Thursday, September 28, 2006

We rear 'em big in Somerset



This is the Lesser Spotted Nine Patch Somerset Rooster - very rare with only one left in captivity, living right here in Taunton

Ok so I'm being a little silly (what's new? I hear you say)

Having seen the instructions and pictures of chicken pincushions on Darcie's blog I was itching to have a go - thanks for the idiot's guide Darcie

Now as I seldom make 'block pattern' quilts - i.e. those with a number of the same block repeated - I also seldom try out sample blocks so by the same token don't usually have orphan blocks kicking around

Impatience should be my middle name as of course I couldn't wait until I'd constructed a couple of nice little 5" or 6" log cabin blocks

However I did manage to find a couple of nine patch orphans which were probably a tad oversized for this kind of project - about 9" to be exact - and I had a bit of a play

Instead of using felt for the comb and the beak I made cotton ones with a bit of thin wadding in to give substance along with buttons for the eyes

So I merrily stitched away and...... Voila!

Monsieur Le Coq Massif! :o)

He was such fun I may well have a bit of a go with some prettier smaller blocks over the next few days - I have some birdcage sand I've been saving for just such an exercise so I may have me a brand new pincushion and playmate for Piggyosaurus very soon :o)

11 comments:

Linda_J said...

keep it up and you will have a regular menagerie going on!

joyce said...

Your rooster is great. He looks like he could take on my whole family of chickens.

Lois R. said...

Very cute! I need to try this too...

Fiona said...

Hmmm ... fabric comb and beak - like the effect - maybe it's just as well I haven't had time to start making one 'cos now I'm going to copy your idea!

Dawn said...

Oh how fun is he! I love him!

Helen in the UK said...

Very cute :)

DubiQuilts said...

very cute! I may have to try one myself.

ForestJane said...

Funny! The name of your chicken made me smile. :) Now I'm tempted to make one myself!

Dormouse said...

My what a big cock! ;) (Just had to be the first to say it.)
He looks like my Chicken Stickin's Daddy. He's lovely.

Judy said...

Very good job!! He can be the KING of the roosters, he's big and burly!

Felicity said...

I saw a pattern for one of these a few years ago - and I still haven't mde it even though I think they look great! Will check out those instructions! I think a few sitting together in different blocks would be fun!