Making Owls

Our house has been over taken by OWLS! Some are pretty owls…

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And some are kind of crazy owls… We joke that they are actually Honey Badgers. We are so immature, we just can’t quit watching this YouTube video of the Honey Badger.

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The owls have been sent around the country as Xmas gifts, these 2 went to my niece and nephew in Seattle. Isabella requested one made by me with very specific colors, BJ just wanted Dan to make his.

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and they’ve been added to a Xmas quilt… I made this quilt for my mom.

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Thomas contributed this owl to his G-ma’s quilt

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Hmm I wonder who made this “owl”

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Even Daniel got into the fun of making owls. Actually a few people that came by our house in Dec. made an owl. My friend Michele, our neighbor Victoria and of course; Daniel, Thomas, Dan and me.

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Daniel made his owl tall, skinny and goofy just like him. He also packed it with lots of rice so he could throw it at his girl-friend, watch out Megan!

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Dan and I spent every evening for a few weeks working on owls. It was our stress de-compressor through the holidays. It also prevented us from getting anything done on the renovation!IMG_5267IMG_5269IMG_5273IMG_5288

This was my favorite owl, it lasted for 1 whole day before it was given by Beth as a last minute Xmas gift.

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Quilt #3 my nemesis!!

I don’t know what it was about this quilt that gave me such a problem. It should have been the easy one, instead of being all willy-nilly with the size of the squares I actually used a pattern and cut them all the exact same size. I also thought this would be my biggest quilt, when it was laid out it looked bigger than the others. When I started sewing together the rows I realized it wasn’t going to be as big as I thought, so I searched around the house for more sweaters and cut out a few more rows of blocks. Still no matter how perfectly everything lined up some rows were longer than others. So I cut more squares to fill in the shorts. I think this ended up being a mistake somehow it ended up being misshapen in spots, or maybe it was because I decided to wash it after I had sewn it all together and maybe some parts shrunk again. IMG_7685

I didn’t add embellishments to this one but I did cut some smaller squares and pieced them together to make the bigger squares. I liked the simplicity of this one and with the muted colors I thought it would be perfect for Thomas. Even with a few girlie sweaters thrown in.

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My next big mistake was to try and use the serger for the edging without first sewing with my sewing machine. Since the serger cuts off the extra material while it sews this was just too much to try and control all at once. Especially with the stretching  of the sweaters. I gave up on using the serger on my last side of the blanket since it was twisted into a complete mess. Then the blanket was thrown aside for about a week because I was so frustrated with it.

After working on some other projects (like the pouffe) I decided I better finish this so I could quit thinking about it. I cut off two the serged edges and started over with my regular sewing machine. I also had to repair this strange cut through the sweaters, I’m not even sure how that happened.

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I used a piece of flannel that I had bought for the first quilt (but then decided not to use) the problem with flannel from the fabric store is how narrow it is. Unless you want to piece it together its not going to make a very big quilt. Since this quilt ended up being smaller than I expected the flannel piece worked fine.

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As you can see it still didn’t lay flat, but at least its done.

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I tried to sew along the rows like I did with the other 2 but this one is such a mess it just isn’t working. So again I gave up after doing a few rows. These pics show all the twisting & scrunching the quilt was doing.IMG_7710IMG_7711

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And then somehow this one ended up being the smallest quilt yet.

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Poor Thomas is sick yet again and spending more time lying on the couch. but at least he has lots of blankets around to cuddle up under.

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The completely finished Pouffe

Here it is completely finished, I hand sewed the opening last night then added the button to the center (boy that was a pain, literally I poked myself a couple times.) I was glad I saw the idea to first sew a metal washer in the center than add the button over top of it. That made it much easier to pull in both centers, I didn’t want to lose my needle in the cushion (ouch!) and it was hard enough to push it all the way through and find the center of the washer, finding a hole on a button before it was all cinched together would have been impossible.

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Sewing a pouffe

pouffe:a large firm kind of cushion used as a seat.

Daniel is really into his Hookah, so much so that he was decorating his bedroom in an Indian/ Turkish kinda vibe. When we were out shopping on Black Friday he really wanted me to buy him some floor cushions at World Market, but I reminded him that I had 2 big couch pillows at home that I could recover and make him 2 pillows. We had bought a cheap black sheet back in September for that very purpose but it and the cushions just sat. Finally today I could take them lying on the office floor no more.

I think the problem was I really didn’t want to mess with making piping and for the pillows to look good they would need more definition than just sewing 2 pieces of material together. So I looked for ideas on-line and finally decided to turn them into round pillows and do a parachute type of cover.

I VERY crudely sewed the corners on the square cushions into a roundish shape.

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Next I needed to make a pattern. So I searched the house for a tape measure, finally giving up and just folding a piece of paper until I had a pie shape that I thought would work, I then drew it out right on the pillow. I had picked 3 colors to use and my pattern made 10 pie pieces, which meant 1 color would end up butting up against itself. So I made my pattern an inch bigger and hoped for the best. Without a tape measure it was done rather haphazard.

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Then I just started piecing it all together. The black material is from the sheet, the brown is a suede-like material that I’ve had in a bin for about 10 years, and the purple is a velvet that was part of my bedroom curtains (also for about 10 years) that I recently cut shorter so they would hang better.

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I very carefully followed the same pattern so the colors would match up when I sewed the 2 sides together, and yet look what happened. Oh well I decided I like how the black segments come together and the colors reverse. Its almost like I meant to do that (I didn’t on the first pillow, but I did on the second.)

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This is how the cushion started and what I turned it into. I love how it turned out!

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I still need to add the zippers and I want to put a button in the center that will squish the centers together. Ahh… it just occurred to me that if I sew a button in the center I wont be able to take the cover off so there is no need for the zipper. Maybe I’ll just hand sew the opening together add the buttons and be done.

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I think they both turned out really cool, although not really big enough to use as floor pillows, unless you have a tiny rump. Hopefully, Daniel will like them and if he doesn’t he’s got a brother, sister and mom that would all like to keep them.