May 20, 2010

Hedgehog Loves Sudoku Quilt

I've posted about this quilt in a short snippet in the first post of my blog. I have never shown it in its entirety. 
Before I started this quilt I had decided to use 2 1/2" squares, but I wanted to have them be random, which I am not at all good at. So I thought of all those Sudoku quilts and thought what if they were larger? I can't say I solve Sudoku puzzles, but I found a 12 by 12 Sudoku puzzle that worked with my twelve fabrics. In each block, no fabric repeats in each row or column.  The quilt looks random, but I have 6 large 12 by 12 blocks that repeat. The binding is scrappy and random looking too.

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I love that there are hedgehogs and fabrics that have the numbers 1 through 9.

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It means a lot to me because it was for my son's third birthday that August. He loves hedgehogs and needed a big boy bed quilt. Even more special was my son's repeated phrase. "Mommy... this makes me so happy." That's where the name of my blog comes from. It makes me so happy too to share this with you.

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89 comments:

  1. adorable! come visit us at quiltstory.blogspot.com so we can feature your quilt!

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  2. Great job! I can't imagine piecing all those tiny squares randomly! Good thing you were smart and found a way around that "random" part! :) I really love those hedgehogs too!

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  3. Such a fun quilt and even better close up looking at all the fabrics. Nice to know the story behind your blog name too!

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  4. I can see why the quilt makes your son happy!

    Carol

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  5. I love this quilt! So simple but so beautiful and wonderful that it makes your little boy 'so happy'!

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  6. One of the coolest looking boys quilts I have seen! It's wonderful that something made from your heart can make your son "so happy".

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  7. very cute ... love the colors!

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  8. Great quilt . . . and fabulous blog! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Regards, Sue

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  9. That is just so cool! I love how you solved your dilemma on random placement! What a lucky little boy--that he appreciates it makes it all worthwhile, no? :-)

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  10. GREAT Quilt!! My favourite so far I think!! The colours are prefect! Well Done!

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  11. What a good idea to use a Sodoku puzzle as the guide! It is so sweet that your little boy got so much happiness from it.

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  12. your little guys sweet words have to make this quilt worth every minute of work. it looks so great. i love the hedgie fabrics

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  13. That's a cute quilt, great story, and I love your use of a Sudoku puzzle to "solve" your randomness dilemma!

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  14. "Mommy... this makes me so happy."
    That's says it all...

    :-D)

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  15. Ok, how precious is that! Makes my heart melt. The fabrics used are all so bright and perfect for you son. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. That's a great idea for making it appear random...and it named your quilt too.

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  17. What a very stunning quilt! Love the colors!

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  18. I love the fabrics you've used. They're so fun. And the back of the quilt is awesome as well.

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  19. I struggle with random too. What a great way to incorporate a pattern but still have it turn out random!

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  20. The quilt is beautiful. It looks like so much fun.

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  21. Brilliant idea! Loved your story and your quilt!

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  22. This quilt makes me Happy! How wonderful! What can we possibly tell you to even compares to what your son told you about his quilt...
    :)

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  23. I love the solution you found. Very fun and really, who doesn't love hedgehogs?

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  24. Absolutely adorable! I love hedgies too. ;-)

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  25. I love it! Really inspiring and wonderful color choices!

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  26. Aww, what a sweet little boy! And such a wonderful quilt you made him, I love the colors:)

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  27. What a sweet story and a sweet quilt. Love the colors.

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  28. How fun - I love that you used sudoku to get the fabrics to be random. That's such and awesome,mathy idea!

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  29. What a cute, sweet quilt! Those hedgehogs are adorable!!

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  30. What a fabulous idea to create "random" piecing! I struggle with it, too, and have been known to use a random number generator (because I am a geek like that). :)

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  31. Adorable! I love the hedgehogs. And I love your son's quote. So perfect.

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  32. What an adorable quilt! Those hedgehogs are precious and I love the little squares.

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  33. Lovely quilt...turquoise is always so fresh and vibrant!

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  34. I love the fabric colors you chose, especially that lime green!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~
    Garden Glimpses

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  35. I made a 9-patch sudoku quilt once. It's such a great way to get the randomness when you need it. This is really a bright and cheery quilt.

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  36. Loving the "so happy" from your son, and THAT BACK !

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  37. Love it! And I love your son's response! I can just imagine his cute little voice. So sweet! :)

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  38. I love the quilt ... the colors are great and it looks random to me :)

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  39. VERY sweet!!! Treasure these moments and memories! Truly. : )

    Is that hedgehog fabric by Amy Schimler? Of Red Fish Circle? I recently discovered her work and just think her whimsy in fabric is inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing. : )

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  40. There's something so satisfying when you make a quilt your kids love! And I love hedgehogs too. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. The colors are so fun and I love that you used sudoku to make controlled randomness. Thanks for a fun stop on my Blogger's Quilt Festival tour!

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  42. This is darling - it makes me happy too!

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  43. Kristen,

    This is absolutely darling!!! What a sweet quilt, and the sweetest of all is that the quilt is LOVED!

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  44. Adorable! I love the colors in there :)

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  45. Very neat! And I love hedgehog fabric, too.

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  46. What a perfect big boy quilt. My 4yo son loves his quilts. How cute is it when they realise you have put fabrics in the quilt that have pictures of things they love on it. My son loves cars and trains.

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  47. That's so sweet! The quilt is beautiful, but that makes it so much more special.

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  48. I love the colors. The story is super cute!! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I'm a planned scrappy kinda gal too. Must be the engineer influence of my dad! This is a really adorable quilt, with the added melt-your-heart sweetness of a 3 year old boy. Awww. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story :)

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  50. That IS a happy quilt. Great colors and so interesting to study the individual fabric squares. I can see why this quilt makes your son happy!

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  51. Beautiful quilt! I love all the hedgehog fabrics. That's awesome how you got your blog name too.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

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  52. I agree with your big boy, this is a happiness in fabric, a lovely quilt, Lis x

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  53. Hi Kristen...
    That is happy quilt for sure. I like that you've used the fun sudoku puzzle as a basis for your design...love it! the quilt and the puzzle!
    hugz, Pam

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  54. Such a great pattern, and I love your fabric choices! Is the coin pattern a pieced backing, or is it an extra quilt top from your "leftovers"?

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  55. Wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. I love the way the sudoku pattern takes the "aargh" out of random piecing! I can worry a quilt to death trying to make it look random - but the sudoku puzzle makes it easy! Love this quilt - it's so cheerful!!

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  57. My daughter loves to do Sudoku puzzles. Making a quilt like this sounds like fun. Yours is beautiful!

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  58. a beautiful quilt, and what a nice compliment from your son!

    Kristina
    www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

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  59. What a clever way of piecing the fabrics in a random sort of way. It truly is a happy quilt!

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  60. That's a great quilt. Why is random so hard for some of us quilters, me included!

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  61. Wow! All those pieces! My daughter-in-law made me a Sudoku quilt Christmas before last and I love it! I also love the fabrics at the top of your blog.

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  62. What a great idea for getting a random block arrangement! This quilt is really cute, and I can see why it made your son happy

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  63. What a fun quilt. Such cheery fabrics and colors!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  64. A lovely quilt and as you say, a happy one too.

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  65. Wow I love your quilt and such a sweet story.
    Happy quilting.
    Georgie x

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  66. I love this quilt. It is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  67. It's adorable, love all the bright cheerful fabrics.

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  68. Wow, I never thought of being inspired by a Sudoku puzzle - what a cool idea and a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  69. What a fun, colorful quilt. And I love that you were inspired by Sudoku to come up with a random look to your quilt layout. Really a fun quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  70. Inspiration comes from the craziest places! What a fun and cheery quilt - no wonder your son loves it!

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  71. Aw!!! How truly sweet it was to hear your son's response to his amazing quilt :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (I finally have my post up and am enjoying this amazing Quilt Festival! I hope you get a chance to make it to my post :o)

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  72. A bright fun quilt for a little one and that he so appreciates it. The scrappy binding is a nice touch as is the pieced back.
    Come see my antique quilt entries
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
    http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com
    (1890 cheddar orange quilt and repro-I think you'll like it)

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  73. oooooh. This will definitely go into my inspiration folder. Awesome quilt!

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  74. This really is a happy quilt. Thank you for sharing it. I had heard of using a Suduku grid for patchwork - it really works too.

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  75. Adorable! love all the fabrics!

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  76. What a cool take on quilt design...sudoku!

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  77. I love it! I'm a Sudoku fan! I'm going to have to try this. Here from BQF!

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  78. Such a pretty assortments of fabrics. I can understand why your son says it makes him happy as it made me smile to look at it.

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  79. Great idea using the puzzle!!! I will have to keep that in my mental file! I have trouble with random as well, it always ends up in a pattern!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  80. I love your solution to doing random as I have a hard time doing random too. This quilt is so cute, love the fabrics and the name.

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