Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #4

Happy Canada Day! We had really bad weather during the first half of June, cold and wet, and while the spinach still decided to bolt, I had little hope for my remaining cucumbers. But as soon as the weather changed, the first flowers appeared on the cucumbers, and they seem quite content by now. The tomatoes ignored the weather as well and have apparently decided to outgrow their cages as quickly as possible. They are in a rather dry spot close to the house but I didn’t think they would grow that much while it was so cold. In other gardening news, I have decided to try to grow Brussels sprouts. I belong to the 50% of the population who cannot taste anything bitter in Brussels sprouts and have always liked them. And I know they grow around here, you can see them in the fields awaiting harvest in late autumn. I had to order the seeds online, I guess this is not a very popular crop. As you can tell, I am having a lot of fun with my garden experiments.

But you are not here for my veggie stories, so let’s move on to this month’s penguin. July means Canada Day, and Canada means hockey. So of course the July block had to feature this favourite winter pastime and Canada’s official national winter sport. I realize the little guy should be dressed in red and white and not in blue but it didn’t look right in the final layout of the quilt. So I have decided to have him play in Vancouver Canucks colours instead. The hockey penguin will be available for free download until the end of the month and then move to the store section to make room for August’s free block.

PPP-054-04 Penguin #4

EDIT: If you missed the free download of the July block, it is now available for purchase in the pattern store.

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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14 responses to “Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #4”

  1. Joanne Berndsen says:

    Hi Beatrice,
    Cool looking ice hockey penguin !
    It’s been quite a while since I watched Vancouver !
    I remember a black and orange uniform…just spent a bit of time googling…what a difference! Love the blue!
    take care,

  2. Joanne Berndsen says:

    and now the theme to Hockey night in Canada is ringing in my head!

  3. Lori Smanski says:

    Awww this is such a cute block. We are going to have the cutest/most active penguins this winter. Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting these together for us.

  4. Piper says:

    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing these darling little penguins! Can’t wait to make them all!

  5. Christine says:

    Thank you for allowing us to use your design

  6. Joyce Carter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these cute blocks with us. They are all very much appreciated. And I appreciate all your time and effort in making them.

  7. rosemarie garone says:


  8. donna flansburg says:

    Thank you so much. Very cute.

  9. Susan says:

    Thanks for the cute penguin playing ice hockey.

  10. KJ says:

    Thank you for another fun pattern. Too bad Vancouver will not be a hockey hub city, but our health is more important. is organic and local and has several brussels sprouts types, for future reference. Their seeds are curated for our climate. You can get them to send you a catalogue, and seeds can be bought in their store in Ladner, or at Co-op or Potter’s or several other stores. They have a great variety. I have been using their seeds for years.

    • Beatrice says:

      Thanks, KJ. I have been reading a lot on the West Coast Seeds website, they have a wealth of information, and next year I’ll be much better prepared. I did choose one of the Brussels sprouts varieties that they recommended. But this was back during phase I, and they had very strict measures in places and only accepted a limited number of online orders per day, and once the limit was reached you had to try again the next day to get your order in. I felt it wasn’t fair to take up one of the order spots for just my little bag of Brussels sprouts seeds, so I ended up ordering them from Ontario. Hopefully I can browse their Ladner store in person for the next growing season.

  11. Quilting Tangent says:

    Penguin is cute, like his friends. Interesting reading about your garden. Any trouble with animals eating up your plants and vegetables?

    • Beatrice says:

      Not too much trouble with animals. My first beans got pretty much eaten overnight by slugs, at least that’s what my gardening expert friend assumed. She recommended cutting up plastic containers into sleeves to put around the seedlings, and that seems to have done the trick. My biggest problem are the neighbourhood crows. Now I know why it is called a “murder” of crows… I was feeling ready to kill them after they tried to dig up and pull out several plants, including an onion and a squash and kept picking at cabbage leaves. I am keeping them at bay right now with shiny things but I have to move everything around every few days, these birds are smart!

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