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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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Ruffed Grouse Applique (Pennsylvania)

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Ruffed Grouse Applique (Pennsylvania)
Ruffed Grouse Applique (Pennsylvania) Close-up of feet
Ruffed Grouse Applique (Pennsylvania) Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse Applique (Pennsylvania) Close-up of head

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic Applique Skills

Pattern Description:

This pattern is one of the twenty-eight 8" square state bird applique blocks from my quilt 'Symbols of Our Unity'.

The Ruffed Grouse is the state bird of Pennsylvania. The pattern contains the layout for the applique and detailed embroidery instructions. I used Fabrico fabric markers to create the ruffed edges on the neck and head of the bird because I didn't have the 'perfect' piece of fabric. Ghordian Knot Stitch is my go-to stitch if I need a fluffy look to my embroidery. Both left and right handed instructions are included for the embroidery.

This 8" pattern is perfect for creating a mini-quilt to fit the Ackfeld 12" x 14" table stand. Make one for that friend who resides in Pennsylvania.

Visit my website, http://www.artbyalexa.com to see the whole quilt.
I also have free downloadable instructions for back baste applique.


  • One 9" square background fabric
  • One 7" square medium brown fabric for bird
  • One 7" square medium golden brown fabric for bird (see photo)
  • One 4" square white fabric for bird
  • One 5" square light golden brown fabric for bird (see photo)
  • One 5" square light gray fabric for bird neck and head (see photo)
  • Plastic Template
  • Applique thread to match fabrics
  • White, light gray, medium gray, light golden brown, black, and medium brown embroidery floss
  • One golden brown, one medium brown and one dark brown Fabrico fabric marker

You Will Also Need:

  • Embroidery needles
  • Applique needles
  • Lightbox (optional)