Black Tie Blog Hop… Second Day = My Day!!

My Little Country HenLovin This Turkey!!Country RoosterI’ve been anticipating this blog hop since I first signed up for it.  At the time, I was at a sheer loss as to what black tie’s had to do with turkeys, chickens, hens, and roosters. Alas, I got to work looking for inspiration on what I could make. Suffice it to say, when I find the artwork, I simply couldn’t decide what I liked more, so I did 3 blocks. While all the blocks themselves are around 9-inches finished, they main design of the block is only about 6-inches square with the exception of the rooster which is a 6×9 block. They were all first created in Electric Quilt 7, then recreated for machine embroidery in Bernina’s Designer Plus version 6 software. I like making mini wallhangings. Not minitures in the respect of a block that’s 4-inches, but just small wallhangings. So I’ve created the hen and the turkey in these small sizes and the rooster is to be the same. However, with the rooster I’m still at a loss on what I should do with the border. On the border of the hen, I went with a log cabin type of look. Log Cabin is one of my favorite all time blocks to do, simply because of the sheer amount of variations you can do with it. On the turkey block, I did a simple 2-inch square to surround it and then I’m going to add a final border of a black strip that will be around 1 1/2-inches wide. I’ve decided that with the rooster, should you have an idea, that I’d like some ideas of what I should do with it. So tell me in your comments,

I’d love to know what your thoughts are. The Country Hen’s artwork comes from Trina Clark The Turkey comes from Country Life Graphics and last but not least, the Rooster’s artwork comes from Cheryl Seslar. As a thank you for dropping by today, I am giving these blocks away to all who’d like to take them away..

Please be sure and visit the other blogs participating today.

November 20
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Kudos and huge thank you’s to Vickie and Madam Samm for organizing this blog hop. I am really enjoying participating and it is helping me to improve upon my quilting skills with each blog hop I participate in.
Enjoy,
Marian
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101 Responses to Black Tie Blog Hop… Second Day = My Day!!

  1. AvatarLinda J says:

    I am so incredibly late getting around for this hop—on deadline, 3 must get done soon items—but now that I am on the binding I hope to check in on all of you! The blocks are wonderful! By now you probably have gotten several good ideas of how to border your rooster block. If it were a hen, I would use appliqued blocks with eggs probably but then I like to combine piecing with applique.

  2. I can see why you couldn’t choose just one, they are all wonderful!

  3. AvatarLaura D says:

    I am too much of a beginner to offer anyone advice.

  4. AvatarPamela says:

    I love the one on the left. Thanks for sharing!

  5. AvatarCarolyn says:

    Wonderful flock of birds. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    I’d go checker”bird” border.

  6. AvatarConnie says:

    Cute blocks and how about a half square triangle border? Thanks for sharing!

  7. AvatarJonatha Johnson says:

    A Border for Country Rooster? Checkerboard, in very small squares, less than one inch. Use muted Tone-on-tone colors in rust, reds, browns. To accentuate the Rooster’s comb, without overpowering your main color scheme.

  8. AvatarJulie says:

    Such clever talent! I think something rather plain in red or blue would be quite nice; perhaps a double border.

  9. AvatarBaa. xxx says:

    Great blocks! – all your chickens look way cool

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  10. Thank you for sharing your blocks with us! I think the rooster would look great as a stain glass piece!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and the idea for the rooster border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  11. AvatarRobin says:

    Cute blocks!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  12. AvatarVivian says:

    Very cute blocks. i think the rooster would look cute with a scrappy border in neutrals or a bright barn red border.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and the idea for my border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  13. AvatarLoretta Aymond says:

    Love your blocks, I can’t wait to try them out on my embroidery machine.

    For the Rooster border I would duplicate the yellow triangles of the sun with either the red from the roosters comb or the brown of the chicken. Or you could split the brown and red two sides each.

  14. Avatarevelyn says:

    Cute blocks, they would make a great table runner.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  15. AvatarJan says:

    Adorable blocks. To brighten up the block, I would use HST’s using yellow and blue fabric.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  16. AvatarJudi says:

    I would love to have a block or more! I love chickens!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  17. AvatarEmily C says:

    I’m fond of hst’s. perhaps a /\/\/\/\/\/ zigzag style border.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  18. How about creating a large gate latch block and use the rooster inside the gate latch… Kind of like keeping him in the chicken coop so to speak.. ha!

    Some people call this pattern the churn dash but my granny always called it the gate latch.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  19. AvatarDeonn says:

    Fun ideas – I like the chicken! I have EQ7 but not an embroidery machine, though the motifs would work for applique’ also.

  20. AvatarLydsfire says:

    Nice work, cant wait to see the rest! An idea for the border.. maybe eggs and chicks in bold greens, yellows, and blues?

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  21. AvatarMarcy says:

    Great yard birds. That rooster needs a border with some blues in it.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  22. Since I don’t quilt I can imagine a wall hanging to brighten each day and bring a smile to your face. Lovely blocks and well done for the Black Tie Boogie hop. Thanks for hopping. Creative Stitching Bliss…

  23. AvatarSandra Davidson says:

    Very lovely blocks, thanks for sharing. Are you going to make a runner with them or border each block separately and maybe do mug rugs? One of the other ladies suggested a black bow tie border and that would be cute.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them. I’m just going to do small wallhangings with them. I had thought of perhaps placemats, but at the moment I’m lacking a kitchen table. 🙂

  24. Border it in the same blue as your rooster tail! These are all great!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  25. AvatarAudrey says:

    Great blocks. I would think you would like to keep the rooster’s border simple so as not too distract from him. What about an attic window border using sunrise oranges and yellows? Thanks for sharing.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  26. AvatarCarla says:

    Your blocks are adorable. Maybe some cute rooster fabric for the borders? I really don’t know, but you will come up with an adorable border, I’m sure.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  27. AvatarJoan says:

    Looks like someone has been having a grand time with her “black tie” blocks. I love em!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  28. AvatarDawn Frisch says:

    Your blocks are so cute! I would keep the border simple to keep the focus on the rooster. I think using the same yellow fabric as the sun would be great because it would allow the block to “pop”. Keep up the great work!! Thanks for sharing your talents with us too!
    Happy quilting
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  29. AvatarJennifer B says:

    Great job on all the blocks! For the turkey block, you could get with the “fowl” theme and make a border from flying geese blocks.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  30. Very cute birds/fowl. And very nice work!

  31. AvatarCarol says:

    Very cute blocks with great looking feathered friends!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  32. AvatarJudy Cooper says:

    You did a great job with the turkey! Thanks for sharing.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  33. AvatarMary says:

    That’s a cute idea! How about small red pieced stars for the borders on the rooster?

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  34. AvatarLynda says:

    It was hard for me to pick a favorite, but I really liked the chicken and the rooster blocks best. Your design and fabric choices make them look like stained glass windows. As for the rooster border, I’m with Jane Capriotti, stick with a plain border with color chosen from the background. Perhaps that dark charcoal? I think it would make your colors pop!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  35. Those are truly great blocks that you have made. They are going to make a beautiful quilt. As for a boarder, you have lots of colors and designed in your blocks that are great and you don’t want to take the eye away from them. My thought would be to keep it simple, perhaps a plain color that is shared in your blocks. Or perhaps two plain boarders. Not seeing the blocks laid out together, it is hard to decide. Good luck, either way, you are going to have a great quilt when it is finished.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  36. AvatarDeAnna says:

    All came out very nice. The turkey is awesome. You did a fantastic job. Thanks for sharing.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  37. AvatarColette says:

    Lovely blocks. The turkey is my favorite. The Rooster is lovely. Embroider something simple like chicken tracks may be fun.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  38. AvatarGill says:

    I love chickens too!
    I like quilts with no borders at all!
    I don’t have EQ or an embroidery machine!

    • AvatarMarian Pena says:

      Gill, let me know a size, I’ll create a pdf file of the templates for you. I will note, the rooster really should be a larger size because of all the really small pieces in the sun. I’d recommend at least 9-inches be the smallest you want, could even be like 9×12 or 12×16, The hen will be huge as a 12-inch block, but would still be fine that large, and to me the Turkey will work at 6-inches, but I think it would be better at 12-inches.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  39. AvatarKathy Gentry says:

    Cute blocks. I’d get some of that chicken wire fabric like Debby Kratovil used for the sashing with blocks in the corner. I think I’d put or quilt eggs in the corner blocks.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them. I agree with you about that border fabric, that is really cute.

  40. Avatarselina says:

    Great blocks, love the country hen. Thanks for hopping with us.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  41. AvatarDebra Neiman says:

    Everything looks great. Thanks for sharing. Boogie On. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  42. I always like an uneven piano key border. It is lively, easy to use, and you have fewer scraps left over. Plus, if each key is not exactly the same width as hits neighbor (uneven) no problems when you come to the corners.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  43. Avatarmarjorie says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh such cute blocks!!

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  44. AvatarMarlene says:

    I don’t do machine embroidery but I love all that I see my friends doing – they would probable be doing a few more of those roosters and putting them together for a runner. Just a bit of colorful sashing would turn them into a runner quickly! blessings, marlene

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  45. Avatargail says:

    Fun blocks — I never knew I would enjoy chickens and turkeys and roosters on quilts so much! 🙂

  46. Avatarcharlotte m. says:

    Cute blocks. Thanks for sharing today.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  47. AvatarDonna says:

    Adorable blocks! And I agree with LJ – the rooster needs some chickens all around him to strut’ his stuff for.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  48. Avatarmdm samm says:

    very cute blocks..this will be adorable in chicken wire?

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  49. AvatarBritt-Inger says:

    Your blocks are sew cute. Thanks for sharing

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  50. Three very cute blocks. I would make a wall hanging with those little gems.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them. I definitely intend to make wallhangings with them.

  51. AvatarSharon says:

    They are all wonderful blocks with color and creativity. I love the chicken wire fabrics, so maybe one skinny and one wider border of the wire with a black binding would add to their character.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  52. AvatarJudy B. says:

    Love your little quilts, they are wonderful for small areas! How about some chicken wire fabric to finish the rooster quilt?

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

  53. AvatarVickie says:

    Really cute blocks Marian ! How about a piano key border, Roosters sure think they’re making music. If we understood chicken talk (LOL) they might be crowing a song like ….Wake up, wake up you sleepy head, get up get outa bed. OK that’s enough outa me, I’m done…tee he
    Thanks for sharing your talent in the BTB.

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them. .. What a cute song 😉

  54. AvatarLJ says:

    Very cute little quilts. It’s so easy to find a place to hang small-sized quilts and don’t you just love the feeling of accomplishment when you can finish one up quickly? That rooster looks like he’s struttin’ his stuff so I think you need to find a piece of fabric with hens on it and use that to make the border. A struttin’ rooster needs something to be struttin’ for. lol

    • AvatarMarian says:

      Thanks sew much for stopping by and for the idea for my rooster’s border.. as a little note here, I’ve added pdf patterns now for the Rooster, Hen, and Turkey if you would like to stop by and get them.

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