Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Complicated Chickens

My UFO for this week has been to begin the setting for the Funky Chickens. 

Over the last several weeks I had been playing in EQ, trying several different settings.  This is the one I have decided on:
Funky Chickens
I didn’t want them to have a straight setting but to look more like they were in a chicken yard.  (Please don’t pay attention to the appliques on this picture.  I can’t draw so I used bird pictures from EQ)  Sarcastic smile

trial setting
The first thing I did was to put the blocks on the wall in a trial setting.  I used strips of fabric from an old jelly roll that have never made it into any project, just to see what that setting would look like with the real chickens.  It looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

add blocks and sashingThen I started making the filler blocks and adding the sashing to both the fillers and the chickens.  I really had to watch my layout picture to be sure I put the sashing on the correct side of each chicken block.  I wound up putting check marks on the printout just so I would know what I had already done.

more blocks
At this point I had placed half of the blocks and was beginning to wonder how I was going to sew this setting together.  But I think I have it figured out, even though it will entail partial seams.

then prep for the rest The last thing I did tonight was to put the rest of the chicken blocks up on the wall so I can see how this setting is going to look for real.  Now all I have to do is make 6 more 9 patch blocks and 6 small squares that will tie the blocks together.

sashing closeup
I did want to show my sashing fabric.  It has chicken wire in it which is I bought especially to fence in my chickens.  My mother thinks that this fabric is a little too dark but I think that with all the brights in the chickens and the 9 patch blocks, it shouldn’t make the quilt dark.

I am almost sad that I won’t be able to work on this tomorrow.  But when there is a quilt show within 100 miles of my house, I feel it is my bounden duty to show up, see what others are doing and check out the venders.  And I think there are 4-5 quilt shops between here and there, too.  Open-mouthed smile


Judy D in WA said...

You are one clever quilter! I love your layout! It's going to be fabulous. We are headed north tomorrow to check out the sewing expo at Puyallup. My first visit. :) Have fun and help out the venders. That's what I plan to do.

Glenda said...

Oh this is lovely, I have seen these Funky chickens so often and every time I see them again they make me smile, your lay out is perfect and that wire fabric just made me laugh, it is perfect to go with the orange and yellow 9 patches this is going to be such a fun quilt, so glad you are enjoying it so much too. Have fun. Cheers Glenda Down Under

andsewon said...

Look forward to seeing your top put together! How neat for you to find that chicken wire fabby! Enjoy the show!

jjthor said...

looking really good! I love the chicken wire material I think it finishes the quilt!

straythreads said...

what a fun quilt love the way you are setting it. Are you letting the hen set? silly pun. sounds like a fun day of quilts and shops.

Linda said...

Oh my gosh Gari I LOVE what you're doing. And that chicken wire fabric is perfect.

LynCC said...

Gari!! I love what you're doing with these. :D That sashing fabric is PERFECT. The dark looks nice, too. Good counter-balance to the brights, and it'll be balanced the way you're using it in the stop-border and the binding.

Kate said...

Love the setting you've worked out. It really gives the quilt a lot of movement. It's going to be a fun quilt.

ANudge said...

What fun, Gari - I like your setting and I agree your nine patches will keep it bright. Cute sashing fabric.

Missy Shay said...

I love this quilt, so cute! That sashing fabric is perfect for this quilt!