Been doing some Olympic-style stitching, with the finish line in sight. Will hand stitch red tinges on female's crest and tail. Been thinking how to quilt this. The pattern is pictured with diagonal straight-line quilting for the nine-patch squares and one simple outline around each bird. Another option would be to stipple the light squares and light background so the reds, greens and yellow really stand out.
Meanwhile the cardinal songs outside are growing louder, longer and stronger. The males sing to establish territory and the females sing back and forth to strengthen the bond with their mate. Now the males and females approach the feeder separately. But soon they will come in pairs and begin mate-feeding. All good signs that Old Man Winter is beginning to loosen his icy grip!