|Tic Tac Hoot|
Tic Tac Hoot turned out very well in the end, after a very slow start! My first attempt at designing an owl yielded something that looked more like a bat, and definitely wasn't baby-cute.
|Imagine this guy in black and you've got a bat!|
Oh, that beak! This looked more like an owl but something was off, so I tried again.
I was getting closer to a finish! I popped him into the quilt layout on the design wall...
I really thought the green background and the darker sashing would work, but once it was on the wall, I couldn't bring myself to start sewing everything together. It stayed up on the wall a few days, and still I didn't want to sew it up, which was a pretty good sign that I wouldn't be happy with it this way.
I decided that the green background behind the owl was the problem. It didn't "float" the owl on the quilt and it interrupted the diagonal of floating blocks created by the X blocks. Also, it doesn't seem so in the photo above, but the X blocks disappeared a bit on that darker background. Back to the shop I went, to buy the fabric I had briefly considered for the sashing and discarded as too bland. I also chose slightly lighter browns for the owl.
|Final version of owl block|
|Tic Tac Hoot quilting|
Again, I quilted with my walking foot. The owl is stitched in the ditch. For the rest of the quilt I started an all-over design, but didn't like how it played with the quilt as a whole. Next I tried circles, then decided to do squares instead, then picked out the 7 squares I had finished and went back to circles! Oh, and I found a spot where I had picked out a seam to fix some alignment then somehow missed re-sewing part of it. Really? I practiced a little bit of hand stitching to fix that little oops.
I think you get the idea that this quilt made me work a little harder than the other two! It isn't a harder design. I guess I was just due for a few quilting hiccups.
I was very happy to finally get the binding on. That part went smoothly at least! I love these little green dots, and the brown and leaf print for the backing.
Now all that's left to do is to finish the pattern! Almost done. If all goes well, I'll be sending out to testers by the end of the week.