Hello Quilty friends! I hope you all had a great time last week hopping from blog to blog. There were all sorts of wonderful and pretty blocks to see. Be sure to check out ALL the designers that are in Volume 7.
Today I am going to show you my block. Being somewhat new, this is the first block I have had in the 100 Blocks collection and I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw the cover!
Hootie was the result of some doodles I did in college while procrastinating my homework. I have seen a few owls out there, but none with the “feathered” body detail I wanted. So, I made my own. =] I love his goofy big eyes.
Hootie is raw-edge applique with a machine blanket stitch. When assembling the owl, I used a pressing sheet to layer all the parts and fused down sections as I went. Here is a closeup of the machine blanket stitch. I use matching threads because it is very forgiving!
All of the pieces are fairly small, so I did some digging through my scrap bins for this project. Here is what you could do with a few scrappy Hooties:
I elongated the tree and branches, then added two more rows. I used just the owl applique to create a nice little colorful family of owls. I played with eye placement to create a Brady Bunch effect! You could go very whimsical and colorful with fabric choices (like the example) or chose more browns and natural colors for more accurate owls.
Now to the GIVEAWAY!
I will be giving away two issues of 100 Blocks Volume 7. One here and one over on my personal blog Sassafras Lane Designs. Leave a comment here telling me about your latest applique project
by midnight MST, Thursday May 9 and one lucky winner will get an issue! Then be sure to enter the giveaway HERE for another chance!
The winner of a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7 issue is Debbie St. Germain! Thank you to everyone who commented. Be sure to check back next week for more staff blocks and giveaways.
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