We used to vend at the Festival of Quilts shows in Birmingham, England. My friend, Yvonne, who is a quilt shop owner there, suggested that I make a hedgehog pattern. I had no idea how many people all over the world love hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are found throughout Europe to the middle east and in Africa. Here in the States, there are lots of people who keep hedgehogs as pets. They are beyond cute.
My quilt pictured here measures 31" wide and 25" high. The inspiration for the plants came from my yard. The mushrooms were suggested by Yvonne. She said they were a very traditional combination. Actually, the mushrooms with the red caps repeated the red color of the nasturtiums so they were perfect for the design.
If you've never made a quilt before, there are six free videos on my website: www.critterpat.com. They show you how to make a machine appliqued quilt. The hedgehogs are thread painted. That is drawing the quills in thread by using a darning foot and pushing and pulling the fabric while stitching. The eyes on most of my critters in my patterns have glass bead eyes in a color called iris. That is iridescent black. The hedgehogs have 3-D ears. I used UltraSuede. If you don't have that you could fuse two cotton fabric together to get the same effect.
The leaves on the ferns and violets are two fabrics fused together and then cut out and attached to the background by drawing the veins in stitching. The advantage here is being able to audition fabric colors or prints without having to cut them twice. The violets are for my grandmother who collected them and wore purple a lot. They are satin stitched in place.
There are 14 pages to this pattern with the cover showing my quilt in color, and detail photos also in color on the reverse side. There are complete instructions and the full sized drawings.