Hi all, and happy Friday! Guess what? We finally found a house and have an accepted offer! I am so excited. Here's the best part--we walked into one room and my husband said "This would make a great sewing room." Best husband ever! Is he a keeper or what? The really great part is that he was totally right--it will make a great sewing room!
In between looking at houses and negotiating the offer, I did do a little sewing. For this week's finish, I have this to show off:
Isn't this darling? This is the Bear's Paw pattern, which I tested for Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna has the cutest patterns and I can tell you that they are terrific. They always turn out so nicely. And they are all pieced using regular-sized pieces--they are not paper pieced!
We all know that I have trouble making a quilt exactly as the pattern shows, so I made a few different choices for my quilt. (And of course I had to make it as difficult for myself as possible instead of following the pattern exactly.) Lorna shows the quilt with all the Bear's Paw blocks in the same color, which looks terrific in her quilt. I had a stack of 10-inch squares in solids, so I made the Bear's Paw blocks using those squares. You can cut one of the Bear's Paw blocks from a 10-inch square and have some nice-sized scraps left over.
The other thing I changed was the color of the bear. My daughter-in-law loves black bears so I made this bear black as well. I think he turned out pretty well. Pretty sure it will show every little bit of dirt, but don't bears collect stuff in their fur anyway? I have this piece with some fun owls for a backing:
I have a couple of tips for success with this pattern. First, read the entire pattern before you start. I get the patterns as a download, but then I always print them out and write all over them. I also cross out as I go, because otherwise I get confused, and that's never pretty.
My second tip is to label all the pieces as you cut them:
It's just so much easier when everything is labelled and I don't have to guess. My last tip is to sort the pieces by block after they're cut, which means you can grab one stack and sew without having to fuss with finding the pieces.
Lorna plans to offer this pattern as a quilt-along later this year, but you can totally buy the pattern in her pattern store and make your own before then. She has a lot of other really fun patterns, too, so you should totally go and check it out!
Thanks to Lorna for another great pattern! This little quilt is becoming a part of my Grandma stash, which is a bunch of quilts that I have for tiny humans when they come to my house. Who doesn't need some of those around all the time?
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We will be sorting and putting things in boxes, at least until the thunderstorm knocks out the power again. Seriously, is the power grid made of paper mache? It has gone out a lot these last few weeks.
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