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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Moda Blockhead #40

Cardinal on a Berry Branch
by Jan Patek
That's Me:)


To download the pattern click here.
And as usual I got to make another little block in order to show you how.
A lot of you probably know the routine by now but we'll go over it anyway.


First trace your patterns onto the matte side of the freezer paper.
 Then cut them out and iron the shiny side to your fabrics.


Lay the fabric on your sandpaper board and 
trace around the pattern with a marking pencil.  
This is your stitching line.
Peel off the freezer paper.


Repeat with all of the patterns except the berry.
Clip the inside curve on the branch and
baste both edges under.


Do a running stitch around the outside of the berry,
put the freezer paper berry inside and draw the thread up around the paper.


 Appliqué the branch and the berry to the background.


Baste under the top and the bottom of the cardinal.


Appliqué the wing to the back


Then appliqué the cardinal in place on the branch.
To learn how to appliqué the points (and there are a lot of them)
or to refresh go to https://youtu.be/whsjyGgS1Y4


Embroider his eye with 2 strands of cotton floss.


And then back to points with the star.
You use the same technique for all points, stars, birds beaks, tails, wings, leafs.  
Once you learn how to do it, it becomes easier and easier.


Now quilt your little block


bind it and put a sleeve on the back for the hanger.


Make a comment, any comment you like and come back next week to see which one
 the random number generator picked to
win a kit including a hanger.

There's another reason to COME TO MY BLOG NEXT WEEK -
 Moda has generously donated a FABRIC GIVEAWAY for each of us and you need to GO TO EACH OF OUR BLOGS NEXT WEEK to enter.  Wow! 6 chances to win fabric.

 For now, lets go see what the other designers have done with the my cardinal.  

Lynne -


Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #41 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

57 comments:

  1. A gorgeous block AND another wonderful applique tutorial! You rock! (And I'll use this to finish my Block... I got a little behind this week.)

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  2. I was so hoping for this motive for our quilt, yay!!! Thank you, Jan! Love it!!!!

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  3. Love the cardinal. Thanks Jan for a fun block.

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  4. I love the applique block but will adapt the bird to look like one seen in the Netherlands when I make this block

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  5. Your applique rocks!!!!!!! Thank you so much.

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  6. Love the block. The little hanger displays it perfectly.

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  7. Cardinals are my favorite. Thank you for the lovely block.

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  8. I think hand stitching is very relaxing and rewarding. I would love to give your techniques a try.

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  9. I always love your designs. Thanks for sharing the cute cardinal.

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  10. Perfect little block for this time of year! Thank you!

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  11. Thx Jan for the 'lil cutie red cardinal to continue my learning practice of applique!

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  12. Love your applique blocks for the blockheads quilt!

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  13. Cardinals are the Virginia state bird. We see them all year long, and it's fun to spot one.

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  14. Love to see the cardinals in the trees - especially in the winter with snow all around - they brighten up the woods and my spirit!

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  15. I love your cardinal block! My mothers' favorite bird. Shirley Mann

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  16. I live in "Cardinal Nation" ... the MLB St. Louis Cardinals area, that is ... so this cardinal block would look great in my house. Thanks for the chance to win it and thanks for the pattern to make it in case my number doesn't come up!

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  17. Wonderful little block! I don't do much hand applique but I may have to try this one!

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  18. I am just beginning to learn the applique process so I appreciated the step by step refresher!

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  19. I love Cardinals! Your applique block is delightful.
    clara-chandler@att.net Thank you for the giveaway chance.

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  20. You always make it look so easy! I love your primitive style and love the do-ability of your designs!

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  21. So so pretty. The cardinal just glows on that dark background! Love your style.

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  22. Thank you for the lovely block!

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  24. I miss seeing cardinals now that we no longer live in IL. Would love to win your design.

    Charlotte

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  25. Love the cardinal block as it reminds me of my Sweet Dad. When he would whistle the cardinals would flock to his feeders. You have made an appliqué out of me Jan. Thanks so much.

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  26. Thanks so much for the directions!

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  27. You have such beautiful ideas! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    Elaine Sweitzer

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  28. Always love your applique style, Jan!!

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  29. Cardinals always make me have happy thoughts...so do quilts for that matter. Love your blocks Jan!

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  30. Your cardinal is so adorable. Thanks for the draw. raydeer@memlane.com

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  31. Your appliqueing is just beautiful. I love your design.

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  32. I love cardinals, thanks for the pattern and the chance to win .

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  33. THANKS FOR THE BLOCK AND THE TUTORIAL- HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

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  34. Thank you for the pattern...
    My applique isn't improving very fast
    but I'm still trying

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  35. Too little time before Christmas and so much to do!

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  36. Love the block and thanks for the opportunity!

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  37. Really Cute! Just in time for Christmas.

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  38. Love this! Thanks for the detailed instructions. Rookie appliquer.

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  39. What a sweet block. Cardinals are my absolute favorite! -------jmh

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  40. What a sweet block. Cardinals are my absolute favorite! -------jmh

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  41. I think this is my favorite Blockhead block! I've always loved cardinals!

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  42. Love the block. The best instructions for appliqué. I just might get good at it!

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  43. Cardinals are my favourite birds and I hope to get mine sewn this weekend!

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  44. I'm loving this process. So many wonderful blocks.

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  45. What an adorable block -- makes a wonderful tiny quilt! And thanks for sharing the how-to-applique tips!

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  46. i would love to win. merry christmas

    lila foster

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  47. I love to see Cardinals at my feeders. Today they were so bright against the New snow that fell yesterday. Love the block!

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  48. I also love your tutorial. Thank you. Merry Christmas!

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  49. Love these blocks! Teaching my 10 yr old to sew in 2018, so these are perfect projects, to teach various techniques! Hope you can enjoy the holiday season among all the rushing and brouhaha that the season also brings :) (i.e. I give you permission to put your feet up and grab a hot chocolate WITH marshmallows!)

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  50. You make the best baskets ever. this has nothing to do with today's post, I just wanted to let you know. Carolyn

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  51. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!

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