Oh Look, An Inner Squirrel Party

Now every quilter is familiar with the expression of “having a squirrel attack” or some variation of it. Our host, Darlene at Creative Latitude has not only welcomed her squirrel, Sally in to her creative space, but shares Sally’s thoughts and ideas with all of us. Sally, by the way has been known to sign Darlene up for so very many fun courses and classes. I always enjoy seeing what mischief Sally and Darlene get up to.

My name is Samantha and I’m Carol’s resident squirrel. She doesn’t get many photos of me because I move too fast dropping off nuts and fun ideas to tempt her! Carol decided to make a mini quilt featuring me a couple of years ago so I can sit on her design board and remind her of all of my fun ideas.

When Sally and Darlene mentioned having an Inner Squirrel Party, I just knew we had to join in and since I can be very very persistent, I convinced Carol to RSVP to Sally and Darlene and join in on the party mood.

Now anyone who knows me, I keep trying to change Carol’s philosophy on life since Covid began which has been:

  • Keep her DH and herself safe by staying home.
  • Shop from her stash as much as possible.
  • Only allow herself to start new projects for blog hops, the odd QAL or to do pattern tests.; her focus has been on finishing UFOs.

This has meant that I have been spending an inordinate amount of time trying to provide all of the temptations and eye candy that I can to tempt her to just drop everything and start something new. What can you do when you are invited to a squirrel Party? Jump in with both hands and feet of course😉

Now Carol is in the middle of a crazy busy couple of months with a lot going on at her Guild, birthdays, helping friends with surgery and several commitments for pattern tests, blog hop projects and required family quilts, but there are these blocks and bits in a package from Denise that I had to keep pulling out and tucking on her sewing machine, on her cutting table and on top of her project pile just to get her to pay attention and do something with them.

I finally won out when we were discussing the fun ideas I had for:

We tried several layouts and calculated how many more blocks we needed to make to get the right sized quilt for one of our preferred charities Victoria’s Quilts Canada which provides quilts to people living with cancer. I insisted these blocks had to be made up for quilts for Victoria’s Quilts Canada because they are so bright and cheerful. Luckily Carol agreed because these pretty fabrics make us both smile every time we look at them.

I’ve searched the stash and have nothing that will work for a thin border so Sam and I have to hit up our LQS on the way to the studio next trip.

Since I had my way with this one I then encouraged Carol to pull out some sweet flannel fabrics she had been hoarding er I mean saving for a raggy quilt, but we only got as far as cutting it into squares so that will have to wait for another post, and so will the layout for the other fun blocks that were in Denise’s parcel. Isn’t it fun how others leftovers can spark some great ideas and bring out the squirrels in all of us? I think I managed to sidetrack Carol very nicely and deserve to dig into my stash of nuts to celebrate! 😉🐿

Here is the full list of attendees to the Squirrel Party:

I’m heading over there to read, enjoy and drop off a nice comment to introduce myself!

Carol and I would like to thank you for stopping by and hope you are having plenty of fun joining in on the party! 😉🐿😄🐿


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

24 thoughts on “Oh Look, An Inner Squirrel Party

  1. Samantha you are such a fun addition to a quilt space! I’m glad I have my own inner squirrel or I might be tempted to steal you away from Carol. Keep up the good work, especially by tucking things on her sewing machine when she is crazy busy – lol! 😀 Tell Carol I love her pretty blocks!

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  2. Samantha, good on you for tempting Carol with new projects while she’s stuck inside! Please let Carol know that her quilt of you is fabulous and that Terry appreciates Carol’s color palette with the blocks in the new project. Maybe Terry will be inspired to make a quilt of me. . . I can hope! So nice to meet you!–Gertie

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    1. Thank you Gertie. I do try to keep Carol tempted and she enjoyed your comment. I think Terry would do a quilt of you when she finds the perfect pattern to show off your beauty 🐿😄


  3. Hi Samantha (and Carol, too)! I just want to know where I can send you some fresh nuts? Do you have a preference – black walnut, cashew, pecans? You are such a sweet and kind squirrel that you deserve the reward for persevering and getting Carol to see the light and importance of this project. We all appreciate the dedication you showed, and the end result is fabulous. Victoria’s Quilts will be thrilled with this gorgeous quilt when it’s finished. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Hi Roseanne. I love any kind of nuts but those are all my absolute favourites. I do enjoy tempting Carol and try to do my part by giving her suggestions and ideas. I’m happy you enjoyed the results of my effort to sidetrack Carol 🐿😉

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  4. Samantha, you sure are a troublemaker in Carol’s studio! Love the encouragement and result of your last efforts. I really don’t know how Carol gets it all done, with you encouraging detours at every possible moment. Say hi to Carol from me.

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    1. Hi Kathleen. Thank you for acknowledging my efforts to inspire Carol and get her to start new projects. She says Hi back and is sitting in her chair stitching binding and giggling away. Happy Saturday 🐿😉


    1. Hi Katie. Thank you for the compliment but I still think Carol doesn’t listen to me enough. She still pays too much attention to her accountability lists and really wants the UFOs done. Then just think of the fun I’ll have giving her suggestions and new projects to do. Maybe she will share her nuts more with me then. 🐿😉

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      1. The top of “leftovers” is lovely! You made something sweet for your charity. I’ll have to figure out who my squirrel is, lol

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