Owl Be Home for Christmas

The Museum Quilt Guild which I belong to did a Secret Santa exchange once again this year.  I couldn’t post any pictures before the meeting, so here is what I made for my friend Donna, whose name I was happy to get.

Owl Be Home for Christmas

Owl Be Home for Christmas

I found this delightful pattern by Cherry Blossoms Quilting at Patchwork Garden Quilt Shop in East Amherst, NY.

Owl Be Home... close up

Owl Be Home… close-up

I used white fleece for the cap trim and the ball on the end of the cap.

Owl Be Home... another close-up

Owl Be Home… another close-up

I just loved the snow covered tree limb and the holly almost as much as the owl.

We are asked to list colors and a flavor we like when we sign up for the Secret Santa. Donna listed red and green as her colors and peppermint her flavor.

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Interesting panel … check out the peppermint in the top corner

 

When I started digging in my stash I found this interesting panel with ribbon candy and peppermint in my stash. Initially I had thought I could somehow use the red as a border because there were light blue splotches in it that would tie in to the background and still give me the red that I wanted. Along comes my mom and she suggested that I fussy cut the mint to use as the tummy of the owl. It’s amazing how two people can look at the same fabric and see two completely different uses for it in the same project! (The older I get, the easier it is to admit that mom was right, just don’t tell her I said so.)

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looking for just the right area to fussy cut

 

 

 

The pattern was done using the raw edge applique techinque. I placed the fusible web on top of the fabric to see if I could find a mint that I liked. If you try this but find that you can’t see through the fusible web very well, then use a light box if you have one. When you find the area you want to use, be sure to iron the fusible web to the back of the fabric, cut on the drawn line, peel the paper off, fuse down, and stitch!

Things that make me smile:

  • Quilting with my mom
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Exchanging clothes I received as a Christmas gift for a smaller size (it doesn’t happen often!)

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

P.S. Check back soon. My next post will show the beautiful bag my friend Kathi gave me in the Secret Santa exchange!

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