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~Stichin' up some lovin' with Papertrey...January Blog Hop~

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hey, hoppers!  Popping in to share a project I made earlier in the week for Jillian's teacher's birthday! (Perfect for today's hop at Papertrey!)  She loves this gal...and this gal loves owls...and her favorite color is pink!  She is an adult, though...so I used lots of neutrals with little pops of pink in the fabrics and felts I chose for a little pillow (maybe not so little...around a foot wide and an inch or two taller).  My PTI dies (and some Spellbinders)  made it easy and fun!  The Spellbinder and Funky Flower dies were used for the eyes...


The Limitless Layers Heart dies were used just as they are...along with the Heart to Heart flower die...


And the large scallop die was used for layers of  'feathers' on the tummy...

And here's the full feathered friend...


It was a bit of a risky project...at least the way I did it.  I didn't have a pattern so I made one, and stitched it up with scrap fabric.  Wasn't pleased with that shape, and modified the pattern, but didn't re-stitch to check. I just hoped that I had made the necessary changes.  Then everything was sewn onto the front before stitching the two pieces together and stuffing.  That was the risky part.  Stuffing does change the shape...it would have been very disappointing to find out I didn't like the stuffed shape once all that work had been done. All in all, I was pretty pleased, though.  I would probably modify it slightly if I made another, but her teacher was surprised and delighted at a handmade gift, so...it's all good!  I did use a metal shim for the fabric die cutting, but that all went very smoothly and took a lot of work out of the designing.  Hope you like!!!;)

I have a couple other projects I'm hoping to finish and share later...but my family may have other ideas;)

Have fun hopping, and thanks so much for visiting!

~geri~

41 comments:

  1. Oh Geri, this is beyond cute!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Aww...Geri! This is So SUPER Adorable!! Love the owl :)

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  3. Oh my goodness gracious! I love this Geri! She looks like a momma owl, now she needs some babies. :) I would be super excited to receive this as a gift. That is one lucky teacher to get such a treasure. :)

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  4. Beyond cute Geri and I love the sleepy eyes!!

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  5. Your owl pillow is adorable, let's just say it's a 'HOOT"!!! I'm sure Jillian's teacher was thrilled. Looking forward to your next projects!!

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  6. This is awesome. I admire your craftiness...well, talent is a better word for this!

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  7. This is absolutely adorable!!!!!! Great job!

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  8. Way cute!! Such a fun project and I bet will be treasured forever!

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  9. Isn't it wonderful using the dies to cut fabric?! It's so much fun to mix, match, and just plain use the dies "the wrong way". This is the first of your sewing I've seen in a long time.

    Should I say it? Winter seems to agree with you. Too much snow and cold (always bad in farming country), but it's nice to know that we humans can still be foiled by Mother Nature. Not much seems to get in our busy ways these days. I wish you more blissful creative hours, provided you share your genius. You really are amazing!

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  10. Wow! One of my favorites on the blog! My granddaughter and I both love owls, and this is sooo beautiful! Kudos to you for making your own pattern!

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  11. This owl is so cute, has a little bit sad look, but cute.

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  12. Wow! This is so sweet! Love the scraps and trims you used and those button eyes, I am SO impressed!

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  13. So cute! I can really appreciate the amount of work that went into this! Great job!

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  14. that has to be the cutest owl ever!!!

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  15. Geri I am nuts for that pillow! What grown woman wouldn't love such a beautiful owl. Your sewing is fabulous!

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  16. I wanna be Jillian's teacher…
    Love this, want this, guess I'll have to make my own, (sigh).
    Thanks for all the inspiration, and what dies to use. Seriously, Geri, this is just the sweetest!

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  17. What a marvelous owl Geri! love all the beautiful details and the hooded eyes!

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  18. Geri, this is amazing!! And so SO cute. That teacher must have been so thrilled! I love every little detail you included here, and the whole thing came together so perfectly. Amazing!

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  19. WOW! Amazing design and execution. The texture of the felt and the beautiful lace is sooo gorgeous!

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  20. Oh MY is this is ever adorable! What an amazing and creative project and the stitching is just beautiful. I love the fabric choices...and his eyes ;)!!

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  21. You are amazing! This owl is out-of-this-world cleverly and resourcefully created! Doesn't it feel great when you come up with different ways to use your products! Seriously, this wee hoot would likely sell for some big $$$ at craft fairs. Do you craft for craft bazaars? (likely not an option with a young and busy family!)

    The detail in this project is amazing! From the wee scallops around his eyes to the different fabrics on his ruffles! A beautiful blend of vintage & country charm!

    Your sewing ROCKS...absolutely perfect!

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  22. Geri this is just precious and I'm sure your daughter's teacher was just thrilled! I love everything from your color choices, the dies you used, and am just in love with those wonderful eyes! Perfection! :0)

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  23. So precious love...........love owls too and this one is adorable. Thanks for sharing, always love your creative talents. Fabric or Paper...Enjoy a lovely Sunday ! The SUN is out. Snow is falling, Wind is blowing but nice to be home.

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  24. Wow, this is awesome and so cuteeeeeee......I never think to use my dies for projects like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. Geri you're killing me with all this cuteness! I want one too...

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  26. This is too cute...love your sweet little owl!

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  27. You are amazing... ly sweet and talented!

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  28. Those eyelids are amazing - this owl has personality plus!

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  29. This is amazing, Geri! So fabulous!

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  30. OMG Geri this is tunnign! I am smitten; owl so cute and gorgeous! :)

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  31. OOOOOH GERI!! I am SMITTEN!! This is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!! I LOVE owls and I LOVE pink!! What a fabulous gift! She's one lucky teacher!!

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  32. Eeeep! Eeeep! Eeeep! LOVE owls and it's always a thrill to see your stitching projects. I just bet she has this sweet little cutie displayed somewhere special in her home. What a fabulous gift Geri. You are amazing lady! Hugs!

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  33. This is amazing, Geri! This must be a very special teacher. Love the neutrals with the pop of pink!

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  34. Oh, Geri!! This will get you a HOKEY DINAH, and a HOLY COW, and an OH MY WOW...and after that...well, I'm absolutely speechless over your fabulous creation! I LOVE it!! :o)

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  35. Geri, this owl is so FABULOUS!! My daughter loves owls. I wish I was creative enough to invent my own pattern to make one like this, I love it! I bet Jillian's teacher treasures this owl forever.

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  36. Geri this is so wonderful!!! I love making pillows! And I bet Jillian's teacher was delighted with this gift!! Love your daughter's name by the way! It is mine too!

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