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Hazel Hedgehog

Hazel Hedgehog

Some projects are years in the making. When we bought a new dresser over a decade ago, I said I would make a quilt for it. I wanted something beautiful and decorative and homemade to sit on this beautiful dresser. We put an old woven rug on the dresser until I made the quilt.

The rug sat there for years. Then we repainted and I swore I would make a quilt. Instead of the rug (which was full of dust and falling apart) we put a towel on the dresser. I said I wouldn’t take the towel off until I made a quilt. I bought the fabric and selected a pattern to use. And three years went by!

I recently joined our local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and we are running a year long project to finish our UFOs – Unfinished Objects. Finally, I had the motivation and deadline to finish start the quilt!

Finished Hazels all in a row.

I am so happy with the result. It makes me smile every time I see it. My husband and I are fond of art with animals. Our house is filled with paintings of birds and cats, fish and more cats. The cute modern hedgehogs fit right in!

Finished Binding

Pattern Review

The pattern is by Elizabeth Harman and it’s called Hazel Hedgehog (1). There’s also a Hazel Hedgehog 2 that is a bigger version of the pattern.

This is my second time using Elizabeth’s patterns and I just love them. The design is modern and fresh, and the animals seem to come to life as you finish the blocks. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. It’s a measure and cut pattern, no templates or special rulers needed, which I like. The biggest piece of advice is to label your pieces!

So Many Pieces!

It’s a huge time saver. On the first quilt I make of Elizabeth’s, I just stacked up the blocks in order and thought that would be enough. It wasn’t, I had to re-measure every piece as I worked through the quilt and it slowed my progress significantly. Label your pieces! 🙂

You can find the PDF pattern on Elizabeth’s shop here: Patterns by Elizabeth Harman.

If you like paper patterns, you can find it online or perhaps at your local quilt shop. I found it online at The Confident Stitch. (affiliate link)

One thing I find with patterns is that I never make the quilt that they design! 🙂 I always take the block and then re-design the quilt to fit in with my intended purpose. I absolutely love Elizabeth’s designs, but when it comes to making a quilt, I have to make it mine. I think one reason why is that it’s difficult to find the same fabrics and colors.

What do you do when you buy a pattern? Do you make it as designed, trying to find the same fabrics and colors? Do you make it using the same overall design, but using your own colors? Or do you use the pattern as a springboard for your own design.

Link-ups:

  • I would not have finished this post on time, if not for Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs Favorite Finish Monthly Link Up! Thanks for hosting Cheryl! Go and see some of the other awesome finishes for the month.
Unstuck

Unstuck

How Joining a Group Can Boost Your Creative Goals

If you’re reading this, you are probably a quilter, crafter, or hobbyist of some kind. Or maybe you aspire to be but aren’t there yet. Just like I was. For YEARS.

For years, I would tell myself I ought to do some sewing. “I enjoy it, why don’t I do it?” But then I would get bogged down in what to make and what kind of skills it might take. I would look at hundreds of patterns, dozens of blogs, and admire everyone’s work. But I would do no work of my own. It was always something I would get to when I ‘had more time.’ But, we all know there never is more time. If you want time for your hobbies, you have to make time. Fit it into your calendar and schedule it if you have to.

So, now I have been sewing, and actually finishing a few things, great! Except…. Now I am totally STUCK!

Stuck!

See this lovely quilt, top finished, batting and backing all pinned together. Just waiting to be quilted. And I have no idea how I want to quilt it. It’s been sitting here for almost 2 weeks. I know the quilting pattern that I want to use, but I can’t quite make it work in practice. I’ve been trying out some sample quilting patterns, but I keep rejecting them for this project. I’m stuck and I can’t figure out how to move forward.

But, friends, here’s the awesome thing about joining a group of similar hobbyists: I have a deadline! I committed to this project as part of our UFO Challenge with the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild. And I’m feeling some serious (but happy) deadline pressure. I am stuck right now, but oh boy, I need to get myself unstuck by this weekend! If I’m going to have this quilt finished by the next meeting, that means I have two weekends to quilt and bind it. Let’s say I want to take that second weekend to do the binding, that means that I must finish the quilting this weekend.

Group deadlines help you to get unstuck and keep moving toward your creative goals.

So, I may be stuck right now. Seriously stuck! But I must get myself unstuck this weekend! Without my quilting group, I might debate for endless weeks about what to do. I might even shelve the project telling myself that ‘I’ll get back to it later.’ Nope, I need to make some decisions, put on my big girl pants, and quilt this puppy this weekend.

If you have been hesitating, if you haven’t been able to jumpstart your craft or hobby, join a local group! Find one on meetup.com or find a national organization for the type of craft you are interested in and see if there’s a local group. That’s how I found the Boulder Modern Quilting Guild. It’s one thing to read things online, but it’s completely different meeting people in person and seeing the work they are doing.

If you have been dabbling in your hobby but aren’t finishing things or aren’t progressing in your skills, join a local group! In a group of 20 people, you will have something to learn from every person (and you have something to teach too)! Watching others finish projects month after month is going to help drive you to finish new works. And, when you get stuck like I am, you can get motivation from challenges, or ask for help if you are stuck on a particular technique.

If you’re a quilter, start with the Modern Quilt Guild. If you have a different hobby in mind, start your google search now and find a group you can join. Get unstuck and join us happy crafters!

Hedgehog Progress

Hedgehog Progress

I absolutely love Elizabeth Hartman’s patterns! They perfectly fit my preferred style of sewing: beautiful, complicated, but not too fiddly with special techniques.

So many pieces!

But, so many pieces! This is 185 pieces right here. Which doesn’t seem possible, but I counted twice. Unlike the unicorn pillows, I labeled the piles which made a huge difference when finding the right pieces to sew. Label your piles!

The sew up took a few sessions, but was fairly straightforward. I felt that I could have done a little better on the match-ups to keep everything perfectly accurate, but overall I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Faces complete and ready for spines

I’m working on this project as part of the UFO Challenge for the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild. This project has been in the works for years and the fabric is at least 2 to 3 years old. I’m making this for a specific purpose to decorate the house. I’ll show pictures soon of the spot it’s going to live in.