3 September 2016

MOD Bear Paw QAL - Introduction and Fabric Requirements

Introducing a new Quilt Along - the MOD Bear Paw QAL

MOD Bear Paw FULL 84" x 84"

Today's post is an introduction to the quilt along and provides a list of fabric requirements.

Each traditional Bear Paw block finishes at 7" square.

There are four sizes of quilts to choose from.

BABY - 39" x 47"
CRIB - 47" x 47"
LAP  - 68" x 68"
FULL - 84" x 84"

Here are some examples of how your MOD Bear Paw quilt could look....

MOD Bear Paw BABY 39" x 47"

MOD Bear Paw BABY 39" x 47"

MOD Bear Paw CRIB 47" x 47"

MOD Bear Paw LAP 68" x 68"

MOD Bear Paw LAP 68" x 68"

MOD Bear Paw FULL 84" x 84"

Use fabrics that are solids or "read like a solid".
Avoid the use of directional prints.

Measurements based on a 42” Width of Fabric, to the nearest ¼ yard.

39” x 47”
47” x 47”
68” x 68”
84” x 84”
1.50 yd
1.75 yd
4.50 yd
6.50 yd
Light Brown
1.50 yd
1.75 yd
1.75 yd
3.00 yd
Dark Brown
0.75 yd
0.75 yd
1.00 yd
1.50 yd
0.75 yd
0.75 yd
1.50 yd
2.25 yd
45” x 53”
53” x 53”
75” x 75”
92” x 92”

Background can be light or dark. Light Brown is the main fabric for the Bear Paw blocks and the Big Bear. Dark Brown is the darker portion of the Big Bear, the cornerstones within the Bear Paw blocks, the thin first border, and the binding. Grey is the sashing between the blocks and the Paw Prints in the outside border.

For my quilt I am planning to use up some VERY old stash fabrics to make the BABY size 39" x 47". These fabrics have been with me SO LONG that they are all selections from my "pre-wash before using" days. The bright blue fabric will be for the backing and the tone on tone white hexagon print will be the background. The light blue paw prints will be the main fabric for the Bear Paw blocks and the Big Bear and the dark blue paw prints will be the darker portion of the Big Bear and also the cornerstones within the Bear Paw blocks.

Now, for the sashing between the blocks..... That's where I am having trouble making up my mind. Although I recommend you avoid the use of a directional print, I could use the stripe print. And after uploading cropped images of these fabrics into my EQ7, this is what it would look SOMETHING like.

Bear Paw with stripes

This stripe really doesn't suit me and kinda hurts my eyes. But after trying about 5 other blue based prints, I have settled on using this cute farm print instead.

Bear Paw with farm print

For those who are joining in the quilt along, I have decided to have a linky party where you can share your progress throughout the quilt along. So if you have chosen your fabrics and written a post, feel free to link up here!

Click on this link ===> MOD Bear Paw QAL page for all the details and to see the schedule.

A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, MOD Bear Paw is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.

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Linda said...

Ooh!!! I can't wait to do this! I'm going to try really hard to keep up! 🐻

Little Quiltsong said...

So looking forward to this! Thank you Lorna, for the sew along fun :)!

Lisa J. said...

Well Lorna: I'm trying to figure out if I can do some kind of scaled down version of this. I'll have to put my thinking cap on.

lvkwilt said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pattern with us! It is so clever and I love it! Don't know how you do it, but please keep on designing!!

KaHolly said...

This is a gorgeous quilt and is going to be a fun quilt along for everyone! You are so generous and giving of your talent, skills and creativity. XO

Paige said...

All of your color ways are so nice! I'm short on time, but am looking forward to everyone's progress!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I wanted to stop by and thank you for supporting the Pets on Quilts blog hop. It's one of the very best shows and sponsors like you make it possible. I'm a new quilter and I just have, and know I will, make your dog quilt for my pit bull and boxer. Everytime I look at my boxer I think how much he looks like your pattern.
xx, Carol

Bec said...

I have so many quilts going now and 6 quilt kits looking me in the face, but I have loved this pattern from the first time I saw it. Maybe I can squeeze some time in to do it. :) Will this quilt along be on your blog for future use if I can't manage to find time now?

Quilter Kathy said...

I totally want to make one of these, but can't decide on the fabric yet.
I know my bear will be a black bear, but the rest is still undecided.
UGH! Well, I have time to think about it.

Ruth said...

Thanks a million Lorna for this. Doing 2 QALs at the moment but fitting this in too - can't resist!

Dove1615 said...

Your quilts are just what I like to make!! Every one is do-able. I'm really looking forward to this sew-along.

Bernie Kringel said...

This is so cool. I especially like the way the bear appears to be crawling through the sashing 'window'. So creative. The farm print is perfect. Also, I noticed you mentioned your 'days of prewashing'. So does this mean you don't prewash? Why is that? I'm curious.

Tish Stemple said...

Time to pick out some fabrics :)

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pattern. I am going to try to eek out some time to make it too.

Elaine said...

Love the black and green version. Very cool and I love that little print with the farm motifs. A perfect fit for you!!!! Wish I had time for the QAL, but it's not going to happen. Can't wait to see the finished quilts.

Linda said...

I have ordered some fabric for this quilt. I have loved this pattern since the first time you showed it. My husband is especially fond of bears so I am going to make him the lap quilt size for cozying while watching tv! He is going to be so SURPRISED that I am actually going to do something instead of just reading about it!

Thanks so much for this sew along encouragement!

Susan said...

My husband really likes this pattern and so I will be attempting to follow along. I am a beginning again level quilter so I progress really slow. This is a wonderful pattern and you are so generous to give it to us free via this quilt along. Thank you.

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