|New Project! Butterflies and Bear Paws|
|Bear Paw Inspirations: Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! and QNM Back Issue, LouLouThi Clippings Fabric in Passion|
|Should Have Used WHITE Thread!|
I really love how my first bear paw block came out. I did NOT follow the patterns in the book or magazine projects, though. The book project had instructions for 12" blocks (despite the fact that the vintage quilt in the photo could not possibly have had blocks that large) and the magazine article was for 8 3/4" blocks. I knew I wanted to make a square quilt with 9 blocks set diagonally, and I could see that the bear paw has a 7x7 underlying grid structure. I bored my children to tears by demonstrating how I can use the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the dimensions of a quilt with a diagonal setting (gotta LOVE math-in-the-real-world quilting lessons!) and decided that a 10 1/2" finished block size will give me a finished quilt in the size I want, with 9 diagonal bear paw blocks and four plain alternate blocks.
So, going back to my 7 x 7 grid, I just need to make each unit finish at 1 1/2" to create a 10 1/2" finished block. If I wanted a 7" block, I'd make each unit finish at 1", or for a 14" block, each unit would finish at 2", etc. This is where those specialty rulers come in handy, too -- I was able to cut my small squares and HSTs (half square triangles) all from 2" strips of fabric instead of having to add weird fractional amounts to squares and then slice the squares apart on the diagonal as traditional rotary cutting instructions tell you to do.
Anyway, I've been sitting here typing for longer than I had intended, and I still have lots to get done before it's time to pick up the kids so I'll just leave you with this:
|I'm In Print! June/July 2014 Issue of QNM|
I'm linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Esther's WOW: WIPs on Wednesday as well as with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. If you have a moment, stop by to see what everyone else is up to today.
Have a wonderful day!