The owl pattern that’s been used for quite a few of our Linus quilts comes from an old issue of Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Aug/Sept 1994, by Betty Todd.
To make up the owl, you cut 26 clams all the same size, in suitable colors, then start laying them out from the feet upwards. The pieces overlap, with the exposed edges turned in. Start sewing at the feet, going up a row at a time. Add a nose when you put down the two “eye” clams. Put eyes on last.
It makes more sense when you’ve the bits of fabric in front of you! The key is to start with the feet, not the top of the owl’s head.