Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun

IMG_2293This quilt was juried into the American Quilters’ Society show in Syracuse, New York that was held July 27,28,29, and 30, 2016.  The show was excellent as all the AQS shows are.  For a list of winners and information about AQS, go to americanquilter.com.  The hotel where we stayed was the former Hotel Syracuse, now a stunningly renovated Marriott.   A beautiful blend of old and new.

I designed this quilt to provide a setting for a squirrel stamp I had carved from a large rubber block with a linoleum cutter.  I stamped the squirrel several times with so-so results, so I cut out a squirrel stencil to use instead. Again I was unimpressed.  I drew the squirrel on double sided Steam a Seam II and made a fabric applique’.  Much better.  Then I drew and cut tiny little tyrannosaurus arms that could be repositioned so the squirrel can carry her laptop or iPad with ease. I like this squirrel.  She will appear on several new quilts featuring squirrels with musical titles.

This quilt has six asymetrical squirrel blocks. There is another squirrel face peering over the top of the tree. Several cutouts of Laurel Burch fabric cats are fused near the top of the quilt.  The quilt is constructed in a loose, almost Improv style. Diamonds and triangles, leftovers from other projects, join fused flowers in a carefree design.  The quilting is done with freehand drawing/stitching on a longarm machine.

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