The Great Horned Owl-FREE Paper Piecing Pattern

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Good Morning, Quilters and Owl-Lovers!

I hope you had fun doodling and free motion quilting yesterday’s tutorial:  Olivia’s Owls.  They were a lot of fun!  (I will try to add a Fox and a Raccoon to our Woodland Animals…but it will take some time to create a suitable design.)

Today, we have a real treat from our friend, Peggy Aare.  Peggy is offering the Great Horned Owl paper piecing pattern FREE to readers of The Inbox Jaunt!  Thank you, Peggy! This pattern is based on a photo Peggy took of the gorgeous bird while attending a Raptor Banding course in her home state of Wisconsin.  (Obviously, Peggy is a lady with many interests and many talents!)


Great Horned Owl, Paper Piece Pattern by Peggy Aare


  • The first attachment has two pages that describe the borders for a 60″ x 65″ quilt with the owl at the center.
  • The second attachment (24 pages) has the color chart, the triangle template, a one-page line drawing, the full-sized (32″ x 28″ line drawing), and reversed paper piecing templates for the face details.
  • Quilters may not need to print all the pages, but just use them as a reference.
  • Quilters should use the full-sized line drawing for the basis of the paper piecing templates.
  • The shapes are all the same: equilateral triangles that finish at 4″ on a side. Piece them individually and then assemble as you would for a normal patchwork project, in strips or in blocks.
  • The iris and pupil need to be appliqued.. Templates included.

The Great Horned Owl, Color chart and borders HERE (2 pages)

The Great Horned Owl, Peggy Aare, Templates, Color Coded Pattern HERE (24 Pages)


Peggy has also created a “cheater fabric” of this owl on Spoonflower.  It is not quite ready for sale at Spoonflower.  If you are interested in this, contact Peggy directly at

Be sure to check out all of Peggy’s fabulous paper piecing designs at!


AND be sure to sign up for Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence featuring Yours, Truly…

There’s something for everyone in this course…beginners and advanced quilters, and long armers and mid-arm quilters–tips and tricks about thread, choosing fabric, doodling…

The Live Webinar is on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00CST…but you don’t have to see it live to sign up!

Happy Hooting!


PS…Today’s pattern is the property of Peggy Aare at  and is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt or Wisconsin Quilting.  For any other use, please contact Peggy at  Thanks!


22 thoughts on “The Great Horned Owl-FREE Paper Piecing Pattern

  1. Awesome owl!! I have yet to try paper piecing…Stalling cuz it’s new and don’t know where to start….haha! AADD when it comes to looking it up! LOL! I am going to have to give it a whirl…it’s pretty awesome.
    My fave thing about owls is how they move their heads to look at you…so cute! 🙂 oh, I love their hoots too.

    • We’ll get you paper piecing yet! The best part about this owl is that the paper piecing creates 60 degree triangles and you then piece it as you would any triangle quilt top. You just have to use a design wall or floor or sheet or bed to keep them in order. Keep badgering me and I’ll do something non-threatening with only a couple of seams — I’ve got a couple ideas..

  2. The links took a while (especially the second one) to load but worked perfectly for me. Sometimes they do take a while. Thank you for offering this. It is a lovely pattern and one I want to make in the future.

  3. thank-you so much, owls are a great favourite with our family. Your pattern is worthy of careful construction, I will seek expert assistance before I commence it. You are a treasure sharing this pattern with us all.

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