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
I can draw so-so. Luckily I can use the computer better than I can draw! I started with a half owl doodled on two sheets of paper taped together. That is pretty sophisticated, right?
That is pretty festive! (Dias de los Muertos is right around the corner here.) 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.
To finish the panel, you can quilt it, of course, though I chose to simply baste the printed fabric to super soft minkie fabric and bind with rounded edges. You can read more about that process here.
How can you get your own Owl? I?ve got some great news for ya the panels are available atSpoonflower!! 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.