To celebrate this years Pacific North West MQG Meet up our fearless leader, Michelle Freedman designed a fun modern block to celebrate… the Urban Chicken. During the Meet Up we did a charity sew day where chickens ran wild.
This week I decided to dust off the pattern card and make my own Urban Chicken quilt… below is my plagiarized, annotated and updated version of Michelle’s original pattern.
For each block you need:
1. Four (4) different shades of the same colour – I decided to stick to green, blue & yellow
2. White or off white fabric – I pulled all my scrap bag of solid whites out.
Then it is off to work making a block….
1. Cut one 3 ½ inches x 14 ½ inches strip of each of your four coloured fabric. I added an extra 1/2 inch to the strips from the original pattern to allow for some wiggle room (ie. mistakes).
2. From these strips cut one 3 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches and set aside these squares.
3. Sew the four 10 ½ inch strips together using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press the seams to one side in the same direction.
.4. Sew the long ends together to form a tube… these next steps are the same as you would do for a Trip Around quilt.
5. Subcut the tube into three 3 ½ inch wide units… this is where the excess 1/2 inch of fabric on the strips comes in handy for me.
5. Carefully use the seam ripper to open each unit at a different place. Arrange the three rows as you like, nesting the seam allows and sew together. Press the seams open or to alternating sides.
Then to make the chickens….
1. Using your white scraps or some generously cut white strips (no smaller than 2 ½ wide) and the four coloured squares you had set aside make some wonky triangles.
2. Place the white fabric strip over the 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch square right sides together – angling the white fabric from just past center of the square to one corner of the square. Repeat on the other side. Do this for all four coloured squares.
3. Press seams on your chicken unit and square it up to the original 3 ½” x 3 ½” size. When trimming make sure that the top of the triangle has a ¼ inch seam of white. This will allow you triangles to come to a clean point (learnt this one the hard way).
4. Arrange your chickens as you like and sew them together to form the fourth strip of the block.
You can stitch your chickens to either side of your solid blocks.
5. Make sure you square off your completed block ensuring it measures 12½”” by 12½”.
To add some variation to your Urban Chickiens, Michelle suggests doing some blocks up without the chickens… that is blocks of just 4 x 4 coloured squares.
I am now off to add some more chickens to my coup. I am really having fun with this quilt and can not wait to have a finished quilt top to show.