Saturday, 1 October 2016

MOD Bear Paw QAL - Constructing the Big Bear blocks

Today's post is to provide the instructions for constructing the Big Bear blocks.

I have decided to make a BABY quilt size.


Step 1 - 5 were covered in the previous post: Constructing the Bear Paw blocks.


Using the PARTS LEFT OVER and the pieces cut for the BIG BEAR Blocks:

Step 6:  Sew the PAW UNITS to the sides of the Background (C) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (A) square to the end of the remaining CROSS SASHING UNIT. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (D) square to the Background (E) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Brown (J) square to the Light Brown (G) rectangle. Sew this (GJ) unit between a Light Brown (A) square and a Light Brown (F) rectangle. Arrange the pieces as shown. Sew the CROSS SASHING UNIT onto the PAIR OF PAWS UNIT. For the bottom row, sew the PAW UNIT to the Background (C) rectangle. Sew the (ED) unit to the (AGJF) unit. Sew them together to complete the bottom row and sew this to the bottom of the CROSS SASHING UNIT to complete the block.








Step 7:  Use the STOP method to add the Grey (C) rectangle on the end of the Light Brown (K) rectangle.





Step 8:  Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the Background (A) square and the Light Brown (A) square. This is your guide line. Place the Background (A) square on the Light Brown (A) square and the Light Brown (A) square on the Dark Brown (A) square. Sew a ¼” seam on EACH SIDE the blue line from edge to edge, as shown in red. Cut along the blue guide line. Press the seams open and trim each of the resulting Half Square Triangles (HST) to 1”. Sew them together, as shown.




Step 9:  Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (A) square on the end of the Background (L) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Background (J) squares on the corners of the Light Brown (M) and (N) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (J) squares on the corners of the Dark Brown (M) rectangle. Sew the Dark Brown (A) square between the Light Brown (C) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) square on the end of the Light Brown (C) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Brown (A) square on the end of the Light Brown (M) rectangle. Sew the Background (G) rectangle to the Dark Brown (G) rectangle. Along with the Light Brown (O) rectangle, sew the pieces together as shown.





Step 10:  Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (M) rectangles on the ends of the Background (K) rectangle. Sew the Dark Brown (A) square between the Light Brown (C) rectangles. Along with the Light Brown (O) and (R) rectangles, sew the pieces together as shown.






Step 11:  Sew the Background (C) rectangle on the side of a PAW UNIT. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (U) rectangle on the end. Sew the Dark Brown (A) square between the Light Brown (C) rectangles. Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) square on the end. Along with the Light Brown (R) rectangle, sew the pieces together as shown.






Step 12:  Sew the Dark Brown (G) rectangle on the side of a Light Brown (YY) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Grey (K) rectangle on the left end and a Background (A) square on the right end.






Step 13:  Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the Grey (A) squares. This is your guide line. Place the Grey (A) squares on the Light Brown (A) squares. Sew a ¼” seam on EACH SIDE the blue line from edge to edge, as shown in red. Cut along the blue guide line. Press the seams open and trim each of the resulting Half Square Triangles (HST) to 1”. Sew them together, as shown, and add the Grey (S) rectangle to the bottom.







Step 14:  Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (A) square on the end of a Grey (K) rectangle. Sew the unit made in Step 13 onto the left end and a Background (A) square on the right end.






Step 15:  Sew the Background (C) rectangle on the side of a PAW UNIT. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Brown (T) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) square. Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) and (D) squares to the Dark Brown (E) rectangle. Sew the units together as shown.






Step 16:  Sew a Dark Brown (M) rectangle to the Background (A) square. Sew a Dark Brown (A) square to the Background (M) rectangle. Sew the (MA) to the (AM) unit and sew a Dark Brown (C) rectangle on top. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Brown (T) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) square.






Step 17:  Sew the remaining HST (BB) squares together as shown. Sew the Background (G) rectangle to the Light Brown (G) rectangle. Sew the Light Brown (D) square to the HST (B) squares. Sew the other HST (B) squares to the (GG) unit. Sew a Background (C) rectangle to the side. Sew a Dark Brown (A) square to the Background (C) rectangle. Sew the units together as shown.





Step 18:  Sew the units made in the previous steps together as shown.






Step 19:  Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (A) square and Light Brown (J) square to the Grey (P) rectangle. Sew the Light Brown (G) rectangle on the bottom.






Step 20:  Use the STOP method to add the Background (A) square to the Light Brown (V) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (D) square to the Background (W) rectangle. Sew the Dark Brown (A) square between a Background (A) square and (C) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Brown (A) square to the Background (D) square. Use the STOP method to add the Background (J) square to the Dark Brown (M) rectangle. Sew the (DW) unit to the (AAC) unit. Sew the (DA) unit to the (JM) unit and then sew the Background (X) unit to the side. Sew the pieces together as shown and add the Light Brown (L) rectangle to the top.






Step 21:  Sew the Background (C) rectangle to the Dark Brown (A) square and then sew a Background (Y) rectangle on top. Sew the Light Brown (M) rectangle to a Background (A) square. Sew the (BB) HST’s to the Light Brown (D) square. Sew the (MA) to the (DBBBB) unit and sew a Background (C) rectangle on the side and then sew the (YCA) on top. Use the STOP method to add the Dark Brown (Z) rectangle. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (A) square. Sew the Light Brown (Y) rectangle on top.






Step 22:  Use the STOP method to add the Background (D) square to the Light Brown (T) rectangle. Sew a PAW UNIT to the bottom. Sew this to the side of the unit made in the previous step.






Step 23:  Sew the Light Brown (M) rectangle to a Background (A) square. Sew the (BB) HST’s to the Light Brown (D) square. Sew the Background (C) rectangle to the Dark Brown (A) square and then sew a Background (Y) rectangle on the bottom. Sew the (MA) to the (DBBBB) unit and sew a Background (C) rectangle on the side and then sew the (YCA) on the bottom. Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (Z) rectangle. To make the foot, use the STOP method to add the Background (D) square. Use the STOP method to add the Background (J) and (A) squares to the Light Brown (C) rectangle. Sew the Background (A) square to the side. Sew this foot to the bottom of the leg.






Step 24:  Sew a Background (C) rectangle between two PAW UNITS. Sew this to the side of the unit made in the previous step.








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 finished at least Step 6, 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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Friday, 30 September 2016

Where do you Go when you don't know what to Google?

How do you find inspiration?

What about information for learning new techniques?

If you're like me, perhaps you have turned to Google when searching for new ideas and information. I have found that if you can find just the right words to place into the search bar you can come up with some fabulous links that will offer a variety of ideas and inspiration for all things quilting related. Or to help you find the just the right answers to your quilting questions. Most of the time.

But what about for those times when you are sitting there in front of your computer. Say first thing in the morning - with a fresh cup of coffee. You're not quite ready to begin your day. And you are looking for something to spark your interest and get those creative juices flowing. But that empty search bar is just sitting there - staring blankly back at you. You can't think of a single NEW thing to type in to find what you are looking for.

Get cozy with that first coffee of the day and check this out!  


There are some really great quilting bloggers out there who are sharing all kinds of good stuff. From tutorials and tips to free patterns. And lots of yummy eye candy!



The first thing that has caught my eye is the Pineapple Block.

Photo used with permission of Amber of A Little Bit Biased


This is the Pineapple block paper piecing tutorial by Amber of A Little Bit Biased.
I mean, I am not a Paper Piecer....
But this bright happy block certainly has me rethinking the whole thing!




And if I get scared, there is also this NOT paper pieced Scrapbuster Pineapple block tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

Photo used with permission of AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Just as pretty, bright and happy! But sans paper!







Okay. What else is there?

Ohhhh!!! Look at this!

Photo used with permission of Lee of Freshly Pieced

This is the Hexing Around Block tutorial by Lee of Freshly Pieced. I'm all for a hexagon block that can be pieced by machine and what a great use of scraps! Wouldn't this block be perfect for a pillow?!!!



Or how about this?

Photo used with permission of Faith of Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts

This is the Ribbon Star Block tutorial by Faith of Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts. You know what? I click on through to Fresh Lemons and guess what.... This is a whole series of free blocks! It's a quilt along! 



What do I really LOVE about these tutorials and projects? They bring you the pretty pictures. They provide an enticing and informative description of the project. And they make you want to stick around to visit for a while as you enjoy that morning cup of coffee....


Now what else can I find?


I do love baby quilts....
Look at this!

Photo used with permission of Lee of Freshly Pieced

Simply scrumptious! This is the Kissy Fish Baby quilt pattern by Lee of Freshly Pieced. Again this is a really sweet block design and a great use of scraps. What a perfect gift for a baby shower!




Now then....

What's Hot?
Well, certainly not my coffee by now. I must pour myself another cup.

While I am waiting for that kettle to boil, I seem to be thinking of the upcoming winter and the gift giving plans that I am formulating. I love to make runners for a quick project when I'm between quilts. And they make such lovely and thoughtful gifts!

Photo used with permission of Melissa of Happy Quilting

This is just the ticket! It's the Midnight Frost Table Runner tutorial by Melissa of Happy Quilting. Now you have me dreaming of a White Christmas!



Now this one is not new to me, but may be new to you....

Photo used with permission of Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties

This super sweet Back Porch Blooms block tutorial is by Lea Anne of Podunk Pretties. Lea Anne is a clever designer and I remember her sharing this tutorial not too long ago in the Let's Bee Social linky party!




So now that I have refilled my cup, I have just a few more minutes while I enjoy this coffee, before I head into the day and get to work. So what else is there to see?

YOU TELL ME!


Where do you go when you don't know what to google?



I'd love to hear what you have to say. What are your thoughts? 


PLEASE, if you do check out some of these great links and click through to someone's blog because you love their tutorial, please let them know you love it. By leaving them a Thank You in their comments section. Tell them Lorna sent you! 

And then spend a few minutes checking out their site and getting to know them. Click on a few of their page tabs. Consider following their blog. It takes a lot of work to make a good tutorial and I am so glad these generous quilty folks are willing to share their talent with us!





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