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Rural Squirrel in Brown Neutrals

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon
Round and round and round they go….
These squirrels are playing in the snow!
One squirrel is running up a tree on the left…..
One squirrel is running down a tree on the right…..
And one squirrel is running across the ground on the bottom.
It was fun choosing fabrics from my  (my stash) for this quilt. Many of them have been in there for a very long time. Some of them are bits that I am feeling kind of glad to be using up, and yet kind of sad to be running out of. Like that darker birch tree fabric on the bottom left. This was purchased back when I made the Wolf quilt for my son, Russell. The birch print is called called Birch Tree, from the “North by Northwest” collection designed by Maria Kalinowski of Kanvas Studio for Benartex. Really I do love this print used as a binding. It was also used on this Winter Wolves quilt made for my sister. Incidentally, that was my very first time quilting organic wavy lines! Boy… You can sure see the difference a few more practices make!
I am pleased to say that all these fabrics were from stash. Cause you know I’m supporting that 2016 is the Year of the Stash! The backing has these cute little tan and brick coloured paw prints against a cream background. And the binding is a nice dark brown with even tinier paw prints! I was hanging onto these two…. Thinking I would love to use them someday to redo the Dog Gone Cute in some neutrals one day….. But I figured they’d make for some super cute squirrel paw prints, too!

In this post from Tuesday I announced the pattern release for the Rural Squirrel and showed a sneak peek of the Northcott version. You can find the pdf quilt pattern hereAt that time I also shared examples of a few more colourway samples just to give you an idea of the versatility of this pattern. Here it is in the Brown Neutrals using an Electric Quilt mock up.
Rural Squirrel in Brown Neutrals
This quilt is made using traditional methods and is not paper pieced. The pattern provides material requirements, cutting instructions and detailed step-by-step directions. And I still have one more colourway I would like to try out. Some cool solids with grey squirrels. Really it could work in any combination!
Rural Squirrel in Cotton Couture with Grey squirrels


Rural Squirrel in Brown Neutrals finished at approximately 50″ x 60″
and was the 80th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.
On Valentine’s Day I will be
Linking up to The Year of the Stash 2016 with
Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Keep On Quilting On!

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30 Responses

  1. Sewing from stash and scrap bins makes for excellent walks down quilt memory lane, doesn't it?! I think that the browns compliment this design so wonderfully, Lorna, congratulations on another beautiful quilt finish. You are going to need to order a new bundle of labels soon!

  2. Leeanne says:

    So cute! Perfect quilting. I like your little labels. I wish I had snow to photograph my customer quilts on, we just have hot humid weather here in New Zealand.

  3. Nancy J says:

    Ditto to Leeanne's words. Too hot to even sew today.Love those wavy lines,

  4. Oh – love this quilt in all the different brown shades – and the backing and binding fabric. Beautiful!!

  5. Sewmom18 says:

    Great Quilt. We are in a deep freeze should have a quilt to sit under to hand sew binding.I am working on pattern prep for a prom dress.

  6. your quilt turned out great! love the simple way you quilt your quilts.

  7. Teagan says:

    How cute!! Love it.

  8. Mari says:

    I love it in brown! This turned out really wonderful.

  9. Needled Mom says:

    I love it in those colors!

  10. So fun! This is exactly what I see out my window!

  11. Ioleen says:

    Love this quilt. Using stash is a great feeling. Waiting to see a picture from QuiltCon showing the Northcott booth and you quilt hanging.

  12. Patty says:

    Love the quilt! Those trees look great – you picked some great fabric from your stash for them.

  13. Cut&Alter says:

    This is gorgeous Lorna! I'm not a huge fan of neutrals but this looks fantastic – just perfect for the squirrels! X

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    Very very cute! Watch for an email from me, I have a pic to send you 😉

  15. This is so cute! I love every single colorway you've posted! 🙂

  16. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful quilt, I just love seeing patterns in different colorways. All of the tone on tone brown prints give a great texture to the quilt!

  17. Adorable! I didn't think I liked squirrels — they keep sneaking into my shed. But these are cute squirrels. Loving that paw print on the back.

  18. You've done it again! This is so cute. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with squirrels. We have a wooded yard and my dog spent her 10 short years dutifully protecting me from them. They drove her (and she drove me) a bit crazy. I am only now starting to enjoy their presence here. They are definitely fun to watch – running up and down and round and round! You've captured them perfectly!

  19. Lara B. says:

    I love all your color layouts for Rural Squirrels, but this one is my favorite Lorna! It's great that you made it all from M'Sash 🙂 and fun how the fabrics bring back memories. You definitely have became expert at wavy organic quilting!

  20. Lois says:

    Great stash picks and I love your squirrels – sort of like our possums – you develop a love/sigh relationship with them when they dance on your roof:)))

  21. Unknown says:

    Adorable and playful pattern of squirrels. We have a host of cute and wild animals in Hudson Valley, NY. Very creative and well done!!

  22. You know how I feel about squirrels, but these are fabulous… as per usual. Thanks for your support of The Year of The Stash and for linking up with A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  23. Well this is a fun quilt! I love that the squirrels are running in circles. We have many around here–country life!–and they definitely do run in circles! Around trees, around the yard, around the bird feeders…always in circles. So this quilt captures their natural behavior perfectly.

  24. legato1958 says:

    What a cute quilt! I love seeing the playful squirrels climbing up and down the trees! Your fabrics are perfect, as is your quilting. You have that down to an art, Lorna!!Susie

  25. Lisa J. says:

    This quilt is so perfect in the older browns from your stash.

  26. Kate says:

    Such a fun quilt!

  27. Samantha says:

    Your squirrels are so cute- and bonus points for being from stash!

  28. What a great way to use up some of the older brown prints in my stash. You make brown cool again!

  29. I love this quilt! How fun! We actually don't have too many squirrels where we live. (We don't have the right trees or something…) And oddly enough, I miss them. This was a fun reminder of how they would scamper about.