Friday, January 29, 2016

Bear Paw - Finally!

I've held on to this UFO for a long time.  I made the top over 10 years ago.  Two years ago I made the back.  Luckily I saved the left over fabric!  Last year I quilted it.  This year I finally put on a binding and finished it.


I quilted a square spiral. (Is that a thing?)  I started with a small square in the middle and worked my way out with random spacing in between the lines.  The end result it a bit wavy.  I'm not sure if that's due to the quilting or the fact that the top was not quite flat or square.

The bear belonging to all those paws can be found on the back.



I like the colors and the design, but the workmanship is not great and the fabrics are cheap.

Since the bear looks like he's tucked into a sleeping bag I think this is destined to be a camping quilt!

This week I'm linked up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday

Sew Fresh Quilts




24 comments:

  1. Square spirals are a thing, and yours looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Heidi! Glad I'm not just making stuff up :)

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  2. Hooray for a finished UFO! The quilting looks great! I did the same spiral thing with a triangle before and had the same experience. Kind of a wonky pull it puts on it. That bear looks pretty happy to be finished and I love those bright bear paws!

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    1. Thanks Lorna! I've done a spiral on other quilts and didn't have a problem. But this is the first quilt where I didn't follow the seam lines in my spiral quilting and I suspect that's why it got so distorted.

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  3. This is great! Love the quilting; reminds me of the one I just finished. Beautiful work!

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  4. I love the bright colors & dark background!

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    1. Thanks Emilee! That's my favorite thing about this quilt too :)

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  5. I love your square spiral, what a great idea, I think it works really well... I might steal this :) Visiting from Sew Fresh Quilts, hello!

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    1. Have fun with it! I like the spiral because it uses a walking foot and you don't need to lift the needle until you run out of thread.

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  6. Lovely quilt.....sounds like my time frame for getting finished

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    1. Thanks Maggie! I'm trying to get my other projects done on a "less than a decade" timeframe :)

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  7. Love your paws! What bright, pretty colors. Don't down grade your work! It is fine. Quilts are made to be loved. Camping is a fine place to have some paws. :-) K-

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    1. Thanks Kristy! We are taking my daughter on her first ever camping trip this spring and she really wants to see a bear!

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  8. Love the dark background with your bear claws! That back is fantastic too.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! The color scheme is one of my favorite things about this quilt.

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  9. I have my own longstanding Bears Paw Quilt on the go though it isn't ten years yet! I love your colour choices and it must feel great to finally have it finished. Enjoy - Chris :D

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    1. It's a huge relief to be finished finally. I like the quilt a lot so I'm not sure why I procrastinated so much. Good luck with yours!

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  10. Your Bear Paws are lovely! Such pretty bright colors on just the right color of background. I love it. My name is Betsy and I can't get the comment as to work.

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    1. Thanks Betsy! I love the colors too :) Sorry you had trouble with the comments.

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  11. Your Bear Paws are lovely! Such pretty bright colors on just the right color background. I would love to use similar colors if it's ok with you. I love your work.

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    1. Thanks Betsy :) You're welcome to use my colors. I'm glad you like them.

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