A Squirrel IS DrEAMi Right?!
This cute picture from Cathy at Cathy’s Crazy By Design inspired the whole idea for this post. Her humor and wit, along with her cute quilt finishes also inspired me to get going on something that was in the back of my mind, needing to be made.
Let’s Get Squirrel – y, eh?!
I have been on the wrong end of the leash when a dog decided he needed to chase a squirrel. I’ve also seen posts from several friends who did some squirrel chasing of their own. Sandra at mmm Quilts hosts a monthly link up for all chasers called DrEAMi. Drop Everything And Make it, but we had never participated before. It hadn’t even crossed my mind, although Sue would be the first to tell you that it happens very often in our sewing room. Each of us stumble upon a project that speak to us, and boom. Mike drop. We are making it. So, for our very first post on the last Saturday of November we have three squirrels to share.
Baby Girl is a Squirrel
No one knows exactly when Baby Girl is coming. There are definitely some educated guesses, and one expectant mom that says it HAS to be after her last final on December 17th. We agree with that, and say whenever she wants to join us is fine with us. However, we NEED to have a few things ready for her arrival right?! Baby quilts are of course required. Duh. Not to worry – we’ve had oodles of pink quilts on hand and at the ready for ages. They been dispersed into the grandmas hands for additional love spells to be added to our love stitched within them. However, a birth announcement is necessary as is a Christmas stocking. Sue thankfully has stepped up to the plate to tackle both of these projects.
Further details cannot be shared yet though. A birth announcement has to wait for, well, the actual birth . . . so we have that to add later along with a cute giraffe face. Her stocking can be finished but we can’t show the name! Some people have been known to steal baby names in the past . . . so mum’s the word on this blog.
Work Squirrel Too!
You may not know it, but I love my job. Best place to work, best people to work with hands down. I decided that I needed to make a table runner for my boss for Christmas. We were discussing the colors she has in her home, and she is a woman after my own heart. Talk about ecru, beige, off-white, low volume neutrals, and everything dreamy to me. Nice and soothing, goes with everything and never goes out of style. So, I took myself on a frustrating trip to Joann’s – actually in search of the darn thread wax. ~Rolling my eyes~ But while I was there, I peeked at the fat quarters. Not a single one really spoke to me – they would do if there was nothing better. Annoyed, I took myself home and started complaining to Sue. She handed me this charm pack.
Vanilla Cream You’re Speaking My Language
Vanilla cream. Doesn’t that name sound just dreamy-ish?! Delicious in coffee, absolutely needed in cookies and ice cream – all good things contain vanilla. I’ve never met a vanilla anything I didn’t like, including this charm pack. Happily, I set about dividing the squares into dark and light piles as some HSTs were on the horizon. Thinking of Chris from Chris Knits Sews I took a black and white snapshot to check values, etc.
Math is Not My Friend
We repeatedly have math issues, and we have determined that we really means me. I decided to make a runner that is 4×12. Forty-eight blocks, right?! That means I need half that number of fabric squares . . . but then I divided it one more time in half for a light and dark match. Once all the pretties were sewn in to those lovely HSTs, pressed and trimmed with the fun Bloc-Loc I only had enough for a 4×6 runner. Oh, I needed 24 of each light and dark to make the 48 needed. Back to the matching board. Sue was not at all surprised that I miscalculated, and she informed me that I am the issue whenever math is involved. The common denominator, if you will. I am very thankful that I have a VBF to double check on me and my math!
Squirrel Audition Time
Once all the blocks were laid out we could audition their placement. In reality, we laid them out and walked away, never to make one single change. That is until I ironed some rows in the wrong direction to nest with its neighboring row. When that happens, I just flip the row and carry on. My OCDness could have issues with like-fabrics touching like-fabrics, but not in this case. I didn’t even look! We layered it up and pinned it so quilting was next. I didn’t even obsess too much about how to quilt it! Doesn’t that chevron pattern show up well in the photos above?!! Ohhh so pretty.
Squirrely Finish to Share
A finish just in the knick of time for the linky party, although technically it was all complete before turkey day. Plenty of time to get it wrapped for hand delivery on December 21st. I’ll have to get a photo of my boss with it then. We used the beautiful neutral swirl fabric as the backing and binding mostly because it matched so well.
Oddly enough, it is difficult to see in these photos but a basic crosshatch is the quilting pattern chosen. I stitched the straight lines one inch apart in both directions. The quilty squishiness is fabulous, too. I hope she likes it!
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