Show Your Wings!

by | Feb 19, 2019 | 31 comments

Welcome to day two, and my day, for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! Thanks Carol for hosting this fun hop!!

When I started thinking about what project I would make, my mind was kind of in a whirl! So many things have wings – planes, birds, butterflies, angels, etc.! But my sweet granddaughter loves all things owl, so I knew I had to do something with an owl. Since I am a digitizer, I also have a lot of owl clip art I have purchased through the years, so into my folders I dove and decided on my project!

I used a combination of applique and digitized embroidery for my final product. I purchased the art work for this cute little owl from Trina (Walker) Clark several years ago and it’s just been waiting for it’s time to shine! So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my sweet little owl!!

We haven’t had much cold weather here in Alabama, but I know the northern states have had a lot of snow and ice and subfreezing temps. So I thought this saying with Trina’s owl was perfect.

This is the part of the design that was digitized and stitched out with the embroidery machine. Of course, kindness warms the heart whether the temp is cold, hot, or somewhere in between!

Here is the teaser I put on Instagram a week or so ago. Since then I’ve been quite under the weather, so I just finished up the project on Monday.

I used my new Scan-N-Cut DX, that DH gave me for Christmas, to cut out the shapes. I first enlarged them to the size I wanted and pulled the “pieces” apart to make the cuts! The Girl loves pink and purple, so I used those fabrics for the owl and hat. I was able to use the lines on the mat and on the software to know exactly where to place my fabric. I made two cutting files. This is the first cut. I love this thing!! It’s so easy – just fuse the Heat-n-Bond Lite to the back of the fabric, cut to size, and place the fabric where you want it on the mat. Then line up the pieces of the applique to coincide with the fabric and cut! Voila – all the pieces of the applique cut out, just that quickly and easily! Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of all the applique pieces after cutting them.

Next, I cut a 13 x 13 inch square of background fabric and placed the applique pieces down, fused them, then stitched in place with my machine. I added some backing to the back of the pillow top before stitching down the appliques, then trimmed the excess batting, giving the top a trapunto look. Thank you, Dione of The Clever Chameleon, for this tip!! Next, I attached the embroidered piece to the bottom, squared it up and added borders to make it 16 x 16. Then I added batting and backing and quilted it on my domestic machine. I finished it up with a little hand-embroidered detail – french knots for the birds eyes and long running stitches for the butterfly “trails!”

Two pieces of fabric were cut for the pillow back measuring 11 x 16 inches. The raw edges were folded down about half an inch, folded again, pressed, and stitched in place. With right sides together, I stitched the back to the front creating an easy envelope pillow cover.

Next, trim the corners, turn, press the cover, and stuff a pillow form into it. And, here we have the finished project!

Unlikely Friends!
Yes, I think my Angel Girl will definitely want this for her bed!!

Since owls and birds generally do not get along, this pattern is called Unlikely Friends!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Show Your Wings project. There will be a pattern for sale a little later. I’ll send out a post when it is ready. So, if you are interested in the pattern, and aren’t subscribed to my blog, just fly right up to the subscription form and subscribe! Whatever illness I’ve had has just taken the wind out of my sail, so I’m slowly getting back in the groove. I hope to have it ready by the end of the month before the sale is off.

I also have a digitized version of this pillow in several sizes that is available in the Embroidery Shop here, if you are interested. To commemorate a major birthday, all my designs are on sale 65% off through the end of the month!

Below is a schedule of all the bloggers participating in the Show Your Wings Blog Hop. Please stop by, enjoy their creations, and leave a kind comment. Your comments always make our day!!

February 18

What About Rheema?
Hill Valley Quilter
Nutz For Redwork
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Melva Loves Scraps
Creative Blonde
Keepsake Moments
Whims And Fancies
Quilt n Party
Seams To Be Sew

February 19

Patchouli Moon Studio
Vroomans Quilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Songbird Designs (you are here!)
Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales
Kathleen McMusing
Life in the Scrapatch
DesertSky Quilting
Clever Chameleon Quilting

February 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks
The Joyful Quilter
Home Sewn By Us
Selina Quilts
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Ms P Designs USA
Bumbleberry Stitches
Mageez Room

February 21

Just Let Me Quilt
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilt Fabrication
Words & Stitches
All Thingz Sewn
Kathy’s Quilts
For The Love Of Geese
Two Maker Chicks
That Fabric Feeling

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  1. Marian

    Ha, I have that artwork.. Trina is one of my favorite artists. It’s sad that she’s given it up I truly enjoyed seeing what she always came up with. Your owl is adorable. I love the project you made and it’s cool to see the SNC doing it’s job 🙂

  2. Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

    That owl is so cute! Unlikely friends indeed! It really warms the heart to see this adorable pillow. Thanks for sharing it on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  3. Theresa

    So sweet! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. Joan

    Ok…can’t type HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON!

  5. Joan

    Oh my goodness your unlikely friend is just too cute. Love your photos too. So bright and cheery. Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. For Valentines day, my hubby gave me the stomach flu…so I kind of understand where your coming from. :-0 LOL!! Great post and hope you fell better soon!

  6. Sherry

    I know your granddaughter is going to love this pillow. It is so sweet and the colors are delightful.

  7. ShirleyC

    Your little owl is just too cute! I bought some of that great print on the front when Hancock’s was in business. It was cut in strips, and I used it in one of the grands’ I Spy quilts.

  8. Susan Shaw

    I got an email from you that you are having a fabulous sale in celebration of a milestone birthday. My embroidery machine died and I have not replaced that machine. I’m sewing on my Featherweight now. I wish I knew if I am going to replace it with an embroidery machine or not because this is a terrific sale. Congratulations on your birthday and thanks for celebrating with all your friends. You are gracious. Susan

  9. Colette

    Cute owl and I love your process. I am not really a fan or owls as of late, but maybe that is because there is one that love to hang outside my bedroom window and makes quite a ruckus in the middle of the night.

  10. Sherry

    Thank you for Hopping and sharing your Wings. This Owl is super cute.

  11. Karrin Hurd

    Love your project, just too cute

  12. Carla

    OH, Brenda, this is just precious. Love the words too. Great wings

  13. Lori Smanski

    This is so sweet. I too love the title. I know your granddaughter will love it. Thanks for sharing today.

  14. Pat

    This is sew sweet! Love the colors and the sentiment and the well dressed little owl. Thank you for sharing in the hop … 🙂 Pat

  15. Susan

    That is such an adorable pillow! I love her saucy little hat!

  16. Roseanne

    Hi Brenda! Is this little owl pillow going to be for your granddaughter? What a friendly looking owl – I can see why both the bird and the butterfly want to hang out near it. What a great idea to add the hand sewing showing the line the butterfly took on its path. I have seen Dione share that trapunto method but have never tried it myself. You two are inspiring me to give it a shot on the next feasible project. ~smile~ Roseanne

  17. Joyce Carter

    Your pillow is just too cute! It is the most adorable thing I have seen and your grand daughter is going to love it. Thank you for sharing today.

  18. Angela J Short

    Owls are cool. Your project is awesome! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom 🙂 🙂

  19. Denise

    I’m with your grand daughter, I love owls too. Your’s is so cute.

  20. KJ

    Love your pillow. Thanks for taking us through the process. Hope you are feeling better.

  21. Bea

    Just adorable!

  22. Rosalind Gutierrez

    You outdid yourself on the very creative owl.

  23. Sherry

    So pretty! I know she’ll love it!

  24. Carol R.

    This is soooo soooo cute! When my oldest grandchild was a toddler, he LOVED owls.

  25. Daryl

    Well great minds think alike because I too made my Wing project with owls and we are showing ours today. Your owl is adorable with the hat! I am sure the recipient will love it!

  26. Carol S.

    That owl and bird are so cute and the trapunto applique method really brings out the design…love it! The Scan-n-Cut sounds interesting. I had a cutting machine, but I wasn’t crazy about it so I gave it to my daughter. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for hopping with us and sharing some great ideas for applique.

  27. selina

    This is as cute as cute can be. She will love it.

  28. Dione Gardner-Stephen

    Whoot! Love your owl, and your new toy, the ScanNCut. And someone actually used my trapunto appliqué method I love so much! THanks for the mention, love your project.

  29. Michelle Roberts

    I love this, so fun!

  30. Gin

    Very cute! Who doesn’t like owls”…..



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