Wednesday, September 16, 2015

my favorite owls

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...

Dapper Dan

Luna Porter

Ellie May

Chad Barksworth

Weezy Smith

Bob McGoo

Tink Holder

Lenore Sneeze

Davey Dandy

Florence Fairchild

Coco Wigglesworth

Billy Boy

Garrett Goldthwait

Blanche Crocker

Sam Smart

Davenport Rothschild

Laura Lightbourne

Wolfgang Dimmer

Sloane McGlone

Elliott Booker

George Greensmith

Stoney McGraw

Royce Bradshaw

Henry Horning

Elliott Roundbottom


Charlie Dillard


Richie Redwings

Andrew Coffee

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.


  1. I don't know what it was, but my mom collected a bunch of them.

  2. I love their names, and the fact that you named them! How fun:) You have the best collection.