Monday, January 23, 2012

What a hoot....

 A cold and rainy afternoon just fit the bill for some experimenting....not the chemistry kind but the stitching type.  I worked up the owls into a line drawing for a pattern, which I traced onto fusible.  Then fabric selection....fun and fast and not too picky.  Blue tones for one owl, and purple for the second.
And boxes of thread....cotton, and rayons, and polyesters.


I love the crazy eye fabric on this owl. I   took a little liberty with the leaf arrangement and spread them out some what, and extended the branch to reach the edge of the background.  I believe this one is a professor...note the puffed out chest on him.






  And this one is a  probably a cheer leader with the flirty wings and the scalloped shaped eyes.
  I put them both on a pieced background of odds and ends of fabric that worked together, and  covered all the edges with a zig zag stitch.  Not quite sure about the border/s yet, but I think the heart shape leaves will work for the quilting.

Experiment  results:    Relaxing, and really satisfying because I did not have mile high expectations.  Just some quirky time interpreting  photo / drawing  to fabric.  A time let my inner voice speak through the fabric.  

  So if you are interested in the line drawing pattern for these 2  .... here's the link to Owl patterns   .
Enjoy and send me a photo if you use them.
Happy stitching.

12 comments:

  1. I love the owls. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Very cute owls. I love the personalities with which you have infused them. : )

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  3. They came out wonderful! Thanks for the drawings.

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  4. Ah, they look great! Love how you spread the leaves out & arranged it all! I agree--they seem to have those personalities!

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  5. Wow! What fun!

    I did my first needle turn appliqué in my quilting class yesterday - can't wait to make a "real" block!

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  6. Those little owls turned out so cute. I'm going to be looking for design opportunities every where I go. Thanks for sharing these with us!
    Nicki

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  7. Too cute! These guys have so much personality.

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  8. Wonderful and very fun! I printed out the owls and love what you did with them:)
    LauraT

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  9. Hi, Debbie. Cooool owls! Like the way you used the fabrics, especially for the eyes. The pieced backgrounds work very well. Also liked your heart mosaic in the previous post.
    best, nadia

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  10. Thanks for sharing your lovely owls.

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