I didn’t intend to write about this guy today, but I’m still working out the kinks on the project I was going to share so he’s up!
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A couple of years ago, Annie Brady released a line of fabric called Big Sky through Moda, and this sweet bear quilt pattern was free for a while to promote that. It’s no longer a freebie, but you can still buy the pattern through the artist’s website. She also has a coloring page to match!
I pulled the pattern out several times when I was looking for a new project, but never felt brave enough to tackle it.
As our guild’s quilt show got closer, i realized the only quilts I had to enter were minis and wall hangings. All the larger quilts have been gifts. That gave me the perfect opportunity to make that bear!
There wasn’t really enough time, but that didn’t stop me from deciding to get on that crazy train anyway. I spent a couple of hours in Craft Warehouse choosing fabrics, then headed home to start cutting. Since the pattern was originally designed with a specific fabric line in mind, I had to make myself this handy key to keep everything straight.
There were a lot of pieces to this one, but the instructions were clear. It actually came together faster than I expected. The thing is, there were all these triangles left over.
The colors I chose for this one are a little outside my usual palette, and there wasn’t enough of the triangles to really make anything, so I didn’t want to just stash them somewhere. I decided to sew them into squares, then the squares into a row and use it as an accent on the back of the quilt. I love how it turned out!
Because I was doing this at the last minute, there was no time to send it to a long armer. I moved my sewing machine to my large dining room table and spent a week or so plugging away at it. I know I keep saying this, but those quilting gloves made ALL the difference. Of course, I tore a hole or two in them in the process, but it was worth it.
I even got a little creative with my quilting lines. I wanted to follow the design instead of doing an all-over pattern, because why make it easy, right? I used a ruler to draw some lines and followed those. I only ended up with a couple of puckers in the flannel on the back, and with a quilt of this size, I can live with that.
It was great to see my quilt hanging in the show. (If you’d like to see photos from the entire show, they are on our guild Facebook page.)
The fact that my family loved it, and were snuggling under it the very next day was even better.