Hello Friends – Happy Monday, and Happy Week! I hope you are well. I am very happy to share with you my first ever feature in McCall’s Quick Quilts!!! First features in any publications for me are always extra special! Come meet Owl Be Your Friend, featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts’ August/September 2014 issue. Click here to purchase your magazine copy. Click here to read McCall’s synopsis on the quilt.
Here is a photo of the quilt I took nestled in the shade of a tree. After all, one would expect to see forest friends peeking out from among foliage, yes?
Owl Be Your Friend is a quick and easy quilt to construct — the rows are constructed using rectangles of different sizes, and oriented differently for an interesting visual effect. My Owl Be Your Friend was pieced by Sherry McConnell of Indiana.
A new design element I tried out in Owl Be Your Friend is the use of solids for quilt borders. The aqua solid I used ended up tying up nicely all the busy prints in the quilt center. You might try that little trick the next time you are stumped on border fabrics if you already have busy prints in your quilt.
I absolutely love the prints used in Owl Be Your Friend. They are from Benartex’s Forest Friend-zy collection. If you like forest friends, you will have SO MUCH fun with these fabrics!
I quilted swirls on this quilt – swirls in the quilt center, swirls in the sashing, and modified swirls in the outer border. And what made my swirls come to life are Aurifil Mako 50 cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Bleached Cotton batting. I normally quilt with silk. But if I were to choose a cotton batting, Hobbs Tuscany Bleach Cotton is my choice. It is very light and airy, and thus perfect for quilting with a domestic machine.
Owl Be Your Friend is a versatile design — you can easily use your fabrics of choice. However, if you are in love with the Forest Friend-zy fabrics like I am — exclusive quilt kits are available for purchase here.
And speaking of Friend, I do want to thank you for being my friends! You have made my quilt designing journey VERY fun!
Thanks for stopping by! Love and hugs to you all, Dear Friends!
Now for the giveaway — between now and next Monday, please leave a comment about what kind of quick projects you like to make (kids quilts, runners, pillows, mug rugs etc) to be entered in the giveaway. I will pick TWO winners to receive a copy of the latest McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine.
Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.
My 2014 lineup to date —
Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom
Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star
Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned
Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home
Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall
McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend
McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared
McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching
Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars
Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis
Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day
The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up
The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail
The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View
The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise
Free to use designs:
January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex
January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex
January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex
February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures
February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures
March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures
March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex
March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex
March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex
April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures
April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures
May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex
May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex
May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex
June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures
June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics
June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures