Mermaid Hydra Quilt + TGIFF

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Last Christmas, I received a mystery box of fabric on my porch. I hadn't ordered it, and after some sleuthing, I found out it was a gift from Benartex, the fabric company! Inside was a bundle of fabric from the Mystical Mermaids collection! I immediately knew I wanted to use it to make a Hydra quilt!

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

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The Hydra quilt is such a fun one to make! You can see other versions I've made HERE and HERE. The Mystical Mermaids collection is a mix of white, purple, navy, and aqua prints. Most of the prints have silver metallic ink too!

Mystical Mermaids fabrics

The first step of the pattern is to cut the fabric into squares. You then use the template in the pattern to cut the bottom of the squares into a curve.

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

Then you just sew two of those pieces right sides together and turn them right sides out. That makes all the scales for the quilt.

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

The quilt is assembled from the bottom to the top using a quilt-as-you-go method. You add one row of scales at a time, and this quilts it at the same time that you sew it all together! It's quite easy! I like to do mine on my longarm, but it's just as easy with a walking foot on a regular sewing machine!

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

I used solid fabrics from my stash for the background and binding. (Tutorial for machine binding HERE.) 

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

It's such a fun quilt! I made the baby size, which is my favorite size of quilt to make. They are just faster than larger quilts!

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

All the scales move and can flip up. Wouldn't this be such a fun I Spy quilt?? Just use novelty fabrics on the back of the scales!

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

I had gifted the baby size Hydra quilt I had made before to my niece, so this one is going to stay with me this time! I'll use it in my trunk shows!

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

Have you ever made a quilt with 3-D elements? It's one of my favorite techniques! 

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

Of course I had to photograph a mermaid quilt at the local lake! I love how the water reflects the quilt!

Hydra quilt using Mystical Mermaids fabrics

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Laura, what a wonderful gift of fabric and a great quilt! Thanks for hosting TGIFF.

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