Owl Pillow in Improv

Amy FriendComplete Pillow, Improv Fabric, Intentional Piecing0 Comments

Do you recognize this little owl?  He is one of the many paper pieced blocks in my Intentional Piecing book.  I had him in mind when I was working on the Improv fabric collection. I love how the molehill fabric print works for the feathers on his body–can’t you picture them as scales on a fish or shingles on a roof too?  They are just the thing for paper pieced designs. I also like the way the crosshatch print works for the wings.  And the screen print makes such a cool background.  Notice how it holds together cohesively even though it is all chopped up with seams? It is a great background print and has just enough of a design to add texture.  Because the design is all straight-lines, I think it feels more modern than some textured solids. I actually can’t wait to make a quilt using it soon–and the grey version as well.  Flitter was made using the white version of the print.

It was important to me that I got the molehill print to line up across the paper piecing sections. I thought I would show you how I did it. I placed the foundation sections on my Wafer light box so that I could line up all the foundation lines.  Then I drew a line across the foundation using a ruler.  I then used the light box again to place the fabric, lining the molehill print up with the ruler line.  I did this on the body sections of the owl too. It worked like a charm!

I’m always asked what supplies I use for my pillows.  I quilted this one in a 50 weight Aurifil thread from my new Improv Aurifil thread collection. I love to back my paper pieced pillow fronts with Thermoweb HeatnBond Fusible Fleece. It is just a little thicker and more substantial than its competition and I love the way fusing a paper pieced top keeps all those seams secure while I quilt. My favorite finishing method is inserting an invisible zipper at the bottom. I buy them from Zipit.

To view all the prints in my collection, please take a look at the Benartex/Contempo web site and ask your local quilt shop to place an order!