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Backyard Birds - a Mix & Match Applique Quilt Pattern

Skill Builder!


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What you get+-

The Backyard Birds pattern is so much more than just a pattern!

What do you get?

The templates for just about any songbird you might like to make. I can say that because I've tested it EXTENSIVELY - making over 100 different birds from all over the world.

I include instructions for making all 100 of those birds - plus a bonus bird I added for the step-by-step video.

Here's a little peek at just ten of them.

In addition to the templates, there are links to videos teaching you three different appliqué techniques - needle turn, machine appliqué, and appliqué with fusible adhesive. It also has links to video teaching all the quilt basics - how to use rotary cutting tools, how to layer and baste your quilt, how to quilt a big quilt on a standard sewing machine, how to bind your quilt, and more.

In addition to those basic videos, there are four additional videos specific to this pattern.

  • Intro to All the Bird Templates - a 32 minute video walking you through all the templates included in the pattern and showing how you can use them
  • Creative Ways to Use the Bird Templates - an 11 minute video showing you some unexpected ways to use the templates, like using the tail center stripe piece as an exceptionally large beak, or using the collar piece to add a flash of underwing color
  • Working from a Reference Photo - a 10 minute video in which I walk you step by step through looking at a reference photo (a lazuli bunting) showing you how to "translate" that photo into the templates.
  • How to Assemble the Bird Block - a 12 minute video showing all the steps for one block (a hooded warbler) from printing out the pattern templates through doing the outline stitching

I used applique with fusible adhesive and Quilt As You Go to make a super easy quilt - almost all done on the machine. 

You Get. . .

  • A digital pattern delivered instantly by email - if you're not sure what a digital pattern is, click here for more info
  • Templates for left and right-facing birds - bodies, breasts, bellies, wings, shoulders, hoods, caps, collars, cheeks and more.
  • SVG files for all applique templates - to use with cutting machines
  • Instructions for more than 100 birds - with a sample block and template list for each bird  
  • Detailed instructions and links to videos teaching you all the skills you’ll need to complete the project. It’s a workshop disguised as a pattern! 
  • Detailed cutting instructions for crib, nap and twin sized quilts, plus a link to info for three additional sizes.
  • Instructions for assembling the quilt – layering, basting, quilting and binding – with links to videos for all of them - including links to Quilt As You Go videos.


    Each block finishes at 10 inches square. The pattern includes detailed instructions for the following sizes. . .

    • crib (52.5" wide x 57.5" tall)
    • napping (52.5" wide x 69" tall) - this is my favorite size for on the couch
    • twin (75" wide x 92" tall)

    There's yardage, supply list, and detailed cutting instructions for Itty Bitty Baby, Queen, and King sizes here.

    You can also use the bird patterns for lots of other projects, like wall hangings, table runners, placemats, and more.


      I designed this quilt to be easy enough for beginners, and a fun and relaxing project for more experienced stitchers. The chart listing all the birds and their templates also includes a difficulty rating for each bird, so you can start with the easy ones and work your way up to those with more complex patterning. If you can use your sewing machine, you have the skills you need to make this pretty bird quilt.

      I used appliqué with fusible adhesive and Quilt As You Go to make a super easy quilt - almost all done on the machine. The pattern also includes links to videos teaching needle turn appliqué and machine appliqué with freezer paper, in case you prefer those methods.

      Have fun with it!

      What You Need+-

      You'll need. . . 

      Want easy peasy fabric shopping? Buy a fabric bundle for all your background blocks. I've got color-coordinated bundles pre-cut into 12-inch strips here. You can see samples showing how those different palettes look with the Backyard Birds pattern here.

      This post also has a detailed list of the kinds of fabrics you'll want to gather up to make realistic birds - including a handy printable list you can use to shop your stash and take to the fabric store.

      Crib Quilt (50" wide x 50" tall)

      • 3 yards background fabrics
      • 1 1/2 yards total for the birds (any mix of scraps and fat quarters)
      • 2 1/2 yards for backing (or 1 1/2 yards Cuddle Fleece)
      • 1/2 yard for binding

      Napping Quilt (50" wide x 60" tall)

      • 3 1/3 yards background fabrics
      • 2 yards total for the birds (any mix of scraps and fat quarters)
      • 4 yards for backing (or 2 yards Cuddle Fleece)
      • 1/2 yard for binding

      Twin Quilt (70" wide x 90" tall)

      • 7 yards background fabrics
      • 4 yards total for the birds (any mix of scraps and fat quarters)
      • 5 yards for backing (or 4 yards Cuddle Fleece)
      • 5/8 yard for binding

      Other Sizes

      • You find a list of fabric requirements (and cutting instructions) for three additional sizes here - Itty Bitty Baby, Queen, and King

      Other Materials

      I can't wait to see all the beautiful birds you make with this Backyard Birds pattern! 

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 12 reviews
      Michele Greenough

      This pattern is absolutely brilliant. A tremendous amount of work and design ingenuity has gone into it. Very versatile any combination can be worked on. Have not fully explored options, just a couple of appliqué try outs (life gets in the way at the moment( but a big thank you Wendi, you are terrific!

      Karen Darling

      I love this colorful pattern. We go to Florida in 2 weeks and I cannot wait to make this quilt during the winter. I look forward to using my Cricut to assist with the cutting.

      Sharon Bunch-Brown
      Super cute! Love the variety.

      I’ve only put one together so far but I can’t wait to do more. I have the cardinal parts ready to send to my Brother ScanNCut. 1st one was realistic, 2nd is going to be funky and fun.

      Valerie Ovenstone
      The backyard birds

      Great idea. Worked out really well. Lots of fun.

      Nancy Unger
      So Much Fun

      Love all that is included in Backyard Birds. I am making a quilt for my niece and have combined some of the birds with the Woodland Animals for this quilt. It is looking good. :)