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
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!