Birdie Stitches Quilts

Birdie Stitches Block #4

Birdie Stitches Block #4

Well folks Spring is just around the corner and hopefully this little block will bring a little bit of Spring your way! =)  I had an idea to put up a gnarly, old block as an April Fool’s day joke but, I wasn’t sure how big that would go over–so you’re getting the real thing. =)  I remember in 4th grade my cousin and I played a fantastic(or so we thought) April Fool’s day joke on a boy in our class–it had to do with him receiving a letter informing him that he was going to have to be transferred to another school district.  We really had him going (we got our teacher to sign our letter–however, we couldn’t convince our principal) until he got to the part about the uniforms (for some reason he just didn’t believe the uniform he was going to have to wear, huh…who knew?!?). =p

Anyhoo, on to Block #4

Birdie Stitches Block #4

Block Construction(All blocks will be constructed in the same manner):

Center square: 8.5″ square

 Border Squares: (20) 2.5″ squares

I like to assemble the block before doing the embroidery work–it’s just a little bit easier to hoop it up.  Sew together 2 sets of (4) 2.5″ squares–these strips will measure 8.5″long–sew one set to the top and bottom of the 8.5″ center square.  Sew the remaining 2.5″ squares into two sets of  6.  These will measure 12.5″ long–sew one strip on each side of the block.  And Voila! a 12.5″ square block all ready for embroidery.  You will find the embroidery pattern below in pdf format.

Birdie Stitches Block #4

A couple embroidery notes:  I used 3 strands of floss for all of the “egg” embroidery.  This pattern incorporates a simple back stitch and french knots.  Please note, as I used 6 strands of floss I only wrap the needle once for my french knots–I also only wrapped the needle once when making french knots on the eggs.  I used a water erasable marker to transfer the embroidery pattern onto my fabric–this was done after the block was assembled.

Enjoy!  As always be sure to add your finished blocks to the flickr group! =)

A little bit of extra news for today. =)  My Liberated Wedding Ring Quilt is being featured today on Quilt Story. =)

Fresh Poppy Design

It’s such a neat site be sure to pop on over and take a peek!  Thanks so much Heather and Megan for featuring me again!! =)




Comments (31)

  • I really like your blocks. Maybe I will gather me some supplies and see what kind of harm I can do. I have never done any embroidery but these birds are getting harder and harder to resist.

  • super cute block this month!! Thanks!

  • Ooh, I think this one’s my favorite do far!

  • The block is darling. I can’t wait to get started!! Thanks so much!!!!!

  • What a great Spring block!! I am hoping to put all of mine into a tablecloth… food allowed though!
    Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  • Thanks for the new block. Love it !

  • Thanks Corey! It’s adorable. And great feature over at Quilt Story!

  • Every month you design a block even sweeter than the previous one! This is just darling. I finally started stitching my first block last night…I know my little granddaughters are going to LOVE this quilt. Thank you so much for the free patterns 🙂

  • I am swooning over that block!! So so darling! Thanks again 🙂

  • YAY!!! I LOVE this one. That tree is just perfect. I wish I had that painted on my daughter’s wall. 🙂 I can’t wait to get started. Work-shmerk.

  • This is too cute. I REALLY need to get caught up! And cool on your quilt being featured. Heading over there now…

  • What a pretty block! The tree is fabulous.

  • merci pour ce nouveau bloc.

  • I saw your post on Quiltstory. I love the design! It’s still on my to-do list.

  • This block is so cute. Each time you post a new block it becomes my favorite. 🙂

  • I LOVE this little birdie! These blocks are so fun to stitch. Thank you for
    sharing them with all of us. Can you tell me how wide the sashing is between each block. I would like to start sewing the completed ones together. Or do we need to wait until the end? Thanks, Nola

    • The sashing will finish at 2″ wide–so you would need 2.5″ wide sashing pieces. =)

  • Sweet tree! Really looking foward to an evening of redwork!

  • Oh my goodness!! How could I forget a new block was coming out today!!! Darling, just darling!!

  • These blocks are so sweet! I love them.

  • I really like all of the Birdie blocks – humour, colour, ease and proportion – fantastic. I’m even up to date with them! Thank you so much.

  • Thank you for another lovely design, I love them!

  • Very cute design. Thank you.

  • I’m looking forward to making this beauty! And I think April Fools Day jokes are FUN! We picked one guy in our office to target this year, and had him going all day long. Thank goodness he was a good sport about it!

  • I have all my fabric and floss together – I am so excited to start these blocks!!!

    Could you recommend a tutorial on pattern transfer with pdf files? I am having a hard time understanding how to get my pattern onto my fabric.

    Thank you SO MUCH for these monthly blocks – I love quilting and LOVE to embroider!!! Even tho I am new at both I cannot wait to see how my blocks turn out!


  • Thank you so much for this cute pattern for block 4 of ‘Birdie Stitches’.
    I have just received the Sunkissed fabrics so now I can get started.

  • Thank you for the lovely Birdie!

  • Love these birdie stitch blocks Ready to do block 4
    Thank You for taking the time to do this for everyone

  • I take my Birdie Stitches with me when I go out anywhere where I will be sitting. You have had lots of compliments on the “cute” pattern.
    We like cute!

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