Tuesday 10 January 2017

Block Pattern - Spring Chickens

For the last 18 months or so, I've been designing the block of the month for my local guild, Capital Quilters.  I keep thinking that I really should share the block patterns here, but have never gotten around to it.  To be fair, I haven't gotten around to much blogging at all lately.  Anyway, here we are!  I'm starting off with Spring Chickens, which is the most recent block I designed.  Of course, you can change up the colours to suit yourself, but I have left my original colour instructions for the guild.

Here is the link to download a pdf with the chicken templates.  Please note, when printing, you must use the "Actual Size" or 100% scale setting, NOT the "Fit" setting.

I really love the idea of my own free range flock of chickens, and fresh eggs every day. My current house isn’t really suitable though, so for the meantime, these gals will have to do. The point here is to choose fabrics that in no way resemble the actual colouring of a chicken - a medium to large scale multi coloured print for the body, with more intense brights for the wing and comb and dark for the legs so that they stand out from the background. For the background, choose a blue-grey fabric, something a little on the dull side, and with enough contrast to your chook body that you see the outline clearly.


Fabric and cutting 
For this block, you need:
 - a 9 ½” square of a light or medium fabric that reads blue-grey
 - multicoloured light or bright scrap for chook body
 - small bright scraps for wing and comb - this will be more effective if the fabric reads as a single colour
 - small dark scraps for legs - this will be more effective if the fabric reads as a single colour
 - fusible webbing (steam-a-seam, vliesofix, softfuse, etc)


Trace the chook body, wing, comb and two leg pieces onto the back side of your fusible webbing. Cut out, leaving some extra room around the shapes. Fuse the fusible webbing onto the WRONG SIDE of your chosen fabrics. Carefully cut out the chicken shapes on the line you have traced. 

Cut a 9 ½” square from your blue-grey background fabric. Lay the pieces out on your background square. Make sure there is at least ¾” between the lowest part of the feet and the edge of the background fabric. The chicken body should cover the top of the legs and the bottom edge of the comb, so that you only need to sew around the uncovered edges. Once you are happy with the position of all the shapes, fuse in place.


Using your sewing machine, blanket stitch or zigzag stitch around the chicken shapes to secure them to the background fabric. Use a thread to match your applique shapes (you might have to change colour for the different elements), or an invisible thread.

 The block should finish at 9 ½” square.

If you follow me on instagram (@adrianneonthewindyside), you will see that I have started my own quilt with blocks that are similar to these, but set on point.  So far all my chickens are assembled but yet to be stitched down.


dutchcomfort said...

I admired and loved your chickens pictures on IG! Thanks for sharing the chicken templates!

NickiJ said...

Mmm, I might have to give these a go. They will go nicely with my chicken quilt I have just made. Thanks for the templates. Your chicken are fun and funky.

Podunk Pretties said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern. We have chickens and I've been wanting to make a chicken quilt for quite some time.

Unknown said...

This is so cool and it's very kind of you to share the template and a tutorial. I've only in the last two weeks attempted appliqué (doing the Penny Sampler course with Rachel at Stitched in Color) so suddenly all those appliqué quilts I've seen but dismissed are now on my To Do list! Will definitely make a chicken block soon! Thanks again.

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I've loved following your chicken stories on IG! My son and his fiancé have a cute little flock of chickens and this would be something they would love!!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Thank you Adrianne for sharing your chickens! These are so cute and would make the best ever quilt! I love your blocks in point! x Teje

the girlfriend gap said...

I love your chickens... Thank you for sharing! Janita

Yang said...

I remember our art teacher before, he loves to put ethnic patterns and designs on his crafts.
Thanks for this.