Did you guess this was coming from the sneak peek on Wednesday? How about walking with me through this burst of creativity to see how it's made?
First, the hen house image I was inspired by. Mine's got the elevation and the little ramp, but minus the doors for piecing's sake!
With a quick glance in my brown drawer, I found two fabrics that worked well to continue the landscape around the chickens - lucky!! Plus a red for the barn, and maybe a green for the roof.
A bit of curved piecing created some interest to the ground under the house itself,
and with the addition of posts and the ramp, the outdoor area started coming together.
Now, our first round of this Round Robin should contain the following: pinwheel or something from nature. Paying homage to barn quilts, I mounted a pinwheel at the top of my hen house.
Then added the roof, though tying the house to the outdoors and the sky was a bit of a puzzle. I got it figured out even though I had to trim the house down a bit.
Now for the really fun part - the details! What hen house wouldn't be complete without a nest?
Lots of 2" fabric strips are randomly plopped at the open door to form a nest. Straight line stitching winds its way through the straw, catching pieces here and there to hold it together. That way the straw stays free, keeping a 3D effect, since this quilt will be a wall hanging.
And of course there's got to be eggs!
Stitched onto a fusible, the back was slit to stuff in two pieces of batting - more 3D!
They were then stitched down, only along the bottom, in the nest area, so that it looks like their standing away a bit from the quilt. Couldn't resist the jealous hen eyeing those eggs!
One last thing to blend the chicken panel in with the rest: hand cut flowers from leftover fabric from the panel's border. Then they're stitched down, no fusing, and painted. Also painted the small portion of ramp behind the tail feathers, to make a continuous line.
These few small details really complete the illusion, hiding the piecing line between the panel and my pieced background. Check out the before picture below.
This has been a big hit with my family so far, and hubby is ready for it to be done. But there's a few more rounds to go, which will be more rows than rounds. Wonder what I'll dream up next month - it's quilters choice.