Penguin Quilt Pattern


Penguin quilt

Penguin quilt

The penguin quilt pattern is intended as a bit of fun, and I have used Christmas fabric for the borders as penguins tend to be part of the festive season.  I’ve used yellow for the beak and feet, black with some grey to provide contour for the penguin, with what I’m calling ice blue for the white sections of a penguin.  For the background I’ve used a blue Christmas fabric with gold stars in it.

As usual, you can buy these fabrics as a kit with a 10% discount on the normal fabric price. Click on this week’s special offer.

The quilt measures 36″ by 54″ and I have used 1/4 yard each of yellow and grey fabric, 1/2 yard each of blue background fabric, black and ice blue fabrics.  For the borders I used 3/4 yard of the dark fabric and 1/4 yard of the light fabric.

Use squares or rectangles

Use squares or rectangles


Cutting requirements for the penguin quilt

The entire quilt is made from 2.1/2″ squares, but you may prefer to use some 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace two squares, or 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace three squares.  This just saves a bit of time with the piecing.

Altogether you will need:

thirteen yellow squares, twenty three grey, one hundred and one blue background, eighty seven black and sixty three ice blue squares.  I have counted these a couple of times, but please bear with me if I have mis counted somewhere along the line.

For the penguin quilt borders you will need these 2.1/2″ strips in the dark fabric:  two 26.1/2″ long, two 48.1/2″ long, two 32.1/2″ long and two 54.1/2″ long.  In the light fabric you will need these 1.1/2″ strips:  two 30.1/2″ long and two 50.1/2″ long.

First six rows of the penguin quilt

First six rows of the penguin quilt

Making the penguin quilt

The only sensible way for me to show you the penguin quilt pattern is just to list the squares across each row, working from left to right:

Row 1:  5 blue, 5 black, 3 blue

Row 2: 4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 3 yellow

Row 3:  4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 2 yellow, 1 blue

Row 4:  4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 3 blue

Row 5:  5 blue, 4 black, 4 blue

Row 6:  5 blue, 5 black, 3 blue

Rows seven to twelve

Rows seven to twelve

Row 7:  3 blue, 1 black, 4 ice, 3 black, 2 blue

Row 8:  3 blue, 1 black, 4 ice, 1 black, 1 grey, 2 black

Row 9:  1 blue, 3 black, 4 ice, 5 black

Row 10:  4 black, 4 ice, 5 black

Row 11:  3 black, 5 ice, 5 black

Row 12:  2 black, 1 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey

Row 13:  2 black, 1 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey, 1 black

Rows thirteen to eighteen of the penguin quilt

Rows thirteen to eighteen of the penguin quilt

Row 14:  1 black, 2 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey, 1 black

Row 15:  3 blue, 5 ice, 2 black, 2 grey, 1 black

Row 16:  3 blue, 5 ice, 1 black, 3 grey, 1 black

Row 17:  3 blue, 5 ice, 4 grey, 1 black

Row 18:  4 blue, 4 ice, 3 grey, 1 black, 1 blue

Last four rows

Last four rows

Row 19:  4 blue, 2 ice, 4 grey, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 blue

Row 20:  6 blue, 2 grey, 1 blue, 1 grey, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 blue

Row 21:  6 blue, 1 yellow, 2 blue, 1 yellow, 2 blue, 1 black

Row 22:  4 blue, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 3 yellow, 2 blue

First two borders of the penguin quilt

First two borders of the penguin quilt

Penguin quilt borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the dark Christmas fabric:  sew the 26.1/2″ lengths across the top and bottom and the 48.1/2″ strips down the sides.

For the second border sew 30.1/2″ strips of the light fabric to the top and bottom and 50.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Finally for the third border use the remaining 2.1/2″ strips of dark fabric:  two 32.1/2″ lengths across the top and bottom and two 54.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

That completes the penguin quilt pattern.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

I know many of you are very busy with your Christmas quilting at the moment and I think that I will be doing the same this weekend.  Where has this year gone!



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  1. I love this. And you used such great fabrics.

  2. Hi Rose,
    I’m glad you were able to read my comment. Guess Firefox for a Mac (my third try) was/is the answer.

  3. Hi Rose,
    I’m just hoping that you won’t find this comment in with your spam. I left a comment about the penguin quilt when I got it yesterday but noticed this morning that my comment hadn’t been posted. I am now trying to send this by a third server in hopes that it’ll work.
    Your quilt is adorable. You’re a clever lady and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next week.

    • Hi Claire. Thanks for trying so hard to leave a comment. I do appreciate your efforts. I have decided to move my website hosting to a different company as I seem to be having so many problems with the present one.

  4. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Rose, I have a new email address- gmail address in place of my prior address.
    The penguin is simply precious and so festive during this holiday! I recently stumbled onto a how to video on how to make a sewing machine cover and guess who was teaching ? Yes, When I saw you talking, I simply knew that I would be in good hands with the steps to take. Your passion grows with a contagious love for sewing & quilting. Such fun indeed! Cecilia Alcantar

    • Hi Cecilia. I’ve changed your email address. Thanks for letting me know. Glad you found the sewing machine cover helpful. I’ve just treated myself to a juicer so I’ll be making a cover for that soon.

  5. what a clever idea!

  6. What a fun quilt. Not just now but at some time I will just have to have a go at this little feller. Thanks.

  7. This is really adorable Rose! The ideas you come up with are great. Thank you so much for sharing with us all. Marge