Modern Quilt Group
Free Tutorial - Chicken Blocks, Cushion and Purse by Helen Howes, for the Young and Young-at-Heart Quilters

Toast of the Conference, the Chickens are Mighty!


I devised this for the Young Quilters, who may not get a proper look-in at this rate

To make a Chicken Block

You need to cut
One 5 inch square for the body (a charm square?)
Three 2-1/2 inch squares for the comb
One 3-1/2 inch square for the beak
A strip (stripey) 1 by 7 inches for legs

Background fabric
One piece 6 by 3-1/2 inches
One piece 5 by 2-1/2 inches
Two pieces 9-1/2 by 3 inches

A button (small, shiny, black) for the eye



Press the comb and beak squares into prairie points as shown


Cut the 6 by 3-1/2 inch piece in two places as shown, 2 inches from one edge and 1-1/4 inches further along.. Set the strip of stripey fabric into the gaps to make the legs.


Trim this piece to 5 inches wide and sew it to the bottom of the body


Pin the comb points fold side down onto the top edge of the body, overlapping the pieces. Pin firmly and add the 5 by 2-1/2 inch piece on top. Sew all together. Press


Pin the beak to the body as shown, add the side pieces and sew. Press again.. Because there is a lot of fabric where the beak and comb meet you may need to nip the seam allowance and press it in opposite directions.


Trim the block if required - it should come to 9-1/2 inches, but if your seam allowances are a bit large it can be trimmed smaller


Make four for a cushion (reverse two?), or make a nice purse with one or two..
Also shown as a curved purse (click for a pattern) - these would also make nice flat purses, or one will be good for a small cushion if a border is added...