Toddler Quilt – Baby Quilt – Kawaii Owls Quilt Panel by Riley Blake

Unfortunately, the Kawaii Owls quilt panel which was distributed by Riley Blake has now been discontinued.
To celebrate the birth of my fourth great-grandson, Arlo Victor, I decided to make him a quilt using this Riley Blake Kawaii Owls quilt panel that I thought was rather cute.

Please Note:
This isn’t a full-on tutorial, it’s just to give you an idea of what you can do with a  quilt panel.


The first thing I did was to cut off the label strip that runs along the bottom of the panel. I have used these on a number of kids quilts as I think they are quite cute.

For some reason a lot of quilt panels are skew-whiff and so it is necessary to straighten them before you can do too much with them and this one was no exception.

  • So it was just a matter of finding a line on the pattern that was straight then placing the ruler along that line and trimming the panel.
  • I trimmed the panel leaving a ¼” all round the outside edge.

We will be doing a video tutorial on using  panels in the future.

I decided to leave the panel in one piece.

Depending on the panel I will sometimes cut the pictures apart, as I did with Heath’s Construction quilt but I thought this one looked cute just as it was.

I added an orange/yellow border around the panel. And then a larger turquoise blue border with the orange corners.


  • For the back I made a checkerboard panel in the turquoise and orange, just to add some design interest.

  • I ditch stitched around the inner border and then simply quilted the quilt with a diamond pattern.
  • I finished it off with a binding in the same color as the blue backing fabric.