Fall Into a QAL Block #1 Release!


Designer Vanda Chittenden of  Quilting with Vanda leads the way of the Fall Into a QAL with Block #1; the Hedgehog quilt block. This critter is fun to make and oh so adorable!

To get the free pattern and read Vanda’s block tutorial, visit her blog Quilting with Vanda.

#fallintoaqal Block #1
“Hedgehog” by Vanda Chittenden

My process and tips:

This is an appliqued block. I used “Heat-n-Bond Lite” to fuse the pieces.

After I traced the shapes on the adhesive paper, I cut out the middle of the larger head and body pieces before pressing them to the fabric. This reduces stiffness in your block and if you choose to quilt it, makes it easier on your needle.

I labeled the feet and ears…



The feet and ears go just under the body and head so be sure to position these pieces as you like before pressing.

Vanda uses the raw edge appliqué technique to stitch down and secure the pieces. Simply straight stitch around each piece just inside of the edge. This will result in some edge fraying which gives a whimsical and textured look, perfect for a Hedgehog!

#fallintoaqal Block #1 detail

🍁 Autumn is the time when hedgehogs prepare for hibernation. These rotund spiky critters get plumper still in preparation for the winter months. And like their groundhog friends here in Pennsylvania, they then bid us adieu until Spring!  🦔

QAL Hosts:

Please visit the QAL hosts to see this block in a variety of inspirational  fabrics and to read about their tips and hints for making the block:

Abbie at Sparkle On! >>>You are here!
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travel and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda >>>Block Designer

We are excited to see your version of Vanda’s Hedgehog 🦔 that starts the beginning of a unique and fun Fall quilt!

To enter a chance for this Block’s prizes:

  • Join the “Partners in Design“ Facebook group and post a photo of your finished block. Also, here you can meet and can interact with the other quilters who are participating and ask any questions.
  • On Instagram, use the hashtag #fallintoaqal  
  • Join the linky party on Vanda’s blog.

The prize winner will be announced on FB and IG. When you post a picture on our FB group page, Instagram and/or the designer’s linky party, you will be automatically entered to win Block #1’s prizes:
A free PDF pattern of your choice from Quilting with Vanda  and four assorted 1/2 yard cuts from Craftsy’s Boundless fabric collection of solids.

Fall Into a QAL Block 1  prize

* To keep the contest portion of the QAL fair and fun for everyone, the prize will be randomly awarded to one person who completed the designer’s block pattern. We encourage you to make each block your own, however a substitution will not gain entry.*

*The deadline for entry is Monday May 28th at 11:59 EDT.  We would love you to post your photos on all our formats, entry is limited to one per person per block. You must be at least 18 years to enter.*

Block #2 designed by April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts will be released at 12:00 EDT om May 29th.

Be sure to check out my “Fall Into a QAL” post every two weeks for the link to the designer’s block pattern and tutorial.

~Abbie ✨


24 thoughts on “Fall Into a QAL Block #1 Release!

  1. Abbie, this little critter is totally adorable! This looks like a fun quilt along. Thanks for the tips on fabric choices, it’s helpful to have some ideas in mind before starting. I’m thinking this cutie pie needs a name, I’ll be thinking about this today!

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    1. Thank you Cindy! It totall helps having fabric choices. As Ive learned that the hard way!
      Yes, a name is needed! Others have been coming up with some “H” names. My BF said he should be called “Sonic” 😉


  2. Hi Abbie,
    I can’t believe it is time for this QAL already! This little hedgehog is so cute – I’ll have to pop over to see if he has a name. Harvey the hedgehog I’m calling him in my mind until I hear otherwise. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Hi Abbie — love your version of the hedgehog — he’s so cute! I also trim my fusible adhesive it really does reduce the bulk. I do a lot of machine applique for the items I sell on Etsy. The QAL is off to a great start!

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  4. What a great critter! I love the yellow background which makes the beautifull shades of browns to pop! I can hardly wait to see the next post from you lovely ladies. Great job!

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