Cardinal Applique Block


Several weeks ago a reader asked me for a applique block for a cardinal. I finally got it done 🙂 Although we have cardinals in our backyard year round, they look their loveliest in the winter world. Here, we have a male cardinal perched in a tree. I’m sure he has his eye on his mate which is always close by. BTW… although it is very hard to see in this photo, his eye is made up of 4 black seed beads. In person, the light makes his eyes twinkle, just like a real cardinal 🙂

Our cardinal was designed to fit a 6″ x 6″ block, but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. The pattern for the cardinal can be found HERE. Enjoy!




  1. Lovely bird, I wish we had such prominent colored birds in our backyard.

    1. I have been looking for a Cardinal applique for a long time. This is simply great!!! Thanks.

  2. I love this block. The shape of his body is just right (many cardinal pictures are way too round) and you have given him character. He almost seems to be smiling.

  3. There’s just something so special about having a pair of cardinals living in your backyard. We humans could learn a great deal from the way they look out for each other.

    I agree with the other commenter that the shape of your cardinal is in proportion to the shape of the real birds – something a lot of crafters get wrong.

    I’ve included a link to this post and your blog on mine as part of Tutorial Thursday; you can view my post here –

    1. I also love to watch the devotion of the cardinals. Thanks for the link 😉

  4. Dear Kimara – how can I thank you enough – the cardinal is magnificent. I plan to make a whole flock and decorate my family room with them this Christmas. Thank you so much for taking the time in your very busy schedule to do this for me – it is a wonderful gift to receive. Jenny

    1. You are very welcome, Jenny. We are so happy to be included in your holidays celebration 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I am making a memorial quilt in honor of my mother who passed away this past September. She was huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals (she had STL Cardinals casket) and she decorated her home with Cardinal birds (not the baseball team, the bird). This will make a great addition to the quilt.

  6. We have a pair of cardinals who visit our feeders daily. So chatty, they always announce themselves when they arrive. Hoping for chicks this coming Spring. In the meantime I now have a pattern to make my own. Thanks so very much.

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