Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nite Owls Hop: Throw Pillow

Who's ready for a little fall fun with some cute owls? We have several blogging designers working with Judy Hansen's Nite Owls line and we're excited to share their projects! Enjoy today's tutorial, a flying geese and owl pillow by Connie of Freemotion by the River, and then find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of Nite Owls to play with yourself! Be sure to stop back this week for more Nite Owls tutorials!

Nite Owls Blog Hop

Here's Connie!
I couldn't wait to play work with a cute bundle of Nite Owls fabric by Judy Hansen and take part in the Nite Owls blog hop. I don't know about you but.....I love owls.....especially cute ones!
Nite Owls Pillow Tutorial by Connie Kresin Campbell
This tutorial is for a fast and easy 18" pillow using the following colors.

Focal print: Owls 120-7051 - 1/2 yard for back of pillow
Focal print: Owls - 120-7051 - fat quarter
Fat quarters of dark orange 120-7071, light orange 120-7081, yellow 120-7082, light purple 120-7091 and dark purple 120-7072

Nite Owl fabrics used

Cutting Instructions:


Owl print fat quarter
     Cut (5) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares

Light Orange print
     Cut (4) 2 1/2" strips x WOF
          Subcut (24)  2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

Dark Orange print, Light purple print and yellow print
     Cut (1) 2 1/2" x WOF strip from each color
          Subcut (4) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles

Dark Purple print
     Cut (1) 6 1/2" x WOF
          Subcut (8) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles

Sew all seams with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Each block will be made with 3 easy to make flying geese sections. Start with (6) light orange 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares and mark a diagonal line on them. In the following photo I am using the yellow rectangle, do the same with the dark orange and light purple. Place the light orange square on the rectangle.
flying geese directions

Stitch on your marked line, trim and press. Then continue adding the other square.
Sew a diagonal seam and trim

Directional fabrics can be tricky. Sometimes it helps to fold your square back and lay in on the rectangle to make sure the orientation is correct before stitching.
Careful using a directional fabric

Each block will have 3 different color flying geese sections and also 2 of the dark purple strips.
Piecing the block

Sew your flying geese sections together and then add the dark purple 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips to the sides.
adding long strips to flying geese

Make four finished blocks.

Layout your blocks as shown below with the owl print squares and sew the rows together.
Piecing the rows of the pillow

Here is the pieced pillow top.
Finished pieced pillow top

When I got my pillow top all pieced I realized something didn't look right.....I had planned to have the dark orange flying geese blocks surrounding the center owl block. I actually like this better but......I wasn't going to rip it all out as it is still cute.
EQ pillow top with the correct layout

I added a 18" x 18" square of batting and backing to my pillow top and then quilted it.  I also did an envelope style closure on the back. I cut one piece 19" x 14" and the other 19" x 11" for my overlap. Press under 1/4" on one of the 19" sides of each piece and then press another 1" and topstitch. Watch the direction on the owl print. Over lap the pieces and place right side down on top of the pillow top and then sew all around the piece.
back of pillow

Here is the finished pillow. I have a granddaughter who loves purple and owls! I'm sure this will go to her house.

I hope you enjoyed the fast and easy tutorial for this cute pillow.
Pillow with a pumpkin

Thanks Connie! Such a cute pillow! Head over to Connie's blog to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of Nite Owls for yourself! 
And be sure to visit the blog again tomorrow for another Nite Owls tutorial.

Catch all the days of our hop!
Day 1: Halloween placemats by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
Day 3: Look Whoooo's Here Door Banner

75 comments:

  1. That is so cute-l love making pillows and will have to save this tutorial!

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  2. So cute and Connie is such a creative designer.

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  3. So cute and Connie is such a creative designer.

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  4. I Love Your Owl Fabrics! Thanks for Tutorial!

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  5. I love these cute owls and know a couple of granddaughter's who would love this pillow. Thanks for a chance to win some of this fabric.

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  6. What a hoot, thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. Hi, Thanks for your tutorial+bundle giveaway! Love it!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  8. I love those colors together! It looks so interesting

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  9. Very cute fabrics and a great project! Thanks for the fun hop with lots of ideas!

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  10. Love your pillow! Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway!

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  11. Ty for sharing i love flying geese and owls just adds to the fun....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  12. Love your tutorial and the pillow. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Lovely cushion, thanks for the tutorial.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  14. what a wonderful pillow and a wonderful collection of fabric. the Owls are sooo cute!

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  15. The owl pillow is adorable,
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  16. Cute fabric and your pilllow shows it off well.

    senstrings at yahoo dot com

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  17. I really like this and I think I'm going to have to give it a try.

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  18. This blog hop is going to be fun. I love this pillow!

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  19. I love, love owls and the fabric is fun and bright.

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  20. Great tutorial for a fun pillow.

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  21. This such a great combination of fabric print and blocks used. Thanks Connie, and Fabri-Quilt.

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  22. Adorable pillow..thanks for sharing :o)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Really cute design and fabrics.

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  24. Makes me want to zip downstairs and whip one up! Too cute, love festive pillows.

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  25. This would be great fabric to fussy cut, and super colors.

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  26. The fabric is gorgeous and I love the pillow.

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  27. Thanks for the great tutorial. Love the fabrics!

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  28. Good tutorial on the cute owl pillow. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  29. Really cute Connie, great job!

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  30. I LOVE owls. I used to work at a University where OWLS were their mascot, so I have quite a few of all different materials. Thanks for a chance to win blog candy!!

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  31. So happy to see a pillow tutorial -- pillows are my favorite quilting project and the scale of this fabric really looks great on a pillow. (jwueno@gmail.com)

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  32. Just love it. Thanks for the tutorial, Connie!

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  33. Cute pillow and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Fabulous tutorial Connie - thanks!

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  35. So cute, thanks for the tutorial.

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  36. What a cool Pillow! LOVE the Fabrics too! Thanks for the Tutorial!

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  37. Am loving all the night owls! Love this pillow. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  38. Love the owls! Love the design! Thanks for the tutorial. :o)

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  39. So adorable! Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  40. Love the colors in this fabric bundle!

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  41. Great tutorial Connie and this fabric is fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

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  42. Such a cute pillow! Thanks for the hint on keeping the fabrics the right way!

    Sandy A

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  43. I am an owl lover too and this fabric bundle has such bright, clear colors! You've shared a bright, clear tutorial too of this great pillow cover. Thanks!

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  44. Two for two, your designers are great. I'll be back tomorrow!

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  45. Such a cute pillow. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  46. Excellent idea for using large scale novelty prints. The flying geese frame them perfectly!

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  47. Great pillow! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  48. Love the ideas so far. Fabric is terrific.

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  49. Great pillow I love it. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  50. This fabric is just so cute!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  51. The owls are crazy cute! I love the fabrics! And another well done tutorial Connie! Thanks!!

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  52. This owl fabric is a real hoot! So bright and eye catching, but this pillow pattern is fabulous use of large and small prints. Love it! lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  53. this is so adorable. thanks for the tutorial

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  54. My 4 1/2 year old granddaughter loves owls, and these would be so fun to make her somethings with. With that much fabric, more than for just Millie, I know some charities who would gladly accept some baby quilts.

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  55. Connie wrote a great tutorial. I love the fabric and the pillow.

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  56. Love Love Love the fabric. I like Halloween fun things. Very clear tutorial. Would love to win.

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  57. Love Love Love the fabric. I like Halloween fun things. Very clear tutorial. Would love to win.

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  58. Love the pattern and fabric...thanks for a wonderful tutorial. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  59. Love the Night Owl fabric! I'll have to try the pillow.

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  60. I love this fabric. Especially that it is very gender neutral.

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  61. This is such a cute fabric collection. And Connie's pillow is adorable. She's got such great ideas for the things she comes up with and always great tutorials. Thank you.

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  62. Wonderful pattern in glorious fabrics. This would be fun to make for my niece who loves owls!
    It would be my first pillow...

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  63. I love it his pillow and Kathy's comment is exactly what I was thinking!!! Lol

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  64. From Freemotion by the River... love how you used the flying geese as alternating blocks!

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  65. Cute pillow--love the bright colors!

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