Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Prickle of Hedgehogs

When my kids were little we used to play a game whilst they were in the bath. I would quiz them on the name of animal young and collective nouns. It must have stuck in the memory of my youngest as he bought me a print for my birthday last year with many animal collective nouns on it.
When I started making this quilt for Siblings Together, I looked to see what the collective noun for hedgehogs was, and it said a prickle!! Now, I didn't really believe this so I checked it out, and as far as I can see it's true. There is an alternative, which is an array, but I'm going to stick with a prickle. It makes me smile!
So my prickle of hedgehogs is complete. There are 12 of them and I had enough scraps of the fabric left to make a co-ordinating border. I think it adds a nice finishing touch. 

I pin basted it yesterday.

Those poor little hedgehogs. I felt bad putting pins into their faces!
So now it's the quilting. I'm torn between haphazard elongated wavy lines running from top to bottom and a tight zig zag line using one of the decorative stitches on my machine. The second option would be a lot slower, but its the one I'm leaning towards. I'm hoping to test them both out in the next day or so before I finally decide.
The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and you can buy it here

We are hoping to get 100 quilts for Siblings Together before the summer camps start this year so that they can be given out to the children as a reminder of their time spent with their siblings. As you can see from the "Quiltometer" in my side bar we are a quarter of the way there! 
If you would like to know more about the charity or to help in any way, please take a look at this post by Mary Emmens


  1. Love those hedgies! Its gonna make someone very happy. :)

  2. That is just lovely, those little prickly creatures are so sweet and just looking at them makes me smile. Have fun with the quilting too :-)

  3. Ha ha! I love your hedge colors. Good for you. And your quiltometer is such a great idea.

  4. That is gorgeous. I make scarves etc for Siblings Together, but nothing as unique as this quilt.

  5. That is such an amazing quilt I absolutely life it

  6. Love your prickle of hedgehogs! Those Hazel blocks are so cute and super tempting to make! And thanks for the lesson on collective nouns... I thought I knew a lot of animal ones, but I'd never heard of a prickle of hedgehogs!

  7. oh, I love it! Spectacular!! Kids are going to be fighting over this one, though, I'm afraid ;-)

  8. A prickle!! That in itself is rather happy making and the quilt, well, it's just ear-to-ear smile inducing!

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  10. Cute story behind the quilt name. I love that pattern and the child who gets it will definitely cherish it as a reminder. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is too cute, I just love it!

  12. Love the rainbow hedgies! I have the pattern already, just need to find the time!


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