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Winter Cardinal Quilt Pattern Free

This wintry Christmas quilt pattern will add the most festive addition to your home this winter.

Updated September 22, 2022
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This lovely quilt is a festive addition to your holiday home decor!

Warm your heart and soul this holiday season with this lovely Winter Cardinal Quilt Pattern free to you! The vibrant red hues of the fabric evoke the festive sentiments of the Christmas season and the winter overall.

With beautiful hand stitches that can be created by either hand or sewing machine, this quilt can serve as a cozy couch throw, a decorative wall hanging, or a pretty table topper.

Wherever and however you choose to use it, this quilt is a great holiday project for any sewist to take on.

What's more wintry and Christmas-inspired than cardinal quilt patterns? This particular pattern is worked in blocks and results in one of the prettiest and comfiest quilts you've ever seen.

Use it as a blanket while watching your favorite holiday movies or hang it on the wall during the holiday season.


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Skill Level: Intermediate
Project Type: Make a Project
Time to Complete: In an Evening
Sewn By: Hand or Sewing Machine

Materials List:
• Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread
• Coats and Clark Machine Quilting thread
• Coats and Clark Dual Duty Plus Hand Quilting thread
• Cotton batting 45" X 45" (115 cm. x 115 cm.)
• (4) large black beads for eyes

Fabric Required:
Each cardinal requires three different reds, A, B, and C, Also needed are gold D and gray E for the beak.
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of red fabric A
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of red fabric B
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of red fabric C
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of gold fabric D
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of gray fabric E
• 1/8 (.11 m) of first border fabric
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of first cornerstone fabric
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of second border fabric
• 1/8 yard (.11 m) of second cornerstone fabric
Scraps for the border:
• 1.75 yard (1.60 m) light, neutral fabric for background F and backing
• 3/8 yard (.34 m) for binding

Measurements:
40" X 40" (102 cm. x 102 cm.)
 

Winter Cardinal Quilt Pattern Free

Nothing says winter holidays quite like the majestic cardinal! This patchwork quilt captures its distinctive red color. Quilted by hand or machine, this 40" (102cm) square size is perfect for a wall hanging, couch throw, or table topper.

Coats & Clark™ Hand Quilting thread creates hand stitches that accent the details of this quilt. This beautiful winter quilt pattern also features Coats & Clark™ Dual Duty XP® All-purpose thread.
 

DIY Quilt Cutting Instructions:

Print the pattern pieces (pages 11-14). Each pattern piece is marked with the fabric letter it should be cut from. For fabrics A, B, C, D, and E, cut the fabric into fourths, measuring 4.5" X 11" (11 cm. x 28 cm.). Stack the fabrics, right side up. Then pin the pattern pieces on. This will result in four of each pattern piece.

From fabric A:
Cut four each from pieces 11, 16, 17, and 18.

From fabric B:
Cut four each from pieces 21 and 8.

From fabric C:
Cut four each from pieces 5, 6, and 10.

From fabric D:
Cut four each from piece 26.

From fabric E:
Cut four from piece 14.

From background fabric:
Cut 1/2 yard (.46 m.) of background fabric into four pieces 11" X 18" (28 cm. x 46 cm.). Stack them right side up. Pin on the pieces 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 22, 23, and 25 and cut them out.
28 squares 3" X 3" (8 cm. x 8 cm.).

From assorted colors:
29 squares 3" X 3" (8 cm. x 8 cm.).

From first border fabric:
Four strips 28" X 3.5" (71 cm. x 9 cm.).

From first cornerstone fabric:
Four squares 3.5" X 3.5" (9 cm. x 9 cm.).

From second border fabric:
Four strips 34" X 3.5" (86 cm. x 9 cm.).
Four strips 2.75"(7 cm.) x width of fabric for binding

From second cornerstone fabric:
Four squares 3.5" X 3.5" (9 cm. x 9 cm.)

From the fabrics for backing:
One square 41" X 41" (104 cm. x 104 cm.).

Notes:
• All seams .25" (.5 cm.).
• Press the seams open after each step. Note: Many quilters prefer to press the seams to the side. Either is correct, but you may find that you can be more precise if you press the seams open.

DIY Quilt Sewing Instructions:

  1. Thread with Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP All-purpose or Coats and Clark Machine Quilting thread.
     
  2. Preliminary piecing. Stitch (4F to 5C), (7F to 8B), (9F to 10C), (18A to 19F), and (21B to 22F).

  1. Stitch 4F/5C to 6C.
     
  2. Then add it to 3F.

  1. Next add 7F/8B to the ones just sewn.

  1. Add 2F to the group and then add 1F.

  1. Add 9F/10C to 11A. Then add 18A/19F to the other end of 11A.

  1. Stitch 21B/22F to 23F.

  1. Stitch a partial seam as shown joining 16A/17A to 21B/22F/23F.

  1. Add 15F to 16A/17A/21B/22F/23F.

  1. Sew 1F/2F/3F/4F/5C/6C/7F/8B to 15F/16A/17A/21B/22F/23F.

  1. Add 9F/10C/11A/18A/19F to the pieced block.

  1. Finish sewing the seam we left partially sewn.

  1. Add the final two strips, first 13F, then 25F.

  1. The cardinal blocks are finished!
     
  2. Next, the colored square border will be added around the blocks. Create the strips shown using the 3" (8cm) squares you cut. You can follow the colors shown or you can lay out your blocks and create your own configuration.

  1. Add the strips between the cardinal blocks as shown.

  1. Add the center, upper, and lower strips as shown.

  1. Add the side strips.

  1. Sew two of the 28" X 3.5" (71 cm. x 9 cm.) first border strips on the top and bottom of the quilt.
     
  2. Sew the first cornerstone 3.5" X 3.5" (9 cm. x 9 cm.) squares to the top and bottom of the other two 28" X 3.5" (71 cm. x 9 cm.) first border strips.

  1. Finish by adding the side borders of the quilt.
     
  2. Repeat with the second border and second cornerstone squares.
     
  3. The quilt top is complete!

  1. To quilt it, layer it with the 41" X 41" (104 cm. x 104 cm.) backing fabric and cotton batting.
     
  2. Follow the quilting diagram and quilt your quilt by hand or machine.

  1. Trim the excess batting and backing even with the outer edge of the quilt.
     
  2. Stitch the binding strips end to end and press in half, lengthwise.
     
  3. Bind the quilt.
     
  4. Sew on the beads for the eyes.

   View this Coats & Clark printable PDF pattern on Yarnspirations
                        

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