Bird song: Patchwork templates

Embrace negative space with a quilt that mixes appliqué and curved piecing with this beautiful quilt, designed by Allison Richter

Free bird quilt pattern
Published: February 13, 2020 at 7:54 pm
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Download our appliqué and foundation paper piecing templates to make this wow-inducing folk-art bird quilt below – you can find the full project instructions in issue 81 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine for how to make this quilt!


Alison Richter's stunning Bird Song Quilt combines bold appliqué shapes on a simple white backdrop, with a foundation-paper-pieced New York Beauty wing for a quilt with high dramatic impact.


The coloured fabrics we've used here are from the Grunge collection by Basic Grey for Moda in Turquoise, Heritage Blue, Surf the Web, Aruba, Amazon, Pool and Navy.

Download our bird templates from Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 81

Applique Bird Quilt Detail


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor,

Zoe is the launch Editor of She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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