Pie Birds

Pie Birds? Just what is a Pie Bird. Is a Chicken a Pie Bird? A Bunny? Evidently anything can be a Pie Bird. My Pie Bird is not of a ceramic variety, it is all fiber!

You can’t imagine how I fudged and finagled to get this “scrappy” block pieced. Random my patootie! You know Random is not my middle name, so there was quite a bit of shuffling of pieces to get some blocks kitted up for sewing. No matter how controlled you try to be there are still going to be some issues. The top left of my block is all too matchy in prints and colors. Argh! But I am going with it and just ignoring them. Overall the piece will be scrappy, so does it matter? The eye will see what the eye will see.

I did do the Mono test on some of the pieces I had. Just to be sure whether or not to use them against the brown flying geese. And once I looked at the browns in the jelly roll I decided to just go with the darkest value of my choices. Which meant I had to order yardage from Connecting Threads. But I wanted the best fit for the blocks.

The pieces on the sides did not make the cut. They were too close in value to the brown.

Alterations to the pattern, cause you know I made them:

  1. I am making the flying geese shaped pieces as flying geese. The pattern has you make units that are HST’s that are then sewn together to make Flying Geese. It is more effort, but then I do not have a seam down the middle of all those geese like units.

  2. Instead of making 7 blocks, and then cutting 4 in half and discarding the remaining triangles. I am making 4 full blocks and 6 half blocks. That way I only need trim the diagonal edges of the 6 blocks. I am lengthening the topper to better fit my dinner table.


Overall the alterations, waiting on more of the brown fabric, and not-so-scrappy arrangement, are making for a slow project, but that’s OK, not everything in life needs to be immediate. I have time, I can take it nice and easy. So are you going fast or slow today?

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22 thoughts on “Pie Birds

  1. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Chris,
    This is a really cool block! I’ve never heard of it before, but I love all randomness of it. I don’t do random well – the whole – pull the next piece out of a bag and just use it – is beyond me. If it doesn’t go, it goes back in the bag! HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits says:

      I love your names for it! I will go with Controlled Chaos because it’s alliterative with Chris!!! And there are many who will saw I am barely controlled chaos; 😁

      On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 7:51 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


    • chrisknits says:

      I had a line set up to gather fabrics as I walked along, but even then, it was hard to not end up with duplicates! You kind of forget what you grabbed on the first round.

      On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 9:48 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


    • chrisknits says:

      Yeah, I overthink it too! I am trying to learn from the masters of scraps on blogs, but I still just can’t go with the flow. LOL

      On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:46 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


  2. Valerie says:

    That is a lovely block!

    I’m definitely going slow – but I should probably be going fast (or at least faster than I am) – I’ve got a lot to accomplish before the day it out!

  3. compassionknit says:

    The day is going fast. Im going slow. Up for the barn work with the kids early this a.m. Roads slick and snowy. I’m just getting to my blog reads now. That’s ok. I’m ready to knit now!

  4. inquiringquilter says:

    This is going to be so cool. When you get it together you won’t notice the scrappy bits you don’t like right now. As you say, the eye will see the whole thing and that will be gorgeous! I like your approach to this block and would probably do the same myself. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • chrisknits says:

      I know I am crazy for making more work for myself, but I just hate adding in more seams than necessary! Thanks

      On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 12:43 PM, chrisknitssews wrote:


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