Have you ever seen Orphan Black? It is a TV program made by BBC America about a girl who discovers there are lots of people who look identical to her. The lead actor in the program gets to play lots of different characters while we figure out that they are all clones. She is amazing at making all the characters so different, 4 of them in particular.
Meet Helena, Sarah, Alison & Cosima!
So, when my swap partner for Nerds Craft it Better Swap on IG, picked Orphan Black as one of her favourites, I had an idea of a Hazel the Hedgehog (pattern by Elizabeth Hartmann) 24” floor cushion that she can throw herself down on, when watching her favourite programs.
I thought 4 Hazels, all the same but slightly different, would be a good fit for Orphan Black and I had to use Me & My Sister fabric for it, just couldn’t resist!
I chose 3 prints the same, just in different colours and 1 odd one, as one of the characters Helena is quite odd herself and has blonde curly hair, when the rest have dark straight hair. Sarah is the main character and the cool dude so she gets purple. Alison is the soccer mom and wears lots of pink! Cosima is the brainy one and wears glasses.
I really like the weight the glasses gives to the design drawing your eye to the bottom corner and prefer it over just the straight version below. I made the top 25” square to allow for some shrinkage on quilting and to make squaring up easier when trimming.
I reduced the glasses template that Elizabeth gives for her larger version of Hazel. I love these retro style glasses and think Cosima would definitely wear these! The glasses were added using fusible paper and blanket stitched in place.
Quilting was done using Aurifil thread, using a creamy colour to match the Moda Porcelain background.
I quilted an overall swirl pattern in the background and using white a spikey triangle shape in the hedgehog spines.
I was going to quilt the faces but ended up stitching in the ditch as these small versions of Hazel are quite cute on their own. Kona Ash is probably my most used grey colour and I used it here with a Zen Chic print for the body. Love this for the hedgehog faces.
So there you have it. One 24” floor cushion and a covered notebook as the handmade items, some bought goodies and of course chocolate. Hope you like it partner!
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