Secret Squirrel Mini Quilt

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This month’s Project Quilting Focus Through the Prism challenge theme was the 9-patch block.  For my version of the challenge, I created a simple 9-patch design using orange fabrics.

secret squirrel mini quilt

secret squirrel mini quilt

I decided to add a fun ninja squirrel for my embroidery design – this is not an actual requirement for the challenge quilts, but it’s a fun little challenge I’ve given myself to add some hand embroidery to each of my Focus Through the Prism mini quilts.

squirrel embroidery

Have you been participating in the Focus Through the Prism Challenges over at Project Quilting?  What is your favorite so far?  What are you hoping the last challenge will be?

Sharing over at:
Project Quilting Focus Through the Prism 9-Patch Challenge at Persimon Dreams, Thank
Goodness It's Finished Friday at Faith and Fabric, Finish It Up at Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. Kimberly Rolzhausen on October 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Squirrels are my spirit animal. Love this and always enjoy seeing what you are going to post each month, because of the embroidery!

    • Andrea on October 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Thanks so much Kimberly! I’m not really good at embroidery, so I made that extra bit of a challenge for myself to improve my skills – ok, mostly my patience – with hand work. And I’m really starting to enjoy the process.

  2. Merrilee on October 30, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Love it! Your orange and white really pops- and I can see it as a hanging or sweet candle/table mat with a nice harvest candle (being attacked by the ninja squirrel). Haven’t gotten mine done yet this month, but love seeing what everyone posts. I’ve also been attracted to embroidery lately- I picked up one of Rebecca Ringquist’s sampler books- so fun!

    • Andrea on October 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Merrilee! When I decided to work with the orange in October, I wanted to do my best to make the quilt less Halloween, which is how it ended up with a ninja squirrel on it.

  3. Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge on October 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    That squirrel is so freakin’ cute! And generally I’m not a fan of squirrels – traumatic childhood incident! 🙂 And a fun little mini quilt. I’ve not heard of Focus through the Prism, but I’ll be checking it out.

    • Andrea on October 31, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Jenn! Next month is the last Focus Through the Prism Challenge, but they have been part of the off-season monthly challenges from Project Quilting. You should definitely check it out. I think you would have a lot of fun doing them.

  4. Gemini Jen NZ on October 31, 2015 at 4:10 am

    The stitching is delightful!

    • Andrea on October 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you Jen! I had a lot of fun doing it.

  5. Kat on November 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Lol, this is a great quilt anyway, but the squirrel puts it over the top!

    • Andrea on November 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thanks so much Kat! The squirrel was a lot of fun to embroider.

  6. Lynette on November 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Haha!! 😀 That squirrel is awesome. Love it.

    • Andrea on November 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much Lynette! I had a lot of fun with this mini quilt.

  7. Kim @PersimonDreams on November 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Love this! The little creatures you’re adding are just perfect!

    • Andrea on November 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks so much Kim! It’s been a lot of fun picking out embroidery patterns to go on each of my designs.

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