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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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Black Capped Chickadee Applique Block

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Black Capped Chickadee Applique Block
Black Capped Chickadee 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. I include detailed embroidery instructions for both left and right handed.

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" square finished


  • One 9" square background fabric
  • Two different 4" squares green fabric
  • One 7" square brown fabric
  • One 6" square white fabric for bird
  • One 6" square light tan fabric for bird
  • Gray and black fabric scraps for bird (see photo)
  • Plastic Template
  • Pencil
  • Applique thread to match fabrics
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Light Gray embroidery floss
  • Medium Gray embroidery floss
  • Nine red 6mm Pony beads

You Will Also Need:

  • Applique Needles
  • Embroidery Needles
  • Light Box (optional)
  • Scissors