|2014 Hoffman Challenge Fabric-Indigo|
I came across the 2014 Hoffman Challenge earlier this year and loved the challenge fabric, but had absolutely zero ideas as to what kind of original quilt design I could ever make. Every few days I would visit the website to look at the fabric and even after seeing it on the bolt at one of my favorite quilt shops--I still drew a total blank on ideas. And just as I was about to forget this challenge entirely, inspiration struck! While surfing some of my favorite blogs and Pinterest, I kept seeing images of owls which are all the rage this year. Seeing those big ole owl eyes suddenly reminded me of the mandalas floating around on the challenge fabric and I rushed out to the quilt shop the very next day to pick up 2 or 3 yards of the challenge fabric. Ever since starting this quilt, more and more owls are being spotted everywhere: online, shopping trips, fashion, etc! So at least I know they are still popular: let's hope that wins some judges favor!
|The start of my lil owls|
|Full Moon Phase|
|Tree for Two Tails|
Marbled brown batik fabric was used to freezer paper applique some tree branches for my lil' lovers to perch upon. Before appliqueing the tree down, care was taken to tucked the tail feathers behind the branch first.
|Look whooooo has arrived?!?|
- pebbling for the moon with some hidden floating quilted hearts (Sulky Rayon #1236)
- spirals for the sky (Sulky Rayon #2106)
- bark for the tree (Sulky Rayon #2133)
|Tower of Threads|
In total, I used 11 different Sulky threads (rayon, polyester, cotton, invisible and metallic) to embellish my quilt with lots of thread painting, especially on each of the owls. With great relief, my Bernina played nicely with all but the metallic thread which did break a few times. But otherwise, the threads just glided through my machine producing beautiful stitches along the surface of my quilt. I'd start with one color of thread and doodle away on the owls, adding texture throughout. I'd start with a spool of thread and microdoodle away in similar colored areas. After burying each of my thread tails after each round, I would quickly flip over the quilt to see all the stitches truly pop on the solid black backing, creating a whole cloth quilt effect on the back. Then I'd move onto the next spool of thread, anticipating the next sneak peak of the quilt back!
|Owl You Need Is Love Finished Front|
|Owl You Need Is Love Backing|
|Fabric details used in Owl You Need Is Love--See if you can locate them all in use within my owls or quilt back|
|That's Owl Folks--be sure to visit again soon to see all the "Wicked" fun I am having now in the studio!|