Friday, January 16, 2015

A Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt

A finished quilt.
Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt is finished! Like I said in my previous blog post, I have loved making this quilt. Everything seemed to flow seamlessly - I won't say effortlessly - from fabric selection to process piecing, to basting (not so fun), to finally quilting and binding.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

QUILT STATS: 
90 Bear Paw Blocks
90 plain squares
12 rows each of 15 blocks
360 Half Square Triangles
990 Patchwork Pieces
Quilt top measures 54 inches x 67.5 inches.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

It seemed obvious (to me) to quilt this quilt with an all over grid of straight lines (1.5 inches apart) using the seam lines of the Bear Paw blocks as a sewing guide. The quilting adds texture and interest without affecting the quilt design, nor the use of fabrics. The quilting is simple and effective, functional rather than decorative.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt ~ quilt back | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt ~ quilt back | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt ~ quilt back | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

For the back of the quilt I have chosen one of my current favorite backing fabrics ~ Newsprint from the Paint Collection by Carrie Bloomston. I think I have the equivalent of a bolt of this fabric on hand as such be prepared to see it used as backing fabric for several more quilts. This print just works so well to balance busy quilt tops ... and I do continue to love all text fabrics!

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt ~ binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt ~ binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

And again for binding fabric I have used a black/white stripe fabric by Timeless Treasures; my go-to fabric for binding.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.

See the listing details here: Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt. (sold)
Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Don't forget - all the cutting/sewing details and a tutorial for the Bear Paw block is available here:


I have also added cutting instructions for two further Bear Paw blocks (a 7 1/2 inch finished block and a 9 inch finished block).

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

More scrap quilts are planned for 2015.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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21 comments:

  1. Love love love this quilt. Made a bear claw quilt in the 1990's but I like yours better!

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  2. wow!!! this is beyond stunning, what an absolutely gorgeous quilt. Everything about it is simply perfect.

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  3. this might be my new favorite of yours.

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  4. I canT decide what I love more, the beautiful fabrics and piecing on the quilt front or the perfect choice of backing fabric.

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  5. the backing fabric is perfect!!

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  6. This is the sweetest quilt Rita! You always combine fabrics in wonderful ways! Love the binding and backing - they set off the colorful top perfectly! Not at all surprised that this quilt sold like a hot cake.

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  7. I love the alternating plain blocks here--- a whole quilt of bear paws is so busy. Thanks for doing the math for us!

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  8. Every time I think you can't top my last favorite of yours...you blow me away again!!!! This is my new favorite!!!!

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  9. It is just gorgeous, love the pattern (one of my fav blocks anyway, but the combination with the plain blocks is great) and thank you for the tutorial!

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  10. This quilt is beautiful and the quilting looks just right! How do you baste your quilts? It is my least favourite part of the process too, mainly because I never manage to do it without some 'bubbles' and wrinkles appearing.

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    1. Hi Allison

      I am a pin baster - there are other basting techniques however pin basting is the one method with which I seem to be able to get a good result. That's not to say that I enjoy basting. I can procrastinate all day - and waste a whole day - about having to baste a quilt.

      I have written about my basting technique here on my blog:

      http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2009/06/basting-and-batting.html

      I think that this pin basting technique is one that you get better at over time. You get a better feel for how firmly to tape the backing fabric, and then pin the quilt top, over time. I don't want you to think that this method is foolproof, but one that you get better at over time, resulting in less tucks and puckering with each quilt.

      Rita

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  11. Sweet, sweet scrappy goodness! Such a pretty finish!

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  12. Turned out great, love love love the newsprint on the back.

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  13. I just love all the colors in this quilt...Happy, happy. Love the binding and backing, too. You do a wonderful job of putting everything together! I'm definitely making one of these!

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  14. What an ABSOLUTEY BEAUTIFUL quilt!!! You did a beautiful job, As Always!! Would love to try this soon, but my quilting is being put away for at least 12 weeks :( just had spinal surgery on Wed. Goon g to be awhile to get back on it :(... But after a few Weeks I'll Judy pick patterns and material out, I'll have lots to sew then. Keep up the beautiful work!!!

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    1. Sorry about spelling issues :/ (goon g) is going* to be. And I'll JUST* not Judy ..... Back to sleep I go! Enjoy your weekend! <3

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  15. I printed out the tutorial when you posted it! Thanks so much for sharing it!!!

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  16. That binding is so great! It really finishes the quilt perfectly! Great work!

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  17. I love how cutely the bear paw block pops when alternated with the print square!!

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  18. That is a really cute quilt. I love the bear paw bloc, I love the back and binding. Yep I really like this quilt

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