Wednesday, December 21, 2016

a flock of cardinals

this year's stuffie is the cardinal  from this pattern source apineindustriose

Every year I make a stuffie from  sparkly red felt. If I have lots of fun I make many of them.

This year I made 4 cardinals, with beads and sequins and embroidery. I added on weird little scrap wings.
One of them went to my good art quilting friend Cynthia, and she said it would live on her table with a nativity scene since she loved cardinals best of all birds, and she loves birds! I put sequins in a flower shape on hers. (no picture)

Whee! Not often I get a gift right!

Anyway, not content to make one for the stuffie parade, I had to make a flock for the tree.
Wire legs and little scrappy wings

embroidery and gold eyes.
Here's looking at you! I put little wooden bead eyes and marker to make an iris. Looks great!
Sparkly red felt, perle cotton embroidery thread, wire bent into legs and feet, beads too!

"Chirp! Chirp chirp!", said the Christmas Cardinal Coop

24 comments:

  1. Sweet birds. I love to watch cardinals crack open sunflower seeds; the shells fall out the side of their beaks and they never lose the kernel.

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  2. Adorable! These are so cute!! You did a really good job and it looks like they were fun to make! Have a great day and stay warm! Hugs, Mickie

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  3. Happy Christmas wishes to you and your husband LeeAnna! Poodle wishes for you in the coming year :) Cute cardinals too~

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  4. These are very cute. I love cardinals in the winter - that bright bit of color on a gray day.

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  5. Our cardinals say "Pete!Pete!Pete!!"
    Adorable! All by hand?
    i like stitching felt. easy and no turning!!

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  6. They are so cute! Right now I have bluebirds flying around!

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  7. A Christmas card moment...the red birds in that glittery white like snow Christmas tree! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  8. Cutely adorable. And I'm so grateful it wasn't a "Flock of Seagulls," that 80's new wave band from the UK. You remember the lead singer with the weird hair that folded over his head like a gigantic beak? Yeah THAT one!
    P.S. Such a pretty tree!

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  9. They are so cute!!! Love Cardinals, that was the name of my father's sheet metal business...Cardinal Manufacturing.

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  10. I love those, LeeAnna! They look like so much fun to make. Thanks for the link to the pattern!

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  11. Cardinals always remind me of my grandmother. She loved them and always enticed a family to live in her yard. And I'm looking at birds for my border.

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  12. Too cute! And it looks great in your frosty white tree.

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  13. The red against the white tree is gorgeous!

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  14. Great job! I love cardinals too and when I saw that pattern, I immediately printed it. I thought it was odd that the pattern doesn't have wings. Love the way you did the wings, all different. Inspiring. Congrats on those gorgeous finishing. ;^)

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  15. So festive and cute. Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, and we have many of them around our yard. Already following you via G+. Happy holiday wishes :)

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  16. Omg! I'm in love and jealous at the same time with your Cardinal friends !

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  17. A flock of smiles. I can envision a full tree of these delightful, whimsical, felted friends.

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  18. Wonderful whimsies! You said you use sparkly red felt every year. Did you buy yards and yards of it once upon a time to use up gradually?

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    1. Yes. When I tried to fold it to put away, I thought I might have made a mistake, but now it's come to be very useful! Down to less than a yard now.
      L.A.

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  19. Sometime you need to do a review of all your red sparkly projects! Sweet cardinals.

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