And in a bit of serendipity, one of the members of a Facebook group I'm in posted a project she was doing for a child she'd lost: Owl Be Kind for Thomas
It seemed meant to be.
I sewed some strips together and quilted them, then cut out some little owl shapes.
Buttons for eyes, and rectangles of fabric folded into wings. I added beaks later because I thought they looked better.
Then sewed around the edges and turn right-side out.
Edit: They're done :)
This was a GREAT challenge. It also motivated me to pick up a quilt kit from the Service Projects table at Quilt Guild. That one will hopefully get done before our next meeting.