I have seen this design many times on the net, even a video on Quilters TV.com, and I wanted to try it.
Our quilting group theme was log cabin, and I knew what to do with my little blocks.
There are 2 log cabin blocks, the center of the block is 1"square finished and the logs are 1/2" wide around it. The finished block measures 4" plus the seam allowance.
Then you need to prepare:
- the beak of the hen (I used a 2"square of fabric folded on the diagonals),
- the comb (draw the shape on paper, put it over the fabric doubled and sew around. Cut around with 1/8" seam allowance and dent the round parts, turn around),
-and the tail (same technique as for the comb).
Place the beak and the comb on the right side of a block, seam allowances aligned, on the light part of the log cabin for me. I did a quick seam to maintain them in place, hidden in the seam allowance.
Put the other log cabin block right sides together against the first one, pin and sew around 3 sides that will be the back, the front and the belly of the hen. Leave a gap on the belly to turn your hen out.
Then pin the tail inside the hen, centered on the seam, you are giving your hen its shape. You open the hen bit that is not sewn, and move the seams you have just made so that they are opposite each other. Sew across as on the photo.
Now you just need to turn you hen the right way out, and sew some eyes if you want to make it safe to be used by children, or sew some buttons if you want a bigger effect.
This hen can be used as a toy or as a pincushion.
It was so easy and nice, I made another one straight away.