Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It was a Frame-up
easy pattern, though the directions for cutting are a little vague.
Fabric 1 (body) is really 2 different fabrics,
Fabric 2 (tail, comb, beak) is really an assortment of 3-4 fabrics,
Fabrics 3-6 (background) are all the same fabric, different cuts.
The picture is more helpful than what's written, but it would be nice if the directions were explained a little better.
When I cut my background fabric, I went ahead and cut the 1 1/2" strip from the full width of the fabric (that's a strip size I often use anyway), so I had plenty of extra for borders. I hadn't yet decided how I was going to finish the block when I realized that if I added a border from 1 1/2" strips, it would fit in an 8 x 10 frame. I thought that sounded like a good idea.
To do this, you need four 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips (total 25 1/2").
Sew the strips to the right and left sides of the chicken first, then to the top and bottom.
This will give you just enough to fold to the back of a piece of cardboard cut to fit your frame. Tape it in place (I used masking tape) and put it in the frame.
Of course, this would be really cute made up into a pillow, or as part of a larger quilt, both of which I could still do, should I change my mind. I'm happy with it the way it is for now.