Hydra quilt pattern release!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Out of all my new pattern releases happening in conjunction with Quilt Market (just 14 more days!), Hydra is my favorite!!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts


Hydra started with this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G bundle of Blue Sea fabrics from Island Batik. (Blue Sea will be available for shops to order at Spring Quilt Market, and will ship later in the year. Be sure to tell your favorite quilt shop to order it along with the Hydra pattern!)


Blue Sea fabrics by Island Batik

As soon as I saw the fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! Isn't that octopus fabric so cool?!?!


Blue Sea fabrics by Island Batik

I had just finished up the Pineapple Twist pattern, and as usual, I had a dozen other variations running through my head. One of those was a mermaid quilt, and thus, Hydra was born!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Hydra starts by making the scales.


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Then the quilt is assembled in a quilt-as-you-go method so once the rows are sewn together, the whole quilt is DONE! Quilted and everything!

I made mine on my longarm, but the pattern is written for a domestic sewing machine. Either way works great!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

On my longarm, I finally had an excuse to upgrade my 1989 Gammill with a horizontal channel lock! It was a whopping $5 from Home Depot, and it worked fantastic!!


Horizontal channel locks for a 1989 Gammill longarm

The quilt feels heavier than a typical quilt, but you could very easily turn this into an actual weighted quilt by adding the poly beads into the scales!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

These fabrics were perfect for a mermaid, but can you imagine making it in greens to make a dragon or lizard quilt?!? What fun that would be for a boy! Or what about all grays for a shark or knight in shining armor? You could even choose fabrics that would make it look like fish scales!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

If you want to stick with mermaids, there are SO many great mermaid fabrics out right now! Choosing solid fabrics in blues and purples or purples and pinks would be fabulous too!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Since the scales are two-sided, it really doesn't matter which way is up. The scales just flip over to the other side and the quilt looks just the same!

Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

This quilt has Hobbs Bleached Cotton batting inside, and it is made with 50wt Aurifil #2581 Dark Dusty Grape.

Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

The quilt description on the back of the pattern is: Hydra uses fabric in a fun way to create a textured quilt sure to make any mermaid lover smile! Batiks, prints, solids - they all look great! Change up the colors to make a dragon, lizard, shark, fish, or knight in shining armor quilt! This advanced beginner pattern is assembled in a quilt-as-you-go method and includes instructions for sizes mini to queen.

Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts


The mini version would make a fantastic pillow!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Both digital and paper patterns are available in my Etsy shop. All paper patterns ship FREE! (No code needed.)

Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

If you're ready to try something new, then get your Hydra pattern and start sewing today!


Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF at Anja Quilts, and Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting.

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17 comments:

  1. What an awesome pattern. I love all the alternate imaginings you offer and can definitely see this being a versatile and multi use pattern!

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  2. This is so great and yes, so many possibilities. I love the picture with the fountain and the idea of a weighted mermaid blanket OMG!

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  3. Wow-- that is amazing!! My daughter would flip for that quilt... maybe a good birthday gift for her :)

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  4. What a fun, creative quilt, Laura! The idea of being able to add beads for a weighted blanket is brilliant. I love the photo by the fountain, and that octopus fabric is really cool.

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  5. Your imagination seems to know no boundaries. What a beautiful quilt and a great description for the variations. Can you see it as a cape? Fantastic!!

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  6. WOW!!!! This is amazing! And it looks great with the blues and purples of Island Batik--no surprise there. I love your fountain pictures. Just, wow!

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  7. Such an awesome quilt and love the fussy cut octopus. Great idea on making dragon scales and other variations!!

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  8. Hi Laura! Congrats on this great finish and pattern release. Oh the colors in these fabrics!! Such rich jewel tones and just PERFECT for a mermaid. I love everything about it. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  9. You're such an innovator! Those batiks are gorgeous--wish I had those colors to work with. (BRB, going shopping.) Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

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  10. love the colors in your quilt! so peaceful and calming!

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  11. Wow! I appreciate and applaud your creativity!

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  12. So cute! I think it was Instagram where I saw it waving in the wind. Loved that! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  13. What a fabulous and fun quilt. As soon as I saw it I thought dragon scales.

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  14. Hydra is amazing! The colours and shapes are just perfect for a mermaid, as you've shown us in your photos. I'd never thought of quilt as you go on the long arm; must give the technique a try. Congrats on such a fabulous finish.

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  15. This is very interesting. You'll have to share a video here of the quilt on a cloths line blowing in the wind. It will surely draw attention at market.

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  16. That's a very interesting quilt - love those fabrics!

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