Free Tutorial

Although I have retired from teaching, I still occasionally photograph the making of a quilt from start to finish. During the making of this quilt, I documented my whole creative process from idea to the final stitch and have published a 98-page tutorial. I am offering it absolutely FREE (really there is no catch and I'm not selling anything except my quilts these days). There is a web version that loads fast and a printable, downloadable (PDF), high-resolution version... your choice. Enjoy!!
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Printable version of the info on this page
  • Copyright © 2016 Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
  • Size: 30" x 44" (112cm x 112cm)
  • Techniques: machine pieced, and quilted
  • Materials: fabric-100% cotton / batting: 50% cotton 50% bamboo
  • Price: $6500.00
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If you would like to purchase or exhibit this quilt, please contact Caryl privately.
Email • Phone: 360-385-2568 • Snail Mail: Bryerpatch Studio •10 Baycliff Place. • Port Townsend, WA 98368

Design Concept

This design was inspired by fossils of prehistoric ammonites. To develop the line drawing, I studied many different ammonites and combined elements from several of them plus a few added flourishes from my imagination.

All of the fabrics were painted or hand dyed except the last four inches in the center of the spiral, which was designed in Corel Draw and printed on cotton fabric. I did some additional drawing with ink and pencil on the individual templates. The colors, of course are pure fantasy. I had fun juxtaposing brilliant rainbow hues against a collection of sludgy neutral tones.

Many different colors of thread where use in the quilting, most of which is done in fantasy spiral patterns to reflect the theme of the quilt. The binding is made from a fabric in my Gradations collection for Benartex, and the backing is from my Atmospheres collection, a spiraling design to compliment the theme.


  • Fiber Fusion: Washington State Surface Design Association traveling show,
    • June 1 – 23, 2016: Allied Arts, Richland, WA
    • November, 2016: VALA Art Center, Redmond, WA
    • February, 2017: Northwind Arts, Port Townsend, WA
    • March, 2017: Schack Art Center, Everett, WA
  • Contemporary Quilt Art Association / Brazil , Joint Traveling Show,
    • AQS Daytona Beach, FL, Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2018
    • AQS Lancaster, PA, Mar. 21 – 24, 2018
    • AQS Spring Paducah, KY, Apr. 18 – 21, 2018
    • Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA
      • Oct - Dec. 31, 2018    Brazil Quilts
      • Nov. - Jan. 31, 2019   CQA Quilts
  • Photos Pixels & Pizzazz, (solo exhibition), McLean Textile Gallery, McLean, VA, April 1-May 2, 2022
  • Photos Pixels & Pizzazz, (solo exhibition), Quilt Show Reno, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno NV, June 9-11, 2022
  • Reflections of Light: Recent Works by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, July 13-October 30, 2022
  • Photos, Pixels, & Pizzazz: Digital Quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Special exhibition, Road to California Quilters Conference, Ontario, CA, January 17-21, 2023


  • AQS Daytona Beach Show Book: 2018 p. 36
  • AQS Lancaster Show Book: 2018 p.34
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