Owls were kind of a thing in the middle to late 20th century. Don't ask me why, they just were. I see them all the time when shopping in vintage collectibles shops and flea markets.
My favorite owls are in a quilt, which came from an eBay seller in Cincinnati, Ohio earlier this year. The quilt includes 42 owls, 30 of which are posted below. It is 66" x 79", made of mostly cottons and machine raw-edge appliquéd with a fine zigzag or buttonhole/satin stitch around the perimeter of the appliqué. Of course, I had to give them each a name...
Well, that was fun. Each one has its own personality. I'm sure everyone else could come up with their own names for these cute little owls.
The Owl Quilt is part of an eye-opening group of barely-vintage quilts, currently on display in "Modern Materials, Quilts of the 1970s" at the Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon. For more information about the exhibition, location, hours, and other venues showing quilts during Quilt County 2015, click here.