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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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Western Meadowlark Applique Block

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Western Meadowlark Applique Block
Western Meadowlark 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 bird patterns, 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. Blocks are cut 9" and trimmed down after stitching to 8-1/2" unfinished.

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
  • One 7" square gray striped fabric
  • One 7" square brown woodgrain fabric for tree
  • Three different 4" squares yellow fabrics for bird
  • Gray and black fabric scraps for bird
  • Plastic Template
  • Applique and embroidery needles
  • Applique thread to match fabrics
  • DMC Embroidery Floss #310, 451, 452, 453, 470, 472, 535, 610, and 647
  • Dark gray and black Fabrico Markers (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • Scissors
  • Applique and Embroidery Needles
  • Lightbox (optional)