I just love these critter quilts. I did Dwight the Dear last year, and also bought the patterns for Bjorn the Bear and the Fancy Forest. The Fancy Forest pattern package has Hazel the Hedgehog in it, and I couldn’t resist making a bunch of Hazel blocks.
Man there are a bunch of little pieces in a Hazel block! I used my Me+You batiks for the hedgehog spines and was careful to organize as I cut:
I did the piecing mainly over the holiday break and then sat on the blocks for a few months while I finished another project. I whipped them out this weekend, put them together, and got them quilted.
Here is a close up of the quilting – it is a very simple, open pattern called Raindrops. I just bought a bunch of colors of SoFine #50 and used a light blue thread for both the front and back. I think it blends in well.
The back – it is an Art Gallery print:
Some more fun shots
I love my Hazels and I might be tempted to make more but man, they took some time to get together! For now, Hazel is heading off to Hawaii to meet my new nephew.
Final Hazel details –
25 total Hazel blocks, final measurement 40″ wide by 45″ long.
Quilted with SoFine #50, color 519 in the top and the bobbin.
Close to 25,000 quilting stitches – quilted on my Avante with the Prostitcher using the Raindrops E2E pattern from UrbanElementz (a free download!)
This was on my Q1’18 FAL list, so I’ll link up there at the end of March.
Also linking up with Wednesday Wait loss and Let’s Bee Social.
I’ve admiried Elizabeth Hartman’s critter patterns for some time, and bought 3 or 4 of them with no plan for what I actually wanted to make. In October I was online trying to find a piece of fabric for another purpose and found a Moda Grunge Christmas bundle. I’d been considering making a Christmas quilt for awhile, and the intersection of this bundle with Dwight the Deer wanting to be Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was too good to pass up.
I spent a long weekend while we were in Pagosa Springs piecing the blocks. They went together pretty well, but there were a lot of pieces. After putting them together, I would recommend two things: 1) stacking up 2 fabrics at a time to cut to save time, and 2) marking every piece with the letter in the pattern and making sure that label stays with the piece until you are done with it.
These were my guys after the blocks were all made:
Ironically, I looked outside while I was doing the piecing and found 4 deer visiting me for inspiration:
I chose a wood grain pattern for the quilting, and used this quilt as another Pro-Stitcher practice piece.
Watching Dwight while quilting was fun, and I loved how it was coming together:
It didn’t take too long to finish, and I already have it up on the wall for Christmas:
I used some leftover Grunge in red I had in my stash for the back, along with a fat quarter through the center to help make it long enough.
Final Details – Dwight and Rudolph Quilt
32″ x 45″
Quilted using So Fine #408 (a medium gray) in the top and bobbin. Over 50,000 quilting stitches.
Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter