Monday, June 09, 2008

I have so enjoyed my time in the garden this spring. There is such a sense of wonder as I see little sprouts begin to emerge from the soil and I know that no vegetables will ever taste better than those freshly harvested for the meal I'm about to serve. With that in mind, this weekend I decided to add chicken rancher to my repertoire.
I'm just kidding. No live chickens here. I opted for the fabric variety. In one of the first quilting classes I attended, I learned how to make these log cabin chicken pin cushions. While organizing a little basket of scraps under my sewing table, I came up with a handful of 1" strips. I remembered spying the pattern for the chicks while moving supplies to my new cabinets last month. Before I knew it, I had four little chicks.I didn't feel satisfied. I dug through a bag of strips earmarked for Goodwill. Before I knew it I had 6 more chicks ready to stuff.
Still not satisfied, I pulled some more strips. These chicks will 'hatch' later today.
Also this weekend, I made a couple more pinwheels. They are such mindless fun.
When I finished the first pinwheel, I wasn't very satisfied with the look of the straw as the handle. The colors that I'm usually drawn to are not as clear as the colors used in the straws. Then I spied my little jar of quilt candy sticks and wondered if they would slip over the straws. Yep! I'm much happier with how they look now. Soon I'll have a whole bouquet. Do you think Grandma would approve of my use of her fancy basket?

25 comments:

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love your chickens! And your pinwheels! Emily was just complaining I still had easter stuff out! Yup, not been a good year for keeping up!

Catherine said...

I think your chickens are fantastic! What a great idea. The pinwheels look like a lot of fun to put together.

Stina said...

Is it peace in your garden??? I have had a vision of you on patrol all days...but I see you have had some time in your sewingroom...oh my such a sweet crowd of chickens...never made those..but I have seen a pattern somewhere...;D

Julie said...

I love the chickens. Back when I lived in suburbia we had 3 laying hens that lived in the garden. We got eggs everyday and the biddies ate all the tomatoe hornworms while fertilizing as well. I gave neighbors fresh eggs and they never complained!

Is that pincushion pattern on the internet somewhere?

Angie said...

Cute, cute cute, Libby! The chicks AND the pinwheels!! :)

Kathie said...

I just love these pincushions they are just so adorable!
wow!!!!
oh grandma would be proud that you made the pinwheels and used her basket.
they look great in there!

Diane said...

I have seen those chickens made from all sorts of fabrics, but never homespun or flannel plaids. There is something about those muddy browns, greens aand reds that resembles the real bird. What a fun time you must have had.

McIrish Annie said...

Cute chicks! Now if you can get them to lay eggs, you've really got something! LOL

Joyce said...

I have made a few of those chickens too and they were great fun. I even put a few feathers on the heads of some of them. It was a good way to use up a few orphan blocks.

Wendy said...

I've made a few of those chickens but for some reason I don't have one of my own, your's are so cute and love the pinwheels too.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Hey I made one of those chickens at a retreat a couple of years ago and I love mine. I think they are adorable and really do work up quickly. Sounds like you are on a roll for producing lots of them. Now those pinwheels are dang cute sister and love them in the fancy basket :)

Hugs - Karen

Hummingbird Chats said...

Your chickens and pinwheels are so cute. I love the different fabric that you used, it gives them a very country feel. What a great idea for those small pieces of left over fabrics. Katie

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

The chickens are sooo cute! I think I need to make some :o)

Rabbit Stitchings said...

I LOVE LOVE your chickens!!! and your Pin Wheels are wonderful!! Both just to good :O)...

kjquilts said...

Ok, this post is loaded with goodies! Love your chickens! Love the bowl the chickens are in! Love your pinwheels! And, what are those quilt candy sticks all about? How did I miss your telling us about them? I'm going to have to pay more attention!

Stephanie D. said...

Well, if Grandma doesn't, she's no Grandma of yours.

I think the pinwheels are adorable!

So, do the pincushion chickens lay pincushion eggs?

Yvonne said...

I think Grandma would be very proud....love those little chickens. :)

mary said...

The chickens are adorable! Sadly, I can't get the link to work :( Do you know of another site that might have the pattern listed? I would love to make a bunch to give as gifts at our next quilting retreat in July.

We are having garden issues with our cantelope plants. Apparently our Golden Retriever has been eating the leaves. All I have after weeks of waiting is 2 little stumps. Thankfully, our pumpkin leaves don't taste very good :)

Darlene said...

What a delightful post, Libby! I'll bet you had a huge smile on your face all day! Cute chicks - they remind me of my "Gladys and the Peeps" LOL

Screen Door said...

Cute chickies!!!! Don't you just love small projects that you can sandwich between big ones...It's a 'feel good' thing...

Stacy said...

What fun you must be having. I love when I start something small and I don't want to stop. I would love to learn how to make those little chicks. Hope the weather is holding out for you. Have a great week.

Rosemary said...

Love the pinwheels!!!!!!
Can you share how they are made????

Knot Garden said...

I used to like anything with chickens as a theme, and I bought a kit for a chicken pincushion of this type many years ago but never made it. Seeing your chickens has made me start wondering where I put it! Your pinwheel handles are much nicer than straws.

Wendy K said...

Ooooo love your chickens! I need to make chickens!...lol! Do you have a pattern?

Carole said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! What cute pin cushions! Thanks for sharing!