Gator Quilt Paper Piecing Monday

A few months ago I agreed to test a paper piecing pattern for Louise at I’m Feeling Crafty.   I was thrilled when Louise sent thru the most darling Alligator pattern, in three different sizes no less.

To test the pattern I decided to make the smallest version of the Alligator, my theory being that the smallest patterns are most of the time the fiddliest/hardest to make.

putting all the pieces together 2This pattern does have a few parts to it, but Louise’s instructions are easy to follow and the design makes assemble straight forward.  I used the pin method to make sure that my points aligned, and it worked perfectly.  When I was done with my small Gator I had a block measuring 9 x 21 inches.

The three different sized patterns Louise’s includes are designed to make this lovely quilt…

AlligatorQuilt+pattern+Cover-smBut I wanted to shake things up a little, so I put the Gator up on my design wall and started playing… a butterfly and some scrappy cream solids later I had a finished baby quilt.

modern baby quiltMy Alligator is definitely the star of the show…

the gatorbutton eyes, and all…

buttons for eyesFor the butterfly I used a paper piecing pattern I found on Craftsy.  It adds such whimsy to the quilt I think.

quilt detailTo finish things off I used a yard of Michael Miller fabric I had hidden in my stash for the backing…

quilt backingI did some straight line quilting with some kitty help… yep you warmed me last week this would happen and it did!

Kitty helpAnd finally some Kona solids, in blue and brown for the binding…

binding detailUsing the small Gator pattern this quilt ended up at 35 x 39 inches.  Next time I think I will use the medium Gator pattern and add more butterflies.  It is such a great block I will definitely be using it again.

You can find Louise’s pattern for sale on Craftsy and if you want some Gator inspiration, check out the other testers work on the …


June 9th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wholesome Midwestern

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty


25 thoughts on “Gator Quilt Paper Piecing Monday

  1. Really cute! Are the buttons okay for a baby quilt? Not to be a wet blanket but always have to think of safety. But, wow! Just so darned cute.

    • Pat I knew going in i would have to remove the buttons and embroider the eyes on before I gave this quilt to Project Linus. But I loved the buttons and had to use them initially.

  2. Fabulous quilts! We’ve just come back from a great holiday in Florida, seeing loads of gators in the wild 🙂 Will look at the pattern.

  3. I love your outcome! The scrappy cream is the perfect background for your gator and butterfly. Using the medium gator and more butterflies will be fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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