Here is my spin on the traditional Bear Paw block, which I've named Bear Paw Dance, because I've 'blown apart' the block and I have the paws waltzing around the centre four blocks! This is one of the quilts on my Q3FAL list which is here.
Please note that all of the fabrics for this quilt were supplied by Island Batik. The 100% wool batting was supplied by Hobbs Batting, and the thread I used to piece this quilt by Aurifil. The Bear Paw die, known as a Block on Board or BOB die was given to me by AccuQuilt. Our challenge was to create a minimum of 45X60"quilt for a kid using the die we were given in our July box. The die, as I've shown before, has all the pieces for the block on the one board.
I've written about the process here and shown you the finished flimsy here. So let's take a closer look at the quilting, because I was anxious to get started on all that delicious negative space, but also anxious as to how exactly I was going to handle all that negative space.
I've been following along with Natalia Bonner's 'Let's Stitch' on her blog and on her YouTube channel. I saw her pebbles and random swirls fill a few days before I started quilting this quilt, so I thought I'd like to incorporate that. I then searched Bear Paw quilt on her blog and found this post where she had quilted a traditional Bear Paw quilt, so that is where I got the idea to do the scallops around the border.
I couldn't do them continuously though, because of the waltzing paws. I made a template that would allow for sets of two arcs and sets of three along the borders, since the paws are randomly placed around the quilt. I used one of my Quilted Pineapple curve rulers to help follow the curve, and unlike Natalia's, I did two echoes of the curves. My feathers flow along the arc, whereas hers fill in a triangle area created by the Bear Paw blocks in the quilt she quilted.
Because there were feathers along the arcs, I wasn't going to quilt more feathers as originally sort of planned, in with the pebbles. I pulled out my Angela books and a Judi Madsen book, and started flipping. In Judi's book I saw the orange peel(?) background filler.
Angela provided inspiration for the squares of the paws. I did three different designs. In the aqua ones:
You may have noticed there were some ghost bear paw tracks in the first photo of the pebbles and swirls. I wanted to add a little whimsy to this quilt for a kid. Some of the claws got an echo inside; others did not.
For the four centre full Bear Paw blocks I followed how Natalia quilted hers.
Where the four corner violet squares form the secondary pattern of a central star, I treated that block separately, doing the same design!
It all came together quite nicely!
|Me behind my quilt; Brady took the photo! It was rather windy by the water, no surprise.|
We took the quilt to Leamington marina for its photo shoot. It was just the perfect day.
I did a scrappy binding, using the five main fabrics in the quilt:
|That's all I have left now of the Cheerio in Ocean, and I forgot to include the teeny bit I have left of Cheerio in aqua in this photo.|
I machine-stitched the binding to the front of the quilt, hand-stitching it down on the back. This is my favourite method, although it's the slowest, so I haven't been doing it very often. You can also see the cloth label as well as the satin one in the photo below.
Another little bit of whimsy I added was doing a GFB (Glitter Flecked Binding) that is the signature binding of Molli Sparkles. See the two little pieces of aqua along the upper right edge of the binding? That's it. I only had enough of that aqua to do a few inches of binding, so that seemed appropriate.
Back at home, I tried to get a straighter, less wind-blown shot. I'm really pleased with the finish. I've written up the pattern, and it will be available shortly.
Pattern: Original design
Size: 56 X 56"
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: Art Gallery Fabrics from stash
Batting: Hobbs 100% wool
Threads: pieced on Tillie, my 1951 Featherweight with Aurifil 50 wt; quilted with Superior thread 100% polyester #401, YLI variegated purple 40 wt 100% cotton, and Aurifil variegated aqua 40 wt. The Bottom Line light blue in the bobbin.
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