September 5, 2015

Outstanding Owls For Appliqué is here!

Darcy Ashton has long been known for her incredible series of animal appliqué books. We’ve seen her Darling Little Dogs, Big Beautiful Dogs, Claire’s Cats, Grandma’s Bunnies, Butterfly Dance, and more! These popular classics are now joined by a bookful of the most amazing owls.

There are 20 of them in all, each one with its own expression and personality. Add that to the fact that you can easily create new variations by mixing up the different body shapes, heads, and features, and the owlish possibilities are endless!

This book couldn’t be more jam-packed. Just take a look at the Table of Contents!

In addition to the appliqué patterns, Darcy gives you tons of information on appliqué, both hand and machine, plus how to make those fetching eyes, plus how to enhance with quilting, plus a slew of different projects!

Not to mention embroidery. Swoon.

One of my favorite touches is the idea of giving the owls little flowers or quilt squares to hold. So darling.

Darcy sent me a copy to give away! Before I announce the drawing, let me reiterate how to enter. Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post. If you send me an email by repying to your email subscription feed, or if you leave your comment on a different blog post, you will not be able to be entered in the drawing. Sorry for the constant reminders, but there are always a few, still.

Now for the fun part! If you’d like to win a copy of Outstanding Owls For Appliqué, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post before 7:00 p.m. California time on Wednesday, September 9. Drawing open to U.S. mailing addresses only.

Best of luck!!
Thanks for reading All About Appliqué,

By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop


51 Responses to “Darcy’s Outstanding Owls!”

  1. Loris Mills on September 5th, 2015 10:22 am

    This looks like a very fun book! I love how the owls look all together in the quilt. Thank you for the sweet giveaway! I need to check out her other books.

  2. Joie Sasnett on September 5th, 2015 12:13 pm

    What a cute book! I absolutely love owls. I did owl crocheted hats for my gkids and my gneices and gnephews.

  3. Julia Plunkett on September 5th, 2015 12:59 pm

    Absolutely fell in love with this book! The quilt is stunning.Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Nancy on September 5th, 2015 1:49 pm

    wonderful opportunity! The Owls are so fetching, and I can see lots of projects with them. Thanks!

  5. Ruth C on September 5th, 2015 2:24 pm

    I love Darcy’s books! And I love owls, so I would be particularly excited to win this. Thanks, Kay!

  6. DebrafromMD on September 5th, 2015 3:27 pm

    I love these designs! Thanks to you and Darcy for the giveaway.

  7. kim on September 5th, 2015 8:28 pm

    The owls are so cute and the eyes are amazing

  8. Barbara Hester on September 5th, 2015 9:00 pm

    Love these owls. I live in the woods and hear them all the time. Darcy captured their essence!

  9. Nancy on September 6th, 2015 5:46 am

    This looks amazing – such creative ideas!

  10. martha mumaw on September 6th, 2015 6:02 am

    lovely owls! Very talented lady!

  11. Betsy on September 6th, 2015 8:13 am

    Kay I would love to win. I have been wanting to make an owl quilt for the longest time but none have caught my eye except this one. It is stunning

  12. shanda on September 6th, 2015 9:16 am

    I love darcy’s books. Can’t wait to add this book to my collection.

  13. Patricia Cummings on September 6th, 2015 9:18 am

    Darcy is so talented! I just love her owls book and would love to have a copy! Thanks for this opportunity.

  14. Donna Phelps on September 6th, 2015 9:32 am

    I love, love, love this book and have been searching for just this.Thanks for the chance.

  15. Sharon Decker on September 6th, 2015 9:33 am

    What a beautiful book full of whimsical owls.

  16. QuiltShopGal on September 6th, 2015 9:43 am

    Great review Kay. Her whimsical owls are gorgeous. This looks like a super fun new book that has versatile designs.


    ps – I hope it is ok, as I added your giveaway to a page I created to share insights on giveaways & contests:

  17. Evie H on September 6th, 2015 9:45 am

    Oh, my — I love owls and love Darcy’s books and projects! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  18. karin on September 6th, 2015 9:46 am! The cutest things EVER!! How very sweet of you both to offer one up as a giveaway!! Fingers crossed!!!

  19. Brenda Kramer on September 6th, 2015 9:52 am

    Looks like hours of fun to me.

  20. Roxanne Sposato on September 6th, 2015 9:57 am

    I have all of her books and have her dogs, cats, bunnies, & frogs in the digitized versions. Would love to win the owls! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  21. Debbie St. Germain on September 6th, 2015 10:01 am

    I love the owl quilt, that is gorgeous. They would make beautiful single wall hangings too. Would love an opportunity to win her book.


  22. Kathie Bailey on September 6th, 2015 10:12 am

    Love the owls, such a beautiful pattern and gift. Would love to Win!

  23. rebecca hoffmann on September 6th, 2015 10:26 am

    I love owls; this book looks perfect. It would be a “hoot” to win. Thanks for the chance.

  24. Martha Sanchez on September 6th, 2015 10:35 am

    I hope I win this book. I just love owl faces. If I don’t win I’ll be buying this book. Thank you.

  25. Shelor on September 6th, 2015 10:44 am

    Oh my goodness, what adorable owls. Love them all. Thanks for the chance to win them.

  26. Dorothy Van Pelt on September 6th, 2015 10:45 am

    I really enjoy making owls. I have done many pincushions to give as gifts. I hope to win this book. I would start on the quilt right away. Thanks Dorothy

  27. Kathy L on September 6th, 2015 11:38 am

    Just what I’m looking for, owl patterns for a certain niece. Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Ruth M on September 6th, 2015 11:45 am

    Love the owls. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Theresa Duval on September 6th, 2015 12:00 pm

    I would love to win Darcy’s Owl book. Thank you for this opportunity and for the lovely blog.

  30. Carol C on September 6th, 2015 12:07 pm

    Those are really great. I have the cats, don’t wanna love the owls. But what inspiration they are. Wow

  31. Polly Hada on September 6th, 2015 12:24 pm

    What a GREAT book! So fresh to see the colors I’m craving at the tail end of summer, and first part of fall In this book. Owls! Love ’em. Fingers crossed! Thx Kay

  32. Janet Beyea on September 6th, 2015 12:26 pm

    I have the bunny book already and love it! But this owl book is just outstanding! Thank you for the giveaway!

  33. Patricia Wood Emery on September 6th, 2015 12:50 pm

    Oh, Darcy’s books are just so wonderful!!! I “sew” NEED this one…

  34. Diane K. on September 6th, 2015 1:14 pm

    Love the owls! My granddaughter is learning to applique and I’d love to give it to her.

  35. Stephanie Kluk on September 6th, 2015 2:08 pm

    I love this book! I adore owls and have never seen a resource like this one!

  36. Dawn Hazen on September 6th, 2015 3:21 pm

    I love these designs! So much fun!

  37. Beth Stiver on September 6th, 2015 4:43 pm

    Darcy’s books are all awesome, and I would love to win a copy of this book!

  38. Linda Stumbaugh on September 6th, 2015 6:34 pm

    I can’t wait to try these out! The expressions on the owls are wonderful! Thanks for the heads up about the book.

  39. Mary Ann on September 6th, 2015 8:43 pm

    Oh that would be fun to win this book. I really like doing machine appique. I just bought myself an owl ring!

  40. Janey Cook on September 6th, 2015 8:47 pm

    We love owls. We occasionally here them when all else is quiet. Darcy’s work is fantabulous and I would love to have access to her new book. Thank you for the opportunity!

  41. Caryn Sakaguchi on September 6th, 2015 8:54 pm

    I have recently become a big owl fan. This book looks like fun.

  42. Karen Marichal on September 7th, 2015 11:04 am

    Lovely book! Really cute owls and projects!

  43. Swooze on September 7th, 2015 6:25 pm

    i love Darcy’s books. I would love to win this!

  44. Mrs. Plum on September 8th, 2015 8:03 am

    What cute owls! I love the quilting as well. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  45. Leticia on September 8th, 2015 10:29 am

    Your owls are just stoning :)

  46. Elizabeth on September 8th, 2015 12:06 pm

    I love all of Darcy’s books, & have had the privilege of meeting her in person several times.

  47. Karen BUcksbarg on September 8th, 2015 8:00 pm

    Love these designs. It is so nice to see owl designs making a comeback, they were so popular in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Telling my age!

  48. Wanda S on September 9th, 2015 4:59 am

    The projects look amazing! I have three daughters at the same college and the mascot is an owl. There is a special burrowing owl habitat on campus. Needless to say owl items are big around our house. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Nancy Roraback on September 9th, 2015 7:22 am

    Oh I really must have this book! I have been collecting owl patterns for a while now!

  50. Pam K on September 9th, 2015 5:54 pm

    Great looking Owls. They would be perfect on so many projects.

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