The cardinal is a majestic bird that adds a splash of vividness wherever it lands and I could not make my Winter Quilt without it. I more than once saw a cardinal while walking in the Montreal Botanical Garden during a mild winter day. Posing in the same manner as the ones I have hand-appliqued, perched on the branch of a grand oak. Twice this winter, I was lucky enough to see one in my backyard (though not in an oak).
The eyes and the black sections around them were embroidered by hand. I have also embroidered snow on the branches and on the acorns, because I have never seen a winter without snow. The blocks would then have been better suited for a fall quilt.
A closer look will show you blue threads running horizontally. This is because I prepared the quilt for quilting before taking the pictures. I know, these do not add to the prettiness. Please, ignore them.
I have made four cardinal blocks. They are similar, with wings and acorns placed differently. Two birds are facing the left and two are facing the right. I hope you enjoy looking at my cardinals, as much as I did stitching them.
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