Monday, April 19, 2021

Ruler Demos

 Happy Monday! 

This year is our 5th anniversary as owners of Chicken Feed Quilts and we are planning to celebrate for 5 months. Last month we held our big Clearance Sale as a kickoff. It was our biggest sale ever and we thank everyone that came out and shopped. 

This month we have 5 ruler demos planned. We love our Creative Grids Rulers and so this week we will be posting videos to our Facebook Page showing how to use 5 different Creative Grids Specialty Tools. We have shown some of them at retreats but we have only featured one in our Facebook Live Videos, and that one only briefly as part of a quilt along.

The five rulers we will be doing Demos on are

Kitty Cornered

10" Log Cabin Duo

Strippy Stars

Turbo 4-Patch

Square on a Square

All 5 of these rulers are available in our shop and they can be used to make some very fun projects either by themselves or combined with other rulers! They are designed to make traditional blocks come together much easier and with most of them involving some trimming, they come out really nice each time. For most of these  rulers we have either individual patterns or pattern books for some great inspiration and we will share them in the videos as well. 

Quilt made with Strippy Stars Tool

Be sure to check out our Facebook Page every day this week to see video tutorial. 

Runner made using 8" Square on a Square Tool 

We are getting a better (we are currently using our phones and a starter microphone) videoing system set up in the next few weeks, and than we will start our own Youtube channel and start posting our videos there as well for those that like that platform better than Social Media. 

Runner made using the Turbo 4 Patch Tool 

Have a fantastic week, remember I am going down to one post per week now as our family is about to get busy with Soccer, Golf, yardwork and other spring and summer activities.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

New Fabric: April

 Happy Thursday! Today I want to share with you just a few of the new collections that arrived in our shop over the last couple weeks. I have been showing them all on our Social Media so if you follow us there this may not be new to you, but if you don't have Social Media this is a quick way to see what is new. 

We have 3 new Riley Blake collections. 

Gingham Gardens by My Mind's Eye. This collection is so soft and has such pretty prints. Esther is working on a sample for this fabric. 

Rocky Mountain Wild by Corinne Wells. I love this collection and that it was inspired by the Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains which are so close to home! 

Timberland. This collection is selling really quick and several bolts are already gone. We have a kit put together and I just need to get the sample quilted and bound, but here is a sneak peek. 


We have a couple new Robert Kaufman collections in the shop 

Warehouse District by Leslie Tucker Jenison has also been flying out the door. I made a fun Duffel bag from one of the prints and some bright green cork!

Bright Side by Vanessa Lillrose and Linda Fitch, is bright and makes me think of summer. It has some fantastic pieces to add to your collection!
I made a Roxy Wallet with Irridiescent Hardware and I love how "Summery" it turned out. 

From Moda we have a few new collections too!
Happy Days by Sherri and Chelsi is very springy.The quilt in the photo is called Stella from the Stripology Mixology book and just takes a layer cake. It goes together really fast and there is no waste. 
I have another quilt planned but there are a few other samples ahead of it. 
Sunday Stroll by Bonnie and Camille is available as well. We didn't get all the prints in the line, but we did get precuts that have each piece of the collection. 

Spring Brook by Corey Yoder is here too. Several bolts of this collection are sold out already but there is still lots to choose from. Esther is working on a quilt with this fabric right now, so we should have a sample hanging in the shop soon. 

Sunshine Soul by Create Joy. I love the watercolor effect in these pieces and have a fun Butterfly Quilt planned that I hope to start on this evening. 

I hope some of these collections catch your eye! You can shop on our website and instore. Curbside pickup is still an option and we ship all over the world. 

With spring and summer activities starting up right away, I am going to go down to 1 post per week for the foreseeable future. I will be posting each Monday. Carrie will still post her block of the month on the first Thursday. 
Have a fantastic weekend, the weather for Coaldale is looking fantastic, so I am sure we will be going to my in-laws to visit them on their patio and maybe making a trip to the park. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Bonnie and Camille Quilt Bee: Month 3

 Welcome to the 3rd month of our quilt along. This month we are making another 3 blocks, and all of them are fairly quick and straightforward to make. 

We are going to making Checkerboard on page 90, Cheerful on page 92 and Criss Cross on page 94. 

For Checkerboard you need 11 different fabrics, but just a small piece of each. 

Once I had my pieces cut I laid them out beside my machine exactly how it would look when it was finished. Then I sewed the first two blocks in each row together, rather than cutting threads I chain stitched them. Next I added the third block in each row, I kept my threads between rows intact, that way I always knew which row was which. I did this until all the rows were assembled. Than I pressed each row in an alternate direction, still keeping the threads between the rows together. When I did the final assembly it went really smoothly and because the rows were pressed in different directions the seams nested neatly. 

Cheerful. I used 2 different prints and some background fabric. 

 For this block I used my Ultimate Flying Geese Ruler from Creative Grids. I used the heart method for this which requires 1 large square and four small squares to make 4 flying geese at a time.  I needed to cut one large square of each the dark prints and 8 total small squares of the white. I drew a line on the diagonal of all8 white squares, put two on the large print squares and sewed 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut them apart on the drawn line, pressed, than added the final square, sewed, cut and pressed again. Once all 8 geese were trimmed using the Flying Geese Ruler I assembled the block as shown on page 93. 

Criss Cross, for this block I used 6 different prints and some background fabric. 

This block I did exactly as shown in the book. It is made up of 5 four patch blocks and 4 fillers to make one large 9 patch. Laying the pieces out on my table helped to keep each piece in the correct place.

I am having so much fun making these blocks each month, and they look so fun all together! I am using Figs and Shirtings by Fig Tree for my blocks. How are your blocks coming along? 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Virtual Bag Making Marathon

 Happy Thursday! A few months ago we hosted a virtual retreat and had so much fun. It was wonderful to spend a couple days sewing with others even if it was virtual rather than in person. We have decided to host another retreat in May. This time to make bags. 


The dates of the retreat are May 6 and 7. 

We will be focussing on Sallie Tomato Patterns. Her patterns go together really nicely. You can choose any Sallie Tomato Patterns you like and you can make as many as you want.

Casey Duffle 

Esther, Carrie and I have made a wide variety of her patterns and we also have a truck show from Sallie Tomato coming for the Retreat. We will do a little virtual trunk show prior to the sewing days so that you can see all the different bags and decide which ones you would like to make and get all your supplies in time for the sewing. 

Myrna Crossbody

There will be discounts, door prizes, helpful tips and tricks, some games and a lot of bag making! And you get to do it all from the comfort of your own home, no need to pack up all your supplies. 


Space is limited for this event so sign up soon to guarantee your spot, it is $50 to register, and supplies are not included.  There is a link at the bottom of this post to register. 

Sign up will end Friday April 23.


Some bag making experience is recommended for this event as it is more of a sewing retreat than a class. That being said the patterns are written very well and several of them are beginner friendly. 

We hope you will join us for this fun event. 

Have a great weekend!


Register Here

Monday, April 5, 2021

Garden Sampler BOM: Month 4

 It is time for another block of our Garden Sampler BOM. 

Well it was actually time for another block on Thursday, but I, Carrie, was a little distracted because of my engagement.  

We are already on Month 4. This block is really fun, and actually pretty simple. 

This might be one of the first blocks I haven’t changed the cutting instructions for. I cut exactly as the pattern said. In the photo above are my cut and labeled pieces. 

For the flip and stitch components I placed the square on top of the proper rectangle and used my diagonal seam tape from cluck cluck sew to sew the angles. The point of the rectangle should follow the red line in the center of the seam tape. 

I also used this tape for my 1/4” seams. The edge of my fabric follows the black 1/4” line on the tape. 

Shown below are my units. 

And this is my finished block!

That is our block for April. Hopefully when May comes around so won’t be distracted on my day to blog and forget again. Whoops! 

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter Weekend! 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Table Runners

 Happy Monday. We had a busy weekend with our Spring Clearance Sale. Thank you to everyone who came out, endured the lines, and did some shopping. With your help were able to empty 100's of bolts to make room for new fabrics!

Today I want to talk to you about Table Runners. I love making Table Runners. They are usually a pretty quick project and I love changing the one on my dining table with each season and holiday. I have several different summer themed runners, a few spring ones, Valentines Day, Christmas, winter, and fall.

Table Runners are usually quite inexpensive to make and don't require a lot of fabric. Often they can be made with fabric already in your stash or scrap bins. I love buying a Charm Pack of a new collection and making a runner, that way I get to play with a new fabric collection but don't have to make a big quilt each time. 

At the shop we have several different Table Runner Pattern Books, each one contains a wide variety of patterns. 

The Little Charmer Patterns are written for 5" squares and most just need a little extra background fabric and a binding and a backing to make. Each of these patterns has 3 different patterns making them a great budget friendly choice. 

I am going to be making up a runner using Little Charmers 5 and a Happy Days Charm Pack. I think it will be so bright and cheery when it is finished. The Happy Days yardage should be in the shop this week and than we will put some kits together as well. 

Another option for Table Runner patterns, is quilt patterns. Some Quilt Patterns include a Table Runner option but for those that don't I will often take just make a few of the blocks or one row and turn it into a Table Runner instead of a quilt. 

Memi's Lemons is one example. I love this pattern but really don't need a Lemon Quilt so I will just make the Table runner option and have a really fun summer runner. We will have kits ready for this one in just a couple weeks, the pattern is being shipped to us now. 

Table Runners are a great way to try out a new technique, Memi's Lemons which I just mentioned has some curved piecing. Starting out with just a runner is a lot less daunting than making a whole quilt and if it doesn't go well it was just a little investment of time and money rather than what a full quilt would have been. 

I love giving Table Runners as gifts. They are such a nice way to let someone know you are thinking of them, especially now when restrictions are leaving a lot of people feeling really lonely. Esther made a several for some of the older members of our Church last summer and they were all so happy to receive one. 

Do you like making Table Runners and changing yours out with each season?

Carrie will be here on Thursday with the next block in her Garden Sampler BOM. 

Have a great week,


Monday, March 22, 2021

Spring Clearance Sale

 Thank you to everyone who joined us on Worldwide Quilting Day. We had a lot of fun doing the videos, and we have posted them to our Facebook Page if you missed them or wish to watch them again. We did 3 different presentations, one on the Noodlehead Pencil Pouch, a presentation on Quilt Backings and a tutorial on the Moda Love Pattern. 

Our annual Spring Clearance Sale is this Weekend!

We have set our classroom up with 100s of bolts of fabric and it is all priced at $5 per meter. All yardage will be sold in 1 meter cuts only. 

 We also have hung up 50 different panels around the room, and have multiple available of each one, they too will be $5 each. 

Aside from Panels and Yardage we have some books, king tut thread, and some rulers. All of it priced at $5 per item. 

We also have bolt ends of cotton, cuddle and fireside. These are packaged and range from 0.3 meter to 1 meter of width of fabric pieces. All of these are also $5, so some may be a better deal than others, but all still cheaper than regular price. 

This time around there are no kits, precuts or scrap bags on the sale. 

Now for all the other details

The sale dates are as follows

Thursday March 25 10:00am - 7:00pm

Friday March 26 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday March 27 10:00am - 3:00pm

There will be a separate entrance from our regular shop to get to the sale. We will be using the southeast door of our building, which will take you straight down the stairs and into our classroom. 

We have a maximum of 10 shoppers at one time in the classroom so there will be someone by the door to let you know if you can go in or need to wait a few minutes. There is no wait list or registration just first come first serve. 

Masks are mandatory for shopping. 

There are no further discounts on sale items and all sales are final. 

We cannot accept Gift Cards as payment, we will accept Debit, Cash and Credit. 

If you are interested in a sneak peek of the sale, we will be doing a short video of the classroom on our Facebook Page on Tuesday March 23 at 10:30am

As we will be busy with the sale there will be no blog post this week Thursday. 

Have a great week,