A Chicken Project

I am a member of a longarm quilter group locally that has both professional and amateur members.  To promote the  Carolina Mountain Longarm Association, hopefully find new members, and let quilters know about our professional members, we are making gifts for participants at an upcoming show.

Chicken closeup

We started with some 4-1/2 inch squares, felt beaks and combs, and some 3-1/2 inch squares for the tails.

Chickens fabrics

Chicken Pincushion - 1

Place the beaks and the combs on the right side of a square.

Chicken Pincushion - 2

Sew the seams. Leave the back open, and an opening on the bottom for turning.

Chicken Pincushion - 3

Pull the back seam crossways, insert the prairie point tail, and sew.

Chicken Pincushion - 4

Turn right side out.

Chicken Pincushion - 5

CMLA member Carol said to stuff the tops of the chickens with a bit of batting because the walnut shell filling always settles. This way the head of the chicken remains stuffed.

Chicken Pincushion - 6

The eyes were next so the knots would be hidden inside the chicken. On some I did buttons, and on a few I used floss and made French knots.

Chickens 2

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Fill with crushed walnut shells.  The shells help keep your pins sharp.  Another tip, use a water bottle cut in half as a funnel.

Chicken Pincushion - 8

Get them really full, because the filling will settle a bit.

Chicken Pincushion - 9

Then put a piece of batting across the bottom to keep the filling in while you sew the opening closed.

Chicken Pincushion - 10

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Chicken batting

Isn’t it cute?

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Here’s the flock after the first assembly.


And here are some of them finished.

Chicken flock

Cute, aren’t they!

Chicken Pincushion - 13

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29 thoughts on “A Chicken Project

  1. Rosemarazzle

    Rosemary B here:
    Have fun at the longarm quilt symposium wing ding.
    That should be a lot of fun.
    These chickens are very cute. They would be nice to make.
    Thanks for sharing. I hope you are not getting such cold weather as we are

  2. The chickens are a great idea! I’ll have to check out the symposium for next year for me and Mom. We are doing Lancaster this year but a south bound trip would be warmer!

  3. So cute! Many years ago I worked in a theatre costume shop where chicken pin cushions were quite popular. I had almost forgotten about them, but I may need to make a couple more!

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