The Give a Hoot Quilt

I had a post all organised for today – however I have been sidetracked by Christmas (and a hubby who got his hand caught in one of our ceiling fans). So instead I wanted to show you one of my favourite quilts/techniques. The easiest applique you will ever complete.

Give A Hoot Quilt


Finished size of quilt 45 ½ x 53
Mixing mediums is the order of the day for this fantastically quick quilt. It will be treasured for life, and looks stunning.

  • 1.2m pre-quilted fabric (I have used a natural colour, but the quilt would also work in white)
  • 5 Give A Hoot Owl Designs from the Just Add Love collections by Julie Hall Designs, or the Give a Hoot machine embroidery design set from Julie Hall Designs, or 5 12×12″ blocks of white 100% cotton fabric, as well as multi coloured fabric scraps for owl embroidery.
  • JoSonja Textile Medium
  • JoSonja brown paint – I have used brown earth and umber
  • Paint brush (I used a ½” wide brush)
  • 65cm fabric for border
  • 48x60cm fabric for backing
  • 48x60cm wadding
  • invisible sewing thread
  • lead pencil
  • general sewing requirements, such as sewing machine, scissors, small sharp scissors
  1. Instructions:-
    Cut your pre-quilted fabric to 48×40”
  2. If you are using your embroidery machine to create your owls, load up your machine with the embroidery designs, and use the colour guide to stitch out 5 different owls.
  3. Using a lead pencil, sketch in a drawing of your tree – leave a 2” border around the edges of the fabric. You can use the tree I have painted as inspiration, or design your own.
  4. Working to the instructions on the bottle, mix the textile medium with the brown paint.
  5. Paint your tree in using the outlines as a guide.
  6. Whilst the paint is drying on your tree, take the 5 pre-embroidered blocks, and using a small, sharp pair of scissor, trim closely around each of the blocks.
  7. Once the paint on your tree is completely dry, arrange the owls in the trees to suit. Once you are happy with the layout, pin each of the owls in place.
  8. Load your sewing machine with the invisible thread on top, and normal sewing thread in the bobbin. Set the sewing machine on a zig zag stitch, approximately 3mm wide and 2.5mm long.
  9. Carefully stitch around the edge of each of owl.
  10. Once the owls have been placed, cut the border fabric into 5 x 4” strips, and add to the sides, and then top and bottom.
  11. Take the wadding and backing, and sandwich together to form the quilt. Bind to complete.

I hope you enjoy this project, and please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this project.


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