Pieced,  Quilts

Charley Harper Cardinal Mosaic Quilt Finished!

I’m so happy to have this quilt done! I love him. It is inspired by the Charley Harper animal mosaic in Cincinnati. A tutorial for the quilt and images of the mural are here. My neighborhood is full of cardinals that like to sing all their crazy amazing songs very early in the morning and then all day. I’m sure you’ve heard them, even if you don’t know it! Here is a great video about cardinal songs.

It finished just under 6 feet square (cat for scale, and also because he wouldn’t get off the quilt).

Charley Harper Cardinal Mosaic Quilt

ANYWAY, started these Charley Harper Mosaic inspired quilts (see the goldfinch here!) over a year ago, but with monster sweet baby on her way, I’m trying to get all the the things finished! So this was my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and on my list for the Finish along.

I wanted thing to look scrappy and patchworky. I spent a looong time staring at those few patches that have larger scale print and fussing over whether to pull them out — I decided to go for it.

Charley Harper Cardinal Mosaic Quilt

It’s quilted with an orange peel quilting a la Oh Fransson’s tutorial. The backing is flannel, some flannels from Joann and some of the Birch Organic Flannel. As much as I love this pattern, I’m not in love with the weight and hand of the flannel – it is not that soft and it is so thin! The Joann’s stuff is much fluffier and heavier feeling. We’ll see how it wears in the quilt. I am planning on this being a lap quilt that gets washed a lot, and I might regret my choices for the backing.

Cardinal flannel backing
And here are the two quilts together in their native environment – the goldfinch on the wall and the Cardinal on the couch. I think I need to have a real photoshoot with them!

Friends! Bird quilts together.


Linking up to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF


  • Connie Duffey

    I love your cardinal quilt! I used your pattern for the finch but did a different background. I would like to share a picture with you.

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