The owl quilt block is another from the Kansas City Star. I think it’s an attractive block even if I’m not entirely sure about the owl connection. It’s a nine patch and I’ve made it here as a 12″ finished size block.
four 2.7/8″ squares in both white and light brown
2.1/2″ squares: nine dark brown, eight white, eight light brown
light brown rectangles: two 1.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, two 1.1/2″ by 4.1/2″
Making the owl quilt block
The half square triangles are made by placing two squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. The top two and bottom two rows are straightforward enough but the middle two rows are slightly different.
The idea here is to place the dark brown square inside a two block space, so the rectangles of light brown are sewn around the square. Sew the 2.1/2″ rectangles to the top and bottom of the dark brown square and then the 4.1/2″ rectangles to the sides. Then sew the squares on either side first in pairs then as four patch units so that they can be sewn to the central block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the owl quilt block. I like the four patch units in the corners – they give the quilt block an unusual look.