April – Scrappy Bear Paw

It’s spring and the days are longer,  so let’s break out of our hibernation and go modern on a traditional block  – scrappy bear paw! I have so many fun new scraps from last month’s destash that I needed to make something with them.

Please bear with the process, it looks like a lot of work but with chain-piecing it can be like an easy amble in the woods.

First pull your background fabric: I did mine in Kona Silver, so aim for that shade. We also agreed at the meeting that tone-on-tone fabric are acceptable for the background. Then get together your bright & bursting prints – an even mix of cool and warm colours will keep things balanced. KJ’s version was my inspiration:

From Katy Jones, I’m A Ginger Monkey.

This is what you need to cut:

Brights (a mix of warm & cool colours)

1 – 2.5″ square
16 – 3.5″ squares
8 – 4″ squares

Background (Kona Silver or similar)

8 – 4″ squares
4 – 3.5″ squares
4 – 2.5″ x 9.5″ rectangles

With the 4″ squares make eight half-square triangles (HST) and trim to 3.5″.

Then with a picture like this as your guide assemble your block into three rows, then join the rows. Remember that ours will have a four-patch as the ‘palm’ of the paw.

From The Spruce.

By Niki Storr, VMQG.

It’s big and I hope you think it’s worth it. For every completed block you will get a chance to win the lot. Many hands will easily make a decent sized quilt suitable for any lucky Goldilocks to nap under!

Inspiration: 

http://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.ca/2015/05/scrappy-bear-paw-quilt.html

http://suzyquilts.com/bear-paw-quilt-pattern/

http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2015/01/scrap-quilt-and-bear-paw-block-tutorial.html