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A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

One of the quilt guilds that I belong to is called the Quilters Connection.  For the guild show this year they are gathering 100 Ruby Red blocks.  The basic idea is to create a small quilt or quilt block -- made up of red and white fabrics only -- which will be attached to a canvas.  Each of these blocks will be sold at the show to benefit the guild.  I decided to spend an afternoon putting mine together.

I started by creating an owl file by importing a free clip art design (just do a web search for "free owl clip art" to find your own owl!) into ScanNCut Canvas.  I edited the file and pulled apart the various pieces of the owl so that I had a series of shapes to cut.  (You can view a video of a similar process HERE.)

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

As you can see, my pieces didn't all fit on the mat, so I ended up cutting the pieces in several passes.  This was a fine choice because I needed to use a bunch of different fabrics to make my owl.

I first cut some commercial fabrics: 

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

The ScanNCut did a great job cutting out all those little pieces for the owl.  However, after looking at it, I decided that I had cheated.  There were blacks and golds and nothing was really white except for the background.  The problem was, I just didn't have enough red fabrics....what to do?

I could have gone shopping, but you know how it is when you're in the middle of a project.  Who wants to put on pants and leave the house?!

So, I painted some plain white fabric with red and white paints and cut out my owl parts once again:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

Much better!

I even painted some white-on-white fabric pieces and pieced four patterns together to create my background:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

Notice that pattern #2 is actually one of my Art Foamies!  And there's another Art Foamie making up most of the owl's body.

Then, I did a bit of raw edge applique and added some borders of commercial fabric, according to the guild instructions.

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

You can see the stitching a bit more easily in this photo:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

I think it turned out super cute!  The painted fabric makes this project totally "me."  And the ScanNCut made the whole thing quick and easy.  If you're looking for tips on cutting fabric with your ScanNCut, check out this video tutorial:

In essentials:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: A Mini Owl Quilt Made with my ScanNCut

I have some nerves about my quilt selling during the guild show.  I mean with 100 blocks, what if no one wants mine?  I guess we shall have to see what happens at the show in June!

Also, I will be on HSN tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) during the 5am and 5pm hours.  I've got an awesome ScanNCut bundle that you're going to want!  I'll update on Twitter and instagram if anything changes.  :)  I hope you'll tune in, either on your TV or streaming online!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Please Note: I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut.  It is a machine I love and use.  All projects and opinions are my own.

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