Hen and Chickens

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Hen and Chickens quilt blockHen and Chickens quilt block

Common elements from the natural environment, such as a hen and chickens, rail fences, trees, flowers, and even windmills inspired many quilters. With dozens of colorful squares, triangles, and other geometric shapes spread around them, many abstractions of their everyday lives must have come to mind while they decided how to join them together into quilt tops.

Occasionally seen in Amish quilts, Hen and Chickens, or Hen n Chicks, is a very simple block design made up of half-square triangles, squares, and rectangles.

Little Chicks All Around

Hen and Chickens quilt topHen and Chickens quilt top

When made with strongly contrasting colors within the block, then joining the blocks without sashing, the boundaries of each block are lost in the design, fooling the viewer.