copied them from last year’s post:

A new block will be published on the first day of every month at 9 am Pacific Standard/Daylight Time. This means it will already be the second day of the month for some of you. Please be patient and please don’t email me asking when the next block will be published. I don’t like to schedule posts to be published in the middle of the night. There can always be a problem with one of the pattern files, and I would like to be able to fix it within minutes instead of waking up to dozens of messages complaining about the bug. If you find an issue, then please don’t hesitate to contact me, so I can fix it ASAP.

Each block will be available for free download during the month of its publication. It will be moved to the store section when the next block is published. If you miss a block, you can still purchase it for a small fee. Please do not email me asking me to send you the pattern for free. I will ignore these requests. I only charge $2 per block (and that’s Canadian dollars, so it is even less for you in the US), and I will make bundle packs available again for three or six blocks, once we get there, that will give you an additional discount. Please respect my copyright and don’t pass your copy of the pattern on to your friend who might have missed the free download. This will just result in designers not offering free patterns anymore.

And now I think I have talked enough, here is the download link for the first block. Enjoy 🙂

EDIT: It is May, and I moved the April block to the pattern store. It is now available for purchase, in case you missed the free download.

EDIT: Individual blocks and pattern bundles are no longer available but the full pattern can still be found in the pattern store, both in English/Imperial and German/Metric.


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23 responses to “Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #1”

  1. Lori Smanski says:

    Awww this is so adorable. I really look forward to this promenade of penguins. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

  2. michele Breault says:

    So cute! Looking forward to seeing the others. You are very generous. Much appreciated

  3. Joyce Carter says:

    Thank you so much for this adorable Penguin. I really love it.

  4. Theresa Taylor says:

    i am looking forward to this such a cute penguin. Thank you

  5. Mari Keenen says:

    So adorable . . . my grandsons would love this. Thank you !

  6. Sherry Bobak says:

    Thank you so much! He’s so cute!

  7. Rosemary Barron says:

    As with Tuxedo Cats, this is too adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing with us… Quilt, pillow, wall hanging … it’s all good!! So cute.

  8. jolie says:

    Thanks a lot. A great design agin.

  9. Ruthie Peterburg says:

    Thank you, so cute.

  10. Shirley A. says:

    Thank you for such cute patterns. May you and your family stay healthy and safe.

  11. Kathy Luehrs says:

    thanks it’s adorable

  12. Mary Chevalier says:

    Thanks for such a cute pattern

  13. Sharon Aurora says:

    Oh how cute! Thank you.

  14. Caroline says:

    Sew Adorable, thank you

  15. Orla V says:

    I love penguins – this is so adorable! Thank you. Take care, keep safe, and stay healthy!

  16. Connie says:

    Your patterns are irresistible! Thank you so much for another BOM to look forward to…thank you for your generosity!

  17. Quilting Tangent says:

    So cute! Looking forward to seeing his friends. Your 1st follower on Bloglovin’.

  18. Marcia says:

    Thank you. Be safe.

  19. Bernadine Hulka says:

    This is so cute. I did not plan on another BOM type this year but I will work on this one. Thanks for your generous patterns.

  20. Jacklyn Risewick says:

    I have purchased the April, May, June and July Penguins BOM patterns, where to I find the August pattern?

    • Beatrice says:

      The current block can always be found on the blog, Jacklyn. You need to find the post dated August 1. Or just click on the category “Block/Pattern of the Month”, and the latest BOM post should be on top.

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