Tail Feather Quilt Pattern: Grab Some Fat Quarters

The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com #modernquilting

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is now available in the pattern shop! Yay!!

I'm going to try my best to share about the Tail Feather pattern without making a short story long, which is how I tell stories now that I'm a mom. To give you a taste of what I mean, yesterday, Desi carried one of his toys in his little pudgy hand during our evening walk around the neighborhood and only dropped it twice before I carried it for him.

Ya'll, that is a terrible story, but somehow I managed to stretch out the retelling of it to my husband for at least 5 minutes. And guess what? It was a hit! He LOVED the story. Begged me to tell it twice! I guess you just need to know your audience. Which is why I'm not going to share that Desi story with you. I'm going to share another one. It goes like this...

I had a baby and my entire world changed. Every. Single. Part of it. Especially my quilty alter ego, Suzy Quilts. Weekends are now full of tummy time, cuddles, squeaky baby giggles and long walks. Gone are the days of cranking out a quilt in a week. Honestly, gone are the days of cranking out anything. I'm a slow-movin' gal! But you know what? I wouldn't want it any other way.

The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com
The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com #quiltpattern

It was tempting to throw in the towel and call my old life quits. But in our social media world full of inspirational quotes, I stumbled onto one quote that actually helped – Don't quit when you're tired. Rest.

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So while I'm in a season of rest and enjoying my almost-7-month-old baby, I've started partnering with other talented designers so that SQ can keep bringing you beautiful, modern quilt patterns.

The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com #quiltpattern
The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com #quiltpattern
The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com

Tail Feather is SQ's first collaborative quilt pattern and I hope it's not the last! Rachel of Wren Collective worked hand in hand with me to bring you another high quality design with all of the features you have come to expect from an SQ pattern. It's full of tips, illustrations and links to relevant tutorials here on the blog, so that you can successfully make your quilt from beginning to end.

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Tail Feather Quilt Pro Tip

If you're feeling the need for speed, one way to cut down on quilt piecing prep time is to ditch the marking utensil and simply press your squares in half. Here's what you do:

Pile up your 5 ½" squares (I usually do five or so at a time) and lay them on your ironing board.

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquilt

Fold your squares in half and then press with a hot iron to form a crease:

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquilt
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

And that's that! You now have a quick and easy way to mark your sewing guide lines. 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Tail Feathers in the Wild

Cass of Nova Quilts whipped up this awesome version and also managed to find perfect backdrop to photograph against. 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Jess of @blueskycrafter made one of my personal favorite Tail Feather baby quilts. LOVE those strawberries!

The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com #quiltpattern

Janelle, or jvmakes on Instagram, somehow made this magical photo happen. It's some kind of sorcery that I still don't understand! 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Mykayla of the Cleveland Stitch Collective is channeling Pumpkin Spice and everything nice with her Tail Feather quilt. Who else is ready for fall?!

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Wendy of The Weekend Quilter put together this really cool Cotton + Steel baby version and photographed it in beautiful SoHo! 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Saija is a quilting GODDESS. Her Tail Feather is magical. Check out that scrappy binding, too! 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Laura of Finley Fabric pulled out the new Ruby Star Society fabrics and had herself a Tail Feather par-tay with this FUN throw sized version! 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Jamie of Sew Brainy created a very cool black/white/teal baby size. This quilt has even already been gifted to a sweet mama-to-be at a baby shower! 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Susan of Needle & Grain made this alternate layout baby quilt for her baby boy.

The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com

Claire from Peony and Fern put together a super festive Tail Feather using some holiday fabrics from FIGO. That grid quilting is AMAZING!

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Kelcey Quilts used the CUTEST citrus print for this baby sized Tail Feather quilt; she also has access to an adorable crib nook at work. How perfect!

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

Coby killed it with her throw size Tail Feather. Check out the photo below--her quilt is glowing! So amazing. 

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly!

My beautiful friend Caitlyn of Domesti-Caited made this beautiful floral and chambray twin quilt. The chambray background fabric frayed A LOT, so she opted to use black batting to hide all of those pesky threads. It worked out great! Read about black batting here!

The Tail Feather Quilt Pattern is a modern quilt design that is fat quarter friendly! This PDF digital download includes queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes. A great beginner quilt pattern! SuzyQuilts.com #quiltpattern

Bess from Side Lake Stitch made this Tail Feather as a wedding gift and even coordinated the colors to dried flowers from said wedding. How special!

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquiltpattern
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquiltpattern

Erica made the coolest baby size Tail Feather with this delightful color palette. Totally swoon-worthy!

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquiltpattern
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquiltpattern

Laurel of Porcupinestew Threads cut into some super coveted Tula Pink fabric to make this STUNNING Tail Feather. It's so, so good.

The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquilt
The Tail Feather quilt pattern is a bold, modern design that is fat quarter friendly. It comes in baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. Beginner friendly! SUZY QUILTS #quiltpattern #modernquilt

4 thoughts on “Tail Feather Quilt Pattern: Grab Some Fat Quarters

  1. Suzanne says:

    Suz, don’t even think about calling it quits. 🥰 Make your way forward however it works best for you, but please don’t deprive us of our regular doses of Suzy joy. ♥️ The Other Suz

  2. Kimberly Simon says:

    Suzy, I love the fabric you used on your Tail Feather quilt! What FQ’s and background fabric did you use? Thanks!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      The background is simply Kona Natural and the FQs are a combination of things: a few Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids, some mariner cloth, some double gauze and Surface linen blend by Figo.

  3. karen NUNNERY says:

    Did you use a ruler for the quilting? If so, do you mind sharing what ruler you used? I am almost finished piecing mine together. I love the design!

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