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: Auch Block 4 ist jetzt als Kaufmuster auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen im Shop verfügbar.


 


 



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Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #3

Another month has come and gone in this weird year. British Columbia has entered phase II of its reopening plan, and I have amended my procedures for taking in quilts a bit. This is mostly interesting for local customers, please click here to read more. There is still no square dancing (and probably won’t be for a long time), and the lack of dancing has managed to turn me into a gardener. I never thought that day would come but I have planted lots of veggies, and most of them seem to thrive. We have already harvested some spinach and lettuce, the peas are blooming, and the potatoes are growing like crazy. And yesterday I found the first flower on one of the tomato plants. Just the cucumbers don’t seem to like me but I am hoping it’s just the weather. One of my green thumb friends says her cucumbers are struggling too which made me feel a bit better.

I can’t think of a clever transition from gardening to penguins, so let’s just jump right in and check out what our friends are up to this month. There is definitely no gardening going on in their world. June’s penguin is gliding serenely across the ice on his skates, all dressed up in his finest bow tie, his ears kept warm by matching earmuffs. As always, the pattern is available for free download until the end of the month and will move to the pattern store when the next block is released.

Penguin #3


Edit: The June block is now available for purchase in the store section if you missed the free download. I have also created a pattern bundle that has all three blocks that were previously released for a special price.



Der dritte Block ist jetzt auch auf Deutsch mit metrischen Maßen als Kaufmuster verfügbar. Und auch in diesem Jahr gibt es wieder ein Blockbündel, das alle drei bisher erschienenen Blöcke zum Sonderpreis enthält.






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Sue’s Bookcase

Kelley made this Bookcase quilt as a gift for her sister. It comes not only with her sister’s favourite books but also has a coffee cup, pictures of the grandkids and the cutest little bookworm. The bottom shelf is dedicated to Harry Potter and contains the Sorting Hat, Hedwig and a selection of Hermione’s favourite books. Some of the book titles are printed on fabric, some are hand-embroidered. We chose a simple overall design called “Taj Mahal” for Kelley’s quilt. What a lovely gift!

Sue's Bookcase




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Always In Bloom

Pat started this gorgeous quilt years ago and worked on it on and off until she finished it last year. I have a vague memory of seeing this pattern in a Keepsake Quilting catalog a long time ago, when the internet was a long way from what it is today and they sent out little paper booklets every few months. I don’t remember the name of the pattern, “Always In Bloom” is the name of the Maywood Studio fabric line with the pretty roses. The quilting design is called “Rose Garden”, a perfect fit for Pat’s floral project.

Always In Bloom




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Rosa Biddlecombe

Cynthia enjoys needlework by hand and pieced and appliquéd this lovely quilt called “Rosa Biddlecombe”, designed by Margaret Mew. The variety of fabrics used for the blocks makes the quilting almost disappear, and we decided on an allover design called “Wild Wind” for this part of the quilt. The centre part is lightly custom quilted, the way Cynthia likes it, with just one echo around the appliqué and a few free-motion feathers in the background.



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What I Am Working On: Happy Hippo Hop In Progress

Remember the baby quilt I made back in February and had to rush because the date of the baby shower took me by surprise? Looking back, I am very happy with the way things worked out. The little guy was born on April 3, and by that time we were all social distancing, and I wouldn’t have been able to give the quilt to the new mom in person and see her face when she unwrapped those hippos. Anyway, I still needed to make a second version as a pattern sample. It was supposed to be finished by now, this weekend I would have been at the Langley quilt show but once again life happened, and we had to adjust our plans. My sample isn’t done yet as you might have guessed, but I am making (slow) progress. The top needs two more borders before it is ready for quilting. Here is another preview, and those smiling hippos still make me laugh every time I look at them.

Happy Hippo Top Detail



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Penguin Promenade BOM – Block #2

Welcome to May and the second block of our Penguin Promenade. This month’s block features a chubby little guy skiing downhill, his hat and scarf flapping in the wind. I chose red fabrics for his accessories but the colours don’t really matter, so just go with what you have in your scrap drawer and have fun. The ski poles are quite narrow and not easy to cut but you can always choose to embroider them if you don’t feel like doing appliqué. I appliquéd everything and didn’t have a problem but I realize that not everyone is fond of tiny pieces 🙂

PPP-054-02 Penguin #2


I hope you are all hanging in there, trying to stay home as much as possible. This virus will be with us for a while, and all we can do is make the best of the situation. Luckily quilting is a hobby that will keep us entertained at home for a long time. Until we run out of fabric, I guess, which for many quilters should not be a problem anytime soon 😉

As always, the pattern will be available for free download until the end of the month and move over to the pattern store when the June block is published.

EDIT: The second penguin block is now available for purchase if you missed the free download.



EDIT: Penguin Promenade gibt es auch auf Deutsch, allerdings nur als Kaufmuster. Die kostenlosen Downloads jeden Monat sind nur auf Englisch und in Inch erhältlich. Die deutschen Blöcke werden jeweils einen Monat später im Shop veröffentlicht.


 


 



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Harrison’s Memory Quilt

Ginger made another memory quilt for one of her granddaughters. If you missed her first one, Hudson’s Memory Quilt, it can be found here. This time she cut up Harrison’s baby clothes and turned them into an adorable quilt. The top didn’t have any embellishments, and the lace she had added to the border was stitched down, so there was nothing that could get in the way of the hopping foot. We chose the design “P.S. I Love You” for Ginger’s quilt, an easy choice given all the hearts in the top.




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Cornflowers

This gorgeous machine embroidery quilt was made by Lynn. She started working on the blocks years ago and was very happy to finally finish the project. She asked if I had a quilting design with butterflies, and “Butterfly Tango” worked well for her quilt.


 

 



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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: Penguin Promenade gibt es nun auch auf Deutsch, allerdings nur als Kaufmuster. Die kostenlosen Downloads jeden Monat sind nur auf Englisch und in Inch erhältlich. Die deutschen Blöcke werden jeweils einen Monat später im Shop veröffentlicht.


 


 



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Butterflies

Nancy made this pretty butterfly quilt using floral fabrics in soft colours. She stitched around the shapes using a machine blanket stitch and switched from matching thread to contrasting threads after a while to make the quilt more interesting. The quilting design is called “Wild Wind”.

Butterflies




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Dancing Umbrella

“Dancing Umbrella” is a design by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, and this version was made by Karen. I just love the rainbow of colours. We considered all kinds of clouds, rain and umbrella designs for quilting but nothing seemed right until I came across this swirly pattern called “Wild Wind”. It really makes the umbrellas look like the wind is blowing them all over the quilt.

Dancing Umbrella




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