Quick Post of Twelve Squirrels

I’m tired again tonight. Had an early shift today and another one tomorrow.

I spent a little bit of time in my sewing room after our two-mile walk in the cold and dry air this evening.

There very well may be a coyote out there in all that dark.

I chunked away at twelve more color wash blocks.

Here’s the blocks before I squared them up.

Someone asked me if they could use charm squares to make these blocks. Absolutely! Three of these blocks were made from left over charm squares. You need to be a little more careful in sewing them together since there’s less to trim off. Here’s a picture of one of the blocks made from charm squares with a squared up 4.5 inch block on top of it.

You can see how little room you have for error. I’ve also made several of these from left over 2.5 inch strips.

Terry Rowland gives thorough instructions for cutting the fabric for the smaller blocks. I cut the two side pieces to 2 1/4 x 6 inches. The two matching center pieces are cut to about 2 1/4 x 3 inches wide. The squares for the middle are cut at about 3 inches by 2 1/4 inches. That gives me plenty of room to play with, and enough forgiveness to change the shape and size of the squares in the middle.

It’s more dynamic and interesting if the center pieces are different sizes and shapes.

I mentioned in one of my recent blog posts that each of these blocks is made from a different fabric. Well, that changed tonight. Three of the blocks in this set are made from the same fabric, but I thought they might be different enough that you wouldn’t notice.

My inclination is to use the two blocks on the left as they look very different. I think the one on the right is too similar to the one next to it.

We were supposed to get some snow last night and I was hoping to wake up to some of the white stuff this morning. I was quite disappointed.

Heading to bed!

14 Replies to “Quick Post of Twelve Squirrels”

  1. Good morning! Hope you slept well. Weird weather here warm 55 already this am (in OH) and very windy. One of the great things about KFC is that when you cut it up, it always looks different. The Brassica looks great and your centers make them different too. Down to the sweatshop (LOL) today although, the basement is always cool. We’ll see what adventure I take on today. Loving the progress you are making. Have a good day.

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    1. You’re right about KFC fabrics being wonderful cut up… so much variation. And I love that.

      it was sunny here today but cold. I’ll trade the cold for rain any day if I can have some sun.



  2. I didn’t know those two blocks were from the same fabric, they look very different to me. I’m not very good at these color block quilts, even though I do have a very good eye for color. I’m very intrigued with making these blocks now, I have quite a bit of Kaffe fabrics and some batiks too that would blend well. Hmmm…..

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    1. I was going to add in some batik blocks, but I think I’ll have enough blocks to make a wall hanging all from KFC fabrics. But I think the batiks would work well with the kFC fabrics.



  3. I just may have to start making some of these “squirrels” as I have a lot of Kaffe fabric AND a lot of Kaffe scraps. It’s intriguing to see how the look changes even when using the same fabric. Another good way to “let the fabric do the work”!

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      1. It’s not stupid or silly, but that you can use the same fabric and each of those blocks looks different is the more interesting aspect of this quilt IMHO.

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