The Tale of a Squirrel

Last week we had some very mild temperatures which seemed to bring a few squirrels out of hibernation.  Who could blame them?  It was 10 degrees…in January!

I wanted to include a squirrel block in the quilt I am designing for my Sunday Afternoon Applique Group, so I spent a bit of time studying the little creatures.  I came up with some surprising tidbits.  (tidbit:  A small and particularly interesting item of gossip or information).

Squirrels always seem to know where to find their next meal, even if it means the birds go hungry!

squirrel 1 (2)

Squirrels seem to know who the enemy is…in this case, Bruin!


They have crazy families like the rest of us!

family photo

This is a sneak peek of part of  the pattern I designed for the group…

preview of squirel

…and I found the perfect squirrel fabric…of all places…in my stash!

squirrel fabric

This is a quilt I was working on about 5 years ago.  I put it away for a while, and I must admit, I forgot about it.  That is until I read Audrey’s post on her blog “Quilty Folk”. 

family quilt


I love words appliqued on quilts.  My original plan was to applique words on 3 borders (the top and sides) and  applique the year on the bottom.  My issue/challenge/dilemna is this:  When I found the quilt in the closet, I didn’t find any of the border pieces or any of the green fabric I used for the word “Family”.   I would really like to say that I remember where I put them, but I think we all know the answer!  So it’s time to put my thinking cap on and figure out how I will finish this quilt!

Til next time…



11 thoughts on “The Tale of a Squirrel

  1. Don’t you just love when you find the fabric you need in your own stash?! That squirrel family picture is just hilarious! I like the squirrel pattern you designed. It looks like fun to make!

  2. The squirrel family pic is too funny! I’m sure I’ll remember it the next time we try to take family pictures and my youngest son is acting all ‘squirrly’.:) Wonderful way to find inspiration and your family quilt looks very fun. Good luck on figuring out the borders!

  3. Great squirrel block. I think I read somewhere that the old ones (Baltimore album makers of the 1840s and 50s) would include squirrel blocks to symbolize thriftiness. I used to love to put out corn for the squirrels around my house until the next summer I realized the new weeds all over my lawn were where the squirrels had buried the corn.
    Happy Stitching Kerry!

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