Chicken Blocks for March

Chicken Blocks for March

March is my month to propose and collect blocks for a Charity Quilt.  In preparation for my month I had two happy accidents.  First I saw this quilt by Emily Dennis at Quilting Love (this is her photo):

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Then while at my local quilt shop right before New Years I found this awesome fabric:

chicken background fabric

So, obviously I needed to make a chicken quilt!

Emily’s blog post is here, and she links to the original pattern and tutorial for the Chicken Block: Chicken Quilt Block Tutorial by Sew Inspired.  I agree with Emily’s comment in her post that the instructions for attaching the comb is not entirely clear, so I’ll add some instructions of my own here.

Chicken Block Charity Quilt:

Please follow the Sew Inspired tutorial to create a 7″x8″ block (6.5″x7.5″ finished).

Body Fabric – black, grey or yellow – either solids or prints.  I like the look of the quilt that Emily created so the example above is a good one to use.  Note when you piece the chicken the 5.5″x6.5″ body piece should be placed with the 5.5″ side as the width and the 6.5″ piece as the height (see the diagram below).

Background – white solid or white on white print

Beak – Orange solid or print

Comb – Red solid or print

I drew this diagram to help with the assembly.  I got confused about which way the body was oriented and did it the wrong way the first time.  Go ahead and do all the triangle ‘snowballs’ on the edges before you do the comb (through step 4 on her tutorial).

chicken diagram

Comb Tutorial:

  1.  Cut two 2″x2.5″ squares as instructed in the tutorial.
  2. Draw a comb shape on the wrong side of one rectangle.  Orient the rectangle so that the 2.5″ side is the width and 2″ is the height.

marking the comb

3.  Put the squares right sides together and sew on your comb line:

sewing the comb

4.  Cut down the excess around the sewn line and clip the seam allowance where you have tight curves.  Here I’m trying to show that I clipped it in the ‘valleys’ between the comb bumps:

cutting the comb

5.  Turn the comb right side out and press:

turning right side out

6.  Place the comb on the top background strip (2″x5.5″) that already has the chicken body triangle attached.  You can see below I drew a 1/4″ line on the right side of the background piece to help keep the comb away from the seam allowance.  I should have done the same across the top!

quarter inch on the side

7.  Top stitch the comb down by stitching around the edge of the comb:

sewing down the comb

8.  Sew the 2″ square background piece on the right side.  You can see here I did better with keeping the comb away from the top seam allowance on my second comb:

comb comparison

9.  Join the rest of the pieces and admire your cute chicken!  With my pin cushions I’m really gathering a flock.

blocks with cushion

I hope you enjoy making your chickens, and I can’t wait to see them all!  If you choose to participate, please send me your blocks by April 15, 2019.  Bee Inspired members have my address, but if you just want to join in and send me blocks leave a comment and I’ll get you my address.

Happy chickens!

Ann from Brown Paws Quilting

 

 

 

 

 

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Sailing Under Blue Skies

These sailboat blocks will be sailing just across the state line from South Carolina to North Carolina to Emily, our January charity queen, who will be making quilts for Project Linus.Sailboats in a rowAfter the blocks were made, I realized the sky fabric, Rustic Weave in Turquoise, I had chosen was fairly dark. Sailboat single 1I thought the sky fabric paired well with the water fabric, a Kona Cotton solid in Peacock.  Sailboat single 2These sailboats were fun to make and they are on their way to Emily at The Darling Dogwood.Sailboats three