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A Tilly’s Nest Quilt-A-Long: Sew A Chicken Quilt: Part One

 

During the winter, I always chose a heftier project to carry me into spring. Sometimes it is knitting, crocheting or sewing; something that cannot be completed overnight. This year I chose quilting. I decided to ask my Facebook fans if they were interested in a making a quilt with me at the same time. They responded with an overwhelming YES!

Of course this quilt is going to have a chicken theme. I wouldn’t dream of it any other way! So, I headed over to my local Joann Fabric store for inspiration and picked up a yard each (plenty for making the face of the quilt) of these six pretty “spring” fabrics. They just make me smile and I knew they would be perfect.

Here is the rough overview of the quilt. I sketched this out as soon as I got home from the store. The quilt we are making can be adjusted to any size you like, but I will be making a lap quilt about the size of an afghan. The sewing will be pretty simple. Most folks can follow along that have basic sewing skills and can operate a sewing machine. The quilt will be comprised of twenty squares, featuring a chicken silhouette in the center of each square.

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I will slowly roll out a supply list as we go. This way, it keeps folks from getting overwhelmed and helps to spread the cost out over time. If at anytime you have any questions, please let me know. I’m here to help and learn from you. And definitely know if I am not clear in my directions. So let’s get started!
Part One Supply List:
  • Sharp sewing scissors
  • Assorted fabrics to make 20 squares (each 11″x 11″ ) and 20 hens (each approx. 8″x 8″). Have the ladies at the cutting counter help you with your calculations based on the number of different fabrics you have chosen (at least 4, I’m working with 6). 
  • Measuring tape/yard stick or quilter’s ruler
  • 2 1/2 to 3 yards approx- Pellon Wonder Under #805 Transfer Web (directions for use come with it)
  • Chicken silhouette pattern
  • Quilter’s pencil or regular pencil
  • Washcloth
  • Spray bottle with water
Directions:
Pre-wash your fabric first to account for shrinkage. Cut out twenty assorted fabric squares measuring 11″ x 11″ and set them aside.

 

Chicken quilt template

 

Print out the chicken silhouette pattern (above) and enlarge it to fill the majority of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper laying in the landscape position. Then, trace it onto a piece of cardboard and cut that out. That will serve as your pattern. The chicken pattern should fit nicely on your 11″ x 11″ square.

Cut a square out of your Wonder Under that fits the chicken silhouette. Following the directions on the Wonder Under, iron the rough side of the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the fabric of your choice. When ironing, the Wonder Under should be underneath the fabric and you should be ironing on the good side of your fabric.

Flip this piece of fabric over to reveal the ironed on Wonder Under and trace the chicken silhouette onto the Wonder Under paper. (Feel free to flip the direction of the chicken now and then.)


Cut out the chicken.

Carefully remove the paper backing of the Wonder Under.

Take one of your 11″ x 11″ squares and place your chicken cut out in the center. Mist the washcloth until it is damp and place it on top of the chicken. Following the directions on the Wonder Under, iron on top of the damp wash cloth until the chicken cut out and its edges are completely adhered to the fabric square. It might take a little while. Be patient!

Repeat the above steps until you have made 20 squares complete with chickens attached. (I’ve only got 18 more left after sharing this post with you.)

Happy Sewing Peeps!Click here for Part 2

DISCLOSURE: I learned to sew in 4H in the 4th grade. I’ve been sewing for over 30 year. I’m not a professional quilter. I take short-cuts and I may not do things the “right” way according to other quilters and sewers. Nonetheless, you will have a lovely handmade quilt when we are through. One that you will hopefully come to treasure for a lifetime.

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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