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Mama Chicken 12″ quilt block tutorial

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon

This one’s for you, Carol!!!!

I ran into Carol at the Quilt Show and she requested a chicken pattern, so I promised her I would come up with a chicken block. Today I am sharing this free block tutorial.

As, I mentioned previously in this post, Carol reads this book to her granddaughter and it features a main character that is a chicken. What won’t we do for our children and grandchildren? If it has anything to do with making them a quilt they will love, we are all for it!

Hope you all enjoy this free tutorial!

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. The STOP method is the mainstay for the making of the blocks found in this pattern. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seams open and then press with a hot iron. Press the seams open to reduce bulk.


Mama Chicken Blocks finish at 12” square

2 @ 1.5” squares
1 @ 2.5” square
2 @ 3.5” squares
1 @ 3.5” x 8.5”
1 @ 3.5” x 9.5”
Dark Blue
1 @ 1” square
1 @ 4.5” x 7.5”
Light Blue
2 @ 1.5” squares
1 @ 2.5” x 5.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 7.5”
1 @ 3.5” square
1 @ 3.5” x 9.5”
1 @ 4.5” square
Dark Yellow
1 @ 1.5 x 2.5”
1 @ 1.5” square
1 @ 1” x 1.5”
1 @ 1” x 2”
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
1 @ 3.5” x 4”
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”

Constructing the MAMA CHICKEN Block:
Step 1:  Sew the White (C) and the White (D) rectangles on the sides of the Dark Blue (B) square.

Step 2:  Sew the Dark Yellow (E) rectangle to the Background (A) square.

Step 3:  Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) square to the ends of the White (F) rectangle.

Step 4:  Take the units made previously and sew them together. Sew the unit made in Step 1 on the side of the unit made in Step 3. Sew the unit made in Step 2 on the other side of the unit made in Step 3. Use the STOP method to add the Background (G) square.

Step 5:  Sew the Red (F) rectangle on the end of the Background (N) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the White (L) rectangle and the Light Blue (K) square on the ends. Sew the units made in Step 4 on the end.

Step 6:  Use the STOP method to add the Light Blue (A) and (O) squares on the corners of the Dark Blue (P) rectangle. Add the Light Blue (J) rectangle to the top.

Step 7:  Use the STOP method to add the White (A) square to the corner of the Light Blue (H) rectangle. Sew the White (E) rectangle on top.

Step 8:  Use the STOP method to add the Background (K) squares to the ends of the Light Blue (M) rectangle.

Step 9:  Sew the unit made in Step 7 onto the side of the unit made in Step 6. Sew the unit made in Step 8 onto the bottom. Sew the Background (M) rectangle to the side. Sew the unit made in Step 5 onto the top to complete the Mama Chicken block. Mama Chicken blocks will measure 12.5” x 12.5” and will finish at 12” x 12”.

This Mama Chicken is a free quilt block tutorial
and can be found by clicking on the Tutorials page tab
found just below my blog header.

Here is one of my finished Chicken blocks.

And here are her Baby Chicks!
I had some fun playing around in my EQ7 and came up with this quilt design.

I’m calling it Chicken Ranch and it finishes at 55″ x 70″

I also like this in the Pink colour way….
And in the Green colour way….
And even in the Black and Grey colour way!

Keep On Quilting On!

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29 Responses

  1. It's amazing how you can make even the lowly chicken look adorable! Very cute.

  2. Unknown says:

    Lorna, this is so cute! Thank you so much!

  3. ~Diana says:

    Lowly chicken Diana??? 🙂 This is very cute!

  4. Renee says:

    These are adorable! Great pattern/tutorial for chickens and chickies.

  5. Thank you so much for this free, fun chicken pattern! I can't wait to make some!

  6. Wonderful … I so want to sew this.

  7. says:

    I do like birds, including chickens !Still making progres on the black birds quilt (slowly but surely), but this chicken is so adorable, I might make one in between the birdies …Thank you Lorna !

  8. This is so good, Lorna! Thank you for the tutorial! I love chickens and these are so cute! x Teje

  9. KaHolly says:

    Yet another cute and clever design, Lorna! You blow me away! XO

  10. Susan L. says:

    Love it Lorna! Thanks for the free block pattern too!

  11. Love this Lorna!! Now I can have my chickens without all the feeding and clean-up :)! What a wonderful design!

  12. Preeti says:

    You know, Lorna, as I started reading the post, I thought to myself – If the Mama is here, can the chicks be far behind? Of course, there they were, behaving themselves, waiting for the Mama to go first. You are so talented and so generous. That is a winning combination. Thank you so much!!!Hugs,Preeti.

  13. Liz Bess says:

    After reading the original story, I hope Carols granddaughter loves this quilt when she gets these blocks done! It is just too cute, now on to Mr Fluffy, is he still waiting patiently

  14. Love the chicken and thanks for the tutorial.

  15. Nancy in IN says:

    Thank you for the chick. It is really cute. I will make soon, probably a mug rug size.

  16. Tish Stemple says:

    I think you might be the sweetest person ever, designing this block for Carol and sharing with us. Chicken Ranch is adorable. My grandmother would have loved this quilt. She collected all kinds of chicken/rooster things. She probably related to the poor hens…she had quite a clutch of chicks herself.

  17. Ioleen says:

    Another winner! Thank you for the tutorial.

  18. Natureluvr57 says:

    Oh I love this one too! I buy and make chickens for my kitchen-I prefer a country blue and unless you can make it yourself they are hard to find. I love the adorable little chick-lets. I want the hamster, fox, monkeys and bear too! It will be awhile since I'm retired on a fixed income for the last 7 years-no raises for me. I will make this free one for now-thank you! I did make a Dog Gone Cute table runner for my friend and she loved it. I bought the squirrel pattern but haven't started it yet. I prefer the patchwork over the paper piecing so I enjoy making your patterns.

  19. DuAnne says:

    Absolutely Adorable!

  20. Unknown says:

    The baby chicks are so adorable!!! I can't wait to sew these up. Thanks for the tutorial.

  21. Lorna! Thank you sew much. I can't get over how productive you are, and how fun your patterns are. And addictive, to boot. How do you accomplish so much? I am thinking about a clutch of chickens all different colors, and some brown chicks, too.Off the computer and onto my sewing machine, quick before I have to go to work! xoxo Love from Current Girlfriend

  22. They are so sweet Lorna! Your patterns are so lovely. ♡

  23. They are so sweet Lorna! Your patterns are so lovely. ♡

  24. Annette says:

    So cute!! You are an amazing designer!

  25. Annette says:

    So cute!! You are an amazing designer!

  26. legato1958 says:

    What an adorable pattern! I really love the little chicks, too!Thanks so much for this design!Susie

  27. Scrapatches says:

    These cute chickies are my favorites … 🙂 Pat

  28. Unknown says:

    thank you sooo much for this tutorial my mom wanted chickens for her wall in the kitchen and four of these look sooo cute…..