Chicken Marsala, a Mini Quilt

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You know how sometimes you get an idea in your head and you know you won’t be complete till you do it? Well that was my first mini quilt: Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala Mini Quilt

I created this mini for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Anne from Play Crafts and Adrianne from On The Windy Side. The contest is to make a quilted item with the Pantone color of the year, Marsala.

Marsala - Pantone color of the year 2015

I’m not usually one to enter contests but when I started brainstorming what I could do for this one the only thing that kept jumping in my head was chicken marsala. I might need to lay off the Food Network for a bit… (PS I’m pretty sure I’m hilarious and that this is the funniest quilt that will be entered!)

I grabbed some marsala fabric and this fun heritage off beige print for the background. I was going for a more traditional look with the color scheme (oh and the chicken decal lends well to that.)

Fabric Pull for Chicken Marsala

I improv pieced the marsala fabric just a bit larger than the chicken silhouette shape, then cut out that shape using Heat ‘n Bond Light and fused it to the background fabric. I treated it as a raw edge appliqué but instead of stitching the appliqué down with an outline it’s the Heat ‘n Bond and quilting that holds the chicken in place.

Chicken Marsala raw edge applique

I’m quite pleased for my first improv attempt and yes, I was watching the MQG webinar on improv piecing while I did this!

Honest Craft Room

It’s quilted with a ~ 1/4″ straight stitching using an off white Aurifill 40w. I did one line of the marsala (as seen on Instagram) thread and HATED it so I ripped it out and stuck with the off white.

Chicken Marsala Closeup

My mini quilt measures 20″ x 22″ and for my first mini quilt/wall hanging I’m quite pleased! It’s hanging right next to my thread / bracelet holder over my ironing board and will surely be surrounded by more minis soon (I think I’ve caught the mini bug too!)

Chicken Marsala Mini Quilt Pantone Challenge 2015 Entry

Entry: Mini Quilt Category
Size: 20″ x 22″

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala


  1. I had seen the chicken template in a previous photo and wondered when we’d see how you used it! The mini quilt is fabulous and I love the vibe of the quilt; the background fabric seems especially perfect.

  2. HAHAHAahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    omg dying.
    That is so effing brilliant!!! I can’t get over how awesome this is. 😀
    Seriously, it’s not just the joke (which is hilarious) but technically this is really well done as well, and I love the fabrics you chose! I totally would not normally be into something like this, but somehow you’ve managed to modern it up a bit even with the traditional fabrics, colors and setting. Maybe it’s the choice of background fabric? It gives it a bit more of a graphic vibe.
    I don’t know, I’m too busy cracking up to evaluate it that carefully!

  3. Chicken Marsala–te he he. That’s my kind of humor. I love your improv chicken, and think all the elements (thread color, fabric choice, etc.) came together very cohesively.

  4. Too funny! We just ate Chicken Tikka Marsala the other night and my hubby made an Indian Lime Pickle that went perfectly with it LOL … Love your sense of humour and your improv skills! Good luck with the competition 🙂

  5. Very cool quilt… chicken marsala. Hee hee hee! I applaud you for taking on this year’s Pantone Challenge. I just couldn’t get inspired by that particular colour. I’m hoping that next year’s pick is more doable! All that said, you really make it work in your mini!

  6. This is perfect! Fabulous use of that pesky Marsala color ~ I am slightly in awe of the ‘Great Chicken Marsala’! I know exactly what you mean about getting that idea out of your head. It happens to me all the time! So well done Terri Ann!

  7. Cute! Very effective how the circle in the print is in just the right place for the chicken’s eye. She has such personality! Very effective use of the marsala color.

  8. 😀 Awesome! Amusing play on words and I love how the improve piecing gives the chicken features like feathers and legs and an eye.

  9. I. Love. This. Absolutely hysterical! Totally wish I had thought of it, though I think just knowing that someone else did is even better.

  10. Your Marsala CHicken is awesome – I love chickens and this is such a great idea on how to make a fabulous chicken mini quilt.

  11. This is my FAVORITE marsala quilt. For realz. It’s so hilarious–the title alone made me start laughing, and I was pretty sure I would love it before I even saw it. And the quilt! Totally adorable.

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