Finished size: 37 ½ ” x 42”
Tree Trunk – FUN-OC2145-BROWN – 1 yard
Background between trees – FUN-OC2146-MULTI – ½ yard
Binding – FUN-OC2145-MULTI – ¼ yard
Owls – FUN-OC2144-CREAM – ½ yard (or 5 rows of owls)
Backing – FUN-OC2147-BROWN – 1 ¼ yard
Light weight iron-on interfacing) – 2/3 yard
Parchment paper or Press cloth
Pearl thread in Green, Orange, and Aqua
Hootenanny Oval Template
For the Tree Trunks:
6” x WoF – 4 pieces
For the Background between the trees:
3 ½” x WoF – 5 pieces
Hold off on cutting the rest for now.
Print out the Hootenanny Oval Template. If you want the exact layout as the sample shown, then print out the tree hollows guide on page 3 too. Trace and label the oval templates on page 1 and 2 onto tracing paper, and cut them out.
Sew the tree trunk strips to background strips, alternating as you go. Start and finish with a background piece.
STEP 1: MAKE THE OWL HOLLOWS
Because I wanted to create the feeling of the owls inside the tree hollows, I decided on reverse appliqué for the oval holes in the tree trunks. I used Lu Summers’ fabulous potholes technique for this. It is both quick and simple, unlike a number of other reverse appliqué techniques, so fear not! Ordinarily you can just use a template to draw directly onto the fabric for this technique, but because I have a number of holes in close proximity, I was concerned that the tree trunk might get wobbly-looking. So I used a light-weight interfacing to hold the shape of the ovals. This is also a useful trick when using darker fabrics that are harder to trace onto.
a) Trace the stitch lines for the ovals from the template onto the non-sticky side of the interfacing. If you are following this exact pattern, you will need:
3 Big Blues, 4 Little Blues, 3 Greens, 3 Browns and 5 Red Oranges.
Cut the ovals out with about ¼” extra interfacing around them. Iron them sticky side down onto the wrong side of the brown tree trunk fabric, with the ovals about 1 to 2” apart. (Tip: Use either parchment paper or a press cloth to prevent the interfacing sticking to your iron.) Cut the ovals out with about ½” – 1” extra fabric around the ovals as shown below.
b) Lay your tree trunks out with fabric right side up (on the background fabric if you want to get the full overall effect) and then position your ovals right side down where you’d like them. Pin the ovals in place.
c) Stitch all around the ovals on the lines you traced, back-stitching overlapping stitches as you complete each oval.
d) Cut out the inner oval shape of both layers, about ¼” from your stitching lines.
e) Snip the inner circles. You can do this with straight scissors or pinking shears if you prefer. Take care not to snip your stitching.
f) Turn the ovals right side out by pushing the smaller pieces in through the holes as shown. Press the ovals nice and flat.
g) Stitch the background pieces in-between the tree trunks. Press seams towards the tree trunks.
STEP 2: ADDING THE OWLS
a) Position the traced templates over the owls and fussy-cut out the required amount. (If you are following this exact pattern, you will need: 3 Big Blues, 4 Little Blues, 3 Greens, 3 Browns, 3 Red and 2 Oranges.
b) Position all your owls in behind their respective holes. Then starting at one corner, fold the fabric over and glue the edges of the ovals and stick the owls in place.
c) Press the quilt front without steam so as not to wet the glue. Press the quilt back piece of fabric. Baste the layers onto the batting. I used spray basting to guarantee that owls were kept in place nicely
d) Topstitch around each hollow on the tree trunks, just outside the oval, quilting the layers together and securing the owl pieces in place.
STEP 3: FINISHING UP
a) Quilt the rest of the quilt as desired. In the sample shown, I first stitched in the ditch down the tree trunk edges. Then I quilted straight lines about a ½” apart down all the background space between the tree trunks. I did not quilt the tree trunks. Instead I hand-stitched X’s in pearl thread to secure the layers in the larger unstitched areas. (I used X’s as the background fabric’s lines were made up of teeny X’s and I liked the way that my big stitched X’s echoed the fabric’s pattern.)
b) Cut 4 binding strips WOF x 2”-wide and prepare the binding. Trim the quilt front square. Apply binding using your preferred method.
c) If you’re making the quilt for a special babe, don’t forget to label it.
Congrats! You are done. I hope you had fun making this pattern. If you are on Instagram or Flickr, share a pic of your quilt and tag us at @happysewlucky and @sewtimeless, and tag your pic #hootenannybabyquilt. Or say hi via my website or blog!