There are 3 available step-by-step applique instructions. You can choose one here.
Please try your local quilt shop for a great resource of fabrics and techniques.
The print & ship pattern comes with the design reversed on freezer paper so that you can iron the pieces onto the fabric without having to trace any of the pieces. This is the pattern you will cut out. Use the full-size paper design as a reference to place your pieces onto the background.
Cut your background fabric to approx. 27”x 13” first. This is the fabric you will put all of the other pieces on top of. Then cut and place the alligator pieces on top of the dark green.
Once your applique pieces are fused to the background, stitch with a straight stitch around each piece with matching thread.
Trim to square.
Add batting and backing and quilt as desired.
Example Photo by Pete Rogers (thank you for sharing!)