Saturday, January 21, 2017

Purple Sheep

Here in my sewing room, the sheep are sporting their full winter coats although we have had a very mild winter. They chose purple to celebrate January's color over at the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

They like to see what everyone is making out of cotton. The more the merrier.

Meanwhile, Molly is writing a book called 50 Favorite Uses for an En Provence Quilt Top.

Friday, January 20, 2017

En Provence Quilt Top

I am spending most of my time hand quilting the plaid bunny quilt and machine quilting Pigs in a Blanket. But in between I did manage to get the borders onto my version of Bonnie Hunter's En Provence quilt. I hadn't made enough of the background I came full circle having to complete step 1 again to finish the quilt top.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More sheep

How about a fatter face...not usually something that you ask for from a plastic surgeon. When looking at images of real sheep, their heads are thin, but there neck creates an extra ruff...that gives the appearance of a fatter head.

In this case, I brought the nose and eyes lower. For realism, the nose should be lower but the eyes should be higher. This arrangement is more dog-like, but cuter. Yet definitely not a sheep dog.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sheep 1.0

The sheep is feeling a lot better after her surgery. She is also happy to have full use of her legs. I'm hoping that by tomorrow she will be feeling well enough to go outside.

Then I wondered if her nose needs to be lower and maybe the top of her head flatter. But then she thinks she has wolf ears. Not a good look for sheep. (P.S. This version of the sheep is a Photoshop creation.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chicken tutorial: right facing

Today I thought I would finish the speedy chicken tutorial by showing the right facing chicken. I showed how to make the left facing chicken here.  The fabric requirements are exactly the same--basically what changes is the direction of the flip triangles.

This chicken is based on a one inch grid, that is you will be using 1.5 inch, 2.5 and 3.5 inch strips.

For the fabric, I used a dark purple fabric for the wing and a lighter purple fabric for the body. The wattle and comb in this tutorial is red, and the beak is yellow. And I used a light beige for the background.

Fabric Requirements:


one 2.5 by 4.5 inch rectangle
two 2.5 inch squares
four 1.5 by 2.5 inch rectangles
one 1.5 by 4.5 inch rectangle
three 1.5 inch squares

Yellow beak

one 1.5 inch square

Red Wattle and Comb

four 1.5 inch squares

Light Purple (Body)

one 3.5 inch square
one 2.5 by 4.5 inch rectangle
two 2.5 inch square
three 1.5 inch squares

Dark Purple Wing/Tail

one 4.5 by 5.5 inch rectangle
one 1.5 inch square                

I make the wing first. This uses a 2.5 inch beige square in the lower right corner and a 2.5 inch light purple square in the lower right corner. There is also a 1.5 inch light purple square in the upper right corner. By making the wing first, I can use the trimmed triangles to cut partial 1.5 inch squares for other parts of the chicken.

Here you can see the chicken parts laid out to sew the flip triangles. The flip triangles for the back and tail are taken from the wing's waste triangles. Sew as indicated by the broken lines.

Here is the chicken after sewing and ironing all of the flip triangles.

Next, sew the components as indicated by the arrows: The tail to the back, a comb to the 1.5 inch light purple square, two combs together, and the beak to the 1.5 inch beige square.

Oh egads. I forgot to mention that you should shut the barn door before you begin. And who tied together the hind legs of that poor sheep? Not only that, she has a big square gash in her cheek. I am, however, intrigued with the potential for sheep-dyed yarn.

 Let's get back to the purple chicken. This is how she looks after the last sewing steps. Now sew the beak to the face, sew the two comb piece to the 2.5 inch beige square, and sew the single comb piece to the chicken's back.

And finally, we're to the last four steps. First sew the two comb component to the top of the chicken's head. Second, sew the chicken breast under the chicken's head. Third, sew the chicken's back to its wing. And last, sew the front of the chicken to the back.


Hopefully, without further distractions, you have made a right-facing chicken. And in case you were wondering, this blog post was carefully supervised by Buddy.

Yesterday, I layered a quilt without Molly's supervision. She was less concerned with flaws in the pig quilt, but was very concerned with flaws in the quilter. So much of the day I have received extensive pet therapy. It looks and feels a lot like having a cat sleep in your arms, but I'm sure this just reflects my ignorance.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Layered Piglets

There was a sewing room miracle this afternoon. The piglet quilt was layered without the utterance of a single swear word.

Of course, I am certain that the workmanship is lacking because I layered the quilt while the quilt inspector was sleeping.