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My quilt is 25" high x 34" wide. Yours may be a different size if you arrange the designs differently, or add paper piecing or appliques from other Critter Pattern Works patterns, such as Fancy Fowl, Exotic Birds, or Farmyard Friends. A photograph of this quilt was featured in the book "How to Raise Poultry" by Christine Heinrichs.
This pattern is 10 pages (8 1/2" x 11") of drawings with tips, 5 pages of detailed instructions (if you can read and understand, and you know how to sew, you can do this!) and a color front cover and a back cover. If you get the pattern as a PDF file, the detail photos are in color. I took lots of detail shots in macro mode (see below) so you can see how the beaks and feet were satin stitched.
In talking with our customers, both by email and in person at the shows, I found out that they wanted individual bird patterns for just a turkey or a peacock or a rooster. Well, I don't know how to put out a pattern with just one critter, so I combined these birds to come up with Fancy Fowl 2. If you are a rank beginner, start by making the turkey, since it only has three colors. All the fabrics are cut out and fused together using an iron-on glue like WonderUnder or Steam-A-Seam Lite. The rooster and the peacock take longer to assemble to get ready to stitch, because they have more colors (fabrics).
For this quilt, I sewed all the blocks together without a single applique stitch (the appliques were fused to the backgrounds)! I added the border, then the batting and then did all the applique stitching, using the batting as my stabilizer. Generally, the stitching takes no time at all to do since it is raw edge technique (straight stitching using a darning foot). The beaks and legs and feet are satin stitched. The eyespots of the peacock tail are satin stitched. The three feathers are all shown and described in detail and are straight stitched appliques, scribbling or drawing over the edge. Then I added the quilt backing and quilted all the backgrounds, stitched in my signature and then quilted the border and added the binding. You'll be amazed at how fast this goes together.
We have made several quilts with this pattern and they all come out with different measurements because the arrangement of the blocks has been different. Should you leave out a block the whole configuration changes. If you make one block twice (reversing the design and using in a different fabric) the whole configuration changes. Also, if you used all the designs in this pattern twice, the quilt could be really big. Combining this pattern with other Critter Pattern Works patterns will vary the size of the finished quilt even more.
How do we combine blocks of different sizes? If you have a long block and a shorter one and you want them to go together, add a strip of fabric in a different value (darker or lighter than the ones around it) to the shorter one. Sew those two fabrics to the longer applique block and square them up on the outside edges. This is now a unit. Make more units. If the units don't fit exactly together, add more strips to make them work together. When all your units sewn together and are big enough to make it the quilt size you desire, add a border and quilt it.
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We haveHow to Applique videos if you learn visually. Watch our designer, Debora Konchinsky take you through all the steps to make a Critter Pattern Works quilt.