Tummy Tags – Squirrel with No Rabies Shot

Tummy Tags is all finished in less than a week.  Once a squirrel gets their choppers in you, there is nothing that can stop you.  Right?!  And thankfully this squirrel didn’t require a rabies shot.  Grand Poobah of Squirrel projects, Wendy, is to blame for this particular project.  When she sent along a fabulous light earlier this month, she included some cute mini-charms.  The fabric had Addison’s name written all over it, and I mean ALL OVER IT.  What are two great-aunties to do but drop everything and make it.  Hence, it perfectly qualifies for another DrEAMi link up at Sandra’s mmm Quilts.

Tummy Time Magic

Ages ago I shared a tutorial for a pattern called Tummy Time.  A good friend, Ashley, made one for her son and it turned out SO cute.  In the back of my mind since then, I knew Addison required this STAT.  But I didn’t have the exact fabric requirements.  What to do, what to do?!  Really, Roseanne, you can’t think of any other pattern off the top of your head to use up these mini-charms.  At 2:00 a.m. one night, I lay there thinking about it.  We don’t need no stinkin’ pattern.  This isn’t our first rodeo.  Exactly how much fabric DO you have anyway?  Math, not my strong point lately, ensued and by the time I fell back asleep a plan was hatched.

Tummy Tags 1

Sue, I need your help right away.  Would you put together four patch block suggestions, cut sashing strips, help me make tags and cut a border right away?!!  Who cares what she had planned for the day.  We have a change in plans; we have a squirrel to work on. 

Here’s a closeup of one block, showing three tags.  Also, our alternating sashing blocks before borders were added.  In my haste (naturally), I forgot to add a few of the tags.  What?!!  OMG!  Sue, would you rip these apart for me?  Please and thank you.

Tummy Tags Layered

Since Tummy Tags was altogether in one day . . . the very next morning we layered it.  It was exactly the same size as the beautiful quilt top I quilted for Mary in a day.  What should we use as a backing?  Should we add batting?  What would sweet girl like?  Hmmm.  We decided yes on the batting, and selected an adorable fleece backing.

Tummy Tags quilt top

A simple stippling was the only quilting choice, in my mind, to work easily around all those tags.  Plus it is quick, and Addi needs is ASAP.  She is spending time on her tummy without it after all. 

Stop the Presses

A co-worker suggested an idea for the edges of the quilt.  What?!!  Tags not just in the interior of the quilt but near the binding.  YES!  What a great idea.  Add some of that scrunchy material that makes noise, plus some plush choices like velveteen.  Holy moly.  I think I need to RUN to Joann’s right away, in spite of my annoyance with them.  Do we have scrunchy or velveteen fabric Sue??  We need to make more tags RIGHT AWAY.  Hurry.  We elected not to follow this suggestion mainly because it was snowing AGAIN.  A trip out for small bits of fabric was just not wise.

My mind was changed about the quilting pattern too.  I started in the taupe colored blocks, and saw the hearts.  Why can’t I stitch hearts in the heart-fabric blocks, and stipple in the blue blocks?  So I did!  Then I thought I would give a ribbon candy stitch a shot in the border.  It may not quite be that stitch – I wasn’t sure once I got going.  And I made up a new-to-everyone stitch in the corners, as I had no idea how to turn the corner.  The cute, fleecy fabric has monkeys, elephants, and giraffes.  How perfect is that?

Tummy Tag Finished

Ta-da!  Now we need a picture of sweet girl and her brother enjoying those tags.  Not that we can share that picture for now.  Darn it – thanks Bloglovin’ and not being able to remove a follower.  I am trying a new linky party called Free Motion Mavericks this week.  I’m hoping to find more FMQ inspiration.

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23 Responses

  1. PS Your quilt is this week’s featured project on Free Motion Mavericks!
    Love, Muv

  2. Roseanne, do you think you could get Sue to work on some blocks for me, too?! : )

  3. Hi Roseanne, that’s a really cute quilt and great FMQ. Hope you’ll keep linking up 🙂

  4. Hello Roseanne- what lovely quilt! The shades of pink and blue together are perfect, and those tags look like such fun, just what babies love to inspect.

    Thank you for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks! Hope to see your next project very soon.
    Love, Muv

  5. You had me GRINNING (still am!) reading your post! You are queened (knighted is for boys) the queen of squirrel-dom my friend for capturing PEFECTLY another quintessential squirrel, thrown at you by another queen of squirrels, Wendy!! And I think I may have caught the throw from you, because I have four mini-charm packs wiggling their whiskers at me (I keep looking away) but oh, how I love this tummy time quilt!! Thanks for writing such an enjoyable post, and making such a lovely DrEAMi! project. 🙂

    • Roseanne says:

      Woot Woot!! I’m queened – what an honor that I’m not sure I’ve earned yet after only TWO DrEAMi posts. But I’ll take it!! Woohoo! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Roseanne, that is so cute! I have seen little taggy sorts of blankies before, but I love the patchwork of yours and the different places you put the tags. That will be so perfect for Addi!

  7. Such a great interactive idea for this little one. Love how tummy tag quilt turned out and am impressed with how fast it got done. Take care, Mary.

  8. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    This Squirrel came out brilliantly! Thanks…ANOTHER brilliant sew from you that I need to add to my “holy moly I need to quit my job and just sew” list! Happy weekend friend!

  9. What a splendid idea and done so quickly! I am very impressed and I’m sure Addison will love playing with all those sweet tags!

  10. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, You had me so confused with the term “tags”. I was so lost and kept looking and reading and then it finally clicked! Slap, Bang and Dang all at once…LOL….I love it!! You, my friend, are so full of great ideas and this is a brilliant quilt! Yet, I do believe you should take Sue out for a special lunch or dinner for being there and helping pull it all together with her help all in one day! Great Quilt Ladies!!! I am sending both of you my standing ovation with clapping and loads of smiles once again!! Thanks for sharing and have a marvelous day!

  11. chrisknits says:

    Adorable! And I bet Dom will love it just as much as Addy!

  12. Kathryn says:

    Great fmq, and I love the quilt, tummy time coming up for the sweet baby girl!

  13. Rochelle Summers says:

    This was hysterical!! I had to look closely to see what tags are, but now I understand. My mind works in similar ways, but I have no “Sue” to help me; just my alter ego telling me “Get ahold of yourself, girl!!! No need to get in a dither.” Ha, ha. It is a darling quilt. I do miss the photos of those two….darn Bloglovin’

  14. farmquilter says:

    OHHHH!!! I have two new grands coming this year…thanks for the great idea!!

  15. Oh goodness, this turned out so cute! I’m so glad you liked that little stash of fabric, and whipped that up for Addi stat! However, I think Sue deserves a nice, rich, dark chocolate brownie and a great cup of dark roast coffee (or whatever she likes as a treat). You certainly put her through the paces! Hahaha. The GPoS has spoken.

  16. Great job!! Addison will have many days of fun using this!

  17. Shannon Fleming says:

    Love this! What an adorable idea for your little ones!

  18. Dawn Tornes says:

    Cute idea for baby Addi! It should keep her busy exploring!

  19. Roseanne, super cute! Love the layout!

  20. Pat says:

    I love this!!! Great pattern for little fingers … 🙂 Pat

  21. nanamickie says:

    I LOVE this for Addison! What a great idea 😉 The colors are wonderful too!

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