Ultimate Owl Quilt – Cheater Panel
Introducing the Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel
I’m so happy to finally share my Ultimate Owl Cheater Quilt Panel with you! It has been in the works since MAY 2015 and it is finally here!!
Let me show you the evolution of the the sugar skull or candy skull style owl on a retro quilt cheater panel:
Creating the Owl
From here I scanned the image, waved a magic wand in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a complete owl. Some of the sketched design motifs were moved, re-sized or eliminated. I created one of those coloring pages for myself and gave it a go with colored pencils.
That is pretty festive! (Dias de los Muertos is right around the corner here in San Antonio.) Since the image was manipulated in Illustrator and was now a vector graphic, it occurred to me to make it as big as I possibly could ON FABRIC. The panel measures 42″ x 36″.
You may recognize the background bars image. It is a cheater panel concept for my quilt pattern 1976.
With the owl in place and the bars printed directly on a brown plaid background, my cheater panel was ready to become a quilt. I’m going free and loose with the word “quilt” here because there is no batting or quilting in this first final project.
Finishing the Panel:
I started by making rounded corners;tracing a salad plate with a FriXion Pen. I then cut away the excess fabric 1/4″ passed the marked lines and 1/4″ passed the printed fabric.
I then layered the panel right side up on top of Minky Dimple Dot ORANGE Fabric, matching wrong sides.
I basted the two layers together (wrong sides together) with a simple straight stitch, 1/4″ from the printed edge of the panel.
Next, I cut a narrow binding to apply to the edge. It is machine applied, so I stitched it to the minkie-side first, then folded it to the front to edge stitch it in place. For the curve, it is smart to use bias cut binding rather than binding cut on-grain.
I took the bound blanket over to the iron to press the curved corners and ta’dah! My Ultimate Owl Cheater Panel blanket is finished. It is a very fast method to have an instant coverlet.
How can you get your own Owl? I’ve got some great news for ya – the panels are available at Spoonflower!! Make sure you add “1 yard” to your cart to get the entire owl panel.
Currently the panel is in the 1970’s retro palette (Browns/Oranges/Yellows).
When these two additional owl colors become available on Spoonflower, I’ll be sure to let you know!! (The yellow has a very pale grid design in the background that I’m not sure you can see on this preview image.)
NOTE: The ReannaLily Designs watermarks are not actual on the panels.
If you check out the whole collection on Spoonflower, you’ll see a few 9″ owl panels in blue, black and deep purple. You’ll also find a HUGE owl in grey with a clean white background. That big guy would be great to use a coloring panel or a center in a medallion style quilt.
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