Yesterday was very productive - I was making a gift for my very special friend Fran. I started by making 2 log cabin blocks, finished size 10" square. I used left-over strips from a Moda Honey bun for this project (Fig Tree Quilts - "Patisserie" - yummy fabrics and colours) and layered the squares into a couple of quilt sandwiches with some cream backing fabric and some 80/20 cotton/polyester wadding. Can you guess what I was making?....
.....the layers were spray basted together and quilted very simply "in-the-ditch" using a Gutterman varigated sulky thread in shades of peach and olive green to match the colours of the log cabin squares.....
.....and then it was time for a very delicate "stuffing" operation that required a very steady hand - and here, stitched neatly on the "bottom" is one of my new labels that I recently ordered - I'm really pleased with these, as they add a final flourish to all my quilted projects, and love these ones with the "grown-up handwriting"!.....
.....here is another clue to what "eggstreme" craftiness was going on - these were the left-overs from the completed project - a couple of empty bags of rice and a few "feathery" fabric scraps. Have you worked it out yet?.....
.....did you guess what it was? It's a patchwork hen - looking rather magnificent if I say so myself! I bought a kit from Quilters Haven a few years ago to make one of these - my own patchwork hen sits on a shelf in my kitchen - and I still had the pattern. (The pattern was inspired by "Frittgaede Lappeideer" by Lise Bergene and Annie Eikenes). The rice? It was used to stuff the chicken - so it's nice and weighty, with a good firm bottom. And the reason for making this hen for Fran? Well you'll see in the picture below....
.....here are Fran's real hens - a bevvy of beauties - who we were admiring last night when Mr F and myself spent the evening with Fran and her lovely partner, Paul. Instead of taking Fran some flowers, I gave her a hen instead! And was chicken on the menu last night? Definately NOT!!! We had a great time last night - good food, good wine and brilliant company. Thanks for a splendid time Fran.
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