Improv Pieced Chickenpants
I’ve always been drawn to scrap quilts, ever since reading a library book about a grandmother and granddaughter making one out of old clothes when I was a little girl. Something about that stuck with me in a big way.
Since then, I’ve had my head turned by many amazing, perfectly on point quilts. Quilts made out of only one fabric line, quilts made out of all new fabric, quilts that must be done a certain way OR ELSE. Those are really nice, too. But the soft spot for uneven lines and random color and capturing family memories in fabric has always stuck with me.
Improv pieced quilt blocks
I started making these random squares, crashing as many scraps, as tiny as possible together. They sit in a stack in my studio. Every so often I would make another one, when I felt like I just needed to SEW.
Fast forward a little bit. I found Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s amazing book 15 Minutes of Play. 15 minutes? To sew? And play? Yes. Let’s do that. I started reading it, and it was just one of those lightbulb moments for me. I just agreed so much with what she was writing. Use fabrics other than quilting cottons for quilts? Yes! Wonky lines? Yes! It was basically just a giant permission slip for me. Make the quilts you love, the ones you have been wanting to make. Those random squares I’d been making? I could do SO much with them. I could cut them into other shapes. I could combine them with solids. I could…turn them into pants.
Improv pieced Chickenpants
A Chickenpants wearing improvisationally pieced pants. There are so many tiny and precious bits of fabric in those pants. Her name is Sandy, and for posterity’s sake here is her bio:
Sandy Chickenpants never throws out anything that could prove to be useful one day. Case in point: behold her pants! They were improvisationally pieced together out of many precious tiny scraps. Who’s a hoarder now, huh?
She is number 688 in the grand scheme of Chickenpants.

(She’s already found a new home- thank you!)

(And yes, that is an Amazon affiliate link up there.)

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.

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