Urban Chicken and Other Quilt Blocks

I missed the Portland Modern Quilt Guild party, but happily I got the pattern. I like the block and the name really tickles me. I’d recently heard Weeks Ringle in a Craftsy class say that modern quilts should reflect modern times, and we don’t live in log cabins.  With that in mind, Michelle Freedman’s Urban Chicken name and design seemed especially apt. I foresee several quilts from this pattern in my future.

Urban Chicken

Urban Chicken 12 x 12

Go to Michelle’s tutorial (link above) to see the layout for a quilt since at the moment I have only two blocks. I’m also wondering, what if I do something other than monochromatic color scheme? . . . I’ll probably try. These two blocks are headed to Sunshine’s Block Lotto along with a traditional pair.

four patch

Four-patch in a four patch

I still like traditional quilts as well as modern ones. And I do like log-cabin patterned quilts even if we don’t live in them any more. The theme this month for the Lotto is bright colors. When I first started making quilts for Sunshine Online Guild, I didn’t have enough bright colors.  That is no longer a problem!

Disappearing four-patch

8 x 8

In addition to online guilds, I ‘m in local guilds as well. Northwest Quilt Guild also has a block of the month. This year we will do the same pattern each month, changing the colorway. This month was Asian themed fabric with a neutral. I didn’t think I had any Asian themed fabric, but I  found some when I was making kits to take to a retreat. This one starts as a four-patch block, then gets cut four times and reassembled.

Back to modern design: I am also in a Bee, and this month the Queen Bee wants two feather blocks. One is finished.

Feather block

16 x 8

This one is an Anna Maria Horner design and quite fun to do.  I’ve been adding to my solid colored fabrics, so finding the variety was easy.  I especially enjoy having hues that are close to each other–and used a couple here. Back to making that second block.

See what others are working on at Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday.



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7 responses to “Urban Chicken and Other Quilt Blocks

  1. Sue

    Beautiful colors in the feather Claire…

  2. Cher

    oh you did wonders with y our feather block! I now understand why you wanted more solids.. I especially like the spine color. Tomorrow night I hope to do some of this block playing- you are so inspiring. thanks for sharing the links

  3. Love your donation blocks – all of them. The feather looks great. I first saw a similar pattern on Sophie’s blog. I haven’t been motivated to make one, in spite of all the gorgeous ones, like yours, that I’ve seen.

  4. quilt32

    You showed us so many interesting blocks. I especially like the Urban Chicken block.

  5. Andrea

    Chicken and feathers–both really cool! And a theme, of sort 🙂

  6. I love your Chicken blocks. I have to have to have to give this pattern a try. You have inspired me to move it up my “must do” list.

  7. I love all these blocks. I am entranced by the Urban Chickens block, too–something about that traditional scattering of one-patches paired up with those directional arrows on the side–and I just noticed they are wonky arrows, too. Makes them cool and interesting. I may have to try this. I have stacks and stacks of 2 1/2″ blocks just sitting in bags. I wonder if this quilt would work with prints too?

    I made an arrow for a beemate last year and loved making it. Love the solids one, too!

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