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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 Applique Block

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Northern Cardinal Applique Block
Northern Cardinal Applique Block Northern Cardinal

Pattern Description:

I love birds. I love drawing birds, painting birds, making applique blocks of birds, anything to do with birds. This is my favorite bird and the one that started the whole idea of making a quilt with all the state birds. In doing so, 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.

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:

  • 8-1/2" square unfinished
  • 8" square finished


  • One 9" background square
  • Bits and pieces of cotton fabric for the applique (see photo for colors)
  • Plastic Template
  • Template marker
  • Pencil
  • Applique thread to match fabrics
  • Green embroidery floss
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Light Gray embroidery floss
  • 21-25 small brown or copper beads

You Will Also Need:

  • Applique needle
  • Scissors