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WIP Wednesday: Orange Penguins and La Passacaglia

Most nights I sit down at my sewing machine and accomplish something. It might be a quilt block, a stuffed animal’s face, a bit of embroidery — some small bit of satisfaction that carries me through to my next stitch-fix. But the past few days? Not so much. I have been wrestling with a new prototype, and I have nothing to show for it. Well, ok, *almost* nothing.

Penguin Prototype, by Stitchified

I have clipped, resewn, redrafted and seam-ripped my way to a more acceptable version of this little guy, but I’m not there yet. And while throwing in the towel is a very appealing option, my husband is encouraging me to push a little bit harder to do right by Mr. Penguin.

And so here I am, futzing around with freezer paper templates. Over and over again until I get it right. This time in bright orange and chocolate brown — Am I the only one who prototypes in increasingly gaudy colors?

WIPMaybe I’ll spend tomorrow distracting myself with a new project. I’ve totally jumped on the La Passacaglia band wagon and have been loving every second of slow stitching. I’m planning to do a small mini for my sewing room. I have to be *the* slowest EPPer ever though, so even the mini might take me years. It blows my mind how folks manage the full quilt!

A photo posted by Jen (@stitchified) on

A photo posted by Jen (@stitchified) on

Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

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  • Andrea @ Tideline Quilts January 20, 2016, 11:39 am

    I want to make penguins now. A whole flock (herd?) of them…and have them everywhere in my house! What an adorable stuffie pattern you’ve created! Love, love, love it!

  • Diane January 20, 2016, 8:38 pm

    Your penguin is precious. I see very little room for improvement. I love the use of corduroy for his body. The aqua color reminds me of an arctic blue – so appropriate. All he needs now to be ecstatic with his existence is a fish nearby for a snack and possibly an egg to huddle between his itty bitty webbed feet. Food and family – a perfect life.

    Your kaleidoscope is awesome. Five sides. What a challenge! Beautiful fabric choices.

  • Valerie January 20, 2016, 8:50 pm

    Mr. Penguin is looking pretty good to me. Certainly worth pursuing. I love your paper piecing! I don’t do it- I’d be even slower than you. Have a good week.

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