Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt


Greetings Moda Bake Shop readers and Happy New Year!   It's Karen from Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals Blog excited to share the "Redbird and Berries" mini-quilt with you!

Oh so luscious Mini Charms of Little Black Dress 2 by BasicGrey were used for the border of this cute little wall hanging while scrumptious coordinating Grunge fabrics were used for the background and applique pieces.

The recipe includes a bit of piecing, applique, free motion and straight line quilting.  You'll also learn to make Perfect Circle berries and bias stems.   I hope you find the variety intriguing because when you're done the mini quilt will *Charm* all who see it!



Quilt Border:
  • 3 or 4 Mini Charm Packs of Little Black Dress 2 by BasicGrey  (88 2.5" fabric pieces)
Applique Background:
  • 14.5" by 22.5" Grunge Basics Cream (30150-160) by BasicGrey
Applique Pieces:
  • 1 Fat Quarter Grunge Basics Grey Couture (30150-163) by BasicGrey for Stems
  • Fat Eighth or Scraps of Grunge Basics Kissing Booth Cherry Cordial (30150-167) or Grunge Red (30150-151) by BasicGrey for Bird and/or Berries
  • Scraps of Black and Reddish Orange Fabric for Bird Mask and Beak - I used Moda Black and Grunge Radish
Batting/Backing/Binding
  • 27" by 35" piece of fabric for backing
  • 27" by 35" batting
  • 1/4 yard of  fabric for binding


  • Perfect Circles or heat resistant template plastic or thin cardboard for berries
  • Freezer Paper or Template Plastic for making applique templates
  • Clover Bias Tape Maker - Size 6 (1/4") for tree stems
  • Spray Starch or Sizing for Berries
  • Aurifil Mako 50 Wt - Color 2325 for Piecing and Border Quilting
  • Aurifil Mako 50 Wt - Color 2000 Quilting Background
  • Aurifil Mako 50 Wt - Color 2460 for Red Applique
  • Aurifil Mako 50 Wt - Color 2605 for Gray Stem Applique 




Pre-cut Basics:  

Before working with Mini Charms it's helpful to run a lint brush over the edges.  This will reduce the amount of "little fuzzies" adorning your workspace ;)

Also, when working with any of the Moda Pre-cut fabrics always treat the outer most tip of the pinking as the edge.  This is especially important when piecing - the accuracy of your piecing depends on it.

For the piecing on this project you'll need to know exactly where your 1/4 seam mark is on your sewing foot.  The walking foot below is clearly marked -- I LOVE using it for accurate piecing.  

Measuring Seam Allowance Accuracy:

A great way to test the accuracy of a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance is by sewing three mini charms together.  Press to set the seams, press the seams to one side, flip over and measure. The middle charm should measure exactly 2 inches wide.  If not, adjust your seam allowance until it does.

Now lets get started with our recipe:

Step 1:  Layout/Design the border:

Layout your mini charms in a manner which is pleasing to YOUR eye.  Each quadrant of the border will be 11 charms high by 2 charms wide for a total of 22 charms in each of the 4 quadrants.   The complete border will use 88 charms.

I'm one of those CRAZY symmetrical types so a scrappy layout wasn't in the cards for me.  Instead I designed one quadrant at a time, alternating light and dark pieces and making the opposite quadrant a diagonal mirror image.  Checkout the picture below.  I love the checkerboard effect!


To duplicate the layout above you will need 4 Mini Charms packs.  If you would rather go scrappy or change the layout you can get away with using 2 Mini Charm packs and cutting 4 mini charm pieces from one of your grunge fabrics ;)  Overall you'll need 88 2.5" square pieces of fabric for the border.

Step 2:  Sew a Border Quadrant (for each of the 4 quadrants):

Once you've finalized your border layout/design, pick one quadrant and sew the pairs together - chain stitching all 11 pair of your light/dark fabric.  Chain piecing allows you to quickly sew the 11 pair without cutting your thread.  Once you've chain stitched the 11 pair are all attached in the correct order.

When finished chain piecing 11 pair of a quadrant, remove them from your machine and lay them (still connected to one another) on your ironing space with the darker fabrics facing up.  This allows you to "set" your seam by pressing them flat, and then pressing again in the desired direction - in this case it's best to press toward the dark fabric.
On a checkerboard layout, pressing toward the dark will enable you to nest your seams when you sew your pairs into 4 x 2 and then into 8 x 2's and so on.  Nesting your seams allows for more accurate intersections.
Clip the threads attached to the first 2 pair and prepare to sew 2 - 2x2's into a 4 patch.
Nest the seams for accurate alignment, pin and sew.  Repeat this effort until you've created an 11 x 2 quadrant of your border.
If you are following a light/dark arrangement (checkerboard) with a pattern to your layout (like I did), I suggest stopping and spot checking your order as you sew ; )  I ALWAYS take a picture of the layout before beginning to sew.  Use the picture to be sure you are sewing your pairs and your 11x2 sections together in the desired arrangement.

Once you have a quadrant that is 11 long by 2 wide,  press to set the seams, and then press all the seams of a quadrant in the same direction.  For ease of attaching to the background fabric you can press this way:
  • right side border should be pressed downward
  • left side border pressed upward
  • bottom border pressed to the left
  • top border pressed to the right.  
Each of the 4 quadrants should measure 22.5 inches long and 4.5 inches wide.
Once all 4 quadrants are prepared, it's time to put it all together!

Step 3: Cut background fabric and attach borders:

Using Grunge Cream cut a piece of background fabric 14.5" by 22.5".

Attach the side borders to the background fabric first, press to set the seams, then press the seams toward the border.

Next attach the top and bottom borders, setting the seams and pressing them toward the border.  You only have two seams to match on this border -- so simple ;)

Woohoo!  Now your top is ready for the applique. The top should measure 22.5 inches wide by 30.5 inches long.

Applique:

The applique on the sample was completed by hand, but you can use your favorite applique method to complete yours.  The stems, berries and bird can be done with two sided fusible, raw edge machine applique, or any other applique method.  The sample was completed with bias stems, perfect circle berries, and a needle turn applique Redbird.  You can learn more about Needle Turn applique by visiting the "Teardrops of Love" tutorial on my blog.

Applique Prep 1 - Prepare Strips for Bias Stems:

You will need 10 or so 1/2 inch bias strips of Grunge Gray Couture.  If you've never made a bias strip before, don't worry -- just follow these simple steps:
  • Start with a fat quarter of Grunge Grey Couture
  • Iron your fabric - cut a straight edge if there isn't one already.
  • Most rotary rulers include a 45 degree angle mark on them - find it on your ruler.
  • Lay the 45 degree angle mark on the selvage edge of your fabric.  This will align the cut edge of your ruler on a 45 degree angle. 
  •  Use a rotary cutter and cut a straight edge on the bias (the diagonal above).
  • Gently slide your ruler over to the 1/2" mark (with the 45 degree line still on the selvage) and cut a 1/2 inch strip.
  • Repeat this process until you have 10 or more 1/2" strips cut on the bias.
Note: Use Caution when handling the strips -- when fabric is cut on the bias it will easily stretch.

Applique Prep 2 - Make Bias Stems:

  • Using the Clover #6 - 1/4" Bias Tape Maker (BTM) feed one end of your 1/2" bias strip through the wide end of the BTM with fabric right side up.  Use a pin to advance the fabric through the BTM to the narrow end if necessary.  Leave about 1/2" of the strip showing on the narrow end.
  • Position your iron so the side of the iron is against the narrow end of the BTM.
  • Note: The BTM instructions say to move the tool with the hand that is not ironing -- but I prefer to use the iron to move the tool.
  • The iron should be set on a "Cotton" heat with steam and a fair amount of pressure should be applied as you glide the iron over the fabric to make the bias stem.  Once you start pressing to the left  - keep going - don't stop mid strip. 
  • Some would suggest you use a light starch on the fabric before beginning to make the tape -- feel free to do so - it makes the bias tape hold its shape. 
Completed bias stems:

Applique Prep 3 - Make Berries:

Using Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles templates choose the 1/2 inch diameter template.  If you don't own Perfect Circles, use the heavy piece of cardboard that backed your Mini Charm pack to cut a template.  
  • Cut 65-75 1" circles for berries -- I used a variety of fabrics, including Red Grunge, Moda Marbles and some of the extra Little Black Dress mini charms. Use a US Quarter coin to cut 1" circles if necessary.
  • Once the 1 inch circles are cut , hand sew a running stitch around the perimeter of the fabric circles - leaving approximately a 6" tail of thread attached to the fabric circle. Do not knot the thread after you've finished the running stitch.
  • Place a Perfect Circle template in the center of the fabric.  
  • Pull the thread taut around the Perfect Circle, drawing the fabric tight around the template.
  • Place the unit right side down on the ironing surface, spray a bit of starch or sizing on the back side of the drawn fabric and place a medium heat, dry iron on the piece(s) until the berry is completely dry (a minute or two depending on how much spray starch you use).
  • Remove the iron, allow the berry and template to cool, then peel the edge of the fabric back to  remove the  template.  
  • Reshape the circle by pulling the thread taut again and press once more to set the circle.


A collection of berries: The sample contained about 75 berries and included some berries made from the leftover Little Black Dress 2 mini-charms (not shown below).

Applique Step 4  - Layout and Attach Stems to Background:

Layout stems in a manner which is pleasing to your eye.  If you would like your completed work to look like the sample, use the "Final Applique Layout" picture (below) to arrange the stems and berries.

I use pins to secure the applique stems to the background prior to stitching.  This method allows the stem to float for re-arranging.  You can also baste or glue baste the stems in place for stitching.
Once arranged, use an invisible stitch (similar to the stitch used for needle turn applique) to attach the stems to the background.   You can see more about applique stitch here.

A couple of tips when working with stems:
  • When stems are made on the bias they are very flexible - so they curve easily.  Just pin or glue or baste in the position you like.
  • To hide a raw edge tip of a stem fold the end under once and secure when you sew the stem.
  • Create a fork in your stems by tucking the end of a stem under another section of stem or by folding a long piece of stem in two.
  • You don't need stems that are so long they are unmanageable.  Just put one stem end against the other and sew -- place a berry on it to cover the intersection if you like. 
Attach your stems to the background fabric by hand or machine.  Again, you can learn more about needle turn applique on the "Teardrops of Love" tutorial on my blog.

Applique Step 5 - Layout and Attach Berries and Bird:

Berries or Redbird first?  The choice is yours.  I did a few berries and then the Redbird and finished up with Berries.

Arrange and pin some berries in place.  I limited the number pinned at one time so my threads were not getting caught on the applique pins. 

Stitch the berries by hand or machine.  If stitching by hand use the same "invisible" stitch used on the stems and used for most needle turn applique.

Applique  - Prepare and Applique the Redbird:

Note: The Redbird applique template can be found in the "Printer Friendly" version of this recipe.

In the sample, Needle Turn applique was used for the Redbird, his mask, and beak - but any method can be used to complete this step.  I won't go into Needle Turn Applique techniques here but please visit my blog and/or leave me questions below if you run into trouble completing the bird.  I do have pictures of each applique step and would be happy to share them on my blog if it would be helpful.  Please let me know.

Normally, to prepare applique shapes, I would print the applique templates directly onto the dull side of a piece of freezer paper; however, for this recipe I decided to use template plastic so I could fussy cut the Redbird from the beautiful Grunge fabric. If you're using turned applique, trace the bird onto the fabric with any of the marking tools identified here and cut out with an 1/8" plus seam allowance.

Did I mention how much I LOVE Grunge?  - OR - how well it goes with the Little Black Dress 2 fabric line?   It really is a beautiful line of fabric.  No kidding!!
Next applique the bird to the background.  Stitch the body first, then the mask, and lastly the beak.

If you haven't done so already, finish attaching all of your beautiful berries to the background. Each berry adds dimension to the overall design.  I didn't fret much about making my berries perfect - because in real life they are not.  The sample berries were stitched by hand.


Final Applique Layout:


Note: Often when you applique a quilt top, the overall dimension gets smaller.  The applique stitching tends to pull in the sides of a quilt top.  No need for concern -- the quilting will probably shrink it more!

Prepare for Quilting:

If you are unfamiliar with the steps necessary to prepare a top for quilting, there are detailed instructions specified in the Family Tree Pillow Recipe here.

For the sample I used two layers of batting to provide both loft and stability.  One layer of 100% Wool Batting and one Layer of Warm and Natural Cotton batting.

I also pieced the back for this particular quilt.  The backing measured 27" x 35".
I started quilting by straight line stitching around the perimeter of the background fabric and again around the perimeter of the first rows of charms.  I almost always "stitch in the ditch" to stabilize the quilt before starting to Free Motion Quilt.

For the background quilting I used Aurifil Mako 50 Wt Cotton in Color #2000.  This thread glides through my Janome and I never get thread breaks.  The color matches the Grunge Creme perfectly!

Always be sure to match your top and bobbin threads when Free Motion Quilting.  So we are now echo quilting around each applique piece (removing pins as necessary).  Once done repeat the echo quilting around all applique and stems.  In hindsight I wish I had echo quilted one more time before starting my background quilting.  As you can see below, I quilted in some mock berries to add interest.
To complete the background quilting I used a "McTavishing" like design - a variety described as "Nifty Little S's" shared by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring Blog. This design is so forgiving and allows you to move around the applique pieces with ease.
Once the background quilting was completed I added some straight line quilting (with a walking foot) on the mini-charms.  I used a walking foot as a width guide and quilted every 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the background.  The straight line stitching shows up best on the back of the quilt.  For this quilting I used Aurifil Mako 50Wt Cotton in Color #2325.  Again, I just love the way the Aurifil quilts - I couldn't be happier with this thread!
Below is another picture that shows the pretty straight line quilting on the charms.
When finished quilting, the sample "squared" to 21.5" wide by 29.5" long.  The applique and dense quilting ate up 1 inch each of the width and length.
The next step is to prepare hanging sleeves and binding as desired.  There is a great Moda Basics Tutorial for Binding here.
The sample binding was completed using a 2.25" wide binding (folded) and a 3/8" seam allowance to sew it on the front and hand stitch it to the back.  I also added two hanging sleeves (either side of the middle) using two 5.5" by 8.5 inch pieces of fabric.
If you've made it to this point of the tutorial congratulations!   I hope you've enjoyed learning about bias stems, Perfect Circles, applique and some free motion quilting.
Working with these methods opens a new door to the world of quilting doesn't it ?    It's sew much fun!





One 21.5" x 29.5" Wall Hanging or Table Topper or Mini Quilt.


If you have questions, leave them in the comments below -- I'll be happy to answer them.

Please be sure to swing by my blog and check out my tutorials, lessons learned and completed projects.   I would love to have you join the fun and give me feedback on this recipe.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Karen Miller
{www.karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com}


105 comments:

MalinisQuilts said...

Wow! this is awesome!

CruiseFan said...

I have to say that I do not go for Appliqué at all. Sorry.

Nevertheless: This tutorial is just one of the BEST I have ever seen!
The quilting on your 'masterpiece' looks terrific.

sue said...

WOW! Just beautiful and I loved your tutorial. I have done a few applique quilts and may do this one. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Williams said...

This is beautiful!!!

Gill said...

A fabulous quilt - thanks for the tutorial Karen!!

chmurka said...

Lovely!

KaHolly said...

This is, by far, the very best tutorial I've ever seen. You really raise the bar!! Not to mention it's adorable! Thanks so much for takiing the time to put this together!

Ruth said...

I love cardinals, so this is perfect!

Susan said...

I wish I had the patience for applique, but yours almost makes me want to try again. Your tutorial is excellent, and your piecing info very helpful.

annmarie said...

Awesome quilt, wonderful tutorial - you are a GREAT teacher! Thanks so much.

Robyn said...

Great quilt, and very detailed instructions. I love it.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

This is so cute--love it!

Lisa Marie said...

This is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I hope to make it one day.

Skootchover said...

This was a wonderful tutorial; the best I've read in a while. Thank you for being so clear and precise.

Flicsha said...

Yes I think you have done a great job on your tutorial. You made everything very clear. I went to your blog and it's now on my favorite's list. Keep up with the good work. Love it. Flicsha

Kathryn Oppelt said...

wow, fabulous tutorial and pattern, thank you!

Florence Burton said...

I love your tutorial! Best I've ever seen! Thank you.649

Cybergran said...

I love the wall hanging it is just so beautiful..Thanks for posting..

Sarah said...

I am adding this to my projects list. I can see the bird done as a Blue Jay too! Thanks!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Oh I love this project! Cardinals are my favorite, and love how it went together.

Susan said...

This is now on my to do list! I love this Cardinal and berries.

shan said...

This is absolutely wonderful!!! I am a new quilter, now that I have learned to sew squared together, so to speak. I am concentrating on the quilting portion. Machine and hand, although I admit that I like ths speed of the machine over hand! I love that even on a mini, you have different types of quilting. It really sets the birds off! I love the bright and beautiful colors in this piece. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us all. I also loved your Family Tree Pillow.

shan said...

This is absolutely wonderful!!! I am a new quilter, now that I have learned to sew squared together, so to speak. I am concentrating on the quilting portion. Machine and hand, although I admit that I like ths speed of the machine over hand! I love that even on a mini, you have different types of quilting. It really sets the birds off! I love the bright and beautiful colors in this piece. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us all. I also loved your Family Tree Pillow.

Daynora Clements-Caul said...

This is awesome, I can't wait to do it!

Joyce Carter said...

This is so beautiful, Karen. I love the way you made the circles. I haven't tried this before, but I will certainly use it the next time I do circles. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

Lori Landenburger said...

This is an excellent tutorial. Thanks!!

Paula said...

A beautiful quilt and a great tutorial. Thanks!

Chip E. Nell said...

I just love this little masterpiece. Thanks for sharing it and the great give away!

Joan said...

This is a gorgeous wallhanging. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

Linda Fleming said...

Thanks for sharing this fantastic wall hanging. What a great tutorial too!

Kathy Boice said...

What a beautiful project!!! Your tutorial is so well written and covered. midwayfarms@hughes.net

jmniffer said...

I love your detailed tutorial. I learned a lot and have saved your project for a time when I have the skills necessary to make it.

CC said...

I have to agree with the others who have said it is a fantastic tutorial, definitely the most thorough I have ever seen and I really appreciate it! I love that you've included how it was quilted. I wish so often that detail would be given in patterns as to how it was quilted like you have done here. The pattern is very beautiful, love the cardinal.

quiltmom said...

Its a terrific tutorial with great photographs and some good quilting tips. Thanks for sharing your expertise and lovely design.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

DebraKay Neiman said...

The only thing better than this wonderful quilt...is the great tutorial...so easy to follow. I just got the bias tools and it even covered that. Karen is the Bomb. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Stephanie said...

I am working on my first quilt. I love that your tutorial shows lots of photos! I am a visual learner and I love seeing as many photos as possible or a video. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

This is a beautiful pattern, and I can't wait to get started on it!

Karen said...

Thank you for such a thorough tutorial with lots of beautiful pictures to follow.
And congrats on another great project!

averyclaire.org said...

I adore this cardinal quilt! It is perfect! Love it!

Diane Ober said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the cardinals that come to our feeder here in CT. They come in pairs-first the male & somewhere, if you look very carefully the female. Do you know that they mate for life?

Angelia Lanouette said...

I absolutely love this gorgeous quilt! I love the red and cardinal! Thank you for the detailed tutorial....now I know how to sew the pinked edges. Beautiful!

NANNASWORKROOM said...

This is lovely and I have finally managed to download the pattern, I love applique so will enjoy making this. Thank you Jean

nicolesender said...

The tutorial is excellent and I learned quite a bit.

NOWACRAFT said...

It seems like one of The angry birds, wonderful !

delaineelliott said...

What a cheerful quilt and a great tutorial! Thanks.

Christine said...

This is a great tutorial, well thought out and loads of wonderful photos. Thank you for your inspiration.

Nancy Rowe said...

Where do I find the pattern? It is beautiful, but I am not artistic and need help.

Nancy

Carrie P. said...

Love your red bird wall hanging. great tutorial

Donna W said...

Awesome quilt and tutorial. Thanks

Betsy said...

Stunning Karen. I love this mini quilt!!!

RosieGma said...

Hello, Thank you for the beautiful mini quilt of the Cardinal., I have to make this as the Cardinal was my mothers favorite bird, and when I see one by chance, I know my mother is watching over me. My mother passed away when I was 10 yrs. old, and now that I am 56 I have many memories of her warm embrace.

Jill said...

Wonderful tutorial! Hope I win the starter pack! ;)

DuAnne said...

This quilt is totally gorgeous! I am going to make it for a friend of mine. Love the tutorial and also the fabrics for this.

tac73 said...

Love this tutorial. the quilt is gorgeous.

Sarah said...

It will be so much fun to make this quilt. Love Karen's design, color selection, and tutorial.

OhioLori said...

Love Love LOOOOOOVE this lil' quilt!!! AWESOME JOB!! & your Tutorial is amazing!!! Is like you are right here, helping us thru each step! Thank you soooo much!!

OhioLori said...

Pinned your Tutorial to my Pintrest Board pinterest.com/pin/423619908671646382/

Marsha Hodgkins said...

This tutorial is SO complete! Wonderful job! I just pinned it on my Pinterest and also will share it on my blog on Friday, Jan. 31 with a link to you. I want to try this in WOOL as I think it's perfect for wool. Thank you so much for sharing!

http://quilterinmotion.net

Hannele said...

What a wonderful quilt and brilliant, detailed tutorial! Thank you so much!

Micupoftea said...

Karen sent me- this is gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Mokki said...

Lovely quilt design. Id love to have a go.

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

I absolutely love that quilt. The more I look at it and the more I wish to make it myself. And your instructions are very, very precise. The red cardinal berries are simple but elegant. The "frame" around the appliqués is also quite elegant (well, made with fabrics called Black Dress, how could it not be?). Astonishing!

quilter said...

This is a great tutorial, great information! Thanks!!
Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Dawn Frisch said...

What a lovely mini quilt! The tutorial is great too!
Dawn
array-dawn at cox dot net

Kay said...

This is gorgeous. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial.

Linda said...

SO PRETTY!
THANKS FOR SHARING THIS FINE TUTORIAL AND YOUR FINISHED WORK!
IT FEELS LIKE I NEED TO MAKE ONE TOO! ENTER MY NAME IN THE GIVEAWAY!
HAPPY STITCHING!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Louise said...

What a wonderfully detailed tutorial. The fabric really makes the quilt. And the quilting is magnificent! One procedural question though, when I first learned quilting, (patchwork really) I was taught to preshrink all fabrics before cutting patches. I presume that is not the case here? or in general practice now? Thanks, if you have any thoughts on this.

Sherri Hoy said...

I just love the choice of colors used. The Red cardinal just pops right out on it.

Laurie Parent said...

Beautiful and a freat tutorial! Thanks so much!

Robin said...

Beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

Ulla's Quilt World said...

So lovely! :)
Greetings from Finland!
Hugs, Ulla

Deb said...

Absolutely adore this and another sign my MIL is watching over us, she loved cardinals!
Wonderful tutorial and the love and care you took with it shows. Thanks so much!

Jodi Connors said...

This, by far, is my favorite tutorial, it one of the best and most user friendly, if they handed out awards through this site, I believe the content and illustrations of this tutorial deserves the blue ribbon. Thanks so much, I love it!

Jodi
mtnfamily2013@yahoo.com

Michal Woodruff said...

I love everything about this quilt. I love the pattern and fabric both. I am dying to make my own. And your tutorial is probably one of the most helpful I've ever viewed. Great work! Such a beautiful piece of art. Happy Quilting!

Jen Barnard said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for not just saying "quilt as desired and bind".

kim leavens said...

Beautiful pattern,,,excellent tutorial!!! Love it. Thank you.

Loris said...

I love Cardinals! and your sweet design here is beautiful! thank you for sharing the inspiration and the great tutorial!

Denise :) said...

This is really lovely!! Great job! :)

Kathy H said...

This is one of the best tutorials that I have seen. Clear and great pictures. Your quilting is amazing too. I want to make this one.

darlene macdonald said...

Always wondered how the little circles were done. Thank you for showing this. Others usually show cutting out circles with a machine. Thanks again!

Irishpattyquinn said...

Please Please where or how do I get this pattern???? My daughter in Florida is a cardinal lover and I would love to make this for her.
Cindy Larson
cindyspringers@comcadt.net

sis 2 said...

where can I get this pattern? it doesn't have the printer friendly version or bird pattern when I try to get it
Thanks,
Susan

nunicagirl said...

This is beautiful! The Red Cardinal is my favorite bird to watch on my bird feeder!What a nice way to recreate him!

Bonnie58 said...

Love the quilt. Thanks so much for sharing

Bev said...

This is just the most striking little quilt; the tutorial is one I am looking forward to. My daughter lives in Raleigh, NC and often sees the red cardinal so I especially identify with your design. Thanks so much for the great look. Love Moda Bake Shop.

PK Sews said...

I can't thank you enough for this tutorial. This is one of the most compelling projects I've seen in a long time. I love applique, and I can't wait to get started!

LindsayAC said...

This is so gorgeous! How generous of you to offer a "starter kit" giveaway!

Jeanne Gwin said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for your generosity with the giveaway but more so for sharing your talent freely with us.

Michele T said...

Beautiful!!! I would love to make this wall hanging!

Debbi2323 said...

I love this little quilt. The tutorial makes it look easy to do and I would love to make this quilt.

pippirose said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Your quilt is just gorgeous!

sis 2 said...

where can I get the pattern for the redbird and berries quilt

sis 2 said...

I finally found it I'm sure mine did not say printer friendly version before.. I even had my son check it. anyway Thank you so much for sharing

Donna said...

Outstanding!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Sis 2 I'm sorry I couldn't reply directly - you are showing as a no-reply blogger with no email address on your profile. Please write to me directly or on my blog if you have any other questions. So glad you found the Printer Friendly link...

Material Girl said...

This is such a beautiful wallhangings! Need the bright color of birds and berries to get away from the white snow that never ends!

Bunny said...

Just beautiful Cardinal. Love your tutorial.
Bunny

Jen Myers said...

This is one of the best tutorials I've ever seen. It's so detailed and complete. I can't wait to give this a try!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So Gorgeous!

SIMPLESEW said...

breathe taking..........

Judylee said...

It's very pretty, sure to brighten up a space.

Dasha said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely

Robin said...

So pretty!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

I was very, very thrilled to learn that I won the starter kit giveaway for this gorgeous quilt. I cannot wait to start working on it. Thank you Karen and thank you Moda Bake Shop! What a great project to end the winter!

WhoMom said...

Fabulous wall hanging. Thank you for breaking the process down into understandable steps, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. I'm a confident beginner and need really good directions. Birds are a favorite of mine and this is amazing. Thank you too for sharing.