Rebecca here today to show you a tutorial for a this Nested Owl block. As you can see, I've got this adorable owl nested (ba dum dum, ching!) in this Ohio Star. The block comes together quickly and easily using the Owl die and the 4 1/2'' Assembled HST die.
This month, the Sizzix quilting team had a little bit different assignment. Normally we get to choose our own die and fabrics to use when writing up tutorials. But this month we were challenged to make something using fabric and die that Sizzix sent us.
A fun surprise package showed up one day. Above is my stack of surprise goodies.
I squealed when I saw the owl die - it's pretty cute.
- 4 pink triangles
- 4 white triangles
- 8 hot pink triangles
- 12 gray triangles
- 4 multi-colored triangles
Using the Owl Die and the Fabi, die cut the pieces for the owl. I chose a blue body with pink wings and pink nose. And of course you'll need 2 white eyes and 2 black pupils. Also, you will need to die cut fusible webbing, such as Steam a Seam, for each owl piece.
Now, how easy is piecing these die cut HSTs?
You'll piece the HSTs together. Sew the pink and white triangles together. Sew the 8 hot pink and 8 gray triangles together. And also sew 4 gray triangles and 4 multi-colored triangles together. With the die cut triangles it's as easy as:
Line 'em up.
Match 'em right sides together and sew using a 1/4'' seam allowance.
Press the seams however you like - open or to the side. And lookit. No trimming or dog ears! YAH!
Now let's layout our HSTs in our quilt block. Start with the 4 center white and pink HSTs. If you have a directional fabric, it's fun to make these line up.
Now, let's add the hot pink and gray HST star spokes.
And finally, add the gray and multicolored HSTs at the corners.
Ok, now we are going to sew these HSTs together into rows. First sew the HST blocks into pairs. Don't press yet.
Sew the pairs into rows. Press the seams in alternating directions. For rows 1 and 3 press the seams to the left. For rows 2 and 4, press the seams to the right. (Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!)
Sew rows 1 and 2 and rows 3 and 4 together. Press seams as you prefer.
Finally sew the 2 halves together and press as desired.
Now, take your block and owl pieces over to your pressing station or ironing board. Nows the time to put the owl shaped webbing pieces onto the wrong side of the owl shaped fabric pieces.
Place the owl body down on the block. Make sure it's centered on all sides.
Now, add all the other pieces.
And finally press them into place per the manufacturer's directions for the fusible webbing. If you are making a quilt that will be receiving a lot of love, you'll probably want to top stitch around each owl piece to make it extra secure.
Once you are finished, quilt and bind using your favorite method. This block finishes at 16'' square. I made a mini, but you could make 16 blocks and have a nice throw sized quilt, or 9 blocks and have a cute baby quilt.
Then put immediately into use. Preferably at a tea party - service for three.
Other Materials Used:
- Large scraps of white fabric, light pink fabric, hot pink fabric, gray fabric, and multi-colored fabric.
- Fusible webbing, like Steam a Seam
- 20'' square batting
- 20'' square backing
- 1/4 yard binding.