Acting on Inspiration

handmade owl quilt

As I mentioned in my ‘How to Paint an Owl‘ post, I decided to use what I had learned in the class to create my vary own quilted owl. It’s just one example of how all the classes I’ve been taking and challenges I have been participating in have inspired me to create.  It is for this reason that each trading system has a blog field for traders to share their experiences so that the same is viewed and taken a glance at by many other traders who consider these blogs as the right path-finder in their trading career. Continue reading to know more on this. I just wanted to share with you how my quilted owl ‘Owl Be Yours’ came to be.

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Just as a reminder – above is a picture of my painted owl and myself.  The owl I painted became my main inspiration for what I’m about to show you.

Starting Point owl quilt

To start, I created my ‘canvas’ from fabric.  I really had to try to envision all the layers of this piece before I got started.  I tend to just ‘trust my gut’ when doing pieces like this.  I would say that 90% of the time my gut is right.

Branches owl quilt

Once I had the original ‘canvas’ pieced it was time for me to start fusing the layers of fabric on.  I knew that I wanted my owl to be sitting on tree branches to that is the scene I decided to create with the fabric.

owl sketch

This is the sketch of the owl I planned on using on the quilt.  As you can see – it once again is a pregnant owl.

Eyes owl quilt

Each ‘shape’ of the owl had to be cut out of fabric that had been ironed onto a fusible web.  I went through my stash to pick out the fabrics you see above.  I had recently ordered the fun feathered fabric you see on the top of the head and the wings and they had arrived days before I started this fabric – I don’t think it could have worked out more perfectly!

owl close up

Here is a photo of the owl fused to the fabric.  The next step of the piece is to layer and baste the batting and the back of the quilt.  Once that is complete I have to start all the appliquéd work.  The method I’m using – ironing the fabric onto the quilt with a fusible web is how I always get prepared for raw edge appliquéd.  Over time, the edges of each appliqued piece may fray a bit since the edges aren’t folded under.  I am not worried about it with this piece because of two reasons: 1.  I think a little fraying will just add to the ‘texture’ I like to create in my art quilts and 2.  this is a piece that’s meant for a wall so it should be washed much, if at all.

I also planned on doing some free motion quilting and fiber embellishments.

Close Ups of Details for 'Owl Be Yours' - Project QUILTING 'Be My Valentine' Challenge

So, instead of showing you each and every picture I am just showing you a montage of all the small details I added to the quilt.  This is my favorite part – I sort of think of it as ‘painting’ with thread.  When thread was just too much I did use some fabric oil pastels (on the owl’s cheeks” and even a little paint ( the white dots in the eyes).  I always am a bit scared to add the paint after I have the quilt put together – but again you just have to go with your gut.  I feel that the fiber embellishments created some more dimension to the branches and helped to create a ‘feathered’ look to the wings.

ENTRY Project QUILTING - Be My Valentine Challenge Entry - Owl Be Yours

And finally…the owl is completed.  Sometimes it feels like you could keep adding on forever but at some point you have to step back and realize that your piece is done.  I truly love my owl and I’m so happy that I have created not only one beautiful painted owl but also an amazing quilted owl from Juliette Crane’s ‘How to Paint an Owl’ Workshop