Winter Migration Quilt Block in Cardinal Colors Tutorial
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We’re thrilled to unveil the captivating December Birds of a Feather Sampler Block of the Month, inspired by the mesmerizing hues of the Cardinal. This month’s block seamlessly fuses vibrant tones, intricate patterns, and the enchanting presence of these captivating birds. Whether you’re a member of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Solid of the Month Club or a devoted quilter eager to explore the beauty of Cardinal colors, this block template is designed just for you!
In 2023, the Birds of America collection, highlighted by the Fat Quarter Shop’s Solid of the Month Club, has inspired the creation of our December Sampler Block. Infused with the graceful essence of Cardinals, the chosen colors for this block will transport you to a realm of vivid splendor. The luminous shades of reds beautifully encapsulate the essence of these delightful avian creatures.
The best part is that you don’t need to be a member of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Solid of the Month Club to embark on this captivating quilting journey! Simply gather your own Cardinal-inspired colors from your fabric stash or preferred store and dive into creating this exquisite block. Our pattern is readily accessible in our free resource library, ensuring that all enthusiasts eager to embrace the Cardinal-inspired palette have easy access.
To enhance your quilting experience, we’ve prepared a comprehensive video tutorial to complement the block pattern for December. Whether you thrive on visual guidance or prefer a step-by-step approach, this tutorial equips you with the instructions and insights necessary to bring your Cardinal-inspired masterpiece to life.
So, grab your sewing machine, gather your Cardinal-colored fabrics, and join us on this extraordinary quilting adventure. Let’s dive into the captivating realm of Cardinals in Harmony, where their colors take center stage. Whether you’re an experienced quilter or just beginning your quilting journey, this December Sampler Block is poised to ignite your creativity and leave you with a quilt that exudes avian elegance and bears your unique touch.
You can find our other Birds of America Blocks below:
- March Goldfinch Block – https://bit.ly/3mxyOfV
- April Green Parakeet Block – https://bit.ly/41kxnB9
- May Chickadee Block – https://bit.ly/3MweO7X
- June Flamingo Block – https://bit.ly/3p0A50A
- July Oriole Block – https://bit.ly/3rCYESw
- August Grackle Block – https://bit.ly/3EbI7YN
- September Indigo Bunting Block – https://bit.ly/44J9O5I
- October Purple Martin Block – https://bit.ly/3Fjy3xp
- November Barn Owl Block – https://bit.ly/3R3Xaus
Enhance the charm of your Cardinal Winter Migration block with the captivating sashing design in the “Birds of a Feather” Quilt! The sashing surrounding all the blocks features a subtle and elegant beige Essex linen, providing a neutral backdrop that beautifully complements the vibrant colors of the quilt. Adding a touch of whimsy and variety, each block is adorned with a triangle pointing towards it, showcasing a unique color from that month’s Fat Quarters. As you stitch each block, you’ll delight in the ever-changing palette that brings a delightful harmony to your quilt. Prepare to witness the magic unfold as the Cardinal block takes center stage amidst a symphony of colors and textures. Let your creativity soar and enjoy the dynamic interplay of the Cardinal block and the stunning sashing design in this remarkable quilt!
Cut the Pieces
If you haven’t yet acquired the pattern, make your way to our free resource library and seize this opportunity. Immerse yourself in the splendid journey that draws inspiration from the captivating Cardinal colors and the charm of the December Cardinal block.
Start by meticulously cutting out all the required pieces, ensuring that you mark your chosen colors accurately to achieve a flawless and stunning final design.
Equipped with your perfectly cut pieces, you’re now ready to embark on the creative process of crafting your December Cardinal block. Return to this space as we guide you through each step of the assembly, ensuring that your quilting experience is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
Flying Geese Using the Four At a Time Flying Geese Method
The Four at a Time Flying Geese method is an efficient technique for creating multiple flying geese units in a single step, saving time and ensuring precision in your quilting projects. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of using this method to craft beautiful and uniform flying geese units for your quilts.
Small Squares (B Pieces):
On the wrong side of each small square, mark diagonal lines from corner to corner.
Large Squares (D Pieces)
There will be 4 large squares that will become the bases of the flying geese.
Pair the Following Fabric Pieces together:
D4 & B9 – yield 4 flying geese
D6 & B11 – yield 4 flying geese
D8 & B7 – yield 4 flying geese
D10 & B11 (2 sets) – yield 8 flying geese
D4 & B2 – yield 4 flying geese (these flying geese are used in the star in the center.)
Layering and Sewing
Positioning Small Squares:
Place two small squares right sides together on opposite corners of the large square, aligning the marked lines.
Sew 1/4 inch away from both sides of each marked line on the large square.
Cutting and Pressing
Using your rotary cutter, carefully cut along the marked lines on the B squares, creating two separate units. Pressing:
Press the seams toward the small triangles.
Adding Remaining Triangles
Place one small B square on the corner of each of the previously added small triangles, aligning the marked line in the corner and the middle of the two previously sew triangles.
Sew 1/4 inch away from both sides of each marked line on both units.
Cutting and Pressing (Again)
Repeat the cutting and pressing outlined above.
Assemble the 4 Flying Geese Units
Now that the flying geese are made, we need to make the flying geese units by sewing together four of the same color flying geese in the same direction and ironing towards the base of the top flying goose. Make the 4 following flying geese sections, unfinished size is 3.5″ x 6.5″
Create the center pinwheel
For the pinwheel we will need the E and F pieces. Start by putting together the E pieces of different colors on the short side, taking care that the darker color is on the right of the lighter color. Sew and iron open.
Layout the pinwheel, sew together in two rows, iron towards the E3 piece. Make two rows. Sew the two rows together, nesting the center seam and iron open.
Complete the center Star Section
Layout the star as show below with the C4 corner pieces, the four D4/B2 flying geese and the pinwheel from above. Sew rows together and iron as arrows indicate.
Sew the rows together, nesting seams, and iron towards the direction of the arrows.
Assemble the Block
Layout the block as shown below, with the A pieces in the four corners. Use the Key Diagram at the beginning of the pattern to help with the flying geese set placements. Sew together the rows and iron in the direction the arrows indicate. Then sew the rows together nesting seams and iron towards the outer rows.
Congratulations, you’ve done it! Your quilt block is now expertly assembled, capturing the enchanting essence of Cardinals in the captivating December Cardinal design. This completed block stands as a testament to your quilting dedication and artistic flair.
Bravo on completing the captivating Cardinal Winter Migration block in the Birds of a Feather Mystery Quilt Sampler! 🎉🦉 Your perseverance and imaginative touch have beautifully combined to breathe life into this delightful bird-inspired quilt block. Share your achievement and join the celebration by using the hashtag #CardinalBlockSamplerCC. Let’s come together to showcase our quilting prowess, inspiring fellow quilters with the charm of the Cardinal block. Together, we’re nurturing a vibrant and supportive quilting community that celebrates the creativity and joy quilting brings. Keep up the phenomenal effort and continue quilting with passion!
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