This UFO has been in the bin for quite a spell. I purchased the Hedgehog Pattern above from Debora Konchinsky from her booth at a quilt show. She assured me that I could do the thread painting required. I had taken a thread painting class with my sister at the first Show I ever attended. I was really drawn to the pattern and decided that I would give it a shot. Mind you I had NO confidence in my thread painting skills. The designer assured me that the directions included would be sufficient and that I would be successful. I have had so much fun working on this little quilt. The pattern sat in my drawer for a long time. I would periodically pull it out and read the directions before I acquired to courage to sally forth. I actually made the hedgehogs in a hoop. This facilitated the thread painting because I could grab onto that hoop and easily move it around making my stitches shorter and longer as I saw fit. I learned about different weights of thread and used several. I trimmed the critters leaving the edge unstitched. I just had to thread paint around the edge, add the feet and my critters we at home in the woods.
Today I am watching football and cutting out ferns. Notice that I opted to sew the background fabrics at an angle. In one of my quilt books it suggested that you consider from whence the light was coming so I sewed the strips at an angle to indicate the light source. I often wish I had taken some art classes in high school or college. Tomorrow I will attend my first guild meeting. I met someone at my mother's church and she invited me. I look forward to meeting some other quilters and to discussing quilting.