Crafty Penguin is a quilting shop run by Opal Gamble.
A life-long fan of the comfy handmade quilt, Opal started making her own quilts in 2011 and has been sewing up a storm with her trusty Husqvarna #1+ ever since.
One of my most treasured objects as a child was a pink, flowered quilt made by my Great Grandmother Else. This poor quilt had definitely seen better days: it had small holes in it because the cat zoomed across it with claws out, and it had typical wear and tear. But this quilt lived on my bed as my primary blanket for over a decade until the holes took over and it was transformed into a bed runner by my Mom.
After Else passed away in the late 1990s, my family discovered a stash of quilts with a note indicating that each great granddaughter was to receive one! I joyfully selected a hand-appliqued pink flowered quilt reminiscent of my childhood quilt.
Fast forward a few decades. After years of competitive motorsport as my primary past time, I was looking for a restful hobby that didn’t involve cars or thousands of dollars to enjoy. Then a friend mentioned they had a sewing machine for sale and I decided to dive into making a quilt with no understanding of what I was undertaking.
Many classes and quilts later, I am still using that beautiful sewing machine my friend sold me. However, tired of wrestling with huge quilts and negotiating time on a rental longarm machine, I eventually invested in a used longarm machine of my own late in 2019 and started up Crafty Penguin to justify owning such a fancy machine so much for that whole “didn’t involve thousands of dollars to enjoy” thing!
I greatly enjoy making quilts that are treasured and loved by their new owners. Many of my quilts are collaborations with my customers, as they bring their ideas and design ideas to me to build into the perfect quilt.
what’s with the penguin?
Stitch the Penguin
The penguin, who’s name is Stitch, is a sneaky little thing who’s tired of being cold. He steals quilts at every opportunity to take back to his nest.
The Crafty Penguin name was suggested by a friend who was referencing my online moniker “Gang of Penguins.” That particular handle came about because the majority of my pets at the time (4/5!) were black and white and I have an unreasonable love for penguins.