Wednesday, April 07, 2010

*The Chicken Quilts*

Due to the huge demand (tongue in cheek here), here are all the wonderful chicken quilts from the Quilter's Anonymous show in Monroe, Washington that I attended a few weeks ago. I took these pictures mainly for my daughter, who is missing her chickens (and their eggs) that she had to give up when she moved to an apartment.

My alignment in this post is all wacky. I can't get it to behave, so we'll be going back and forth from the middle to the left side apparently.

Pride Goeth Before The Fall by Elaine Colvin

I much prefer chickens on quilts or on the grill to real ones. I think the real ones are pretty, and I love eggs, but they're scary to me!

You should probably know that I'm a suburban girl, born and raised. I love cats and dogs and other pets, but have a hard time understanding livestock of any kind. I'm mostly scared of all that I've met. I love meeting them and watching them, but that's about all the interaction that I'm really comfortable with. Well, except for my daughter's milk goat. Hazel was a real sweetheart and let me pet her and feed her. I think the feeding was a big help in the "liking me" department!

At this quilt show there were fancy chickens:

A Country Journal by Linda Tellesbo

This is a pattern by Maggie Walker. After looking at her web site, I discovered she has a lot of chicken patterns, all of them beautiful. She must love chickens!

There were starry chickens:

CHIC(ken) Quilt by Cindy Shivley

My daughter kept chickens for awhile. When I visited her, she tried to get me to pet her chickens, but I declined. They didn't seem to like me too much. The roosters even tried to peck my toes (I was wearing sandals at the time). I had to carry a stick to keep them away from my toes!

There were silly chickens:

Chicken Buffet by Carolann Palmer

I did like feeding the chickens the food scraps every day. They seemed to like me better then, for some reason. But it was short-lived. Apparently, chickens have a short memory. Did you know that? It was a surprise to me.

There were dancing chickens:

Tra-La Tra-La Dancing Chickens by Leanna Olmsted

I had a run-in with a rooster at my father-in-law's place once. Everybody else was gone fishing or something, and I went out to look at the chickens who were in a big pen. One of the roosters had gotten entangled in one of the plastic things that 6-packs of soda come in. So, I decided to help the poor rooster get free. I went into the pen. That was when I learned that roosters don't really like help from humans. Especially ones that they don't know and that know nothing of the ways of roosters. I managed to get out of the pen in one piece without letting any of the chickens out, but it was touch and go for a few minutes. I really didn't care if that rooster lived or died by the time I got out of that pen! By the way, they peck really hard with their sharp beaks.

There were chickens in the cornfield:

Nine Ol' Hens by Donna Myers

I tried collecting eggs while at my daughter's. For some reason, she thought I should stick my hand into the nesting box while the chicken was in it. It was dark and I had a flashlight, but there was no way I was getting that familiar with an unknown chicken! She called me a chicken!

There were more starry chickens:

Classy Chix by Judy Irish

This is a Buggy Barn pattern.

There were funky chickens:

This wild little chicken was on a quilt, and I didn't get the name of the quilt or the maker. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but his/her feathers on the head and tail are just strips of fabric. The legs are 3-D as well.

There were frantic chickens:

Helter Skelter Chickens by Janet Goad

I love the "fried egg" flowers on this one!

There were even more dancing chickens:

Dancing Chickens by Elaine Colvin

There were even some other birds there:

Ole Crow by Marian L. Floyd

My daughter has also raised 6 turkeys. One the first year, and 5 the next year. The first year's turkey's sibling died early on (very common, I understand) and the remaining turkey poult (baby) became bonded to my daugher. Her name was Lady Zany Wobbledy-Gobbets. Zany was a very smart turkey, and had an impressive vocabulary. She followed my daughter everywhere on the property, knew enough to peck on the sliding glass door when she was hungry, and even bonded with a pregnant mare next door to avoid the chopping block on her first Thanksgiving! I never knew turkeys could have such a personality. Oh, and she didn't like me either. And she was really scary, because she was so big! (She weighed at least 35 pounds by her second summer.)

Which brings me to the other poultry quilt in this show:

Whidbey Island Turkey by Lisa Halter

Lisa took a picture of a turkey, and then turned it into a quilt!

I hope you've enjoyed all the chicken quilts!


  1. Wow, that country journal one is fabulous! I love the frantic chickens, too. I'd love to make one of those.

    I had to laugh at your stories about your daughters chickens. I have a feeling you scared that poor rooster every bit as much as he scared you. lol

  2. Loved 'em! Best quilt was the dancing chickens. Do you remember the Disney movie "Fantasia"?

    Roosters can be peevish, I'll agree. They probably thought your toes were worms.

  3. I love chicken quilts! But, like you, I'm a girl from the burbs....I like looking at nature but no touch, lol. I did milk a cow at the State Fair once, my boys were pretty impressed. I admit to being terrified but I didn't want them to know that. I rode horses a lot when I was young, but got squished by a big one and stopped.
    Thanks for sharing all these quilts, and the stories - your daughter has my admiration!

  4. Thanks for sharing these quilts, they have certainly put a smile on my face! I particularly love the frantic chickens!

  5. Obviously, there's a chicken quilt somewhere in my future

  6. Hey girl are just crack crackin' me up!!'re a 'city' girl all right...your tales of the 'animals' was just too funny!! Can you believe I have actually slept in the barn all night just to deliver baby pigs??? I have even delivered baby lambs too!!
    I can't stop laughing...but I really did LOVE seeing all the chicken quilts...I have a cute chicken pattern I never have made yet that would involve machine applique!!

  7. Yes, I loved all the chicken quilts. Wouldn't it be fun to have a chicken themed quilt show? Well, with all the chicken quilt pictures in this post, it is a chicken themed quilt show, isn't it? Love it, love it, love it!

  8. I love the chicken quilts. I have 3 patterns of the dancing chickens, but haven't started them yet, I have the exact place to hang them in my home ;-)

  9. Those chicken quilts are adorable. I've made a quilt top with a similar pattern of dancing chickens, the same chickens sitting on a cow. It's adorable also.


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