Why are owl quilts so popular?

Owls have been extremely popular over the past couple of years and their popularity doesn’t seem to be waning, so I’ve decided to accept them and enjoy them. Quite a few fabric designers have used owls as their theme (coupled with foxes, but these are for another time) and produced owl panels for baby quilts, owl soft toys and owl quilt block patterns.

A very quick ‘google’ search and I found over 200 free owl patterns for sewing, knitting and crochet.  Here’s the link to the free owl sewing patterns http://www.allcrafts.net/owlcrafts.htm

Mary's soft toy owl

Mary’s soft toy owl

I once made my sister an owl stuffed toy when I found to my amazement that she said she quite liked them.  I was tempted to give her an owl ‘something’ for every special occasion after that but she has decided that I can stop the owl theme now 🙂

Another search unearthed these free quilt patterns and quilt blocks – applique, paper pieced or three dimensional.   Goodness, but there is a lot to choose from!

Owl quilt using Carols Quilts owl templates

Owl quilt using Carols Quilts owl templates

If you are a fan of templates then these owl quilting templates from Carols Quilts are perfect and you get three sizes in the one pack.  Carol has some great examples of how she has used the templates.

Woodland Park owl panel

Woodland Park owl panel

Woodland Park fabric range is designed by our very own Rachael Wright from Kidsquilts in Titirangi, Auckland New Zealand.  This is their first fabric range from RJR fabrics and it features a lovely panel with owls plus all the co-ordinating fabrics. http://www.rjrfabrics.com/fabrics/collections/689/

Our Pinterest board is full of quilting fabric with owls, plus quilts and felt owls – actually if you want an owl, any sort of fabric owl then check out our board

I’m quite tempted to give one of these owls a go – I’m leaning towards a felt owl with some embroidery…



Mary has sewn and fabric collected all her life and feels that to combine both in quilting is a real joy. She has been quilting, teaching, pattern writing and selling fabric for the past thirty years and can’t think of a more wonderful and fulfilling creative outlet.

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