Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Applique with Island Batik

April’s Challenge for Island Batik ambassadors is Applique!

Adventurous Applique

In January I was at a quilt show and bought this Whooters pattern- you know me- I love owls, so of course I had to have this pattern!!

Then I was thinking about WHAT to applique it on, a big or small quilt, a wall hanging or a bag or purse? I was looking thru my bin of “crafty- non quilt, not wearable patterns” and found this sewing machine cover pattern!

Totally 90s with these colors LOL


I didn’t want the prairie points or the stripes, I just wanted the pattern pieces for the main part of the cover.

I then decided to use this light brown tree print as the background fabric- goes well with owls, right?


and I cut out the pieces!


The batiks that I’ve already used that are “old” I had put in piles with my yardage but I pulled them all out to find just the right OWL colors- I was overwhelmed with how much batik I have!!


I traced the owl patterns onto heat n bond (Solveig and Sonja each picked out their favorite owls from the pattern and that’s the two I used) Then I picked out the owl fabrics and sorted them


and ironed to the backs of the batiks!


Then cut out the pieces to see if the colors looked right.

I didn’t like the cheeks of the left owl, so I traced another one and picked another color


much better!


Then fused them all down and had the owls look at each other, I guess it’s a couple, even though the males are the pretty ones usually in birds, here the left one is the girl and the right one is the male.


I first picked this light brown for appliqueing but then decided on a dark brown instead and used this one for the quilting instead


after I appliqued the pieces down I stipple quilted just onto batting.




I did this on my domestic machine, which was fun for a change and good to keep that skill Smile


Then I started sewing it together, this will be the only time I would see the back of the applique Winking smile


and VOILA! my spare sewing machine has a nice cover now


My main sewing machine is too big for a cover and I use it every day, so what’s the point of a cover??


and I decided to keep the batiks separately on the shelf now Smile




Vicki in MN said...

Oh that's too stinking cute!! I too would have changed the left owl cheek color:) much better now.

Yanicka said...

Adorable. I love Owls :)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Those are the cutest little owls Bea and what a neat sewing machine cover!

Glo e said...

So cute love them

FunThreads Designs said...

Love it!

Calicojoan said...

Now that's just too cute!

teachpany said...

That's really cute.

Barb said...

soooooooooooooooo adorable

Suzy Webster said...

Love the owls. They're adorable.

Pamela said...

Oh my oh my oh my! I love these owls! They are delightful!

tubakk said...

You made the cutest little owls. And I love your story in this blogpost.