The booties are a tiny version of Pamela Wynn's Elf Slippers. You can see other, larger shoes I have knit from this pattern here, here, and here. I knit these booties on smaller needles and did not felt them.
The pattern for the hat is Lyalya Hoodie by Natasha Schaffer. I have also made a few of these before. You can see them here, here, and here.
Miss P is thrilled that she will be an aunt in July! Shortly after she heard the news she started planning all of the things she would make for the new baby. First up - a quilt. She was already a fan of Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, so narrowing the choice to one of her designs didn't take long. She always told me they were SO CUTE! It was a close call between the kittens and the hedgehogs. Hazel Hedgehog was the final choice because the baby's mom is a hedgehog fan.
She decided that if she was going to put all of that work into it she didn't want the baby to outgrow it quickly. She upsized the baby quilt to be four rows of four blocks.
The four by four layout requires 16 blocks, an even number, just right for making two hedgehogs of each color. The baby can play "match the hedgehogs".
Miss P went through my fabrics and chose lights and mediums of eight different colors for the faces and bodies. The spines for each would be different. I helped by cutting everything with the rotary cutter but she did the sewing by herself.
This project required quite a bit of planning ahead to be finished in time for the baby shower. She sewed two blocks at a time over MANY weekends. It was an exciting day when all of the blocks were finished.
Next up was the sashing and pin basting.
Then came the quilting.
When the last stitch of binding was finished she said, "Now I can say that I have made a quilt!! This is the most exciting thing I have EVER done!!!"
Miss P asked me to thank Elizabeth Hartman for designing this cute pattern, and for encouraging her along the way, even if she didn't know she was doing it.
Congratulations to her for getting it done! She finished just in time for photos the day before the shower - as one does. I am so proud of her!