Friday, November 21, 2014

Hootie Races to the Finish Line!

My poor little Hootie quilt has been quite neglected lately -

Hootie?  Are you a little stressed there, sweetheart?????

As most of you know, Hootie is one of my 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, sponsored by Angela at SoScrappy blog.

I've made one cute little owl block each month, using fabrics in the color Angela announced at the first of each month.  Last month was dark neutrals (blacks/browns/grays), and this month is light blue - none of which worked for this project - so I've been taking a little break from it in order to concentrate on some much needed planning and pattern writing for upcoming classes.

But this past week I was able to clear my schedule a little and got back on track with these fun little guys!  As I shared earlier HERE, I was very unhappy with the mushy look to Red Hootie, and decided to change out his feathers.  Here is the new, improved version....

Yes!  I'm much happier, and I think Red Hootie is too :*)

Then, as I was on a roll, I quickly pulled fabrics and dressed Orange Hootie in his feathers too....

Isn't he just simply adorbs????  
(Is that even a word?  If not, it should be!)
I just LOVE that wings fabric!!!

I've also begun stitching down the applique - FINALLY.....

I have to wait on the bottom layers because the little feet need to be added in under there when I get the limb applied for them to sit on.  And I'll do all the eyes and noses together so I don't have to keep changing threads :)

I gave quite a lot of thought about the color for the ninth Hootie.  Gray was just too boring with all the other colors.  Browns didn't work for me either.  Some suggested emerald green, but I didn't have enough of those fabrics to make one that I liked.

And then finally it hit me!!!  What if I made the last one ............ But no, I'm afraid you're going to have to wait to see the finish!  Oh, I know - I'm SO MEAN!!!!  At least I gave you a hint in the first picture, right?  Believe me, it will be worth the wait :*)

As I've shared before in the early stages of this quilt, the Hootie block is a design by Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane Designs - one of my favorite designers!!!  She designed this block for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks #7, and I was lucky enough to win her giveaway copy of the magazine that year!  (See her block for this year HERE)

I'm delighted to share that I won a copy of this year's Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks #10 from Teresa at Fabric Therapy!  You'll want to be sure to go over and see Teresa's block - she does some amazing things with applique and hearts :*)

Thanks so much Teresa!!!  I am absolutely thrilled to win and can't wait to drool over all the wonderful blocks inside!  This is one magazine I never miss - 100 great blocks in each issue and each one is an original, designed by some of the most creative quilters in the business today!  

Quiltmaker is hosting a Blog Party with lots of giveaways RIGHT NOW!  You could win your very own copy of this super magazine, plus a lot of other prizes too :)  Go check it out now at Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog!

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Love your Hooties! And the red one does shine now.

  2. So darn cute! Love the hooties. Guessing the last one is rainbow. So fun to start seeing finished projects!

  3. I love your Hooties so much! I am going to have to get a copy of 100 Quilt Blocks Vol. 7. I am think your last one will have several colors in it? Lovely cowl and yarns in your last post!

  4. Okay, even though I wasn't convinced he needed a makeover, Red Hootie does look much more dapper now.
    I think your last Hootie is either psychedelic, or he just stuck his feathers in an electric socket!! : )

  5. Now the red Hootie looks to me like he's wearing a vest and overalls! Very cute! How're your quill stitches coming? Boy, are they ever slow! (at least for me)

  6. Hooties is 'adorbs.' Congrats on winning Teresa's Quiltmaker giveaway. How fun.

  7. These guys are all so darling -- just full of character! Almost like they could just fly right off the quilt top! Nicely done!! :)

  8. Oh, this is just so cute - I look like the stressed hootie, but it's more because I need to go get my hair done.

  9. I'm loving the blog hop!
    I can't wait to see what hootie has become now!

  10. Your hooties owls are beautiful. I did a rainbow block quilt and the orange one turned out to be my most favorite!! Congratulations on being a winner. That's always fun!

  11. Well now I'll just be waiting on tenterhooks to see the last Hootie! I know it's going to be worth it! :-)

  12. Red Hootie looks much more appropriately dressed for the party now. Those are so stinkin' cute!

  13. I just love your hooties! And yes, you are mean! ha! Just kidding ... but I'll admit that I'm not very patient, not that I have much of a choice in this matter.

  14. The new reds are definitely feathers of distinction. Will your ninth Hootie be rainbow coloured? Am so looking forward to seeing the finished Hooties on their branch with feet. How much cuter can they get?

  15. This is gonna be a hoot! Your first pic is too hilarious! I am gonna guess that your last "Hootie" will be a combination of all of the colors????? Am I right???? What do I win? LOL JK

  16. Congratulations on winning. Love the red Hootie and the orange one too.

  17. I had to laugh at those big eyes staring at me in my reader : )
    They are all adorbs!

  18. Yay!!! I love your hootie's. They are turning out so "adorbs!" Congrats on winning. I'm really looking forward to this issue. Some awesombe blocks in it.


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