Friday, April 15, 2016

Tricia's Puffin Doodle

I thought and thought about what to do for the doodle theme.  Coloring books have become all the rage. I noticed one in a local quilt store and thought they are really just doodles.  The cover of the coloring book had a whale frolicking  in the ocean.  I liked that idea so I began to think about images from Nantucket to use.  I then noticed an article in the Nantucket newpaper about a Puffin that was spotted off the southern shore of Nantucket.  Puffins have only been spotted around Nantucket a few times. A photograph was taken of the puffin by E Vernon Laux.  I used his photograph for my doodle.

I just love Puffins. My mother in law always said a puffin poem when she served pancakes to my husband and his siblings. I fused fabric for the puffin and doodled stitching for puffin and the ocean.


  1. Cute Puffin! And lovely stitching, too. Good job!

    1. Oh, and I'd love to read that puffin poem that your mother in law used to quote when serving pancakes!

    2. There Once Was a Puffin
      by Florence Page Jaques

      Oh, there once was a Puffin
      Just the shape of a muffin,
      And he lived on an island
      In the bright blue sea!

      He ate little fishes,
      That were most delicious,
      And he had them for supper
      And he had them for tea.

      But this poor little Puffin,
      He couldn't play nothin',
      For he hadn't anybody
      To play with at all.

      So he sat on his island,
      And he cried for awhile, and
      He felt very lonely,
      And he felt very small.

      Then along came the fishes,
      And they said, "If you wishes,
      You can have us for playmates,
      Instead of for tea!"

      So they now play together,
      In all sorts of weather,
      And the Puffin eats pancakes,
      Like you and like me.

    3. Oh what a charming poem, Tricia! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! I see now why your mother in law quoted it while serving pancakes! She sounds like a wonderful person!

    4. Thank you for sharing this poem Tricia. It is adorable.

  2. I LOVE puffins, so cute. You did a nice doodle.

  3. Hi Tricia. This is such a sweet puffin! I love all the machine stitching detail on both the water and the puffin. Beautiful!

  4. Clever and cute! Love your stitching!

  5. I think I found the picture and you captured it perfectly in your work. Well done!!

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  7. From Rita: What a cute little bird on a darling little quilt! And I am with Alice in wanting to know the Puffin poem. I am betting my little grandson would love it!

  8. I felt like I was journeying through a Puffin Storybook tale as I looked at your quilt and read your narrative .... How delightful !
    My husband, Greg, is from Connecticut and I'm sure he'll enjoy the Puffin Poem when I read it to him tomorrow ! Thanks for sharing it with all of us !

  9. How totally charming. I don't think I have ever seen a puffin. Enjoyed the poem! Fine doodling.

  10. Oh I so want to see a puffin now! This is a wonderful interpretation of the theme and I really appreciate getting a reminder of the wonders of Nantucket.

  11. Nice job Tricia! Lots of great quilting