It feels like it’s been awhile since I made a quilt that was just for fun and just for our little family, so in February I’m going to change all of that with the Hazel Quilt-a-Long. Elizabeth Hartmen released 3 fabulous animal block patterns last year (a fox, a whale and a hedgehog) and I was immediately drawn to wanting to make my version of Hazel Hedgehog. (Well, actually I wanted to make them all but I could only make one at the moment so I picked Hazel.)
I know I’m not the only one that wants to make their own Hazel quilt so I’ve decided to run a Hazel Quilt-a-Long to help motivate, inspire and assist those that would like to make their own versions. To help convince you that you should be a part of the Hazel Quilt-a-Long I’ve put together some information, crucial dates and tried to answer some of your questions below.
What’s a Quilt-a-Long?
Wondering what a quilt-a-long is? It’s simply where a group of people make the same quilt at the same time. It’s a great way to stay motivated, learn new techniques and make new friends.
Do I have to finish?
Nope. It’s totally up to you with how you proceed. If you’d like to be eligible for inclusion in the link up at the end of the Hazel Quilt-a-Long you will need at least a flimsy (patchwork top) made. If you’re making anything else (like a cushion, bag, dress, table runner, etc.) than you’ll need to have it completed (just so people know what you’ve done).
What size pattern can I make?
There are 2 Hazel Hedgehog patterns available.
Hazel Hedgehog includes:
This pattern includes instructions for a making a 36″ x 39″ Baby Quilt, a 56″ x 61″ Lap Quilt, and a 66″ x 83″ Twin Quilt using either a 8″ x 9″ or 12″ x 12″ hedgehog block.
Hazel Hedgehog II includes:
This pattern includes instructions for a 20″ x 20″ Quilted Pillow, a 34″ x 37″ Baby Quilt, a 48″ x 52″ Child Quilt, and a 68″ x 74″ Lap Quilt.
All of the projects are made using Large (24″ x 26″) or Gigantic (34″ x 37″) hedgehog blocks.
You can use the block patterns in whatever way you like. You could make a quilt, a cushion, a table runner, incorporate them into a bag, make a dress – the only limit is your imagination. Get creative and have some fun!
Is the pattern paper pieced?
Good news for those of you, like me, that are a little wary of paper piecing this pattern is all patchwork! Which is great because if accuracy is a problem for you doing them in the larger sizes gives you more room to play. So there’s no excuse now!
How do I get the Pattern Discount Code?
Elizabeth has kindly offered a 25% discount code for those that wish to buy either (or both) of her Hazel Hedgehog patterns. You can get the code by signing up to my newsletter. The newsletter is sent each Monday and the code will be included in each newsletter until the end of February. The discount is valid until the 28th February.
What fabrics can I use?
You can use whatever your heart desires. The blocks are really fun and you can have so much creative license with how you put your hedgehogs together. For those doing #sewmystash2015 this is a great way to use what you already have on hand. (Shop your stash!)
Key Dates with Bloggers
Wednesday 4 February – Hazel Quilt-a-Long Begins @ GnomeAngel.com
Monday 9 February – Fiona @ Bendigo Lioness
Wednesday 11 February – Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts
Friday 13 February – Raylee @ Sunflower Quilting
Monday 16 February – Brandy @ M3 Quilts
Wednesday 18 February – Melissa @ Ms Midge
Friday 20 February – Tara @ Simply Crafted
Monday 23 February – Cassie @ Cassandra Madge
Wednesday 25 February – Kate @ Stitched with Love
Each blogger is making a different project using the Hazel block as the foundation. Expect to see quilts, table runners, bags and much more.
Prizes will be announced at the start of the Hazel Quilt-a-Long.
How can I win a Prize?
I will provide a link tool which you will then be able to add a link to either your blog or Instagram and share your version of Hazel. Your quilt doesn’t need to be finished, you just need to have a completed flimsy (patchwork top).
The link up will be open for a set amount of time. The link up will then close and people will be able to vote on their favourite 3 Hazel’s. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 fan favourites.
How do I tell the world I’m participating in the Hazel Quilt-a-Long?
Good question. It’s all about connecting with others and finding new creative friends, so when you share your hazel’s on social media be sure to add the hashtag: #HazelQAL (and for extra points be sure to tag me in the photo with @gnomeangel).
You can also add this snazzy button to your side bar if you’re a blogger. The button is sized at 250px x 250px – just select and copy the code in the box below the image and then paste that code into the area you wish to display the button.
What if you haven’t answered my question in this post?
Simple. Just leave me a comment here or send me an email and I’ll get on to it as soon as I can.
I hope this has covered everything and you’re excited to purchase your pattern, select your fabrics and get started on the creating!