Friday, September 25, 2015

Hen Party Flimsy

Hen-rietta says hurrah!
The third entry in my Friday Fall Flimsy parade is Hen Party. I started this in 2012, and it sat in a box for the next three years while I struggled with the border. I thought that I was struggling with how to quilt it, but over the summer I realized that my border design was the problem. It was too stiff and formal for the scrappy centre blocks. So I simplified it, and now it's done:

Hen Party flimsy, 60" x 60"

Hurrah! I don't think I've given enough credit to simple borders like this. They really do give a clean, satisfying finish.

Looking back at my explanation of the border three years ago, it is easy to see, with hindsight, that I was trying too hard. Square peg, round hole, etc. But don't worry, I have another use for those seminole borders!

Also looking back, I noticed that I didn't give many close ups of the blocks. I'm quite fond of Hen-rietta there at the top of the page, but I think this big guy is my favourite:

He barely fits in the 6" block. There's also a happy couple:

And a few eggs, of course:

The new border has some chicken wire, and chicks on the loose:

The blue hen is the state bird of Delaware, apparently. If you were wondering!

Those peeping chicks in the border must have escaped through this hole:

So, it feels really good to get that one moved off the shelf, and onto the quilting pile. I still would like to clean out a few more, but I'll have to see how that goes. Plenty to do!


  1. Fun quilt. Glad you sorted out the border issue.

  2. Yep, sometimes simple is best! Great details in the fabric prints. Such a fun quilt, sure to bring a smile.:)

  3. Oh my gosh! Where do you find all of those fun fabrics? They're hilarious. The big colourful dude, dressed in orangy-red feathers is my favourite as well. Great choice for the border.

    You are making excellent progress on completing older works. Way to go! You realize of course, that this puts pressure on the rest of us out here in "Quiltland":)

    1. Thank you! 3 years of collecting chickens, many of them from eQuilter.

      I find it hard to believe that my finish rate this year can pressure anyone! Two potholders so far! But the flimsies are becoming a nice pile. :D

    2. Hey, I consider flimsies as getting pretty close to being finished. They count! Don't they?

    3. Well, it took me a year to quilt Edward's quilt, so for me there is still a ways to go!

  4. First of all what a collection of poultry fabrics. Who would have guessed there wee so many. And secondly, I agree with Audrey, sometimes simply is the best. Another great fall flimsy.

  5. That border is terribly cute. Now for quilting, will you do it yourself or send it out?

  6. the flimsy looks so good and I so agree re the original border on the block, it seemed to distract from the wonderful chicken in the centre. The assorted chickens are so cute loving the blue one

  7. I lost my comment twice on this post - I think the chickens are against me - perhaps because I commented that I like the chicken wire fabric! It's also a cracking idea of a quilt and as usual well thought through and executed. I really like it.

    1. Oh no! I know that can be really irritating. Thanks for persisting! Maybe it was "cracking" that had them worried. :D


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