Monday, February 18, 2019

Round Owl Table Topper & a Stuffed Chicken!

This is my day to Show Your Wings Blog Hop. Carol of Just Let me Quilt is hosting this blog hop. When she asked for other bloggers to join her, she said you could make anything with wings. So a bird, flying geese quilt blocks, an airplane, whatever your interpretation of wings might be.

I knew right away what I wanted to do, so I signed up for this blog hop so that I would be motivated to get this made. I had made the Hoot and Holler Table Runner in November (from Wooden Bear Designs) and just loved those cute owls, but I have a round table and so I put the Hoot & Holler table runner for sale in my Etsy Shop. Then I decided I would make a round table topper for my table using the same owls and I thought some pumpkins would look good too. I made the applique owls and a couple of pumpkins. Then I got out my Hula Hoop to use as a template for the round topper (it was the perfect size). But I didn't have enough of any neutral fabric in my collection and I really didn't want to buy more fabric, so I made a scrappy pieced background (from my own free tutorial) and used up a lot of neutral fabrics from my scrap bag instead of buying more fabric. I placed the owls and pumpkins on the background and still had too much background starring back at me. So I cut out another pumpkin, giving me 3 pumpkins and 3 owls and that looked more balanced, but it still needed something else. Then I decided it needed a moon in the center with 3 sizes of stars scattered around the topper. That looked good now. I blanket stitched it all in place and then quilted it and sewed on the bias binding.

I made a scrappy neutral background for my table topper first because I didn't have a large enough neutral fabric. I actually love how the scrappy background turned out better than using one fabric and I used up some more scraps in the process, which is a bonus! But I also ended up with quite a bit of  the other colors of scraps. I tell you I feel like a doodle bug that never gets anywhere with these scraps. They must multiply when I am not looking, LOL!
A Hula Hoop makes the perfect round template too for a large round table topper.

A closer look at the scrappy background.

Another section of the background.

One more section of the background. I hope I haven't bored you to tears already.
This is for sale. Scroll down to the end to purchase this round topper.
And here it is, my cute little owls waving hello to my sweet followers, friends, lurkers and blog hoppers. I am so pleased with this topper how it came out. Mr. P loves it too, but is afraid to use it with all that light background. So we will pull it off our table when we sit down to eat a meal and keep it nice and clean.

Well you must know I am partial to the moon, he he he. I love stars too.

I also have a fondness for pumpkins being born in the Autumn (Nov). This is an Autumn table topper, but cute enough to use any time of the year in my opinion. I got it finished well before Autumn arrives this year.

Hooty Owl (even though it's called Hoot and Holler, I prefer to call him Hooty), is waving hello to all of you. Welcome to my blog and this blog hop he says.

The round oak table we bought right after we got married nearly 38 years ago!!! Our children grew up eating at this table.
Those little owls waving their wings were just perfect for this blog hop and the needed motivation for me to get this topper made and on my table. I love how it came out. This topper took more work and more fabric than the rectangle runner did that I made (even if I had not pieced the background). So I do have to charge more money because of all the time involved making this. (scroll to end to purchase this topper).

I just recently finished making a darling stuffed chicken too, called Cheery Fabric Chicken by Gingercake, so I thought this was another perfect "wing" project to show you.  I am teaching a class at my quilt group in March on how to sew selvages and when I saw this chicken tutorial recently, I knew I wanted to make her with selvage wing pockets. So here she is:

Her wings are pockets made from selvages.

Just a perfect place to tuck in some small embroidery scissors into a pocket.

I used felt for the comb and Ultra Suede scrap for the beak. I must have sewn the beak a bit crooked, because the upper and lower beak are going in opposite directions! But I think it gives her a humorous personality so I left them alone, lol!!! I sewed  on beads for her eyes, but you could also use buttons or satin stitch them in place too.

Don't you love her chicken wire fabric body too? The perfect choice fabric I think. Since she is stuffed, she makes a good pincushion, even if she is a large pincushion.
                         
Please visit the other bloggers on this blog hop. You might just get inspired to Show Your Wings too!

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The round Owl with Pumpkins & Stars Table Topper is for sale for $98.00 + $9.98 shipping. ($109.98 total cost).

Contact me if you would like to purchase this round table topper.

USA shipping only.
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49 comments:

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    1. Thank you Karrin! Your comment here didn't go to Spam or my inbox, so either way I don't have your email to reply to you directly, but thanks for the nice comment.

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  2. I absolutely love your round table topper, Daryl. Those owls are just SO cute. Thank you very much for sharing your projects with us.

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    1. Thank you so much Ronelle. You are a no-reply, so I couldn't email you.

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  3. I love both your projects. The chicken wire fabric is a terrific touch. And I love how you changed up the owl topper, with roundness and the moon and the background.... everything really! Great stop on the hop!

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  4. This is a wonderful stop on the hop. Love the topper in the round. I am curious as to where you were standing to get that picture of it on the table. I have a vision of you hanging from the chandelier ;}. Also, love the chicken.

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  5. Cute table topper; I really like the scrappy background! And I love the chicken!

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  6. That table topper is amazing, cute, and beautiful...love it! It is definitely a smile maker with all the designs on it. Using a hoola-hoop is a great idea for making a large round project. Your chicken is adorable, too, and the pockets are a great addition. Thanks for hopping with us, Daryl!

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  7. Just love both your projects! Your chicken has a great personality!

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  8. Very cute! Love the idea of the pieced background!

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  9. The round table topper is very clever.

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    1. Thank you Rosalind. You are a no-reply, so I couldn't email you.

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  10. Love both of your projects!!!

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    1. Thank you Deb! You are a no-reply so I couldn't email you directly. Appreciate the comment.

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  11. I have a soft spot for oak and owls. Your table topper is so cute. The chicken is too. For the love of geese.

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    1. Thank you Denise! Since you are a no-reply, I couldn't respond to you by email. I appreciate the time you took to leave me such a sweet comment.

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  12. Your post title sure was intriguing. :) Love both projects. The owl topper is perfect for your table.

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  13. these are great, the owls are adorable and i like how you made the background scrappy it adds so much personality to the whole piece. great job and i would be happy at every meal if i had that topper for my table. when i first saw the chicken i thought it was a tea cozy. i LOVE it i hope its not too hard to make because i think i want to try it. what an inspiration for our upcoming selvage class.
    Tara

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  14. Very cute owl table runner! I like that it's round! The chicken is too cute. My grandmother, who quilted and sewed, had a chicken sorta like yours, that I used to play with when I was little. She would be well over 100 yrs old, if she was still alive. I actually own the chicken now :-) Really neat projects! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  15. Your table topper is just so cute Daryl! I love the little owls and all the other things you added. It is just perfect. Thank you for sharing today.

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  16. That is one adorable table topper, and perfect timing with a beautiful, bright full moon out this morning.

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  17. your vision plus you’re creative energy blows me away. Both projects are adorable.

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  18. Beautiful table topper, Daryl. I really like the pieced light background. The chicken is adorable in every detail. Thanks for the link to the original chicken ... :-) Pat

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  19. Love your scrappy projects for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop!!! Both are SEW cute.

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  20. I love both your table topper and your chicken. So so sweet. And your chicken is multi purpose. I love her wings. Thanks for sharing today. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  21. What an adorable table topper and chicken!!! I love the idea of a hula hoop for the cutting the dimension of the table topper. I'd be hard pressed to find a hula hoop among all the things I have "hoarded" in my house. I don't even remember if my children had one. I know I had two has a child. A small one when my brother next to me got his big one and then I got a large one much later. I loved that toy and never dreamed it would be used in quilting. Good idea. I love the chicken, too! Thanks for sharing sew cute projects.

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  22. Sew Sew Cute! Autumn is my favorite season. The chicken is darling - thinking it would be great in a spot to keep a notepad and pen, too. Discovered your blog through this hop, and I signed up to follow.

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    1. Thank you so much Kay! Thanks for following me now too. You are a no-reply so I couldn't email you.

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  23. Both the table topper and the chicken are cute! Thanks for sharing. :) MelvaLovesScraps at NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com

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  24. Love the owls and pumpkins on your table topper. The use of scrappy low volume prints for the background is genius. I love low volume prints and will definitely sneak this idea into some of my projects.

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    1. Thanks Sam! You are a no-reply, so I don't have your email to respond to you.

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  25. I really enjoyed your post and process. Love the hula hoop idea. Your owl table topper is too cute and your chicken makes me smile.

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  26. Oh I love your background out of scraps. I love looking at someone's fabrics and saying wow I have that too. Love the owls, and the moon, stars and pumpkin. The chicken is awesome. The red chicken wire Oh I how I love it,

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  28. I'm late...I'm late for a very important date. I'm so sorry I wasn't here yesterday, but I just didn't have online time. Daryl...you have pushed me over the edge with this. It is just AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I'm rolling my eyes at the thought of using a hula hoop as a template too. What a great idea, but I shudder to think what they would think when this ole lady went thru the check out with one! hahahaha I think I have to as a challenge now! I just can't say enough wonderful things about this topper...FABULOUS, MARVELOUS, ADORABLE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC EXPEALIDOCIOUS (likely spelled wrong)

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  29. Daryl, your owl table topper is A-DOR-A-BLE!! I love the way you used the buttons for eyes! And your chicken is also adorable! I have chickens and roosters in my kitchen. Love everything about it!! Sorry, I'm a day late! I will get around to everyone, just trying to finish up my Dust Off a Quilt Book project!! Thanks for sharing your cute projects!!

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  30. What a wonderful chicken and the table topper is lovely!! Your owls are very cute and adorable!! The pumpkins are beautiful!

    -Soma

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  31. Love the stuffed chicken -- that's different from your usual "makes"!

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  32. Both your projects are adorable. That hen is going after my heart though. Is she in your shop?
    I like a large pin cushion and she would be perfect.

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  33. I love a scrappy, low volume background. Very cute.

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  34. I love your neutral background, and cute owls!

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  35. You use selvedges to perfection, Daryl. So, so clever to make them into wings that serve as pockets.

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  36. Lovely table topper; I can imagine you're afraid of spilling food on it!

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  37. The owls are so cute on your table topper. Well done. Thank you for linking up with the Peacock Party.

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