Thursday, September 5, 2013

Big Chicken quilted!

“New Zealand Chook #4”
Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp, 2013
Hooray! “New Zealand Chook #4” (a.k.a. “Big Chicken”) is threadsketched and quilted!

I really like the graphic pop-arty feel of this, and the bold colors. I added a little extra batting in the bottom of some of the feather sections to make them have a lot of texture. I did not quilt the comb, though, and it is a pretty big area; I hope it won’t sag without quilting. I heavily threadsketched it with a small meander, imitating the lumpy texture on the comb. It puffs out really nicely without quilting, and I didn’t want to quilt it flat. 

Now all that is left to do is to face it and add hanging sleeves for the slats. If you have never faced a quilt, I have a downloadable PDF tutorial on my blog, and on my website here. I recommend the non-mitered facing for beginners. It is much easier than the mitered version, and looks just as good.

I have a “Suffolk Sheep” painted and ready to stitch that is the same size; I think they will make great companion pieces, hanging side by side.  

Dear readers, I hope you are not getting too tired of looking at all these chickens and sheep. There is a reason for this madness; all will be revealed in a few months. 


  1. Congratulations on a lovely piece. The eye is amazing, love the reflection!

  2. I love it! Especially how the white body looks so puffy, just like a chicken! Will be looking forward to the 'big reveal'=)

  3. The chicken looks real! Another great realistic quilt!

  4. I could never get sick of seeing your beautiful pieces and I love the diversity in your designs and subjects.


  5. I love the chicken, all the wonderful details are so precise. I am curious as to how you did the eyes!

    1. Thanks, Sharmond! The whole thing is painted. When I threadsketched and quilted, I did not do any stitching on the eye... it needs to be very smooth to look realistic.

  6. I never get tired of seeing and hearing about your work. Can't wait until you reveal what these pieces are for. Keep telling about what you are doing.

  7. Wow! Even more impressive than the smaller ones. Keep me posted on all.


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