If you haven't made one of these fun pincushions, I highly recommend them. They are fun to make and hold a zillion pins. The pattern is called Pollo Loco by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. I have made 3 chickens so far. You can also make an egg. The suggested use is to use up unusued quilt blocks -- or make quilt blocks -- but I have so much fabric, I just found two pieces that went together for each bird and quilted them.
Here are Dottie and Rose:
I recently made a chicken out of denim for my friend, Phylly. I don't think I took a picture of that bird. I made it smaller than these because she actually needed another pin cushion like I need more fabric. O-=
I got the brilliant idea to put a weight inside her bird. I bought a giant bolt from the hardware store and screwed some giant nuts to the end of it and buried it inside. WHY?, you say? Because when you pull the pins out of the bird, you don't want the bird to take off. I don't have that problem really with these larger chickens, but it is still a good idea.
What you do is decide how big you want your chick to be. I wanted mine BIG. You start out with a square from 4 to 8 inches. The bigger the square, the bigger the chick. Then you make a quilt sandwich with your chick fabric, batting and backing. You need one quilted square for each side of your chick. It is fun to make two tiny quilts and finish a project in a few hours.
Here are close-up pics of the quilting done on Dottie and Rose: