The final day of the Allie Owl project was putting the quilt top together. Dealing with the Essex linen was the thing I was most concerned about. The seam allowances are a bit bulkier and resisted being pressed open, but it seems okay in the end.
The one thing I learned though, be gentle with the pressing. Essex is much stretchier than the quilting cottons and I have some distortion. Next time I use it I will starch it first. I believe once it's quilted, washed & dried it will look fine.
Very glad this quilt top is assembled. It turned out better than I had hoped. I'm not sure I really enjoyed this project, though. These owl blocks are pretty intense! Not hard really, but surprisingly exacting. I used my seam ripper an AWFUL lot!
Pattern: Allie Owl by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabrics: Rhoda Ruth & Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.
Size: 52 X 66
I am debating making the Fancy Forest quilt, so there might be more owls in my future. So far I've made a hedgehog block, a bunny block (see them HERE) and now the owls. The owls were the most challenging and the large Fancy Forest quilt has 8 of them. Hmmm.... what to do? Well, thankfully I don't have to decide today!