Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Decembers Block - Winter Cardinals

December is here and so is the final block for this year's BOM. The year has flown by! I want to say thank you for following along and sewing along with me. I have enjoyed hearing from you and seeing your progress as we have stitched along together.

The final block features a couple of cardinals in winter. I have filled up the feeders with a fruit and nut blend and I have enjoyed seeing the cardinals show up. They are so beautiful against the white snow. Yes, it has snowed here in Minnesota, it's cold! Hubby has turned down the thermostats here to save on the heating bill. I'm freezing.... so cold.... glad to have my quilts to snuggle under. Sad part is we haven't even gotten to the coldest part of winter.... uggg. 

 So let me show you how I have made this month's block. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....

Print up the pattern and gather your fabric for your applique block.

Trace the applique shapes onto the paper side of your fusible web. I use Flexifuse. I then group the shapes using the same color with the fabric.

Group the shapes with the fabric colors. Following the manufacturer directions, I then iron the fusible web onto the backside of my fabric

Cut all of the shapes out. Following the pattern placement sheet, position all the applique shapes on the cream background rectangle. Some of the shapes overlap. Iron everything in place. Your block is now all ready to be appliqued. I used dark brown thread and an applique buttonhole stitch to stitch around everything. 

~ Winter Cardinals ~

If you have been following along, you just need to download the assembly PDF once you are done with this month's block. You should have everything ready to sew together and then just add the border and your quilt top will be complete!
Feathered Friends BOM 2022 Quilt

All of the block directions and the final assembly can be found on the website under the BOM tab. The border blocks and final assembly are all free downloads until January 1st. 

 The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! 
Post your pictures of your finished quilt top thru January 15th for a chance to win a few giveaways. 
 Make sure to stayed tuned for that!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching! I've always got a long list of items I'd like to make for the holidays, I'm going to take some time to work on a few more projects. Let's see if Josephine lets me. Her new trick is to jump up on my lap to snuggle, even if I'm sitting at the computer or sewing machine.  

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine


  1. Hi, Cindy. I got the cardinal block and border block but don't see the assembly instructions. Do we just follow the picture? I'm behind because of some health issues but am saving the blocks to work on this winter. This is a gorgeous quilt! Thank you so much.

  2. Hi Cindy. For some reason I am unable to get the pattern. I have never had a problem before?