January 7th, 2015

Opal Owl Quilt + First Finish of 2015

by Julie Hirt

It’s snowy, freezing cold and overall bad weather here.  But I am desperate to share my Opal Owl quilt so I apologize for the shoddy pics. I’ll get better pics once the weather clears up.


This is my 2nd quilt to go on the long arm and I tried a wood grain pattern.  The spacing is around 3/8″ and smaller.   After a quick wash the texture is AMAZING.


Click on the pic above for full size. DO IT!  Look at the crinkles. *sigh* I could just lay around with this for days.


The finished quilt measures 70″ x 80″ so it would work for a twin size bed.

As much as I love the quilting, the fabrics and pattern, I don’t know if I’ll keep it.  Maybe sell it?  Not sure yet because there are some serious man hours in this.  The piecing took a surprising amount of time.

You can the pattern for free at Moda Bake Shop.


This summer I was at a local quilt shop and they had 5 yards of the backing fabric on clearance!  I couldn’t believe my luck as I think the Opal Owl line is hard to come by. That’s when I bit the bullet and cut into the bundle.


Oh! Want to see my official “First Finish of 2015”?


My arrowhead stitch cowl. It was destined to be a scarf but I ran out of yarn and I wanted to get it off my list.  I was sick New Years Eve so I sat at home and finished it shortly after midnight.

I started the scarf this fall and it got lost in the shuffle of other projects. This is my first tunisian crochet project and I really like that it has a knitted feel, because I suck at actual knitting.  The yarn is a self striping wool blend called Sheepish.

Also got around to quilting this mini .  You can find the free Paper Piecing pattern HERE.   Gave machine binding another chance… again, I don’t know if it’s for me. It’s quick and looks okay but there’s something about hand stitching that does it for me.


Just basic straight lines but it’s another WIP to cross off my list.

In my last post I mentioned I have to cross off at least half of my To-Make and To-Quilt lists before I can add a new project.  I’m well on my way with these three.



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10 Comments to “Opal Owl Quilt + First Finish of 2015”

  1. It all looks wonderful! I’ve made one quilt as you go Xmas stocking and have two commissioned baby quilts hatching.

  2. I love this! i have some bee fabric and wanted to do something bee inspired but not so literal. this is perfect.

    Quilting looks great with this pattern. Nicely done!

  3. You’re still on fire! Loving all your finishes.

  4. The texture is great on the quilting! (I looked at it full size 😉 I like the bright colours against the white sashing too.

  5. Nice first quilt finish for the year. Great pattern for your fabrics.

  6. I really like your quilt! What a great score on the backing; love that. I had a similar expeirence last week at my LQS. I also really really (really!) like the colours of your cowl. Funny; I suck at crocheting but am a pretty darn good knitter! This is a perfect post for my question, which is about a makeup pouch I designed and have submitted to Moda Bakeshop. I’ve made a couple of your Patchwork pouches, great pattern! Does a project design submitted to Moda have to be un-posted? I wouldn’t post the tutorial on my blog, obviously, but would a short post showing it be okay? Thank you!

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