I love this little fall project- you can easily make it in an afternoon! Doing machine applique around the owl silhouettes is very simple because it’s all one piece- but since this is a wall hanging that probably won’t be washed, you could use a heavier weight fusible web (such as HeatNBond Ultrahold by Thermoweb) and skip the machine applique all together. Also, if you don’t have burlap or linen fabric, you could substitute any fabric for the bottom of the wall hanging.
Approximate finished size: 17 x 20”. All seam allowances are 1/4”. Sew fabrics right sides together.
- Brown fabric- 2 pieces, each 7 x 9 1/2”
- Multicolor Focal fabric for owl and background- 2 pieces, each 7 x 9 1/2”
- Gold Floral fabric- 2 pieces, each 7 x 3 1/2”
- Orange fabric – total fabric requirement 3/8 yards
- Cut 3 strips, 1 3/4” wide x the width of the fabric
- Cut these strips into the following lengths: 2 strips, each 7” long, 3 strips, each 13 3/4” long and 2 strips, each 17 1/4” long
- Burlap, linen or Aida (cross stitch) fabric- 1 piece, 4 1/2 x 17 1/4”
- Thread for machine applique (brown) and machine quilting (orange)
- Backing fabric- 21 x 24”
- Thin Batting- 21 x 24”
- Thermoweb Heat N Bond Fusible Web– (follow manufacturer’s instructions for fusing to fabric)
- Embroidery floss or wool thread- dark green and orange
Trace owl pattern onto fusible web. Turn the pattern over and trace the REVERSE version of the pattern again onto fusible webbing, so you have 2 mirror images of the pattern. Cut out fusible webbing, leaving 1/8- 1/4” around each shape. Fuse one owl to WRONG SIDE of a piece of brown fabric, and fuse the other owl to WRONG SIDE of a piece of the Multicolor fabric. Cut out owls on line.
To make owl blocks, remove paper backing from backs of owl appliques. Place each owl on opposite colored block (7 x 9 1/2” block) and fuse. Use matching thread to machine applique the owls to the blocks.
Sew a 7” long orange strip to bottom of one owl block, and sew a 7” orange strip to the top of the other owl block. Sew a gold block to each 7” orange strip (refer to photo of finished project.)
Sew a 13 3/4” orange strip to both sides of one of the owl block units. Sew remaining 13 3/4” strip to one side of other owl block unit. Sew owl units together to form center of wall hanging.
Sew a 17 1/4” orange strip to the top and bottom of the wall hanging.
Sew burlap strip to bottom of wall hanging.
Place backing fabric on table, WRONG SIDE UP. Place batting on top. Place wall hanging on top of batting, RIGHT SIDE UP. Pin or baste layers together.
To quilt, stitch in the ditch (along seam lines.) Trim away excess backing fabric and batting. Bind with remaining orange fabric.
Use embroidery floss (3 strands) or wool thread (2-3 strands) to make X’s on burlap.
(Tip- find center of burlap and make a Green X about 1 1/4” big at center point. Make green X’s at ends of row, then make 2 more X’s in between the center X and the end X’s. Fill in top row with 3 orange X’s. Don’t worry about making your X’s perfect- this should have a home-made look to it.)