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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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Northern Cardinal (Female) Applique Bloc

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Northern Cardinal (Female) Applique Bloc
Northern Cardinal (Female) Applique Bloc
Northern Cardinal (Female) Applique Bloc
Northern Cardinal (Female) Applique Bloc
Northern Cardinal (Female) Applique Bloc

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic Applique Skills
  • Basic Embroidery Skills

Pattern Description:

Having designed all the state birds which are usually pictured as the male of the species, I decided to start designing some female birds. I started with my favorite bird, the cardinal. I used the painting I did of the cardinals for my sketch.

The tote bag in one of the pictures is a new design that will be available soon for free on my Craftsy page. Keep an eye out for it with a pieced 8" square. Any of my 8" patterns will fit in that tote bag pattern.

It was hard to find the exact fabric for this bird so I decided to use lighter pink and color it with Fabrico fabric pens to get the right color and also to add some 3-dimensional effect to the bird. If you find the 'right' fabrics you can decide to skip the fabric pen steps.

Please visit my website if you need a tutorial on back baste applique. www.artbyalexa.com


  • One 9" square background fabric
  • One 7" square light creamy white fabric for bird head
  • One 7" square brown fabric for tree branch
  • One 4" square medium gray fabric for upper back of bird
  • One 8" square light pink fabric for bird wings
  • One 4" medium dark red fabric for bird wings
  • One 5" square light tan fabric for bird
  • One scrap dark orange fabric for beak
  • Plastic Template
  • Applique and embroidery needles
  • Applique thread to match fabrics
  • DMC Embroidery floss - black-#310, tans-#435, 436, 437, white, three pine greens-one each light, medium and dark. DMC Floche can be subsituted for floss - one strand Floche = two strands floss
  • Tsukineko Fabrico Fabric pens - one each Chocolate, Poppy Red, Sand, and Cool Grey

You Will Also Need:

  • Applique and embroidery needles
  • Scissors