Tales of Chookonia # 5, the egg basket

This should really be a ScrapHappy post, but I couldn’t wait.

The Girls are now all laying, bar Lacey, who is clearly smaller and younger and not quite ready yet. One of them, and I can’t tell who, is laying  e n o r m o u s  double-yolked eggs. Take a look at this monster.

Most of the eggs weigh between 50 and 60 grams (1¾-2oz) each, but this huge one weighed 90 grams (over 3oz)! It’s the second one we’ve had, so clearly one of the Girls has it in her regular repertoire.

Anyway, now that I have more than one or two eggs to collect each morning, I wanted a container. I don’t want to put them in the empty scraps bucket as it’s a) usually dirty once I’ve emptied the scraps; and b) hard, and they’ll roll around and get cracked. So I decided something needed a quilted lining. Well, I would, wouldn’t I…?  I had a small plastic ‘bucket-style’ basket which I could line.

And of course, it required chicken-themed fabric. Luckily, I had scraps left over from when I used this fabric for one of my Parterre blocks, and it was just enough to do the inside of the basket lining plus a couple of small ties to hold the lining in.

The back of the lining is scraps from the backing for the recently-completed Tyger quilt. The binding is scraps from the Floribunda quilt. The batting is also scraps from Tyger. See what I mean about it being a scrappy project?

Don’t the eggs look pretty?  Who says practical has to be boring?

33 thoughts on “Tales of Chookonia # 5, the egg basket

  1. Oh my ! Oh my ! Oh my ! How I love this 😍
    And yes absolutely nothing needs to be boring everrrrr 💝

  2. qldmaggie says:

    great basket liner, and sooooo useful.

  3. qldmaggie says:

    thats a great basket liner, and so pretty.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! I wanted something that could be washed easily but not get grubby too quickly. Also, I didn’t need anything huge as we only have 5 Girls.

  4. This is far snazzier than my straw-lined red plastic egg collecting bucket. Very cute.

  5. claire93 says:

    oh wow! lovely egg basket!
    I’m a lazy whotsit . . . I just collect eggs and bring back in my hands, since we’ve only got the 4 hens.

    • katechiconi says:

      Generally, I have one hand occupied with the scraps bucket, and also need two hands to open and close the chicken run gate, so something to put the eggs in is very useful!

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    William Morris would certainly approve. It’s gorgeous.

  7. Sandi says:

    That is so cute!! That egg is huge! Hugs,

  8. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Kate, you’ve out-done yourself – it’s eggactly right!

  9. Lucyannluna says:

    I love your egg basket, that egg is eye wateringly enormous

  10. Marty K says:

    Now THAT’S an egg! Wowzers! The basket liner is perfect too. You are so creative! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It was larger than a standard Jumbo egg, which is saying something. Also quite remarkable in the first year of laying life, when generally the eggs are fairly small.

  11. Going Batty in Wales says:

    It looks lovely and very practical.

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  13. It couldn’t be anything other than chicken themed! Much more imaginative than the egg carton I used to take along in the feed bucket. And much more practical thsn the G.O. stashimg eggs in his jacket pockets…

    • katechiconi says:

      I found the trouble with cartons is that the massive double yolk eggs don’t fit in them, plus they have no handle. And as for eggs in the Husband’s shirt pocket… let’s not go there. We’re up to 4 per day now, which isn’t bad for new hens in winter!

  14. very very impressive!

  15. Sharon says:

    Adorable egg basket

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