May's Sundrop Critter redux is Spritz the Chick. You'll find the free pdf pattern on my website through June 7: sundropdesigns.net
The new Spritz hasn't changed much from the original version. I enlarged his eyes, beak and feet a little to make them easier to work with, and I changed his posture a bit to make him more animated. The new Spritz looks like he's busy looking for something good to eat!
I decided to try the new Spritz on a simple mug rug. I fused the chick onto a large scrap of farm scene fabric and did a simple zigzag around the edges. Note; I flipped the pattern so that Spritz would be facing the chickens on the fabric. The eyes are tiny black buttons (for doll clothes, I think) that I happened to find at my local Wal-mart.
After sandwiching the little quilt and doing some simple cross-hatch quilting with a zigzag stitch, I realized that I had unnecessarily made this project more complicated than intended. Now I have to actually bind it! I hope to get to my sewing shed tomorrow to add a single-fold binding, probably in yellow. Next time I make a mug rug, I hope I remember in time to use the pillowcase method of finishing it -- it's so much faster.
Someday, I hope to make a matching table runner. Here's the Electric Quilt version of it (just visualize farm scene fabric as the border):
I wanted to use the traditional Hens and Chicks block, but I didn't want to adapt a 5x5 grid to a 6" block, so I sort of created a fusion of Hens and Chicks with the Shoo Fly block. It looks a lot like Hens and Chicks but it's adapted to a 3x3 grid (commonly called a 9-patch grid). Of course, another work-around idea would be to reduce Spritz to fit a 5" block and make traditional 5" size Hens and Chicks blocks.
If short on time, here's a simpler table runner idea using the Shoo Fly block and only 2 applique blocks:
Have fun with Spritz! He'll be replaced by a new free block around June 7. (I say "around" because I never know exactly when I'll get to my computer to upload things.)