Thursday, May 9, 2013

We call them....Yard Birds

Welcome to More Stars in Comanche !
Meet my models... Buff Orpington chickens.
These are the first chickens I've ever had and I thoroughly enjoy them.
That's why my, "It's for the Birds" project is about my "Yard  Birds".

 This is Fonzie...The Rooster with the BIG comb.

And these are his chicken wives.......Henrietta and Buffy.
They live under a big OAK TREE. 
 I must tell you that I never knew how entertaining a chicken could be before these guys came .

 They're usual position is, bottoms up !
 Scratch, Peck, Repeat all day long.

 Henrietta is inspecting her portrait. She said, " CLUCK ! " 
 Which I think means, "Do I really look like THAT !" 

 I bought a stack of fat quarters at the HOT Quilt Show last month because there was Kaffee Fassett in it.......and these are those. The fabrics match the color of my chickens "sew" well !


I used my Dresden ruler for the oak tree and sun,
then used several different sewing techniques to make this wall hanging, ........
The chicken wire is thread painted, my first attempt and the object of my fury. Sally Singer didn't like the thread I used for that. It broke and broke and frayed. I threaded my needle no less than a hundred times, and let me tell you, I got "sew" hacked  off  I wanted to chunk it !  I hung in there and finally got done and I'm pleased with it....now that it's over.   I also did both machine and hand applique. I thought the stitch on the grass up there looked a bit like chicken tracks and I used seed beads for chicken feed.
 Do you see the zig zag stitch on the chicken's hangy down things ? That is supposed to represent the fact that their  heads bob up and down constantly and the thing jiggles.
The hangy down thing is called a wattle...Both hens and roosters have that red skin hanging down from the neck. Wattles are the cooling system of a chicken. Chickens do not sweat, blood circulates close to the surface of the skin in this area, allowing the air around it to help cool the blood of the chicken during hot weather. 

I did not know that ! I had to look it up !


Mary and Madame Samm , you are both A-w-e-s-o-m-e ! Thank you for all of your HARD WORK !
Below you'll find links to the other awesome people showing you all the fabulous things they made for your visual pleasure today.

Y'all come back to see me again sometime !
 Have a wonderful day and God bless you.

74 comments:

Theresa said...

Oh, I just love your chickens and your quilt! They're fabulous! I just love chickens and I'm wishing I had done them for my hop project instead of the crow I made. ;-(

Thanks for sharing!

Judy B said...

What a beautiful chicken quilt! Your real chickens are neat. Thank you for sharing.

S Walker said...

You're so lucky to have such great live models for your quilt. It's a winner in my book.
swalker287 (at) aol (dot) com

Scrapatches said...

Vickie ... This is going to be my favorite project and post in this entire big beautiful blog hop. I always know it when I see it. I love it that much ... 'nuff said ... :-) Pat

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow! That is just amazing, you have so much talent.

Nati said...

Your quilt is adorable, thanks for sharing

Lavonna ZWB said...

Wonderful chickens! Thank you for sharing it with us.

feltfree på Åsly said...

What a wonderful quilt. Love your chickens. Thanks for sharing
Frederika

Fran said...

What a fabulous quilt! So pretty.

Patty C. said...

Love the yard birds (the ones on the ground & the one up on display !!!)

charlotte said...

I love your chickens! Your quilt is absolutely marvelous. I love all the detail and the chicken wire quilting makes the quilt. Great job on this.

Britt-Inger said...

Your quilt has made me speechless. It is sew awesome and beautiful. I love it. Thanks for sharing and being part of this hop.
It was so interesting to read about the chickens.

Sharon said...

Your quilt is just wonderful..love seeing all of your chickens...have a fun filled day

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

lmao Fonzie and his big comb! I love that. And your chicken quilt is great!

Sue said...

I absolutely adore your chicken quilt. It is so clever! Thank you for sharing with us.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Your quilt is delightful!

Doniene said...

Cute, cute!!!

We've had rain!! Have you?

Blessings

Madame Samm said...

Oh my word I love this....it would suit my kitchen to a T.....really it is gorgeous..I just love the bottoms up....a lovely project....just brings loads of smiles

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I just love it!! You did a fantastic job.

Sowing Stitches said...

:)
Nothing like a yard bird to bring a smile to my face!
:)

ukcitycrafter said...

What a brilliant quilt - love the quilting to look like chicken wire :)

ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

Thearica said...

Now this is way too cute!

Jenny Squawk said...

I love me some chickens. We call them The Ladies. They are a little upset right now since they aren't allowed in the garden box due to the seedlings.

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

SO cute - I love the hexie quilting for chicken fencing! ;)

krislovesfabric said...

Isn't it fun to have chickens, love your quilt and that you took a pic with the real thing...I did that with a chicken quilt I have as well awhile ago...so fun...but it's hard to get those birdies to pose!!

Pat said...

Love your quilt! I know the fencing was frustrating but it was well worthi it.

Mary said...

Oh my, What a wonderful quilt. You did a beautiful job of showing off your "Yard Birds." Thank you so much for being part of this hop.

Patty D from NC said...

this is a great quilt and your photos are wonderful.

Gill said...

I love your wall hanging and your Buffs! My sister has these chickens too!
Thank you for sharing!

Carol said...

Oh, my goodness...this quilt is just amazing! I love all the details you added and the chicken wire quilting is beautiful. It was so fun reading about the chickens. As usual, it was a fun visit to your blog! :O)

Emily C said...

Such cute chickens! Love the quilt!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love that beautiful quilt!!

Just Quilt It said...

Great quilt! I love all of the extra details you incorporated. Lovely job!

Needled Mom said...

That is a darling quilt. Those backyard birds are really quite personable, aren't they?

Abbigail said...

What a pretty quilt! I love your "yard birds" Great job!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Linda said...

Beautiful!!! I love it!
Thanks for the science lesson, too. I had no idea what purpose a wattle served!

CharlotteT said...

I love your chicken quilt. You did a very good job@

MooseStash Quilting said...

Ohhhhh this one has realy rung my bell! What a wonderful happy quilt. Congrats for pick of the day!

Linda J said...

Wonderful quilt---so cheery and bright! I did not know about wattles so thanks for sharing that nugget of information. We never stop learning, do we?

NotionNanny said...

I love your yard birds. Thanks for sharing.

NotionNanny said...

I love your yard birds. Thanks for sharing.

Terry said...

I love your chickens and your quilt. Very nice.

apple blossom said...

adorable quilt

patchouli moon studio said...

What a wonderful quilt! Love those chickens. And the chicken wire quilting is perfect.

Kathy H said...

I am glad you kept going on your quilt because it is so cute. Love the quilting you chose too.

Gwen said...

I love your yard bird quilt! We have way too many of our own chickens! The hens hide the eggs and next thing we know they're running around with a bunch of chicks! But they're SO cute!

Pauline said...

I love your real life chickens, I love your quilt, great show! Thanks for sharing.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love your chicken quilt. Congrats on being one of the chosen.
Thanks for sharing a cute story.

legato1958 said...

LOve your quilt and your post!!!

susie

Leanne Parsons said...

What a fabulous job! A friend of mine keeps chickens too and they really are so entertaining.

Julia said...

Congrats on being the creative pick of the day! Love the quilt and your workmanship is beautiful.

Jeanie said...

Beautiful yard birds, both in the quilt and in the flesh! Thanks for sharing!

carla said...

Hi!!! Love your chickens and your quilt!!! It is wonderful!!!! Thank You

Denise said...

AMAZING quilt! I Love it! Sew bright and colorful. I love your chickens and rooster too. How fun!
Congratulations on being in top spot of the peeps today!

Patty said...

Very cute. I love your hens. Does Fonzie do his job, and are you going to have any chicks? Nosey parkers like me want to know.

Janarama said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Love the bright, cheery colors. The picture of the chickens with their butts in the air is so funny.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Super cute quilt.

Joyce Carter said...

Very pretty, Vicky. I really love the quilt. You did a wonderful job on it.I am glad you didn't give up. We use to have chickens, too, and I enjoyed watching them peck around in the yard.

Lia*s Handmades said...

This is so awesome! I'm sure your chickens were well impressed with their portraits!
So cute!

lefuntz said...

Love love love your quilt! I am enjoying all the chickens on this hop. I didn't know they were so much fun until a friend started keeping them and sharing their adventures. No rooster for her though!

Amy said...

Your yard bird quilt is super cute! I love it!

Kirsten said...

Phenomenal chickens!

Crickets Corner said...

Love this quilt! I started smiling the second I saw the bottoms up and broke into an ear to ear grin when I saw the quilt. Thanks for joining the hop and sharing your quilt.

Janet said...

What a wonderful piece! You really showed off your chickens well.

Lou said...

Love it!!!
I have never owned any chickens but my daughter does and they are fun!!!!
Great job!

M. E. Stephens said...

Buff Orpingtons are my favorite kind of chicken. :-) They are so pretty. And, chickens really entertaining aren't they? Of course, our free range chickens are quite annoying sometimes when they scratch too much in one spot and when they leave "chicken bombs" all over the sidewalk! :-) Ah well, it's the price of good food. We don't name many of our chickens because when they get too mean or old they go in the stew pot, so to speak.

Good job on the quilt too.

Tricia said...

Wow what a great Piece.... I almost miss living on the farm. We had RI Reds, Leghorn Whites and many others inculuding turkeys, ducks & geese. Thanks for the trip down memory lane again.

Sincerely,
Tricia

InGa said...

Oh, Beautiful!!!
You got a lot of fantasy... ;-)
This will look lovely on your wall.
Congrate.. with the hop and the result today.
regards Ingrid

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

-Your quilt is so great, love it!
You did a wonderful job and your quilting is perfect.
Bente

LJ said...

Outstanding! Marvelous project; well worth all your frustrations. Fantastic designing and creating! Loved the chicken wire quilting but you executed it to a "T"!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a brilliant quilt!! Youve captured the personality of your chickens so well. I love the way you wrote "repeat", too funny! I'm impressed by your chicken wire sewing, it was worth it!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great quilt! Mary is one of my weekly 'sewing buddies'. I also think she did a great job.

Ranch Wife said...

Oh, you are so clever - that is just darling!People who don't have chickens think I'm nuts, but until you have them, you will never know how entertaining they are, right? I love all the detail you added to your piece and your chicken wire quilting is wonderful! Not sure I would have the patience for that, but it makes all the difference!

Isabella said...

Long live your posts! Just shared this Yard Birds post with my sister and enjoyed her laughing and laughing...so hard she couldn't tell me what she had just read (it was the "hanging down things" that got to her!). Anyway, she said you could write children's books, so wanted to let you know...maybe you will think about doing it! <3 Janie