February 20, 2010

Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts is a designer friend of mine in Calgary. Recently, she put out the most darling pattern called Hoot-mon!

Hoot-mon pattern by Kim Jamieson-Hirst

I love this perky little family of owls.

“Hoot-mon,” according to the urban dictionary, is Scottish for “Yo dude!” That makes me laugh. My grandmother was Scottish, however I don’t remember her using this expression. I guess she just wasn’t that hip. It does convey to me the sense of Canada being part of the Commonwealth.

And how’s this for cute?

Hootie stuffy front cover final

They’re stuffies!

We’re giving away a copy of Hoot-mon! to a lucky winner, so leave a comment by 7:00 p.m. California time on Monday, February 22, to enter the draw. Tell us why you like owls!

Coming up on the blog… revisiting thread topics and a look at Tile Quilt Revival.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


20 Responses to “It’s a hoot!”

  1. Ruth C on February 20th, 2010 10:33 am

    I like owls because we used to have a pair of barn owls nesting in the top of a tree visible from our house. After they showed up, we didn’t have any mice creeping into our house! Plus at night we could barely see them flying around but could hear their calls and they were so fascinating. Sometimes I could see them in the daytime, and if I looked up they could tell and looked right back down at me. THAT was so cool, but a bit spooky! All of the owls I’ve seen are such beautiful birds.

  2. Cindy Davis on February 20th, 2010 10:55 am

    The owls are just adorable. I have to have that pattern, sew if I don’t win I will be purchasing.

  3. Sarah Vee on February 20th, 2010 11:30 am

    I love the presence owls seem to possess – even cute ones. My sister’s husband did some doctoral work on owls so that peeked my interest too. I like their big eyes! Very nice patterns. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!

  4. SewLindaAnn on February 20th, 2010 1:06 pm

    I like owls for two reasons. First, they are so mysterious because of their way of living. I love when I hear the hoots from somewhere in the trees and I can’t tell if it’s near or far. I also love them because you can really play with their features in a whimsical way. I’d like to thank whoever got the “owl thing” started. I thinks it’s an phenomenon that will last a long while as there’s lots to do with it.

  5. Barb Colvin on February 20th, 2010 2:19 pm

    Serious reason? I suppose just because they help keep the rodent population under control. But really, I like the whimsical way they are used in fabrics and applique! And because they’re a hoot :O)

  6. Chris Lamey on February 20th, 2010 2:43 pm

    They are so gorgeous. Owls always remind me of when my husband used to ride his pushbike to and from work. He was coming home one night and an owl flew in front of him and nearly knocked him off the bike! We always laugh about it and wonder how the owl felt!!!

  7. betsy on February 20th, 2010 3:49 pm

    Those are just so adorable. I like owls because they are intriquing with their different mannerisms and their ability to rotate their heads.

  8. Nancy Brodeur on February 20th, 2010 4:00 pm

    OH my! I love owls. I would love to win Hoot-Mon (I, too am part Scottish). In case I don’t win…where can I buy both patterns? I hav’ta have them.

    OK, I found where I can order this pattern. I forgot to tell you why I love owls. So inscrutable, no problem seeing what’s coming up behind them, love the night, lives way up in trees; let’s not talk about what they eat, though. thank you

  9. Marion Houston on February 21st, 2010 6:08 am

    I have always loved the owls. It is remarkable how they can turn their heads. Their love for the night is intriquing. I would love to win the pattern and make lots of stuffies for the children at the center for abused mothers and children. The wise owls would represent a hope for a brighter future and a wiser way of life.

  10. Kelly on February 21st, 2010 7:22 am

    I love those owls, they’re perfectly whimsical!! In some ways they remind me of the wise old owl in Bambi. I agree with Cindy, if I don’t win the pattern I will have to buy it.

  11. Bonnie on February 21st, 2010 9:13 am

    When I was in 2nd grade, the teacher had a poem displayed prominently at the front of the classroom, along with a picture of an owl. The gist of the poem was that the “wise old owl”…”listened twice as much as he spoke”. Now, almost 50 years later, I have the same poem at the front of my classroom! I’ve wanted to make a wall hanging for quite a while to go along with the poem. These patterns would be perfect!


  12. Sharon Metzger on February 21st, 2010 9:54 am

    I would love to win ‘Hoot Mon’ because it would be great to make it into a quilt to go along with a whimsical painting I have from our parents that has an bright green owl and a turquoise owl sitting on a branch. (I tried to send you a picture of the painting but could not paste in this box) :-)

  13. Sue on February 21st, 2010 5:13 pm

    Why doI like owls? I think it is because they seem so confident; like nothing or nobody could bother them. And of course, their eyes and ears… and the way they turn their heads.

  14. Emily on February 21st, 2010 6:52 pm

    When I was a child, the mountain I lived on was, at one point, being surveyed for logging purposes. Among the folks who came to check on the viability of such a project was a man who specialized in calling for the Spotted Owl. If he could get an answer, all logging was off. At least that’s how I remember it…

  15. kathy g on February 22nd, 2010 9:26 am

    I love owls because when I was little,we would way up to a northern wisc cabin,my grampa had on a lake. At night it was very quiet,as it was either forest or lake, so you could hear the fish jump. We has Whip-o-whil owls in the forest. at night they we just wonderful to sing a child to sleep. I have not heard one in a very long time-but golly-the thought of it brought back memories nice memories.

  16. anna lee on February 22nd, 2010 10:41 am

    I hope I am not too late,when I was a child they were in the forest all around our rural house & grandparents lake home, I would hear them and I would quietly sit & look but never could find them. My grandpa told me that they were there to protect-us as long as I could hear them in the night consider ourselves lucky. (they would get the snakes & mice that I was afraid of)

  17. Deb Y on February 22nd, 2010 4:07 pm

    I love, love, the owls. So cute. We had an owl nest in a large tree in our yard last year.

  18. Kay on February 22nd, 2010 7:08 pm

    Our winner is Sharon Metzger. Congratulations!

    I really enjoyed all the owl stories. Thank you!

  19. Sharon Metzger on February 22nd, 2010 7:50 pm

    Oh My Gosh!!!I can’t believe I won!!! Thank you so much Kay. Also, thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us. I wish I could have sent you a picture of the painting-You would have laughed so hard!! I can’t help but smile everytime I look at it and now I can make a whimsical quilt to match it! I am already of thinking of fabric in my stash to pull out for it. Again Thank you so much. :-)

  20. Mary on Lake Pulaski on February 24th, 2010 4:38 pm

    Congratulations Sharon!