giant pink hazel hedgehog and kids for scale

Hazel Hedgehog Progress

The giant version of Elizabeth Hartman’s Hazel the Hedgehog pattern goes together quickly! I thought that it might, but I’m pleasantly surprised by exactly how quickly I was able to get this adorable pinkalicious hedgehog together. I cut the fabric for this project on Monday, and after only two short nights of sewing (a total of just under 3 hours), Hazel is complete!

hazel hedgehog progressShe finishes at 24″x27″ since I have not yet put the borders on. She’s huge! Here are a few photos of Hazel with my kiddos for scale. Don’t mind my sword-bearing super hero son; he’s harmless, really!

giant pink hazel hedgehog and kids for scale

giant pink hazel hedgehog and kids for scale

I want to use a single giant hazel, but have the baby quilt finish a bit larger than the 34″x37″ baby quilt version in the pattern. Since I’ve pieced Hazel so quickly, of course my brain immediately came up with a lovely idea of how to make it super adorable (and not as quick to finish).

sketchbook plans for hazel layout
Glimpse into my sketchbook.

Originally, I was planning to add borders to have Hazel in the bottom right of a 48″x52″ baby quilt, with simple negative space/background around her. Easy peasy. There is actually a good chance I could have the quilt entirely finished by the baby shower on Sunday if this plan is chosen. Then, as I was sketching it out to calculate how big the borders should be, I thought an appliquéd heart in the top left would be a cute touch, which then progressed to a pieced speech bubble heart. How adorable would that be, though!? This is how my brain works, folks. If something is easy, I will immediately find a too-cute-to-ignore way to make it more complex (but awesome).

What would you do? Stick with the original, adorable, but super simple and easily completable-ahead-of-schedule plan? or try out the speech bubble heart idea? Only time will tell which I will choose!

I’m linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced .


23 thoughts on “Hazel Hedgehog Progress”

  1. I do the same thing, I come up with awesome ideas that really just add to my timeline but I really hope you find the time for the bubble. It’s brilliant and if I were in the same position I would regret not pushing to do the bubble cause realistically I’d never come back and re-make it with that alteration. Good luck girl!


  2. You were so right to make her all pink! She’s gorgeous! I think the speech bubble would be adorable, and you could just applique it if you’re looking to make it a little faster.


  3. I too vote for the heart-speech bubble. If I were the recipient I’d rather have an IOU top at the shower with th bubble than a finished quilt without.

    I too can always find a longer way to finish something.


  4. It’s so cute!! Everyone is voting for the speech bubble, and it is rely darling, but I think if you wanted to, a simple border would look classy and lovely as well. It’s win-win


  5. O my goodness…Hazel is cute!!! I had no idea the large version of Elizabeth’s pattern was really that big.

    I think either way you finish up the quilt it will be beautiful, but I’m partial to the speech bubble!


  6. I love her and I really don’t love pink. Such a nice contrast with the blue. And the speech bubble is brilliant. Go for it. Even if you baste the heart on!.


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