"Quailt" Tutorial

This brief tutorial will explain the method that I used to create my "Quailt".  In this tutorial I use the full size pattern (44" x 52").  
1.  I began by creating a gray-tone image in illustrator, from which I had a panel printed.  This panel was my base fabric onto which I glue the fabric pieces.  The grays in the panel help me to understand what fabric value I should use where.  If you are using the PDF pattern, simply trace the image onto a piece of fabric as explained in the pattern.
2.  Next, I selected fabric based on the color scheme I wanted to create.  I tried to have 4-7 for each section of the quilt.  In other words, each gray on the panel would be covered up with 4-7 different fabrics of the same value. 
•It can be tricky determining the value of your fabric when you are distracted by the color and pattern, so here's a tip for selecting the correct value of fabric--take a photo of your fabric & change it to black & white!
3.  I found it easiest to begin with the darkest or very lightest areas first.  Cut fabric pieces-- I tended to cut fabric into feather shapes, or on some areas of the quilt I fussy-cut flowers.
4.  Add a small dab of glue smeared in the center of each fabric piece.  This will hold it in place, but keep the edges free to tuck and overlap with adjoining pieces of fabric.  (Alleen's is what I used).
5.  I listened to a great book from Audible while I worked on this project, because it's somewhat tedious.  Check out "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah, if you haven't already read it!
6.  When the entire bird was finished, I chose to cut him out and apply him to a background fabric.  Then I glued just the edges of the bird to the background.  There is no need to glue the entire bird down-- you'll be quilting him!
7.  I selected a fun bird feather fabric for the back and sent the quilt top off to my friend, Paula Everill, to quilt!  I LOVE how he turned out!
You can purchase my "Quailt" pattern- with instructions and the gray-tone panel here if you are interested: Quailt Collage Quilt Pattern 
For more information about creating a collage quilt & to be inspired by the community of collage quilters, join our "Collage Quilter" Facebook Group!


  • Joan Holland

    Where can I find the grey color chart? It mentions it here but can’t find it. Need it.

  • Gracie MacA

    I just discovered your site & love it!!! Would I still be able to receive your beautiful " Quailt" pattern via my email, since the download for the pattern no longer works? Would love to use it in a Gambel’s Quail wall hanging. Thank you kindly,

  • Margie Becker

    Is it still possible to purchase the quail pattern? If so where? The link above doesn’t work.

  • Margie Becker

    Is it still possible to purchase the quail pattern? If so where? The link above doesn’t work.

  • Carolyn

    I was wounding if you have the Quail collage quilt patterns or even a download? That Quail is beautiful!, thank you for your time

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