When Erin received a wooden hope chest for Christmas from her grandparents, I immediately wanted to quilt a cover to protect the top. But she was not really keen on the idea.
The top of the chest measures 17.5" x 40". And I designed the cover to have a piece fitted around the edges of the topper to keep it from sliding around. And yes. That is a blue Skittle on the floor.
|Squirrels that are still in need of some eyes
The squirrels are meant to match this collection of pillows which were my influence in leaning toward using a turquoise background. I made these pillows for Erin as a gift this past Christmas. She has them piled up on her hope chest. I asked if she would like me to quilt her a little something to keep the top of the chest from getting scratched or otherwise messed up. She was reluctant at first. That is until I came up with the squirrel design. That was a different matter! She is certainly nuts for squirrels.
|Collection of pillows
And the ruffle.
And there was even enough left over to make one more pillow. This one is 13" x 20".
The quilting was done in organic wavy lines with my walking foot using Superior Threads' Poly Quilter #331 in Lemon Chiffon thread in the top and Gütermann all purpose polyester thread in the bobbin. The variegated thread and quilting method provide a nice texture, which reminds me of fresh blades of grass.
I am really pleased with how everything came together. And - more importantly - so is my daughter! All I need to do now is find the right buttons for those squirrels' eyes.
UPDATE: Yes! I found the perfect buttons for their beady little eyes!
This Quilted Squirrels hope chest cover was the 40th use of my 100 labels ordered from
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I have added the pattern for Erin's Squirrels to my pattern store here. This pattern has instructions for making four squirrel blocks as individual blocks and also includes instructions for making a runner the same size as the one I made. Go NUTS!
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