This is Chicken Run by Hatched and Patched, and it was the second quilt top I pieced!
I pieced this one while I was finishing the sampler quilt top I made in my intro to patchwork and quilting at Anni's Shop, The Home Patch in Bathurst.
We used to live in Bathurst and it was while we were in transition to moving to our farm (6hrs drive) that I walked into Anni's new shop and liked what I saw. After speaking to Anni and Kate (teacher) I signed up for the 8 wk class though I would only be there for 6 weeks of it. Before leaving town I stocked up at Anni's shop and actually had this top peiced; a big thing for me then as I had two children under two and was 5 months pregnant with the third. After we moved, I appliqued the chickens on and was desparate to have Chicken Run and my Sampler quilt quilted. I rang and ordered a walking foot and once here made a terrible mess of the practice quilting. No way could I do that. (Now I know that the silly shop sent me a freemotion foot and not a walking foot, no wonder I had trouble!) So I rang for an approximate price to have the quilts quilted. DH said no way were we paying that. At this time I only had a few weeks till the baby was due so I resigned myself to not having my quilts quilted.
As you can see in the above photo I did start to handquilt, but that didn't get very far! My arms got very tired of holding up the hoop. I looked into buying a hoop on a frame like Anni uses but again DH was a firm NO.
So Chicken Run has been sitting tucked away, out of sight.
EIGHT YEARS later I have now ditched the blocks, leaving my hand quilting in and giving the option to handquilt more in the future. It is finished and I am so very pleased with this lovely quilt! The chooks are so cute....
This is my second oldest UFO....
I am very sorry about not posting for so long, I didn't realise how quickly time has been ticking away. As a result I do have quite a few posts to put up in the next few days to catch you all up on what has been happening here.