I fell in love with the squirrel in Anne Suttons new free b.o.m (Bunny Hill Designs), and also the quilt home that Henrietta the squirrel lived in. I quickly went through my stash and found all the fabrics that I would need for the quilt top, made the first background block, then looked again at Henrietta. Oh that squirrel is so cute! But really, do I or anyone I know need or want a squirrel on quilt or wallhanging? Hmmm…. I thought flowers, and baskets, and any number of things that I could applique. Then I remembered a bird that’s just as cute as (well, almost) Henrietta. This bird is from the book Stitch Raw Edge Applique by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, in the pattern “21 Birds”. I decided to machine appplique the pieces, and used a 30 wt black thread on all motifs – I’ll continue this throughout the quilt. I do hope I can adapt the rest of Henrietta’s designs to my little bird.