I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 61, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

FLIMSY CHICKS!

CHUBBY CHICKS IS FINALLY A FLIMSY!!
The borders are on!!  I took this pic outside with the quilt pegged to the clothesline.... not the best place to take a photo but it has turned out quite a large quilt and I didn't fancy standing on the dining table to take a photo of the quilt on the floor:-)

I changed how I was going to lay out this quilt, therefore the number of chicks facing each way was out by a couple of left and right facing birds so I just mixed it up a little.  The original pattern has a flying geese border in between the white and green borders but I just wanted to get this one finished and I had plenty of the green so I "grew" that border out to 5".

Now I will have to go fabric shopping for a backing....  oh what a chore :-))

My method for adding borders is a mixture of techniques.  I use my wonderful book "Borders and Bindings" by Mimi Dietrich and the technique used by Bonnie Hunter here.  I never have any troubles with my borders by following the techniques given by Mimi and Bonnie.  The only thing I could have done differently with this quilt is to join the green borders on the straight, not on the diagonal.  They look quite noticeable in the photo, but once the wadding and backing is on and then the quilting done, I don't think they will stand out so much.


The other project I am working on right now is the Owl embroidery blocks...




























Happy Sewing!!

19 comments :

  1. Loving your quilt it's gorgeous and those owls are adorable, cant wait to see what you do with them.

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  2. Great Quilt Love those Chicks & the Green is Fabulous...
    cheers

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  3. What a whole load of Easter cuteness! The owls are really special too.

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  4. Love the little chicks. I really like the wide border. What an easy way to "grow" a quilt.

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  5. I LOVE this quilt ~ it is so happy!
    Hello from Ellen!

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  6. Your quilt is sooooo adorable!!

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  7. Too cute! I love everything about your quilt. That green is going to be my new favorite color!

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  8. Your flimsy looks fabulous.
    lovely owl embroideries too.

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  9. Helen, it turned out wonderful! That bright lime green and those cute little chicks made for a great Easter quilt.

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  10. Those Chicks are just the cutest things.

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  11. You chubby chicks flimsy is absolutely adorable!! One of the cutest I have ever seen. Is this a pattern of your own?
    Love the owl stitcheries you are working on too.

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  12. Oh My Goodness! Those chicks are almost as cute as my live ones! ;)

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  13. The chick quilt is wonderful and so are the owls. You always have such cute projects.
    Lillian

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  14. What a wonderful lime fabric! It really makes the quilt.

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  15. Chubby Chicks is so Cute!!! You didn't need the flying geese border - it looks great in green.

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  16. Oh so gorgeous!! It looks so happy there in the sunshine. Cute wee owls too.

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  17. Helen this quilt is absolutely gorgeous and love the fabric that you chose

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