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.
We started with some 4-1/2 inch squares, felt beaks and combs, and some 3-1/2 inch squares for the tails.
Place the beaks and the combs on the right side of a square.
Sew the seams. Leave the back open, and an opening on the bottom for turning.
Pull the back seam crossways, insert the prairie point tail, and sew.
Turn right side out.
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.
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.
Fill with crushed walnut shells. The shells help keep your pins sharp. Another tip, use a water bottle cut in half as a funnel.
Get them really full, because the filling will settle a bit.
Then put a piece of batting across the bottom to keep the filling in while you sew the opening closed.
Isn’t it cute?
Here’s the flock after the first assembly.
And here are some of them finished.
Cute, aren’t they!