Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hee-Haw Quilt Pattern Release!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then maybe you got to see the behind the scenes shenanigans I shared in my stories as I took my family on a donkey hunt to get a fun photo for the cover of my newest pattern - Hee-Haw!

Hee-Haw donkey quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

The Hee-Haw quilt started late last year. The December Island Batik ambassador challenge was "whimsical and wonky." Even after much Pinterest hunting, I just couldn't shake the correlation of "wonky" and "the wonky donkey!" Have you seen the viral video of the grandma reading "The Wonky Donkey" book to her grandson? So funny! (You can read my December post about the quilt here.)

Wonky Donkey quilt
 The Wonky Donkey book
Wonky donkey quilt with Island Batik fabrics

While making the colorful version using Island Batik fabrics in early December, the fun Christmas song "Dominick the Donkey" kept playing on the radio. I knew I was also going to have to make a Christmas version too!

Hee-Haw Christmas donkey quilt

I bought green, red, and cream fabrics that all had metallic gold in them from my local JoAnn store. I loved how the fabrics were less whimsical than the bright batik fabrics. I absolutely love seeing the same quilt made in completely different fabrics, so I wanted to do the same thing with the Hee-Haw quilts.

I finished both the colorful and Christmas versions a few days before Christmas, but just could not get the pattern written during that busy season. Fast forward almost three months, and I *finally* got the pattern done!

Hee-Haw Christmas donkey quilt

Over this past weekend, there were two sunny and spring-like days, so we set out on a donkey hunt to take the cover photo! Long story short, two days and four donkeys later, we finally found a donkey willing to model!

Hee-Haw wonky donkey quilt using Island Batik fabrics by Slice of Pi Quits

Annie is a rescue donkey from Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. She was such a kind and gentle donkey! The perfect quilt model! 

Hee-Haw Christmas donkey quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

While working on the Hee-Haw quilt, I researched donkeys a bit and found some really interesting fun facts! I learned that female donkeys are called a Jenny, and male donkeys are a Jack.

I immediately wanted to make a sweet and girly Jenny version!

Hee-Haw donkey quilt in Laura Ashley fabrics

I definitely hope I can fit in making a whole floral version using my Laura Ashley fabrics! It's so different than the first two quilts, and I love that! It reminds me of a group of gal pal donkeys playing in a field of wildflowers!

I think it would be so fun to make one with faux fur or minky too!

The Hee-Haw quilt pattern is available as a pdf download in my Etsy shop here. There will be printed patterns for this one coming in May!

Hee-Haw quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts
 Hee-Haw quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

The description on the pattern is: "Hee-Haw is a fun and playful quilt perfect for donkey lovers young and old! Choose bright colors for a whimsical look, or choose red and green for a Christmas donkey quilt! This intermediate level pattern uses curved piecing and includes directions for four sizes."

Both of the quilts I've made so far are the smaller lap quilt size. I plan to make the larger throw size with the Laura Ashley fabrics.

I can not wait to see all of your Jenny and Jack quilts!

Do you have or know a donkey? What fabrics would you use for your Hee-Haw quilt?


  1. Congrats on the release of your pattern! I love that you ventured out on your own to make a donkey pattern when you couldn't find another that suited your vision! Cute, cute photo with the little feet sticking out!

  2. What a fun quilt and all your models were the best!! Love the little looking up at the donkey! Happy Pi Day!!

  3. I absolutely love that you went hunting for a donkey and found the perfect model! The quilt is so much fun :)

  4. What a fun adventure you had in making that quilt. I learned so much about donkeys as well.

  5. What a fun quilt and a great adventure you had. The boys seemed like willing participants, too. I love the idea of one in would be so wonderful and the gal Jennys in Laura Ashley - oh my. They would be wonderful new versions.

  6. What a cute pattern and what a cooperative donkey! Loves!

  7. What a fun quilt, and Oh my gosh!! What fun pics with the donkeys!

  8. I love your donkey pattern and quilts! I had donkeys for years and had 9 at one point in time. They are such special animals and have the most wonderful personalities. Thanks for a great pattern!

  9. A very fun pattern. Love your photos! The one with the toes sticking out the bottom is really cute.

  10. Such a clever pattern and a charming model! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.


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