As a result, this quilt, which had already been delayed was delayed further & did not get into her hands until this very October. Doubly sad as I have PICTURES of the blocks on my blog dated March....2011.
pattern is straight forward. I got it from Block Lotto, made numerous blocks in the red & white colorway that was part of the direction. It didn't take the link to the source pattern (where Block Lotto seems to have gotten it, although I am not trying to suggest this is the first place it appeared ever in the history of quilting & the internet) for me to realize this block had potential with my favorite & most useless kind of fabric, large scale novelties with peculiar subjects.
Enter chickens. Chickens wearing bandanas. Chickens wearing bandanas with endearments written underneath them. Chickens wearing bandanas with endearments written underneath them in French. Anyone who knows me will realize that of course I bought the remaining fabric on the bolt. There was not a little & it is already almost gone.
I am still calling the block 8:56 (4 to 9) or en français: quatre minute à neuf heures. & they are country chickens (poulet pays), although I suppose what with the colors, etc. they could be gangsta chickens... Turns out, there is no google translate for gangsta, so I guess I will stick with country. Yes, I realize that this all mock-french, but it will work for me.
The finished quilt measures 56"x56" more or less, just the right size for a lap or a nap. It was pieced & quilted on my Bernina, 153 Quilters Edition. I used an irregular on-the-diagonal stripe which I have used before. In addition to being a bit snazzier (& easier) than a regular side to side stripe, I have learned it wears well & so it is my default quilting for anything I know is likely to see regular use & thus regular washing.
Lastly there is a display sleeve on the back, machine stitched at the same time as the binding to the front. Under ordinary circumstances I would consider this a strictly utilitarian quilt, but I know W*****'s entire house is decorated in chickens & I suspect this might get hung up as often as it is used.
So, here it is, my entry for the Autumn 2012 Blogger's Quilt Festival. All my previous Blogger's Quilt Festival entries can be seen here.