Sunday, 12 September 2010

Two Finishes!

Well, I'm sitting at home with strep throat, bored out of my mind, so I managed to finish two quilts this week, and one of them hand-quilted, wahoo!

Today, I'll show you the machine-quilted one (won't have anything else finished in the next few days, so I've got to stretch this over at least two posts ;)

The only thing holding me up with my Hoot Hoot quilt was the lack of embroidery thread and needle. For how little I needed to do on this quilt, I didn't want to go and buy everything needed, but I was lucky enough to find someone I could borrow a needle and a foot of thread from! After that, it only took a day to get the claws and 'ear-hair' on the owl:

I basted the quilt that same afternoon.

Didn't have any hesitation deciding on the quilting, for some reason... sometimes the ideas just snap right in, other times I have to hum and hah for a few months, it seems.

I started with the owl, outlining the wings, body, face and pupils as I didn't trust all of my hand-applique to hold up during subsequent washes. I also quilted some feathers (the owl kind, not the decorative kind) on the body.

Next, I loopy-loop quilted all over the background. I learned that you have to plan carefully where to start if you don't want to cross lines and end up where you started WITHOUT having to go around the outside of the quilt first - puffiness alarm! I made it work somehow, but next time I'll think ahead ;)

Lastly, I outlined around the wonky stacked coins. That was a bit of a pain because I used a walking foot, so had to turn every 1/2" to 2". Luckily, it was a small stack of coins!

And here is the finished product!

You can even see the owl outline on the back (on the left in this pictures)!

This quilt was fun to make and I love the personal touch of my own applique shape. Maybe I'll make a series next, I'd love to make a giraffe and an elephant!!

Stay tuned for finish #2!


Pokey said...

What a cute stack, and a cute owl! Good call on the owl feathers, those stitches just make the design so fun!

Katie B. said...

Adorable! I love the way you quilted the feathers on the little owl body. Really cute quilt.

Leslie said...

the best part is the quilting on the owl for its feathers....this is so great. you did such a great job

Crispy said...

He is just TOO CUTE!! I love that you put feathers (owl kind LOL) on him. It would be fun to see what you come up with for a giraffe and an elephant....maybe a lion too :0)


Kim D. said...

Your owl is adorable, you did a fantastic job on the quilting.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

It was a great quilt before you quilted it, but the quilting just makes it! Wonderful finish!