Christmas in July continues with a week of holiday-themed tutorials! Stop by each day this week to see the featured tutorial and find out how you can enter to win the fabric line being used!
Today Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts is playing with Jackie Robinson's My Little Chickadee fabrics. And she's using hexies!
I love fabrics with animals and personality, but not so juvenile that they wouldn't appeal to an adult (for a gift). When asked to participate in this Sew in Love with Fabric Christmas in July hop, I knew that I would enjoy working with My Little Chickadee. I asked for 6 pieces (it was SO HARD) to choose
|My Little Chickadees Fabrics|
|My Little Chickadees|
I wanted to fussy cut those little birds. I wanted them to be the star! I thought of a previous blog post using some "birds". They are actually chickens (they're birds, right?) Do you remember this? It was called Boogie in the Hen House with No Fowl Play (the collection is called Fowl Play).
|Fowl Play wall banner (or table topper)|
|One Little Chickadee|
Then I cut a 2-1/2" strip of the green fabric and cut 60 degree triangles. I used a multi-sized 60 degree ruler. (I have shown how to cut these - and the hexagons - in a previous post).
|60 degree triangles; will finish to 2" in height.|
|All 6 of the Chickadees making a circle|
Sew three sets of chickadees together for the top and three for the bottom. Now it's time for the center seam.
|Two halves of the ring of chickadees|
|Interface the center hexagon|
|Cutting the side triangles to "square up" the ring of chickadees|
So, let's see the parts. The center interfaced hexagon is pinned and ready to be zigzag stitched to the ring. After I do that, THEN it's time to remove the interfacing.
|Squaring up the sides|
|One of the four vertical sections of the Chickadee Panel|
|First border attempt|
Can I show you just a few other things I made using English Paper Piecing? I used The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek for several of the blocks. And I finished them into little quiltlets as shown at Katja's Quilt Shop pages. And yes, I fussy cut the centers. Don't you just love them?
|Dawn Block #23 (Traditional Twisted Hexagon block)|
|Almost finished; will be a coaster or mug rug|
|Fussy cutting for another of Katja's blocks|
|Fussy cutting for another Grandmother's Flower Garden block|
|11" x 13" super-sized Judy block|
Thanks, Debby! Head over to Debby's blog to enter for a chance to win a FQ bundle of My Little Chickadee fabric!
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