Monday, June 30, 2014

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

It sure seemed like I would never complete my first Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge! The fabric has been staring me down for weeks, my mind has been frantically trying to come up with something...anything...I was feeling completely design challenged!  It helped that there were others in the same boat as me, thankfully the deadline was extended!

This is the fabric we needed to incorporate in our quilted project.  Michael Millers' Petal Pinwheels.  I don't use a lot of prints, so it certainly was a challenge for me!  

What did I decide to do?!  Make a pillow.  Yep!  I went there!  I have been wanting to enlarge the paper pieced hedgehog for some time now, and then wondered what would it look like with some prints.  There it is, two birds one stone!

First step, enlarge the pattern.  The original hedgehog was 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  My 'bigger is better' hedgehog finished at 6" x 8".  

I added extra paper on the outside of the pattern and extended the lines allowing for a 16" x 16" finished pillow cover.  I could have added a border around the little guy after he was finished, but I really wanted the angles of the paper piecing.  After cutting the pattern apart I remembered to add slightly over 1/4" for the seam allowance.  One problem I had on previous hedgehogs was remembering to do that!  

This is the beginning stages.  I must say, it was a little difficult working with such a big piece.  I made a few mistakes along the way too!  If you have ever paper pieced you know how difficult it is ripping out those teeny tiny stitches!  I swore several times.  My husband told me to put it away.  But I was determined to make it to the end!

And I did!  Here is a look at the back.  I love seeing pretty little seams!  It's like a special reward!

How's this for carnage?!  I also love riping the paper off the back after I finish!  Actually, I was so excited about finishing that I tore the paper off before I put the pieces together. Live and learn has become my mantra on so many projects!

Which brings me to quilting this crazy little guy!  I started with 1/4" lines and ended with 3/4" on the top half.  Under his little stubby feet I went wild and pretended I was making the ground.  Something different.  I even embroidered his little eye too!  Can't have another blind hedgehog!   


And there you have it.  Finished, stuffed and brow wiped!  I kind of feel like I 'copped out' on this project.  I didn't use very much of the fabric.  My saving grace...we could use as much or as little as we wanted and it had to be quilted!  I'm happy with 'Michael the Magnificent Hedgehog'!  



  1. I love, love, love what you've done for this challenge! I've seen that little hedgehog around, but didn't think of him for the challenge. He looks awesome in that MM fabric. It's so amazing to see what everyone is coming up with!

  2. He is so cute and colorful! Good luck.

  3. Michael is adorable and I can tell he's super happy.

  4. Adorable hedgehog! Somehow I'd missed the extended date--so glad you mentioned it. Now I can get busy. (I'd been wondering why I was seeing several blogging about it "after" the due date, now I know.) I really liked this collection, just hadn't had time before the June date. Nice to have a second chance. Back to your hedgehog. The quilting was perfect for it!

  5. I've never seen this hedgehog before and I'm so glad you turned him to a cushion! (My favorite project since I've been sewing for about 3 months). Thank you for sharing! He would be so cute in any room

  6. Michael the Magnificent is king of the cushion! Love this bright and happy fellow. Well done, Jayne!

  7. Michael the Magnificent is very handsome. :) Love his bright cheery colors!

  8. So cute! I will have to show this pillow to my daughter as she loves hedgehogs. Well done!


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