Friday, March 8, 2013

Cute & Colorful Owl Quilt

I love all of the adorable owls everywhere, don’t you?  Owl QuiltWhen my friend asked me to make a quilt for her sister’s new baby girl and told me that her theme was “owls”…I was so excited!!  For colors, she specifically requested purples, pinks, and browns; so I headed to Hobby Lobby and found these fun prints:DSCN0594I picked out an orange chevron fabric and a purple vine for accents.
My friend asked for something on a smaller scale than some of the animal quilts I’ve made in the past, so I decided to design my own quilt.  After searching Pinterest for “owl quilts”, “owl blankets”, and just plain old “owls”…..none were exactly what I was looking for, but I was “pinspired” a bit.
So, I grabbed some newspaper, scissors and a marker; then drew and cut out my owl shape.  DSCN0587DSCN0592I cut the eye pieces out of some white and black scrap fabric after using a dessert plate to make a paper pattern.DSCN0596Two of the main body pattern piece were then cut out of the floral fabric and one piece out of purple flannel (for the batting). The wings and face were made with the purple fabric and the feet and beak were cut out of the orange chevron.DSCN0599Owl Quilt AssembleyAfter pinning all of the pieces in place, I used an applique stitch and a coordinating thread color to attach them to the quilt front.DSCN0605Using my embroidery machine, I added the Baby Girl’s name and the year on one of the feet.  On the back of this foot, I also attached one of my “Made by Julie” tags.DSCN0604After stitching all the way around the quilt (leaving ~ 1/2 in.), the raw edges were clipped and the quilt was washed and dried in order to fray them.
I love the way a rag quilt turns out and how they get softer and more frayed with each washing! This one was no different.  It frayed perfectly and I think it is really cute.DSCN0609Happily, my friend and the mother-to-be loved it too!


Happy Spring Break!

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