Life’s a Hoot!
This lovely quilt works as a throw or a wall hanging.
A fun fusible appliqué project.
• Scraps brown, 3 greens, white and gold solids or tonals
• Scraps of 18 assorted bright batiks
• Fat eighth brown batik
• 1/2 yard cream tonal
• 1 yard black/tan dots • 12/ 3 yards multicolored batik
• Backing to size
• Batting to size
• 11/2 yards fusible web
• Template material
• 18 ( 5/ 16"- diameter) black buttons
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Prepare appliqué pieces for fusible appliqué using patterns given and referring to Raw-Edge Fusible Appliqué on page 30. From cream tonal: • Cut 2 (61/2" by fabric width) strips.
Subcut strips into 9 (61/2") A squares. From black/tan dots: • Cut 4 (67/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 18 (67/ 8") C squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 36 C triangles. • Cut 1 (21/2" by fabric width) strip.
Subcut strip into 16 (21/2") E squares. From multicolored batik: • Cut 3 (51/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 18 (51/ 8") squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 36 B triangles. • Cut 8 (21/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 24 (21/2" x 121/2") D strips. • Cut 5 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips.
COMPLETING THE APPLIQUÉ
1. Arrange and fuse a prepared branch piece on A with the straight end on the right edge of the square about 21/2" up from the bottom corner as shown in Figure 1. 2. Arrange and fuse two prepared leaf shapes on the branch referring to Figure 2.
Note: The third leaf extends beyond the edge of A and is added after the block is pieced. 3. Center and fuse a prepared body on A with the bottom of the body resting on the branch. 4. Center and fuse the prepared eyes 3/8" down from the top of the owl head. Overlap the beak on the bottom of the eyes; fuse in place.
5. Arrange and fuse two matching prepared wing pieces on the sides of the owl referring to the quilt photos for
positioning suggestions. Note: Some owls are resting with both wings pointing down, some have just one wing ready to fly, and the wings of others are in the flying position. 6. Repeat steps 1–5 with all A squares and appliqué pieces, except the nine leaves that were set aside to add later. 7. Machine blanket-stitch around each fused shape using thread to match fabrics to complete the appliqué.
COMPLETING THE BLOCKS
1. Center and sew a B triangle to opposite sides of an A square as shown in Figure 3; press.
2. Repeat with B triangles on the remaining sides of A to complete the block center as shown in Figure 4; press.
3. Center and sew a C triangle to opposite sides of the block center as shown in Figure 5; press.
4. Repeat step 3 with two more C triangles; press.
5. Arrange and fuse one of the remaining prepared leaf shapes at the end of the branch, overlapping into the B piece referring to Figure 6.
6. Machine blanket-stitch around the leaf using thread to match fabric to complete one Hoot block.
7. Repeat steps 1–6 to complete a total of nine Hoot blocks.
COMPLETING THE QUILT
Refer to the Assembly Diagram for construction steps.
1. Arrange and join three Hoot blocks with four D strips to make a block row; press. Repeat to make a total of three block rows.
2. Join three D strips and four E squares to make a sashing strip; press. Repeat to make a total of four sashing strips.
3. Join the block rows with the sashing strips to complete the quilt top; press.
4. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 94.
5. Quilt as desired.
6. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 94.
7. Sew two black buttons to the eye area of each block to complete the quilt.
Life’s a Hoot! Assembly Diagram 44" x 44"