Yes, the Bears Paw Variation Quilt or my shaved bear paw quilt is ready and I am very pleased with it. It is bright and cheerful, and a very useful size too. Several people in our guild are making the same pattern and we hope to have a great show and tell at our November meeting. I will post a picture when the hall is filled with beautiful scraping bear paw quilts.
Bears Paw Variation Quilt
Bears Paw Variation Quilt can and is a scrappy that you can make using colored fabrics or tons that differ from each other when assembling your block. The big idea I always have in making patterns like these, actually with Bear’s Paw is to use fabrics that form a gradient from inside out to inside in or vice versa.
For example, the gradient when done from the outside to the inside gives an air of quality fabrics, color combination and style, and this gradient is yes when the fabric is dark at the edges and lightens towards the center of the block.
Patchwork quilts. My quilting heart belongs to scrap quilts! There is no denying that I have lots of fabric scraps (and fabric) and I love every scrap piece, no matter how small. Unfortunately, my scraps are not well organized; they are not sorted, pressed, or folded.
Instead, they are stored in two large plastic tubs that I regularly flip through in search of “that one piece…” that should be in there. In other words, my leftovers are out of control.
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And so it has begun. Time to tame the scrap bins. This quilt design is a traditional bear paw block alternating with a patchwork square; squares and half square triangles, that’s all. Working with small half square triangles was tricky, but once I found my sewing rhythm, working in batches of 10 Bear Paw Paw blocks at a time, they seemed to come together quickly. Let me also say that I turned to my fabric stash to add a balance of colors and prints to this quilt.
Now about the Bear Paw Variation, as some people pointed out in these previous posts, we don’t have bears in New Zealand, but the block was chosen by the founding members of the guild because of its significance as the hand of friendship. They wanted the guild to be a friendly place for quilters to meet, and they certainly achieved that.