Do you like or dislike squirrels? We have black and grey squirrels in our backyard. And we enjoy watching them scurry along the fence, hopping onto the trees and burying nuts in our garden. A friend of mine said that squirrels are just rats with fuzzy tails. I disagree. They are cute and fun to watch!
Recently, (like in the past year) I’ve been noticing on quilt blogs that some projects are called “Squirrels.” I didn’t understand exactly what this meant, and I went searching. Google searching. When I researched “squirrel quilts” – that’s what I got – a bunch of links to quilts containing squirrels. Not what I was looking for.
Googled “squirrel quilts new projects” … BINGO … a definition of what I was looking for. Quilt Diva Julie had the explanation! Thank you Quilt Diva Julie! (Photo & Definition is from Quilt Diva Julie’s blog.
SEW … all this talk about squirrels … and yes, I did have a sudden distraction that pulled me away from what I was diligently working on. Our guild has a Facebook page. This Saturday, a baby quilt kit making day was happening. One lady posted the cutest quilt with a baby on it. Of course, it was scrappy and blue – that’s why I thought it was cute. I quickly figured out how it could be done … easy peasy. Then Saturday came and I wasn’t able to make it to the baby quilt kit making day. Sew, to get rid of my guilt, I decided to make the quilt. It was easy to start.
- pulled fabric
- cut them into 6 ½” blocks
- sew blocks into half square triangles
- oops – realized that I should have cut 7″ blocks to make the math work properly … oh well, I’ll just add a wider border
- ironed the blocks
- placed them on the design wall
That’s as far as the squirrel has progressed. I will web this together and figure out if I need 2½” border or 3″ border to make the quilt 40″ x 40″. And, it’s using up some of my stash! And that’s always a good thing!
Several projects are now in progress:
- Smith Mountain Morning
- 52 blocks in 52 weeks
- Squirrel baby quilt
This Stack & Wack Japanese Star quilt is still being quilted.
The October Island Batik project is completed, but I didn’t use any of my own stash, just fabric from Island Batik – which I’m not counting.
- Fabric Used this week 0 yards
- Fabric Used this year: 124.35 yards
- Fabric Bought this week: 0 yards
- Fabric Added this year: 65.05
- Net Fabric used 65.30
- Husband’s Purchases 9.5
- January – Aug: 196 out of 222
- Sept: 15 out of 15
- Year-to-date: 212 out of 237 = 89%
(Reminder, I’m only counting days that I’m home.)
For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces
No UFOs are finished yet this month …
I like to make lists at the beginning of the week, but I’ll still like up to Roseanne & Sue’s Home Sewn by Us on Tuesday.
Last week’s list:
- Finish October’s Island Batik Challenge – done
- Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – done
- Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – … not done
- Finish at least 2 blocks from “Smith Mountain Morning” … 4 blocks done
- Quilt “S&W Star” Quilt – in progress … about 1/3 done
- Design November’s Island Batik Challenge
- Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks
- Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks
- Finish at least 2 blocks from “Smith Mountain Morning”
- Quilt “S&W Star” Quilt
- Finish piecing “Squirrel quilt”
One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!
- Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
- So Scrappy Saturdays @ So Scrappy
- Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate
- Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
- Monday Making @ Love, Laugh, Quilt
- Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
- Moving it Forward Monday @ Em’s Scrapbag
- To-Do Tuesday @ Home Sewn By Us