Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Owl Love

My sister showed me these West Elm owls a few weeks before Christmas. Her sorority mascot was an owl, so she has a small collection of owl trinkets. From those simple ceramic owls, I got an idea for an owl pillow. My original vision included a slightly stuffed applique owl in varying kona neutrals. I used the owl applique and embroidery designs from this quilt pattern (because let's face it, I can't draw!).
My first attempt at the owl was a big flop. I cut a piece of batting from my owl template and then cut a piece of kona slightly larger. I clipped the curves and pressed the raw edges of the kona around the batting, and then appliqued the piece with a narrow zig zag stitch. The zig zag edge didn't turn out well, and I didn't want to hand applique the piece before I knew if I'd like the outcome. So I turned to simple fusible applique without the batting. I also decided to cut all of the owl pieces from a light grey (kona ash). Layering the pieces and machine appliqueing them gave the owl just enough dimension, while the pillow was subtle enough to look nice on a couch.
To finish the pillow front, I free motion quilted in a scallop pattern that reminds me of owl belly feathers.

And since this pillow was a gift for my sister from Addy, I added hand embroidery to the back. I can't decide if I like the front or back more!

I included an invisible zipper (my new favorite finishing trick!), which makes for a really clean finish.
It's a good thing that I don't have the right place in my house for this pillow, because that would have made it a lot harder to give away!

Head over to Stitched in Color and check out the Bloggers Pillow Party where I'm entering this pillow!

Blogger's Pillow Party

Also, hop over here to enter the giveaway! It runs through Saturday, January 15.
Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!


MadeByMeaghan said...

The quilting is perfect for this pillow! I read in your previous post that you're moving to Seattle! I just moved here in September and LOVE the Quilting Loft too! Sales tax in WA makes buying fabric in person rough, but it's so much better to see them in person than just online!

dot•dot•blog said...

I LOVE my pillow!!!! :)

Jamie said...

Love the quilting! Very cute! :)

Jennifer said...

I LOVE this! The quilting absolutely makes the pillow... but then the back is adorable too!

Jennifer :)

Neoma said...

That's just a wonderful pillow! I love owls!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

the quilting on the front is genius. It totally says feathers to me!

Meghan said...

Oh wow I had no idea another owl pillow! Owls are proving to be pretty big trend right now!

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales said...

How cute! I adore owls, and the quilting is lovely and perfect! The back is priceless :)