Playing With Hedgehogs

Firstly, please accept my apologies if I haven’t commented on your blogs for the past week or so but we drove down into Spain/Catalonia for a break while my daughters house/dog/cat sat and, as one daughter doesn’t live here permanently, we’ve also been having some family time and I’ve been keeping off the screen and sewing machine as much as possible.Β  Mlle. Tialys the Elder is here for another week but I just dropped in quickly with an update on the F2F third block swap organised by Kate.

During the 2016/2017 swap, I discovered the pattern for Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest quilt and made a couple of blocks featuring her foxes and also two hedgehogs because they were easily made into the correct size for the finished blocks (12 inches) that this block swap calls for simply by adding a border.Β  Β It was interesting matching the colours they had chosen for their quilts to the pieces of hedgehog and each one is unique – I can guarantee you won’t see any of these in the wild.

So, in 2016, Susan over in Texas got this one –

and Claire in France got this one

I couldn’t resist revisiting this pattern for this year’s swap and – bearing in mind the participants who have already received one and the fact that not everybody might like a hedgehog in their quilt (although I can’t imagine why not πŸ˜‰ ) – I made this blue and white one for Sue over in Washington as one of her three blocks for July.

I’d never made one for myself so, not to be left out, I made one in the neutral colour palette I’d selected as my colour choice this time round.

Plus, a paper pieced favourite of mine called ‘Banded Star’ – a pattern you can find free on Craftsy here.

With the receipt of these brilliantly executed (though not brilliantly photographed) blocks from Moira …….

and these lovelies from Nanette………

I now have all my blocks here and ready to be assembled into one big beautiful quilt or, quite possibly, two smaller fabulous throws.Β  I chose a neutral palette so that I could display them in the living areas of the house more easily so two smaller ones would make sense.

As usual, with sampler quilts, I will probably QAYG (quilt as you go) and might even have a go at hand quilting this time so you probably won’t see the finished article any time soon but it’s time I tried to improve my quilting skills and this will be an ideal project to do so.Β  Expect minimalism!











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  1. #1 by katechiconi on July 23, 2018 - 08:52

    I do hope you get round to whatever you end up choosing sooner rather than later. I know my own record is very poor in this case, but I really loved your quilt for M. Tialys, and want to see you finish another one!

    • #2 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:48

      I’ll definitely finish it (or them) but I’d better not commit myself to when.

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on July 23, 2018 - 10:37

    Those hedgehogs are just fabulous!! ❀

    • #4 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:47

      Thanks Pauline – I’m rather partial to the foxes from the same quilt pattern but they’re not quite so easy to make in different colours and still be recognisable.

  3. #5 by nanacathy2 on July 23, 2018 - 15:26

    The hedgehogs are lovely of course people will want them.

    • #6 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:46

      Well, some like more traditional blocks but I sort of know who those are and, if I get it wrong, they can always make it into a cushion πŸ™‚

  4. #7 by kathyreeves on July 24, 2018 - 02:24

    Those hedge hogs are just sweet! Glad you had some family time and a little vacation too. πŸ˜„

    • #8 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:43

      Still having the family time – she doesn’t go back to the U.K. until Saturday – so we’re enjoying some nice meals out and a few outings.

  5. #9 by nettyg on July 24, 2018 - 05:13

    I can happily….and hopefully …… see a blue and blush hedgehog in my quilt πŸ™‚ A near little pattern to have up your sleeve.

    • #10 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:42

      If that’s a real request, I’m sure I could oblige.

  6. #11 by claire93 on July 24, 2018 - 12:04

    ooooh all your blocks are in, and your own are lovely too.
    Really looking forward to next month when mine start arriving ^^

    • #12 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 12:15

      I’ve sorted out all the fabrics for your blocks – once eldest has gone back to the U.K. at the weekend I’ll get started on your lovely colour scheme. Have you made any for yourself yet?

      • #13 by claire93 on July 24, 2018 - 12:29

        nope I haven’t, but my fabrics are neatly stacked waiting for me to begin.

  7. #14 by nettyg on July 25, 2018 - 01:46

    Oh yes, definitely a real hedgehoggy request. Thankyou πŸ™‚

  8. #15 by Susan on July 28, 2018 - 17:39

    The hedgehogs are so adorable, and I love your colors. This is going to be another beautiful sampler quilt!

    • #16 by tialys on July 30, 2018 - 11:00

      I hope so – although it might end up as two smaller throws – not sure yet.

  9. #17 by Kim on August 3, 2018 - 19:44

    I can’t imagine anyone not wanting one of those hedgehogs in their quilt!

    • #18 by tialys on August 4, 2018 - 08:43

      Me neither but I try to guess their taste by looking at the work they do themselves. I have a request for another one for the September participant so there will be a blue and blush pink one coming up soon.

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