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I am not a quilter really, I have taken a couple of classes and made a couple of quilts, but I am not good at it and I need simple patterns. And even though they are simple, I am not good at matching corners and points very well. But, since I have new granddaughters coming, and because I love fabric, I am trying my hand at quilting again. You may remember this quilt that I made for my grandson a couple of years ago. I decided to try a 9 patch for his baby sister!
My mother is a quilter, and on my bed I have a quilt that she made for my husband and I that is a 9 patch. In the center of each block is a bird flying. I took inspiration from that quilt when I found some fat quarters at Walmart with owls in the mix! (That is a link to all of our owl themed posts!) I used 7 fabrics to make my blocks. I had to place a template over my owls to cut them into my squares. They don't all fall right in the middle, but that is okay. I used the rest of that fabric as one of the other colors as well. Here are how the blocks turned out. There were 3 different types of owls.
As you can see, the common thread in each block is the owls in the middle of the blocks and the pink zig-zag fabric on either side of the owl piece. I made 12 blocks. After I sewed the blocks together, I arranged them on the carpet into a pleasing pattern to my eye.
After finding a pattern I liked, I sewed the squares together first in rows, then in strips together.
I didn't have enough fabric of any one pattern to make the border, so I pieced it using the zig-zag pink with a green and paisley in the corners. I fell in love with it.
Instead of using batting in this quilt, I used fleece as the backing and tied it together The fleece is so soft and warm. Tied with the top on it, I didn't feel it needed any batting. This baby going to live in California, not Alaska.
I love my little heart shaped pins against the sweet flannel fabric. It just adds to the joy I find in making projects like these.
I tied the quilt with 6 strand embroidery floss. I used a light pink. Of course, You will use whatever matches your fabric choices.
And here she is! Sorry about the photo quality, I had to take it with my phone! But, she is a beauty.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!