HedgeHUGS BOM – Block #2

(Edit: Of course I worried for nothing… It snowed again overnight, so we left extra early, and the roads were clear and traffic wasn’t a problem, and they were able to get me in and out quickly although I arrived way too early, and I am back almost in time. But that’s Murphy’s Law, if I hadn’t worried about it, I’d still be stuck in traffic somewhere :))

It is still too early in the year to start rambling about my gardening adventures. It is actually snowing outside as I am writing this. Just a little, and the temperatures in the forecast are above freezing, so it should be disappearing fairly soon. But I am ready to go again, maybe plant some peas towards the end of the month and start the first seeds indoors.

So let’s look at our little hedgehog friend right away, who is out in the woods this months looking for mushrooms. I really hope he knows which ones are edible! I am not into collecting mushrooms in the woods, I grew up in a big city and wouldn’t know one from the other. But I have a very distinct memory from when I was nine years old and we were on vacation in Switzerland. We found some mushrooms in the woods, and my mom insisted these were chanterelles (I hope that’s the right name, I had to look up the English word). She took them home with us and said she would turn them into a delicious dish for all of us to enjoy. My mom had grown up outside the big city and she may or may not have been right, who knows. But all three of us kids only knew stories and fairytales with poisonous mushrooms and as city kids we found eating anything that we found in the woods appalling. Neither of us would have touched the dish, and we were so afraid that our mom would eat the mushrooms and die. Luckily for us, she put them in the fridge and forgot all about them. When she remembered them, they were spoiled and had to be thrown out. Phew.

As always, the pattern for this block will be free until the end of the month and move to the pattern store when the next block is released.

PPP-076-02 Hedgehog #2


EDIT: If you missed the free download in February, Block #2 is now available for purchase in the pattern store.



EDIT: Block 2 ist jetzt auch auf Deutsch/mit metrischen Maßen im Pattern Store verfügbar.





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Fleur – Lisa’s Version

Previously I posted pictures of Cynthia’s version of this beautiful Susan Smith pattern called “Fleur”. When her friend Lisa finished her top, I got to quilt another one of these beauties. Lisa had of course seen Cynthia’s finished quilt and liked my quilting, so I didn’t really change much, especially since I quite like it too.

Fleur




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Herringbone

Karen made this modern quilt as a gift for her granddaughter who was involved in the design process. She had seen a similar quilt on Pinterest and liked it a lot, she helped pick out the fabrics and also requested just straight lines for quilting. Her original plan was to have vertical parallel lines all over. I suggested the diagonal parallel lines, following the seams in the herringbone pattern. The idea was approved by Karen’s granddaughter, so that’s what I did, and I believe it adds a bit more interest to the quilt.

Herringbone




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Urban Jungle

This colourful modern quilt was made by Lynnette. What a great setting to showcase some pretty fabrics, and I especially like how the black sashing brings out the bright colours even more. I quilted it with a leaf pattern called “Ground Cover”.

Urban Jungle




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Floral Stars

Here is another one of those quilts that I am particularly fond of where your brain starts seeing secondary designs when you look at it for a while. This one was made by Kelley, showcasing a pretty floral fabric. I quilted it with “Azaleas”, a floral design with a bit of echo quilting.

Floral Stars


 



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Ellen’s Double Irish Chain

This Double Irish Chain quilt was a guild project a while back, and Ellen asked me to custom quilt her version. She gave me a drawing of the feather wreath she wanted in the alternate blocks, and I filled the chain parts with diagonal lines. We were both quite happy with the way it turned out.

Double Irish Chain




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Quill

“Quill” is the name of the fabric line (by 3 Sisters for Moda) that Liz used to make this quilt. Liz likes swirly patterns, and this quilt is more about showcasing the pretty fabrics and didn’t need elaborate quilting, so we chose the pattern “Whisper” to finish her project.

Quill




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Purple Memory Quilt

Shelly made this memory quilt in purple and included a lot of personal pictures printed on fabric. For privacy reasons I have covered these pictures with white squares which makes the quilt look a bit weird, sorry about that. Shelly wanted to leave the photos unquilted, so I just stitched in the ditch around them, and for the background she asked for “feathers and swirls”, and I free-motioned all over it. I actually like doing that a lot, after the first hour or so I get into a “zone” and filling the background feels very calming and relaxing.

Purple Memory Quilt




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Elephant Walk

Thomasine also made this adorable little baby quilt with elephants. I quilted it with the design “Wandering Daisies” that has just the right amount of playfulness for the quilt. What a cute gift!

Elephant Walk




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Maple Woods

Here is a cozy flannel quilt made by Thomasine. I really like quilts that combine patchwork and appliqué, and a pattern like this one is a great starting point to try your hand at fusible appliqué. Big shapes, and just a few blocks… so even if you end up not liking the technique, it’s totally doable. We finished the quilt with the pattern “Fall Leaves”.

Maple Woods




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Sparrows

Both of these quilts were made by Dylena, and at least one of them, maybe even both (sorry, I can’t remember) where auctioned off for a charitable cause. As you all know I am more of an appliqué person, but aren’t those little pieced birds adorable? Both were quilted with “Taj Mahal” to add a minimal amount of texture, and as always the quilting is much more visible in the pictures than in reality.

Sparrows 1


Sparrows 2




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Dragonfly Garden

Here is another cheerful little quilt made by Naida. I think the outer border fabric is a design by Me and My Sister, and I have always loved their fabric lines, exactly my kind of bright colours. The pattern “Champagne Bubble” finished the quilt nicely, picking up the circular design elements in the fabrics.

Dragonfly Garden




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