Who is Amelia? This is Amelia. She’s the hedgehog in the holly.

58822262_10216709565986090_6432295450878935040_nHave you been watching Survivor? When the show first aired many moons ago, I was so hooked on it that I actually left a dinner party down the street, came home to “check on the children”(watch the show), and then returned for dessert. When I tried to explain such behaviour to myself, I realized I was (in my dreams) on the show, competing against the real contestants, and thought I might win. I no longer arrange my schedule around Survivor, but I do love a good quest, so when my local Guild challenged members to make something from scraps and bring it to the next meeting, I was on it.

I collected scraps from my cutting table and floor, put them in a baggie, brought them to retreat, and made some of them into a slab. But what does one do with a 23×28” slab? Bring it home and look at it on the design wall, of course. Think it could turn into borders of a baby quilt, but what to put in the centre? Then I remembered Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest. One of those creatures would be perfect! I even owned the pattern. The squirrel, in hedgehog disguise, the DrEAMi (drop everything and make it) project, was born. 58443593_10216709566426101_740899515170553856_n

In a flash, I was off to the cutting table, with a fistful of  scraps and the hedgehog instructions. Amelia was constructed and bordered in no time. That slab made a great border, even if I had to add a few bits to make it big enough. I hesitated slightly about the white border; the piece was too small without it, but it needed some livening up. I glanced across the room, saw an ugly orphan block, and turned it into 8 half square triangles. Somehow, those triangles didn’t look ugly at all- they were perfect to delineate a frame. On they went, and in several blinks of my eyes, the little framed hedgehog was quilted and bound. My longarm is finally behaving well; I had fun making curly hair and glasses. She was christened Amelia by my friend Lorraine, and will be donated, likely to our local Ronald McDonald house. I hope she goes to a good home and brings her new owner as much joy as making her brought me.

58430427_10216709566226096_4839908623347875840_nLinking up with the originator of the DrEAMi idea, Sandra at mmm!quilts. 

18 thoughts on “Amelia

  1. Limited fabrics, fluid inspirations, and one determined quilter!!! Guess who won 🙂 Love the rebel, Amelia. I believe I can relate 🙂 The fuchsia border contains everything neatly.


  2. Amelia is adorable! What a great way to use an ugly orphan block and a slab! I like Amelia’s one different colored spike!


  3. What a fun way to use a slab. Amelia is adorable, especially with that little green print strip and the gorgeous quilting around her. She looks very at home in the wild. (And I’m still giggling about you one time going home “to check on the kids.”


  4. The best and fun quilts are the ones that are sewn when the spirit and inspiration is high, isn’t it. I just love how this quilt came together. And aren’t you the daredevil hanging up Amelia in the tree–my luck it would have fallen down and Survivor skills would be needed to retrieve it.


  5. Oh Ann! I was just watching Rupert come in last on The Amazing Race (I hope I didn’t spoil it for you or anyone). Amelia is such a sweetie! Curly hair and glasses, Amelia has it going on. I just LOVE the frame around her, and your slab turned into a really, really, REALLY cool one-of-a-kind fabric. I hope you included her name on the label so her new owner will know what to call her. ~smile~ Roseanne


  6. How cute is this?! I’ve been admiring the hedgehogs on a quilt at our quilt show, my quilty friend is going to create some out of wool, so I’m loving your little Amelia! I’m looking for challenge ideas for our quilt group, so I’m interested in this one. Were there any “rules” in the challenge, or was it just pick scraps and make something?


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