A Squirrely Name

Sorry, but this post is a bit squirrely.  Long and squirrely.  Stay with me through the story for the winner of the “name that squirrel contest”.  Maybe grab a bowl of walnuts to munch on while you read .  It’ll help.  I HATE long posts, but I just couldn’t help myself…


——————————————————————–It was dark in the Bunny Hill Studio, and everyone had gone for the evening. “Shhhh” said Bitty Kitty, “be quiet or they’ll hear us! We HAVE to talk”. Bitty Squirrel, Bitty Dog, Bitty Bunny and Bitty Lamb were wide awake and listening, but Bitty Bird was sleeping in her nest.

“Have you noticed what’s been going on around here for the past few weeks? All I’ve heard is squirrel this, and squirrel that”, whined Bitty Kitty! “I for one, am sick of it!”

Bitty Squirrel squirmed a bit on her cushion. The talk was making her nervous, as the topic was about a relative of hers.

“She’s a rodent! That squirrel is a rodent, plain and simple”, Bitty Kitty meowed. “Look at all the attention she’s getting! I’m a cat with the highest of pedigrees, and no one goes on and on about me!”

Bitty Squirrel was upset. She didn’t want Bitty Kitty mad at her, and being part of the squirrel family just might do it.

“Stop!” said Bitty Dog. “That squirrel is getting attention because she’s on a quilt! She’s appliquéd! Why, we’re just stuffed! An appliqué squirrel should have a fancy name. She’ll probably be around a lot longer than we will. She’ll be loved by a family and hung on a wall, or maybe used to cover a bed. We’ll be stuck on a shelf, stuck in a drawer, or, stuck by a pin! Besides,” said Bitty Dog, “you already have a name! Bitty Kitty is a great name!”

“Stuck in a drawer” said Bitty Kitty? “You’re kidding right? Why would anyone stick me in a drawer? I’m the perfect body!”

And so on it went throughout the night. Jabbering away about the squirrel’s new name and what it should be. Bitty Bunny wanted the name to be “Biscuit” and Bitty Lamb thought it should be “Penelope”.

It wasn’t until the sun was coming up that Bitty Bird finally awoke. She stretched her wings, and hopped out of her nest. “What’s all the fuss about”, she asked and all the animals told her. “Weren’t you listening last night when Anne left the studio?” asked Bitty Bird. Anne said something about “Henrietta Whiskers” being a perfect name for a squirrel!”

“Just great” said Bitty Kitty with a whiny little meow. “I guess the name is cute, but not as cute as me!” She gave herself a little lick and tried to look as pretty as ever.

And so it was. The Bunny Hill squirrel finally had a name!  Henrietta Whiskers!


Twila Dockter you are the winner of the gift basket!   I loved the name and the story you submitted…here’s Twilla’s story… 

“Hi Anne,

Many years ago, my son found a baby squirrel, cold and half dead.  He brought it home and begged me to save it.  I knew we needed to get it warm first, so while I prepared a basket with a hot water bottle, my son tucked the little fellow inside his shirt.
We raised this little guy to adulthood and the name Tyler gave him was Henry Whiskers.   We never really had any squirrels in our neighborhood, but after releasing Henry I noticed the population grew quite a bit.  Tyler always said Henry found a “quirrel friend”.  I think he was right!

My son passed away 10 years ago at the age of 14, but I swear I just saw Henry the other day.  You see, Henry had an accident where he lost most of his tail, and the squirrel I saw had just a stub of a tail too.

You call your squirrel a girl, so I would like to submit the name Henrietta Whiskers.  I’d like to think there are several squirrels out there, related to our little Henry”

Thank you,
Twila Dockter

Twila, this basket is on it’s way to you and Henerietta will make her debut in a future Bunny Hill pattern.

Gift Basket

For the rest of you, if the name you submitted was mentioned in the story, send me an email, along with your address and you can choose ANY  Bunny Hill pattern!

If you’d like to see some of the names that were submitted, click here and click on the file!  Be sure and enlarge it to at least 150%.  Makes reading a lot easier.

It was amazing to see all these names!  Nutmeg and cinnamon were the most popular of all.  I loved them too! Oh if only I could pick them all!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My family is feeling a little better, but we’ll still be having a quarantine Thanksgiving.  Some of my family will be here and the “sickies” will have food delivered to them!



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  • Stephanie - I love a cute story. Congratulations to the lucky and clever winner.ReplyCancel

  • DawnB - What a cute name – I'd like to congratulate Twilla too. Can't wait to see Henrietta Whiskers in her new quilt pattern. Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • DenaLimpede - Excellent Choice!!!! Beautiful Story Twilla…ReplyCancel

  • W. Latane Barton - What a cute name and for such a special reason. Congratulations, Twilla.ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • rachel griffith - awww.

    your story is too cute anne.
    but twila's story really touched my heart.

    congrats twila.ReplyCancel

  • Bari Jo - THAT is the perfect name! And I loved the story! Can't wait to see the quilt! Happy Thanksgiving! BariReplyCancel

  • Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims - Anne,
    I think you are Beatrix Potter's kindred spirit. I loved your story, and your choice is perfect for your little squirrel. I think you have made a mother feel very good too! OK I need a tissue, this story has really touched my heart!ReplyCancel

  • Huneybee Quilts - Congradulations Twila! What a wonderful story you had of your Son's fury friend! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful memory and many, many congrats!!


  • Goosegirl - Beautiful, sweet story, and a perfect name.
    Anne I pray you have a beautiful Thankgsiving.ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - Very cute Anne. Happy Thanksgiving!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy R - What a wonderful way to honor Twila's son and the name is just perfect! Looking forward to the adventures Henrietta will find herself in!ReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - I love your stories, Anne. Your imagination is every bit as good as your quilting and pattern making.
    Congratulations to Twilla for the adorable name and such a beautiful story as well.
    I look forward to meeting Henrietta Whiskers.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Congratulations to Twilla – what a wonderful tale and what a special way to her honor her beloved son. I am so touched by her generosity in sharing that story with the rest of us. Thank you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Thomas - What a delightful story and Twilla's story was very touching. Congrats, Twilla.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon (Stitches on Mars) - Hi Anne,
    Twila's story was very touching, I'm sooo pleased you shared it with us. She is a most deserved winner,not only for the story, but also for the name.

    BTW I loved your story too, I hope that they will stay out of the drawers :)ReplyCancel

  • Pam Fredrickson - What a wonderful name and an even lovelier story about how the name became to be..what a great story to share on Thanksgiving Weekend..we will all love Henrietta Whiskers for a very long time..Twilla that was great!!!ReplyCancel

  • Blessedmom's Simple Home - What a wonderful story and a very good choice. Congratulations to the winner. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • trelly - With quarantine or not, happy Thanksgiving and congratulations to the winner, the story is really beautiful! kisses from SpainReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - Cute story and a great name for the new little member. Congrats to Twilla.ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Awesome name fits perfectly. I am looking forward to seeing henretta wiskers in the next pattern! Happy Thanksgiving Anne!ReplyCancel

  • Hogan's Adventure - Anne-Your creativity is amazing, what a darling story…love Henrietta's name and her story is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you….all the bitties, Chelsea and gang…so much to be thankful for!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I love the story. Congrat to Twilla. Have a Great Turkey DayReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thank you so much for sharing Twilla's story. I think the name she submitted is perfect!

  • Library Gal Quilts - Wonderful name! I had two adopted aunties named Helen and Henrietta…They would giggle at this for absolute sure! xo Pam in chicoReplyCancel

  • Rae Ann - Way to go Twila…I love the name! I loved the cute story even more!ReplyCancel

  • luvtoquilt - LOVE the name, and the story brought tears to my eyes. What a nice tribute that quilt pattern will be!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Gavin - Lovely name for a darling little squirrel. A inspirational story of the original little squirrel and a young boy. Ever think about writing children's storybook about your sweet members of the Bunny Tales gang?ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - Congratulations to the winners, such cute stories!ReplyCancel

  • MahSistersQuiltTrunk - Oh Anne, Her name is perfect!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - I like the final name and at this point barely remember what name I submitted! Congrats to the winner. And thanks for the story!ReplyCancel

  • suz - Congratulations to Twila – her's was the perfect story and name for Bitty Squirrel! I know when I make my Henrietta Whiskers I'll always remember Twila and her son.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Congrats to the winner… what a lovely "true story". Nothing quite like them!ReplyCancel