Susan Hill – Seasons – Cardinal, bird of all seasons

Many species of birds make their home in central North Carolina, where I live. I delight in hearing and seeing them as they swoop, dart, and from time to time perch, to sing. While some are seasonal, there’s one – the Northern Cardinal – that lives here year round.  In this piece I picture him (the male, with his bright plumage) presiding over his kingdom in winter, spring, summer, and fall, which I suggest by using several variegated threads.  I’ve named the piece “Cardinal, bird of all seasons.”

Susan H - Cardinal, bird for all seasons

Close up view:

Susan H - Cardinal background close-up 2


sh - Cardinal background close-up





  1. I really like this piece Susan, all that hand stitching is just lovely, what a great setting for your bright bird.

  2. Beautiful, such a serene piece. Love the handquilting and the idea of different colors thread for the seasons.

  3. I love the subtle suggestion of seasons using your hand-stitching and those variegated threads.

  4. joanbrailsford

    I like the way that the bird is the focal point, and the use of hand stitching really finishes the piece in style.

  5. Beautiful hand quilting

  6. carolinehiggs

    Love this piece, suspect that seeing it in the flesh would really show the detail of your stitching.

  7. English quilter

    I love the use of color in the hand quilting. It is beautiful. The white background with the subtle hints of color from the threads is terrific.

  8. Susuan, just love the simplicity and your hand stitching is a delightful addition, love to see this close up.

  9. Very nice quilting with the variegated thread.

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