On Monday I sat down very decisively to work on something happy. Meet the newest member of my penguin fold – a little Scottish penguin named Glen. When I shared the initial sketch, Kris asked what a penguin keeps in his sporran. As I was sewing, I thought of a little story.
Glen had always loved wearing his kilt, but the other little penguins made fun of him. Instead of changing himself to fit in with the others, he spent his days roaming the hills and dales alone, having his own adventures. Although he was happy to go about on his own, he sometimes wished he had a friend with him. During one of his excursions, he found a new hill. As he walked up the hill slowly – he was a little penguin after all – it started getting colder and darker. Rain clouds covered the sun and very soon, strong gusts of wind started blowing him all over the place.
He hurried up the hillside and found an old broken ruin there. The hill was in a remote area and the entrances to the ruin were all overgrown with brambles. He took a little knife out of his sporran to clear a path so he could get in without spoiling his clothes. As he was cutting the brambles, something pink plopped down along with a few Thistle flowers. He loved Thistle. When he bent down to pick up the flowers and put them in his little sporran, he found a small pink stone among them. By this time, big raindrops had started pelting down on him. He hurried into the ruin to sit inside a big stone fireplace. There he sat, thumbing the stone and looking at the sky, waiting for the rain to let up a little.
A flash of lightning, and he suddenly found himself elsewhere, facing two other penguins. One was dressed in woolens and the other in Viking clothing. They were as surprised to see him as he was them. After a little awkward introduction, Glen learned their names were Polaris and Olaf. He also found out that they had been lonely penguins too, before they met each other. Polaris loved his matching woolens, he had quite a few sets.
As for Olaf, not only did he love his Viking clothes, he also insisted on having horns on his helmet even though he was told Viking helmets didn’t have horns. He thought the horns made him look very mighty and formidable. They both welcomed Glen with open arms.
Polaris gave Glen a little snowflake that sparkled in the moonlight. Olaf gave him a little fire-stone which glowed in the dark. Glen remembered the thistles in his sporran and gave each of his new friends a thistle. He showed them his pink stone too. All three wondered if rain and thunder somehow activated the stone and if there were more penguins like them. For now though, they were delighted to have found each other. Sometimes you just have to look a little farther to find what you are looking for.
The photos were taken by me in Scotland. I took the photo of the Thistles in the mountains standing outside, buffeted by wind gusts of 40 – 50 mph. It was quite a difficult task, and I feel like I brought a little Scottish spirit home with me captured in that photo.
Glen doesn’t always like to wear his tie or his belt buckle. So I included additional sections in the pattern for easier piecing without the tie and the belt buckle.
Since I always get asked about pattern links, here are links to all three penguin quilt patterns –
Scottish Penguin Glen – The newest member!
They are a happy bunch, aren’t they! I love them!
Have a crafty week,
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