The Chickens Come Home to Roost


A few years ago I fell in love with this flannel chicken fabric and bought 3 yards…. Ok, maybe I bought a little bit more than three yards, but who’s measuring?? It was the perfect back for a red, black and grey wool quilt. Making red, black and grey wool quilts is my quilter’s version of comfort food – when the weather turns cold and I get the urge to make wool quilts, it usually includes at least one variation of a red, black and grey quilt every year. Last year’s quilt was a Liberated Log Cabin quilt I made for my husband out of the scraps leftover from my friend Lynne’s red, grey and black quilt.

Over the years I’ve made at least 6 red, black and grey wool quilts: one block quilts, a 9-patch quilt, a brick pattern and 2 Liberated Log Cabins. I’ve never made one one specifically for me.

J's quilt

Squares and rectangles

1 block red, black and grey quilt

1 block red, black and grey quilt









So for most of New Year’s Eve I cut out wool for a quilt of my own. Rather than use squares or rectangles, I decided to enlarge and elongate my tumbler block. I stretched the pattern to 9 inches long, 5 inches at the top and 8 inches at the bottom.

Red, Grey and Black wool

Selection of red, red plaid, grey and black wool fabrics

Beginning the lay-out

Beginning the lay-out









Ever since I found this nubby grey wool at the White Elephant Sale a few years ago I’ve included it in all my red, black and grey quilts. I like to fussy cut at least a few blocks so that the writing on the selvage is still visible.

Fussy cut to include the salvedge

Fussy cut to include the selvage

Unfortunately, a few days of the flu and a week of jury duty slowed my progress but last night I finished my quilt top, pulled out my chickens and auditioned two other flannel pieces to go with them. Finally a red, black and grey wool quilt of my own for my flock of chickens.

Finished quilt top

Finished quilt top – 59″x 68″

Chickens with two other flannel choices

Hmmm. Looks good to me!

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6 Responses to The Chickens Come Home to Roost

  1. catherine says:

    So warm, cozy, wonderful and cozy! congratulations

  2. Kathy says:

    Love love love it!

  3. avanbalen says:

    Looks pretty warm and cozy to me!

  4. Barbara Snyder says:

    Love it!!

  5. Frieda Wisshack says:

    I WANT LOL!!! :) Love it, (the chickens especially)…and glad you are feeling better

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