We don't usually feature applique blocks back-to-back BUT Michelle needed a bird pattern for a project she was working on, so it made sense to turn it into a Black Bird Applique Block. Although we used Halloween colors, this bird can be any color you like :) As always, our Black Bird Applique Block was designed to fit our 6" block, but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs.

The Black Bird pattern can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE. Note: The Woven Star used for the stars can be found HERE.
 

Felt:
lavender - (block)
pumpkin spice - (flower centers and beak)
mellow yellow - (flowers)
black - (bird)

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using material list above and pattern. Transfer any embroidery markings. Note: when cutting out flowers, do not cut perfect circles. The flowers are meant to be slightly askew. Refer to photo.

Using a running stitch, sew beak to block using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew bird to block using 2 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, embroider vine using 6 strands floss.

Using a back stitch, embroider legs using 6 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, embroider wing using 6 strands floss.

Using a French knot, add eye using 6 strands floss.

Using a straight stitch, sew small flower petals to medium flower petals using 6 strands floss. Note: The outside of the circles are not sewn down. The stitching should just overlap the inner circle. Make 6 straight stitches. These stitches do not need to be evenly spaced. They should be slightly askew. Refer to photo.

Later this week we will be sharing Michelle's tutorial for making Frost Glass Candle Holders. Just in time for Halloween fun!
 

PHOTOS - 07-11-11

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