Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bear Paw in the Honey

It's finished!! I can't believe it! I am so happy with this quilt! I have actually blogged about this a few times here,  here,  here and here. It has been a super long process, but so totally worth it.

Just the quick back story; I asked my Mom to go to the LQS for me to get this pattern and fabric from a get-together called the Strippers Club.  Every couple of months they provide a pattern and some instruction on how to follow it.  Then you get the fabric and away you go.  I couldn't attend, but Mom was willing to go for me, thank goodness! It has actually been a year in the works.  I started it back in May of 2013, so it was time to be done.

I have blogged so much about it that I am going to focus on the quilting part of it. I was really stumped for a long time about how to quilt it. It's quite large compared to what I usually do (twin size) and I love it so much I didn't want to mess it up.

The blocks were so large, though, that I didn't have any patterns that would work. After much contemplation, and some misplacement of possible templates, I finally came up with a pattern based on a border pattern that I have.

It was nice because it has points on it like the claws on a bears paw, but it also has curves to fill the open spaces. It's a nice balance, and bonus: I already had a pattern for the border. Yeah!

Once I had the quilting finished I was really ready to be done and dreaded the idea of trying to hand-bind, so I 'cheated' and used the machine. I am feeling okay with that. It turned out nice and I am pretty confident my daughter won't mind I did that.

The backing is a solid piece from the honey, honey line that I found on special on-line.  I guess that's one benefit of procrastinating.

I tested it out on my son's bed, but it's actually intended for my daughter.  She should be graduating to a big girl bed in the next few months, and now at least the bed is ready for that to happen (even if I'm not).

I am so glad I was able to share this finish! Hopefully now I can move a few smaller projects thru before I start another large one. Deep breaths! I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday. Can't wait to see what everyone's working on. Have a great weekend!


  1. Really lovely! Love that pattern. And the quilting is a perfect match.

    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

  2. Love that border. Like Paula said above, the quilting is great.

    1. The border was a great way to use up the scraps. Thank you so much, and thank you for coming by and leaving a note!