Section A- the Tail
Cut a yellow scrap 4 and 1/2 inches x 4 and 1/2 inches.
Mark a dot 1 and 1/2 inches from each end as shown.
Cut from the upper right corner to each dot.
You need 2 because you want the right side of the triangles going in the correct direction.
Cut along the diagonal as shown. Position the pieces and sew to the tail A.
I used a paper piecing technique to make this part. It’s very easy to create your own paper piecing template using Parchment Paper (comes on a roll for baking). I like it because it’s inexpensive and you can see through it very easily. Place a scrap of parchment on your cutting mat so you can see the measurement lines. Remember to make 2 of these- Draw a 2″ x 4″ rectangle.
Now, draw lines to form a “Flying Geese”. Make a dot on the middle of the bottom side of the rectangle. Connect each upper corner with that dot.
come down 1″ and over 1″ and make a dot.
Draw a dot in the middle of the
long side (opposite the V you already drew).
Connect the dots to form a square,
Label the square 1, the little triangles 2 & 3,
the large triangles 4 & 5.
You will place the fabric on the front side of the paper and sew from the back.
Set your stitch length on your machine for a smaller than usual length.
I used a 2.0 instead of the usual 2.4. Because this is parchment paper
and intended for baking, you don’t have to remove the paper when
you are finished unless you want to. I left the paper in.
I used a golden brown for square 1. Cut a piece large enough to leave a
quarter inch around all the lines. I used a pin to prevent it from slipping.
#2 & 3 are background pieces. I cut a 2″ square of cream muslin on 1 diagonal to make the triangle pieces.
Position the background triangle so it
fold it over to make sure it covers all the space.
Turn the paper over and sew on the line between 1 and 2. Press #2 flat.
Repeat for #3.
For #4 & 5, I cut light brown/tan rectangles 2 and 1/4 x 3 and 1/4. Sew them in place just like you did # 2 and #3. Press.
Trim on the outer line. Remember to make 2 of these. Cut 2 Brown rectangles 2 1/2 x 4 and sew to the bottom as shown. Press.
Cut two background strips 1 and 1/2″ x 4″ to add to each side of section B. I sewed this on at the end but you can sew it now if you want. Refer to the scale diagram at the end of this post.
Cut a 3 and 1/2 inch background square. I assembled mine
before I appliqued the feet because I thought I wanted to
embroider them. If you are going to applique your feet, it’s
best to add them now. Draw the legs & feet on a scrap of
Wonder Under. Press onto the back of a yellow or tan
scrap. Cut out and applique in place.
Sections D & E- Rectangles with a Half-Square Triangle sewn on the end
For D & E, cut 2 brown rectangles 2″ x 3 and 1/2 inches.
Also, cut 2 background 2″ squares. Position the square on the end of the rectangle,
draw a diagonal line.
Here’s a cool tip for those of you who love working with scraps. Instead of cutting off the little triangles and throwing them away, draw another line 3/8 of an inch from the first, toward the outside of the square. Sew on both lines. Cut between them. Now you have the piece you need, and a little leftover square ready for your next scrap project. Piece F is just a brown 2″ square.
Sew the pieces together. Layer with a backing and batting. If you are going to use this to handle hot pots, I recommend putting the silver ironing board fabric on the back to prevent burns. I quilted in the ditch around all the shapes and then added lines to texture the feathers.
and press on the back of a Tan scrap.
Applique in place. I embroidered the eyes,
beak and wattle, but you can draw them
with a fabric marker if you prefer.
Square up your potholder and add a
binding to finish.
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