I am finally finished my MOD Bear Paw.
And have never been prouder of or more pleased to have a finish to share.
Here you can see my quilt holders comparing how tall the corn is growing. Notice that my husband records the height of the corn to be about nose high. And my son is holding his hand beneath his chin. Hahaha!
I stared this quilt in mid June and was so happy to have completed Step 1 in this post where I also shared the details of all the calves born this spring. The traditional Bear Paw block does seem to require that you make a few HST (Half Square Triangles) before you can move on to the more interesting aspects of making this quilt. But as the corn and calves have grown in the past few weeks, so did the quilt.
The exciting part was when I had finished all the parts and was beginning to sew them all together. Making the rows. Wow! Now that was when I knew we were closing in on the finish line. Sewing on the multiple borders. And watching this big beauty come to life.
The full size setting contains 56 full Bear Paw 7" blocks.
And there are partial blocks surrounding the Big Bear.
I am especially happy with the fabrics I chose. The entire quilt is made from only four different choices from the Shimmer collection by Northcott Fabrics. Even the backing and binding. You really have to see this fabric in person to appreciate it's true beauty. The browns all contain hints of gold metallic. The off white background, and dark grey paw prints in the border, each contain flecks of silver.
When it came time for quilting, I was dreading the thought of basting this quilt at home. And with this heat wave we've been getting?!!! In our humble home, there is just not enough table or floor space. Or air conditioning. So I headed over to my church and used the long tables there in the basement, where it was cool, to spread out the backing, batting and smooth out the top to pin. I used a new batting - Warm 100 - for the first time. It is 100% Natural Cotton - 100% Cotton Scrim from Warm Company. The one thing I noticed about this batting is that both sides are clear, clean and free of imperfections, so this would be perfect for use in quilts that contain a light coloured back and top.
Then, instead of rolling up the basted quilt to bring it back home, I returned home to retrieve my machine - Aunt Elna - and proceeded to do those wavy lines in a brown variegated thread on top and in the bobbin. It took me quite a while to decide on just what thread to use. Grey? White? Brown? White on top and brown on the bottom?
The quilting took 5 hours. I really am all about getting the quilting done. And I love to use an edge to edge organic wavy line. This seems to be my signature finish now. I am super pleased with how well the quilting looks both upon the front of the quilt.....
And on the back.
This quilt will be featured in my booth at the upcoming International Plowing Match in Harriston, Ontario this August 19 and 20th. If you're free, please make plans to come and drop by, if you can. I would love to meet some bloggy friends!
This "MOD Bear Paw" FULL quilt finished at 84" x 84"
and was the 5th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.
|MOD Bear Paw LAP quilt finishes at 68" x 68"
Announcing the Modernitional Bear Paw pattern release!
After having went through the entire pattern in making the full size version of this quilt.... And then having a lovely group of talented volunteers offer to test the pattern and provide me with immensely helpful feedback.....
But I must give a special thanks to Karen of Tu-Na Quilts for her efforts to go above and beyond. Her response was especially helpful and I am so grateful! Thank you Karen!
I am now quite confident the pattern is accurate. Now this is not a pattern I would recommend to a new quilter. But I certainly would not discourage anyone from trying it either. It all depends on your confidence level and your willingness to stick to it.
So if this design appeals to you and you would like to purchase the MOD Bear Paw pattern, you can find it here in my shop. The MOD Bear Paw pattern provides instructions for four different size options from Baby at 39" x 47" to the Full size version which finishes at 84" x 84".
This won't be the last Bear Paw quilt you will see here on Sew Fresh Quilts....
I am certainly preparing to make another.... Maybe in a smaller size this time?
And am planning to offer the instructions as my next QUILT ALONG!
Coming in September!