Personal Penguin


Yay!  I finished this baby quilt before my trip to the hospital tomorrow!  The sex of this baby is unknown so I tried to go as ungirlish and unboyish as possible.  I don’t know if I succeeded, but I hope so.

Inspiration:  April 2007 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, page 48. 

Fabric:  Michael Miller’s Kid’s Toile.  Unfortunately my quilt shop doesn’t carry the polka dots!

 I like the back almost as much as the front.


Here it is before the wrinkling process:


The secret:

  1. Pre-wash your cotton fabric first.

  2. Use Warm N Natural batting. 

  3. Piece, quilt, and bind

  4. Throw it in the washer on warm.

  5. Dry on low.


Ahhhh…wrinkly goodness!  (And yes, that’ll be my nickname in 50 years.)

 I’m throwing in a copy of this book along with the plush toy and a copy of this song.  Thanks to Ashley for blogging about it.  What fun!  I could listen to it over and over.  Go listen – it’ll make you smile.  🙂

43 Responses to “Personal Penguin”

  1. 1 lera April 10, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    That is some wrinkly goodness. So very pretty or, uh, neutral, I should say. I think it will be perfect for either boy or girl. That letter fabric is great. And I agree that the back is just as wonderful as the front.

  2. 2 Debbie April 10, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    It’s just beautiful!! I LOVE that fabric and sure wish I had a reason to use it.

    Such a beautiful gift and thanks for the wrinkling hints!

  3. 3 Patricia April 10, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    That’s beautiful!! Good luck tomorrow, I’ll be thinking about you.

  4. 4 Rosa April 10, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    I love it! I wish I could take on quilting. It is a wonderful art form, which you’ve definitely mastered!

  5. 5 Belém April 10, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Not girlish, not boyish but definitively babyish. Lovely indeed.

  6. 6 Tami April 10, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    It looks great! I adore the wrinkly goodness.

  7. 7 capello April 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    oh, that’s so cute.

    (and i thought you were not suppose to prewash the fabric if you want it wrinkley)

    best wishes tomorrow. i’ll be thinking about you.

  8. 8 kirsten April 10, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    the back is just as good as the front!

    wow! (Good luck at the hospital)

  9. 9 Karyn April 10, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Amazing Linda! Best of luck to you in the next few days 🙂

  10. 10 Jen April 10, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Great fabric, I love it!

  11. 11 shannon April 10, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Perfect for a boy or girl, I love it. And the back is wonderful too. Great fabrics, so perfect for a baby.

  12. 12 samantha April 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    just lovely – green is my favourite colour.

  13. 13 Elizabeth K April 10, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Terrific colors. I love it

  14. 14 Ali April 11, 2007 at 2:44 am

    That’s a lovely quilt, and the perfect gift.

  15. 15 Sue B April 11, 2007 at 3:19 am

    Oh nicely done Linda! Love this combination of fabrics, they make a lovely quilt.

  16. 16 Fiona April 11, 2007 at 4:36 am

    Love the non-girly, non-boyy colours. Yes you have succeeded. I like the back as much as the front too.
    Hope all goes well tomorrow. xx

  17. 17 Jackie Lawrence April 11, 2007 at 6:25 am

    That is soooo cute excellent job! 🙂

  18. 18 Lisa D. April 11, 2007 at 8:51 am

    What a gorgeous quilt!!!

  19. 20 katie April 11, 2007 at 8:55 am

    What a sweet baby quilt! I love the colors and the fabrics. And I do the same things with my quilts to achieve that wonderful wrinkly goodness. =)

    Sandra Boynton is one of our faves. I haven’t heard Personal Penguin, but we have Philadelphia Chickens, and It. Is. Awesome. I especially love the songs by Kevin Bacon and his brother.

    Prayers have been sent up for you during your surgery today.

  20. 21 Ashley April 11, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I’m so glad I’m spreading the Personal Penguin love! It’s my nephew’s favorite song already–he smiles when my sister plays it, which I feel like is pretty advanced for a 3-month-old!

    The quilt is adorable, and I just love the cosy wrinked look.

  21. 23 missharleyquinn April 11, 2007 at 10:34 am

    What a great quilt. I adore the fabric.

  22. 24 Pieces April 11, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Wow, gorgeous. I love the wrinkly goodness. Congratulations on getting it done before your surgery. Wishing you a quick recovery!

  23. 25 Mindy April 11, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Oh I LOVE this! You just amaze me time and time again!

    I hope that everything goes well for you.

  24. 27 Holly April 11, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    It’s so beautiful…Baby will be lucky to have it! Kid-themed toile is so great. I like that you varied the direction of the diamonds.

    Thanks for the wrinkling tips!

    Best of luck to you today and as you recover.

  25. 28 Tina April 11, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Love your Baby Quilt!

  26. 29 Tami April 11, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    WOW!!!! That’s a gorgeous baby quilt and the mama will be so pleased to receive it! Well done!!!

  27. 30 Anne K. April 12, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Love, love, love the alphabet fabric – have never seen that before! Terrific quiltiness!

  28. 31 Monica April 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    what a fantastic quilt. I’m sure it’ll be treasured forever!

  29. 32 Coryn April 13, 2007 at 5:33 am

    I love it, I love, and I really love the back.
    Linda, I am so in awe of your skill, that you can get things made so quickly, and so beautifully.

    You’ve got me thinking about my “Dick and Jane” fabric now, but I adore your fabric choice-so elegant and chic, yet nursery as well.

  30. 33 Coryn April 13, 2007 at 5:36 am

    Sorry, me again, and I hope you’re feeling better by the time you read these posts.

    I’m curious as to where you would have placed the polka dots (had they been available) in the quilt design.

  31. 34 Kimberly April 13, 2007 at 11:51 am

    What a gorgeous quilt!! Yes, that’s very neutral-I love that green. I hope you’re feeling better soon!!!!

  32. 35 quenna April 14, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Oooo, that came out so nice! Thanks for the how-to’s on the wrinkly process, I love the finished textured and worn-in look of it.

    Congrats on the nomination!

  33. 36 Lauri April 15, 2007 at 11:17 am

    What a beautiful quilt! I love the back as well as the front-gorgeous!

    Hope your recovery is going great!

  34. 37 meg April 15, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Linda, I love this! The back is just excellent; it really is as good as the front.

    Hey, I hope you’re getting to feeling better; take care of yourself and take it easy!

  35. 38 Amy April 15, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    I love the gift! Sandra Boynton is AWESOME….I have everything Sandra Boynton.

  36. 39 Evelyn Lum April 16, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    I LOVE!!! it. Sage green? … one of my favorite colors. Best wishes to you, prayers included. Hope you will be out and up in no time.

  37. 40 K. Anne April 17, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Just gorgeous! And thanks for the tip on the wrinkling. I love that look in quilts. Makes them more homey (in a good way) and cuddly.

  38. 41 Sandy April 22, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Isn’t that fabric adorable! I just bought some in turquoise & pink.

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