Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4

Today’s post is by Nicole Brouillette, a professional longarm quilter from Cottonwood, California and a member of Quiltmaker’s 2013 Scrap Squad.

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Nicole Brouillette

Nicole quilted Chicken Soup, which was designed and made by Anne Wiens, another Scrap Squad member who was reviewing several Deb Tucker rulers in the process.

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Chicken Soup, designed and sewn by Anne Wiens, quilted by Nicole Brouillette.

You’ll find instructions to make the quilt, along with info on the rulers, in these posts:

Part 1 of Chicken Soup
Part 2 of Chicken Soup
Part 3 of Chicken Soup

And now here’s Nicole with Part 4 of Chicken Soup:

Choosing the correct quilting design can make or break a quilt. When selecting a quilting design I always take a close look at the quilt. Is it a classic quilt or is it modern? Is it floral or geometric? Is it feminine or masculine?

When I looked at the Chicken Soup quilt it was none of these things! I love a good challenge…so I pulled out a few different overall patterns to see what would look best.

chix1 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4I like to roll out the paper pantographs around the quilt so that I can really get an idea of what it will look like quilted. Now it’s on to the decision making!

chix2 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4I picked out three patterns that I thought would work. This pattern is one of my favorites. I thought that it would go well with the chicken because of the feathers, but the pattern is a little too large for the size of the quilt. The adorable Chicken Soup wallhanging is only 37″ square.

chix3 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4So, here is something a bit more compact. I liked this one a bit better but it just doesn’t seem perfect yet. Let’s see what else I’ve got hidden in the cupboard.

chix4 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4Hey—now we’re talking. This is a nice, compact pattern that still has the feathers in it which reminds me of the chicken. I’m going with this one!

chix5 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4Now I need to come up with the perfect thread color. The three main colors in this quilt are red, white and black, so I pulled all of those colors and laid them out on the quilt. Things didn’t seem quite right to me so I pulled a gray also. I really liked the way that the gray blended well with most of the quilt. Now it’s time to get to business!

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Doesn’t the chicken look good?

chix7 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4Anne used a solid muslin on the back so the quilting really shows well!

chix8 Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4The fabrics are from the Rooster Royale and Canvas collections by Quilting Treasures.

Thanks Nicole, for giving us a peek into how you choose quilt designs.

If you need ideas for quilting, you might be interested in Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs CDs. Our series of Quilting Motifs books make a terrific resource. And we have a separate book that may be helpful too: 501 Quilting Motifs.

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4 Responses to Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4

  1. Karen Jenkins says:

    Love this quilt! Only one problem…the link for part 2 actually takes you to part 3 but you can click on the ” Split Rects units from Part 2. ” link in beginning paragraph.

  2. Chris Donaldson says:

    Nicely done!

  3. Diane H says:

    Great choice for a quilting pattern. It reminds me of chickens running around. Well done.

  4. Becky Ball says:

    Great post, Nicole. I love your choice of pattern. The quilt turned out great for both you and Anne.

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