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! So, I decided to make a chicken quilt.
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 chicken 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.
Part One Chicken Quilt 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
- Spray bottle with water
First, pre-wash your fabric first to account for shrinkage. Then, cut out twenty assorted fabric squares measuring 11″ x 11″ and set them aside.
Next, 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. Note: When ironing, the Wonder Under should be underneath the fabric and you should be ironing on the good side of your fabric.
Next, 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. Next, mist the washcloth until it is damp and place it on top of the chicken. Then 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. Patiently, it might take a little while.
Finally, 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.)
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest