Elizabeth Hartman All the Animals Sew-Along

Elizabeth Hartman is fast becoming the queen of animal patchwork. A few years ago I made my own version of the Hazel Hedgehog pattern (click here to see) and it’s still one of my all time favourite quilts. As Elizabeth has released more patterns I’ve added them to my must-make list and in 2018 I’m going to make the Elizabeth Hartman quilt to end all quilts. I’ve worked out a way to mix some of my favourite blocks together to make an epic all animal quilt. I also want to add some more cushions and smaller quilts to our collection and this is the perfect opportunity to tackle that to-do list.

Important Dates

Start Date: Wednesday 3 January 2018

End Date: Saturday 9 June 2018

Grand Prize winners will be announced Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Ordering Patterns, Kits and Bundles

I have collated a list of stockists and you can find the information by clicking here (to be provided). This is provided as a courtesy and I take no responsibility (nor can I control) stock levels, pricing or postage.

How the Event Will Work

Let me get this out of the way up front because I just know it’s going to trip some of you up… YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE ALL THE PATTERNS! Think of this event like a choose your own adventure – you just make the blocks you want and forget the rest. It’s really simple. Just pick the blocks you want to make and make those, you can turn them into quilts, bags, pillows, table runners, whatever you like. 

This event is all about helping those of you that have wanted to make one or more of Elizabeth Hartman’s animal quilts. I’ve selected 10 patterns (see below) that I’ve always wanted to make and I’m going to make at least 1 block from each pattern and turn them into a big quilt, some cushions and a couple of other projects. I’ll be using this event to keep motivated and on track and to help you do the same. As always there will be prizes on offer and to keep things exciting there will be a couple of ways you can enter:

  1. Pick a pattern and make a quilt as per that pattern. You will need to post one photo of each of the individual blocks in the quilt between 12:01am 3 January and 11:59pm 9 June 2018. You will then need to post a photo of your finished quilt top (it doesn’t need to be quilted or bound) between 12:01am 3 January and 11:59pm 9 June 2018.
  2. Pick the blocks you’d like to make and make your own project with those blocks. You will need to post one photo of each of the individual blocks in your project between 12:01am 3 January and 11:59pm 9 June 2018. You will then need to post a photo of your finished quilt top (it doesn’t need to be quilted or bound), cushion, bag, mini quilt, table runner between 12:01am 3 January and 11:59pm 9 June 2018. Important: Your entered project cannot include any other animal blocks by another designer. They can include traditional patchwork blocks, setting blocks, improv piecing, words, etc. but the animals must be by Elizabeth Hartman.

For every finished project (a quilt top is considered a finished project) you post using a block from the selected patterns (see pattern list below) you will get an entry into the major prize pool.

Each month there will be a monthly winner picked from those that posted a block from any of the selected patterns during the month. At the end of the event there will be Grand Prizes awarded for completed projects made during the event.

Pattern/Block Order

To make planning easier I’m providing you with the order we’ll be covering each block type so you can start to plan for your approach and work out which ones you’d like to make. We’ll be making 2 blocks a week from the following patterns.

Pattern: Fancy Forest – 6 Blocks

Block Order:

Fancy Fox – 3 January 2018

Alternative Pattern: Fancy Fox and Fancy Fox II

Hazel Hedgehog – 6 January 2018

Alternative Pattern: Hazel Hedgehog and Hazel Hedgehog II

Bunny – 10 January 2018

Alternative Pattern: Bunny

Allie Owl – 13 January 2018

Alternative Pattern: Allie Owl

Thistle – 17 January 2018

Alternative Pattern: Thistle

Frances Firefly – 20 January 2018

Alternative Pattern: Frances Firefly

Pattern: Lepidoptera

Block Order:

Alice – 24 January 2018

Beatrix – 27 January 2018

Carmen – 31 January 2018

Della – 3 February 2018

Eugenia – 7 February 2018

Fern – 10 February 2018

Pattern: The Kittens – 5 Blocks

Block Order:

Simon – 14 February 2018

Chrissy – 17 February 2018

Bacon Bits – 21 February 2018

Daisy – 24 February 2018

Mr Snuggles – 28 February 2018

Alternative Pattern – The Cat

Pattern: Awesome Ocean – 9 Blocks

Block Order:

Salty Seahorse – 3 March 2018

Octavian – 7 March 2018

Angelica – 10 March 2018

Tony the Turtle – 14 March 2018

Chuckles – 17 March 2018

Puffy – 21 March 2018

Mr Manatee – 24 March 2018

Kelp – 28 March 2018

Preppy the Whale – 31 March 2018

Alternative Pattern: Preppy the Whale

Pattern: Delightful Desert – 8 Blocks

Block Order:

Coco Crane – 4 April 2018

Pamela Puma – 7 April 2018

Freya Fawn – 11 April 2018

Millie Moth – 14 April 2018

Cottontail – 18 April 2018

Ricky Ringtail – 21 April 2018

Carlos Coyote – 25 April 2018

Jade – 28 April 2018

Aloe – 2 May 2018

Pattern: Greenhouse – 5 Blocks

Block Order:

Plant 1 – 5 May 2018

Plant 2 – 9 May 2018

Plant 3 – 12 May 2018

Plant 4 – 16 May 2018

Plant 5 – 19 May 2018

Pattern: Florence Flamingo

Block Order:

Florence Flamingo – 23 May 2018

Pattern: Dogs in Sweaters

Block Order:

Dogs in Sweaters – 26 May 2018

Pattern: Lloyd & Lola

Block Order:

Lloyd & Lisa – 30 May 2018

Pattern: Bjorn Bear

Block Order:

Bjorn Bear – 2 June 2018

Pattern: Lisa the Unicorn

Block Order:

Lisa the Unicorn – 6 June 2018


There will not be any tutorials provided for this event, however I will be posting my blocks to my blog with some helpful tips and tricks each week to help you with your blocks. Block information will be posted on my blog on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s AEST. If you live outside of this timezones you can use the following website to do the time conversion, click here. You will need to use Sydney, Australia as the city for Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Alternatively you can sign up to my email newsletter, Gnome Gnews, which will contain reminders and links about where we’re up to in the event and where to get the latest information. Click here to sign up. Newsletters are sent every Monday AEST.

Fabric Selection

A number of the Sponsors for this event are providing fabric bundles and kits for this event. Click here (to be provided) to find our list of Sponsors and Stockists.

Sponsors, Prizes + Winners

You can find the list of sponsors, prizes and winners for this event by clicking here.

Connecting with Others (Hashtags & FB Groups)

The majority of this event will be run on Instagram and you can connect with other who are participating by using the following hashtags: #ElizabethHartmanAllTheAnimalsSAL

If you’d like to connect with people on Facebook you can join Home of the Gnome(Angel) Facebook Group where we’ll be posting regularly and encouraging people to share.

Keeping Up-to-Date

You won’t want to miss a thing, so to help with that I’d recommend signing up to my weekly email newsletter. You can do so by clicking here.

Newsletters are sent every Monday (AEST) and contain all the information you need about all the events that I’m hosting, things I find from around the internet, community cork board and other great finds.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve read all this information and you’ve now got some questions you’d like answered, don’t worry you’re not alone. I’ve collated some of the questions we know people will have, some of the questions people have already had and some important information. You find find the general sew-along and event frequently asked questions by clicking here. The Elizabeth Hartman All the Animals Sew-along Frequently Asked Questions can be found by clicking here.

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