I found the pattern on Lori Kennedy's blog from 2015 (https://lorikennedyquilts.com/?s=great+horned+owl). The original pattern was created by Peggy Aare (https://wisconsinquilting.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/great-horned-owl-paper-piecing/) and is based on an owl (Rebecca) that lives at Linwood Research Station. The pattern uses 14 different shades ranging from very dark to very light. Although Peggy shared her list of Kona and Bella solid colors, I did not want to buy a lot of fabric for just a few triangles, so I bought an brown-beige ombre and cut strips to get about half the colors. The rest came from my stash.
|Colored triangles cut out of the printed pattern and |
arranged in order by shade. Numbers indicate
the number of times each color is used.
|Strips cut wide enough for the triangles, labeled with the|
color number and arranged in order by color
I also pasted up the full size map and printed out foundations (reversed) for all the pieced triangles and pinned them in place ready to be constructed.
|Paper pieced triangles about half done.|
|Pieced triangles done except for the right eye.|
|I practiced with a narrow zigzag for ditching the vertical |
seams which were pressed open, and to check out colors,
|Close-up of the face. Hi-lights in the eyes are tiny dabs of|
white fabric paint. I practiced on a life sized printout of a picture
of the head to test positioning before 'committing'.
|The back is almost better than the front.|
I love how this turned out, i love the slightly abstract equilateral triangle construction and can definitely see designing something else using this strategy of simple (well sort of simple -- the eyes were a challenge) foundation piecing, and I'm more anxious than ever for the pandemic to calm down enough to give this to my friend.
Just as I was finishing this I heard about the Quilts Inc call for an exhibit called Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the midst of Chaos. What could be better and more appropriate. AND I finally have a quilt that meets the size criteria. I entered 'The Owl', so, fingers crossed, maybe she will get in.
Thanks for reading,