Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Puffin

I know that I've said this before, but this could possibly be my favourite pattern yet! 

This time, however, its not just because I love the pattern, but the subject of the block also has a special significance for my family.

You see, my Mum and Dad met each other on a remote Scottish island where there is a huge puffin colony. As a result the puffin has always held a special place in their hearts and they passed this love on to their three children.

As you've probably worked out by now, I come from a family of avid birdwatchers. I must admit that as a small girl, I was often bored to tears while the rest of the family peered into their binoculars and I was left searching for a tiny black dot with the bare eye. BUT I never tired of going in search for puffins. I remember lying on my stomach near the edge of tall sea cliffs, searching among the guillemots and other sea birds, eagerly looking for the magical hint of colour which was the giveaway that I had found a puffin in the midst of the huge colonies of birds resting on the rocky cliff ledges. There is something about the beautiful beak and the personality of these birds that really catches the imagination!

My Mum always used to joke that puffins look as if they are flying backwards. If you have ever seen a puffin fly, you will no doubt agree.

I have great plans for this block, but I won't share too many details just incase I spoil any surprises!

Random fact:
The Dutch name for a puffin is papagaaiduiker (isn't that a great word!) it translates literally as parrot diver!

I'm linking in with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced

Incase you are wondering, this pattern is with the pattern testers already and I'll add it to my Craftsy store as soon as I get their feedback.

20 comments :

  1. Interesting fact about the puffin's name!! I love, love, love puffins, too, and adore this pattern.

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  2. I love this block - it is freeking adorable. and I love papagaaiduiker! Such a cool name! What a super lovely story - cant wait to see what your plans are! x

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  3. Great block and what an awesome story behind it!

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  4. This is such a cool block! I love the fabrics you chose for it - specially those musical notes!

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  5. Your puffin is just beautiful, as are all the birds you have done.

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  6. Very cute! loving the fabric and the birds looks gorgeous!

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  7. I'm looking forward to getting back on track with what you are up to. AM loving all your birds and this puffin is adorable - love the little 'history' about him.

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  8. Love his gorgeous eye, you've captured that feature just perfectly. I think these birds are so cute, and I love the story of your personal connection to them. If ever I see one in real life, I will be reminded of you.

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  9. He's beautiful, can't wait till he comes available on Craftsy

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  10. Your puffin made me think of this http://calicoonlinestudio.co.uk/Puffin-Nuffin-signed-print-by-Simon-Drew. He's fabulous!

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  11. My favorite cereal is named after puffins. Your block is beautiful!

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  12. They are all so adorable and they all make me smile.

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  13. I love this puffin, especially the music fabric for his belly.

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  14. This is fantastic! I also love the music on his belly - this would make such a perfect gift for my uncle - I can't wait until it's available!

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  15. Fantastic block! The music on his belly is unexpected and perfect!

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  16. What a cutie he is. I love that he has a special meaning too :)

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  17. Wow, just amazing! Puffins are one of my favorite birds, love this!

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