Happy Hannah the Hedgehog

A few weeks ago, I showed you this.

I was working on a sample for the quilt shop but I hadn't gotten any further than cutting it our. The pattern is by Funky Friends Factory, and it's called Hannah the Hedgehog. The shop wanted the sample made with Island Batiks so of course I jumped on board!

The Funky Friends patterns are so easy to make, even if you have little to no experience with making stuffed animals. Okay, a pattern might contain 30 steps, but each one is illustrated with a photo in an online tutorial that comes with the pattern. I figure I can make just about anything if the pattern is clear enough and these definitely are. If you've ever wanted to make a stuffed animal, I say give these patterns a try because they are awesome!

I've made several Funky Friends because Island Batik likes to put them in their booth at Quilt Market. In fact, I just made Fleur the Flamingo for Spring Market but I can't show you much because most of the fabrics I used aren't released yet. I can show you her lovely legs however. <grin>

Here are Diggles the Dragon and Puppy Dog Pete, which I made last year for the Island Batik Market booth. Diggles was fairly complicated I must stay, but man he turned out cute.

Back to Hannah. I played a lot with the fabrics, choosing ones that I thought would show her off. For her photo session, I put her in front of my Freshly Fallen quilt.

Hannah was very good, holding perfectly still while I took her portrait.

Hannah didn't mind a bit when I turned her on her side so you could see her tummy and her lovely smile. The smile is embroidered using 3 strands of embroidery floss. Her cheeks are appliqued.

When I took her to the store, Hannah made herself instantly comfortable. As you can see, the store carries a variety of the Funky Friends patterns.

The snake might make you nervous, but Hannah and Silly Scrap Snake are good friends.

Hannah was so comfortable in her new home, she held very still for her closeup!

Here are the details:

"Hannah the Hedgehog"
10" x 12"
Fabrics: Island Batik fabrics from the Sunflower Serenade collection--Hot Pink Dot (nose), Mixed Berry Acorn (tummy), and Bermuda Bark (ears and feet) and Morning Sunshine collection--Rainbow Sunflower (spikes)
Pattern: Funky Friends, Hannah the Hedgehog
Stuffing: Poly-fil
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove)
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton

Disclosure: Although the store provided the Funky Friends Hannah the Hedgehog pattern and most of the batiks used, I used a batik from my Island Batik stash for her back because the others weren't big enough. Also, the other Funky Friends shown here were made with products provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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