Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Actually it’s a cock because they have the nost flamboyant plumage. I love the quills that overlay the feathers creating extra texture in the plumage and as that is the topic this quarter a cockerel it is

I have chickens but pretty though they are they are not as fancy!

I used some felting to do the comb and wattle but I kept catching it in the presser foot. I added it before quilting thinking it would be easier to attach to a single layer of fabric – I was worried about breaking the needle going through too many layers of fabric but I think I should have on last

 

The quills were made from thin strips of dyed t-shirting which was then pulled to make thin curly strips

 

I echo quilted around him

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lower part is shibori, indigo dyed fabric which looks like feathers. different coloured threads – mostly variegated – were used to echo and accentuate the outlines

This is quite small so I may revisit this topic on a larger scale as I like the subject matter and the greater use of texture than I would normally do

Why not pop over to The Endeavourers Texture and see what everyone else has been making

I had a look on Youtube and collected a few clips on different types of improv which you can see HERE

I used some of the ideas from the Mr Domestic clip but didn’t want to make a flower. The fans reminded me more of agate and other minerals so I alternated some of the fans to make strips. I did cross a few to make small blocks. to make the piecing simpler I kept to 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 strips and blocks

 

I finally ended up with this

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The big reveal in my case is I got stuck. Should I trim and bind? Seems too traditional for it. Maybe bag instead? But I like the uneven edge. Has anyone got the answer!!!

On a lighter note in the middle of major renovation (two bathrooms, extension, windows, heating, replastering – every room a mess) the plasterer needed to move the loo and this is where he put it!

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In the old boiler cupboard in my sewing room! I was intending to sort it out for fabric storage but maybe….. No

If you would like to see what all the other Endeavourers have made of this quarters theme you can find them below

Catherine – http://www.knottedcotton.com   @knottedcotton
Janine – https://rainbowhare.com/
Nancy – http://www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com/
Carol – http://beadsandbirds.blogspot.com/
Barbara – https://theflashingscissors.blogspot.co.uk/
Ruth – http://benandcharlyscorner.blogspot.co.uk/
Gwen – https://textileranger.com/
Martha – www.weekenddoings.com
Julie – www.pinkdoxies.com
Maureen – https://josephinaballerina.com/
Tonia – http://allthingzsewn.blogspot.com
Kay – https://thecraftyyak.wordpress.com
Soma – http://www.whimsandfancies.com/
Fiona – http://celticthistlestitches.blogspot.co.uk/
Paula – https://paulabquilts.com/

Enjoy!

Well nearly. The dolly quilt top from ‘Quilting from Little Things’ by Sarah Fielke has been completed just in time for One Monthly goal, October link up

Fanfare

Bit of a dire photo but it’s quarter past twelve in the morning and it’s time for bed. Don’t foget to click on the link above to see some inspiring work over at Elm Street Quilts!

Improv is this quarters theme for The Endeavourers. I missed last quarter as it was the run up to the City and Guilds final show and I ran out of time although I had a lot of ideas. Talking of ideas, this is round up of a few tutorials I found on the subject of improvisational quilting or piecing – there are a variety of methods!

I love this one as it produces a circular pattern from straight lines.  Improv quilt block tutorial – Mister Domestic teaches how to make a fun quilt block

This has the more usual rectangular construction but interesting ways to use the ‘blocks’ in a quilt.  Improv piecing tutorial with scraps! by Kelly Young author of Stash Statement

Embrace the curve! Ditch the ruler and improv with freely cut curves. I have cut the same way but pinned the pieces. Leslie Tucker Jenison shows that it is not necessary for gentle curves.  Cut, piece and sew curves without a ruler on Fresh Quilting with Leslie Tucker Jenison (212-3)

This method uses improv piecing and quilt-as-you-go! Improv log cabin by Teresa DownUnder

There is a second tutorial by Teresa Down Under to join the pieces in two different ways here

Some methods use strip scraps, others larger pieces, it all depends on the effect you wish to achieve and the end result – an art quilt or utilitarian, it’s up to you!

I have appliqued the centre of two of the fans and have two more plus the centre to finish. I hope I will finish in time for One Monthly Goal for October.

Fanfare applique

The lefthand semicircle looks almost black but all the background pieces are shades of purple.

I would get on faster if I didn’t get sidetracked by other projects, both quilting and drawing

More hexie lozenges

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Not sure about the blue one, it looks a bit dull, maybe it will improve with the third round of hexagons

A coyote jaw bone for a free course run by Newcastle University, Australia in natural history illustration

Sketch Coyote jaw

Now to check out the rest of the projects for Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy’s Quilts

I am continuing to work on the hexagon lozenges and have added a third row to one of them. I love the blue and red together

Hexie lozenge EPP

This is the maximum size and as you can see from the ruler it is quite large. I only need to make 29 more

I have completed a lot of hand stitched projects this year for the City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting and now have my certificate!

I thought I would share a few of the samples; some I liked and some I will never do again! Folded patchwork and cathedral windows take up far to much fabric and although they do look good, I shan’t be making any more

Hawaiian Quilting

Hawaiian Quilting

Folded Patchwork

Folded Patchwork Star

Cathedral windows

Cathedral Windows

Bias binding applique

Bias Binding Applique

I will post more another day including the two main pieces – the quilt and the wall hanging, but now I am going to view the work for Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy’s Quilts. Why not take a look too

I have a lovely old quilting book called ‘Patchwork; 25 classic step-by-step projects’ by Diana Lodge. The quilt on the cover is the inspiration for the design, although curiously it is not one of the projects in the book. Even more curiously the hexagon template is actually an octagon!

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They will all have another row of 1 1/2″ hexies and sashing to join them together. I took the photos on my phone under electric light so the colours are not really true. It is a scrap quilt and some of the fabrics used are the end of that particular one in my stash.

I think it will take about 30 lozenges, plus half lozenges, to make a quilt for my bed, so I have a long way to go. But that is the nature of Slow Sunday Stitching and more can be seen at Kathy’s Quilts

 

 

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