Chicken Run Giveaway… Sort Of!

Hi everyone!

Have you ever heard of a migrating chicken?

Well, this one flew all the way from Stowe in Vermont, USA.


His name is Ricardo the Rooster and he was found waiting to take off from Stowe Fabric & Yarn last month. I’ve seen these log cabin chickens many times on the web. This one was made by Deborah Stresing of Log Cabin Designs, Danville, Vermont, USA.

Ricardo was exhausted when he arrived here. He was so surprised to find a lady friend in the cold North-East of England.


They got clucking to each other…


… and found they had quite a bit in common Smile

And then they fell comb over scratchers in love!

The inevitable has happened Surprised smile


Those cheeky chickens have stolen my new fat quarters from Montreal (and also my eggs). You didn’t really think they’d laid those ginormous eggs …. did you?

As you may have guessed, I made Mrs Chicken myself. I just had to make one. The only trouble is….. and please don’t mention this to Ricardo ….. Mrs Chicken has wanderlust. As soon as this brood has fully fledged, she is off to pastures new. She doesn’t know where she is going. In fact, she cannot even get a passport because she doesn’t have a proper name.

This is where you come in Winking smile

If you would like to win Mrs Chicken, all you need to do is:

1. Agree to make another chicken and give it away on your blog within 4 weeks of receiving your prize. Include a link back to so that all the chickens can appear in the Chicken Run Gallery which will include a link to your blog if you have one.

2. Leave a comment below to say what you would like to call Mrs Chicken, which country she would be going to and why she would feel at home there.

Mrs Chicken is made from very small scraps of fabric and a small amount of stuffing. She is 3.5 inches tall and stuffed with polyester batting. Please do not stuff your giveaway chicken with foodstuff or plant material as it may not be allowed into the country you are sending to.

It is important to let me know about every chicken that is hatched. Let’s see how many chickens we can get in the Chicken Run Gallery by the end of 2014.

This giveaway is open to everyone in the whole wide world until the end of 25th January (local time) and will be drawn using a random number generator. Numbers will be allocated in the order that comments are received. If I reply to any of the comments and the random number generator chooses my number, it will be redrawn. Mrs Chicken needs a holiday Smile

Good luck!

Avis x

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  1. lisasff

     /  January 11, 2014

    Oh! those are so cute! I’m not sure if I could make one. not yet, anyway!

  2. claire93

     /  January 11, 2014

    lol so it’s Mrs Chicken who has been keeping you busy today ^^
    what a wonderful idea – I’d like to sign up for the draw . . . I think I can manage log cabins on my machine

    • claire93

       /  January 11, 2014

      just re-read and realised I need to add answers. Okay Mrs Chicken would be travelling to France (where the national bird just happens to be a Cockerel – so I’m sure she’d feel very much at home). To make life easier, a French name would therefore be more appropriate : Pierrette Poulette

  3. I love these chickens. I would name your girly chicken Lucky Clucky and she would be staying in the northeast of England. And I would love to piece a whole family of chickens as I have been collecting chickens of all description of years.

  4. Hi!!!! Around here she would probably be called FRIED!!!!! Hee hee Well I am in Kentucky,USA!!!!!! Maybe something less finger licking like chickie would make her feel more comfortable!!!! This will be so fun!!!!!

    • Hi Carla, Now you have made me hungry LOL. Even KENTUCKY would be a great name. So far, you have a one in three chance of winning 🙂

  5. Regardless of who wins the draw, making a chicken sound like good fun.
    Mrs Chicken would be coming to Australia, where she wouldn’t be called something as formal as ‘Mrs’ anything, unless it was at the bank (or at the hairdressing salon in my gran’s retirement village). Perhaps she would just be Chooky – not very original, ends in y, typical Aussie nickname. For her to feel at home here, she might need to spend some time in your oven first to acclimatise. It is very hot here this week – over 40C yesterday and today (ugh).

    • I can assure you I had a lot of fun in the sewing room this morning. It felt like one of those days when you just have to get the scrap box out to play with 🙂 I would be useless in 40C myself! It is about 4C here at the moment, a bit chilly in the mornings. My brother lives in Australia on the Gold Coast so he will be frying tonight no doubt 🙂 Good luck!

      • We just had the hottest night on record, a min of about 30, but your brother is 4000 km away and safe from this freak heat wave. It is not usually this unpleasant. At least the washing is drying quickly today.
        Do the chickens have a pattern or is it just a case of two log cabin blocks (any size), a couple of prairie points, a beak and a comb? I might be tempted to start playing in my scrap box. After all, it is too hot to go outside!

        • There’s no pattern, just two log cabin blocks as you guessed. First cut a one inch square for the centre and then cut one inch strips for the surround. If you choose to make a different size, that’s up to you. Just be aware you will need to post it if you win. I hope you can find somewhere cool to sew today 🙂

  6. I absolutely love this idea! I am not looking to be in the draw, but I love the entries and the idea of these chickens going all over the world. Awesome! 🙂

    • My daughter has been looking for geocaches and I was wondering whether the cache idea could be translated into some sort of patchwork travel bug. If you haven’t heard of geocache, just Google it. There are a few in Taiwan. That would be a great thing to share with your students I think. My initial idea was to have my chicken being passed around the world and to put it on a Google Map of all the locations it had reached. Then I came up with this idea instead which is nicer because the participants all get a chicken to keep 🙂

      • My brother and his family do geocaching. And my daughter sent laminated squirrels around to a few places last year, with the idea that each person would photograph the squirrel doing a few interesting things and then pass it on to others. The photos were posted on a Facebook page. I had my Japanese exchange students take Mr. Squirrel on their field trips around Taiwan, and he got left on a bus, never to be heard from again. The students felt so bad to have to come back and tell me, but they did have great fun with him. Maybe I need a chicken for this year’s group. They arrive mid February. 🙂

        • So does that mean you are now in the draw 😆
          There is always the risk that the geocache trail will end abruptly which is sad. It may well happen to the chicken run but it has already been fun today and I’m sure there’ll be some more entertaining comments over the next couple of weeks.

          • No. As you saw in my plate spinning post, I cannot take on any more plates. I have two quilting projects going right now, and even though the chicken wouldn’t be time consuming, that is my problem. I keep taking things on because they are cool and wouldn’t take much time. But multiply that by 3,651 and it becomes unmanageable. 😉

  7. Well; I think Mrs. Chicken should travel to Delaware, USA; where we honor the BLUE HEN CHICKEN as our State Bird! Every where you look there are Blue Hen Chickens. If I was to find Mrs Chicken in my mail box, I would call her Mrs Lonely…because she would be upon leaving dear RIcardo the Rooster! She would be a delightful addition to my happy sewing space, and it will be fun to make one to send!

    • I thought I was having a really silly moment as I wrote this post because my other half shook his head in disbelief as he read it 😆 Now that you are all entering into the spirit with me, I know I’m not the only one who likes to have a bit of fun. So far two places have these birds as mascots. I wonder whether there are any others… Avis x

  8. basildonkitchens

     /  January 12, 2014

    What a great idea. I love it. I’m in! I would call Mrs Chicken, Penelope. I think it suits her. If she comes to live with me, that would be in Ontario, Canada.

    I love making these ‘girls’!

    Connie 😃

    • Could she be Lady Penelope as in ThunderBIRDs? Not sure whether you would have had Thunderbirds in Canada. I’m going to make more too. This one is my first 🙂

  9. Ok I am in. Being a child of the 60’s loving everything fun, I think her name would be Denise. Now if you were Aussie you would know a TV Icon called Denise Drysdale a go-go dancer who made the “chicken” walk impersonation famous here. If you google or U-tube & cannot find her, I can send you a link. A cosy home in Victoria waits.

    • Lovely to have you playing along! Wow, it looks like I have a new fitness guru. That go-go dancing will be brilliant aerobic exercise for me 😉

  10. witchylin

     /  January 12, 2014

    I would call her Mrs Cluckerbuck. I’d be happy to make another one and give to someone on the blogs I follow if that works?

    • Ah! You’ve just highlighted a problem. What happens if the winner doesn’t have a blog? How can they host the giveaway of their chicken? So, in that case, I’ll host the giveaway here on their behalf and the next winner will be chosen by random number generator as usual. Are you up for that? Thanks for highlighting this for me 🙂 Great name and good luck!!

  11. Isabel's Needleworks

     /  January 13, 2014

    Love this idea..I’m in 🙂 its so cute. mmm what to call her? Canuck Cluck? lol or Alberta ! Here in Alberta Canada she might feel a little “cooped” up with the cold winters here…its been -25 to -30 C. We even had -40C a couple of weeks ago. I have a gazillions projects on the go but what’s one more little chick eh? 🙂
    …. Izz

  12. Cute chickens! I´m not gonna participate, but I like your idea 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

  13. Hi!!!! Me again!!!! So don’t count both of them!!!!!! Can we use one of your pics to post about the fun on our blogs!!!!! Thank You

  14. claire93

     /  January 18, 2014

    have just done an article on my blog, so don’t be surprised if you get some French players lol

  15. I’m sure I already replied to this but I can’t see it! (I just updated the iPad and it looks all different and I can’t work it… That will teach me!). Well here I am again! She looks like a Delia to me… No reason, it’s just what jumped into my head when I saw her. I’m only in Yorkshire so she wouldn’t be going far, handy for popping back again if she’s feeling homesick.

  16. If she comes to live with me, she’d be called Wide-Wide-Wenn, because this reminded me of an old German folk song. She’d be visiting a big city in Germany, where there’s lots of interesting things to see.

    • I thought I only had one reader from Germany! Now I know I have at least two 🙂 Thank you for visiting and taking part. The song is fun. We have a lot of folk songs here too. Good luck for next week 🙂

  17. zooperson

     /  January 21, 2014

    What a clever idea and what fun to see the coop expand. I’m not in the running, but just wanted to say Bravo to your plan.


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