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Flower Mound, Texas

Alexandra Henry is an award winning needle artist. She has been quilting, drawing, painting, and sewing since childhood. Alexandra is a free lance graphic artist/designer. Please visit Alexandra's ...

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Baltimore Oriole Applique Block

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Baltimore Oriole Applique Block
Baltimore Oriole Applique Block

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic Applique Skills
  • Basic Embroidery Skills

Pattern Description:

I love birds. I love drawing birds, painting birds, making applique blocks of birds, anything to do with birds. I discovered that 28 birds are all that is needed to represent all 50 states. So with a center flying eagle, I designed and made 'Symbols of Our Unity'.

I plan on uploading all 28 blocks plus the eagle pattern for sale. Rather than make people buy all the birds, I am uploading them as separate patterns so you can pick your favorites and buy just those patterns. The blocks are 8" but can be enlarged to 10" or 12" if desired, but an 8" block with a 2" border is perfect for a mini quilt that will fit a table stand. A bird block mini-quilt of their own state bird would make a great gift for that someone special.

These blocks can be done with needleturn, fusible, or machine applique. Pick your favorite method. After stitching the 9" background square will be cut down to 8-1/2" for a finished size of 8".

Please visit my website at http://www.artbyalexa.com to access other photos and my blog. There are tutorials for back baste applique and other techniques that you might find useful.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 8" finished


  • One 9" square background fabric
  • One 7" square medium orange fabric for bird (see photo)
  • One 6" square light orange fabric for bird (see photo)
  • One 7" square black fabric for bird (see photo)
  • One scrap off-white fabric for beak (see photo)
  • Three different scraps of green fabric for leaves
  • Plastic Template
  • DMC embroidery floss, White, #310 (black), #451 (shell gray), #610 (drab brown), #640 (beige brown)

You Will Also Need:

  • Applique Needle
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Light Box (optional)