Assemble Pot Holder Front
1. Layer print or floral 7-1⁄2" squares with wrong sides together and insulated batting 7-1⁄2" square in the center (Diagram 1). Use quilt basting spray to hold layers in place. Quilt a crosshatch design at a 45° angle with lines 1-1⁄2" apart to make pot holder front.
2. Sew together a print or floral 1-1⁄2 ×3-1⁄4" rectangle and a print or floral 2×3-1⁄4" rectangle to make a hen body piece (Diagram 2). Repeat to make four hen body pieces total.
3. Following manufacturer’s instructions, add fusible web to wrong side of hen body pieces.
4. Use a pencil to trace Pattern A on one hen body piece, aligning the pattern dotted line with the pieced rectangle seam. Cut out shape 1⁄4" outside traced lines.
5. Repeat Step 4 with remaining hen body pieces to make three Pattern A total and one Pattern A reversed.
Appliqué Pot Holder Front
1. Referring to Pot Holder Appliqué Placement Diagram, lay out pieced A reversed and A hen bodies, yellow print B reversed and B beaks, and red-and white floral C reversed and C combs atop quilted pot holder front. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse appliqué pieces in place.
2. Working from bottom layer to top, use black thread to topstitch edges of hen bodies, beaks, and combs twice.
3. Using black thread, machine-stitch legs on each hen.
4. Using brown embroidery floss, satin-stitch eyes on each hen. Add three Xs to look like hen food (see photo) to complete appliquéing of pot holder front.
5. Bind pot holder front top edge using print or floral 1-1⁄2×7-1⁄2" binding strip.
Assemble Pot Holder Back
Layer print or floral 7-1⁄2×10" rectangles with wrong sides together and both insulated batting 7-1⁄2×10" rectangles in the center (Diagram 3). Use quilt basting spray to hold layers in place. Quilt a crosshatch design at a 45° angle with lines 1-1⁄2" apart to make pot holder back.