Bears N Paws

Bears N Paws
Bears n Paws
  • Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread
  • Sulky Smoke Invisible Polyester Thread
  • Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • 2" Half-Square Triangle paper
  • Safty Pins for Basting
  • Good Quality Swewing Thread
  • 75/11 Quilting Needle & 90/14 Needle
  • Rotary Cutter, Mat and Ruler
  • 1-1/2 yards Sulky Totally Stable Iron-on Stabilizer
  • 1-1/2 yards Sulky Super solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer
  • 1 yard of P & B Naturescape Bear Fabric for sizteen 4-1/2" Bear Squares and 1-1/3 yards for back of quilt
  • 1-1/4 yards Dark fabric for half-suare triagles, sahing and narrow border
  • 1-1/2 yards Light fabric for half-square triangles, sashing and wide borders
  • 1/3 yard Fabric for Binding
  • 1-1/3 yards Batting
Making The Blocks
  1.  Cut two 10" x 16" pieces of fabric, one light and one dark. Lightly spray KK 2000 onto the right side of the dark piece of fabric and place the light piec of fabric on top of it, right sides together. Lightly spray KK 2000 onto the wrong side of the top rabric and place the 2" half-square triangle paper on top of it. You now have a nice sandwich that will stay together without pinning while you sew. With regular sewing thread, straight stitch on the dotted lines with a short stitch length and a size 90.14 needle to make the paper tear away more easily. Using the same procedure, sew the other two sheets together. Use your ruler and rotary cutter to cut the half-squares apart on the solid line. Press open withthe seam toward the dark fabric. Gently tear away the triangle paper. Make 64 of these half-square triangles.
  2. "Fussy cut" sixteen 4-1/2" squares that each include a bear from the bear fabric by placing the exact-size ruler over the exact area of the fabric you want to feature and cut out just that area. Use a clear ruler so you can see the bears as you cut each one.
  3. From the light fabric, cut sizteen 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips and seventeen 2-1/2" squares. From the dark fabric, cut four 2-1/2" x 14-1/2" strips and four 2-1/2" squares.
  4. Rotate the individual half-square triangles so that they will face in the right direction to complete each Bear Paw Block. Refer to photo above for correct placement.
  5. Join two half-square triangle squares together, again referring to picture for proper direction.
  6. When sewing the 4-1/2" Bear Print to the bottom two squares of each block, check the direction and placement of the Bear's head to be sure it will be facing the desired direction. Join one 2-1/2" solid light square to the two toe squares. Check picture for proper placement.
  7. Sew the pieces to the 4-1/2" square in the sequence needed to complete the Bear Paw Block, again referring to the picture. All together, sizteen blocks will be required: four of each Bear Paw according to the placement of the tow squares
  8. Sew a finished Bear square to a light 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strip. Add another finished Bear square to the other side of the 6-1/2" strip. Repeat procedure for the bottom two squares.
  9. Join top and bottom squares together by sewing a sashing made of two light 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips with a dark 2-1/2" square in between the light strips.
  10. Join the two finished top squares vertically, using the dak 2-1/2" x 14-1/2" strip to join them. Do the same with the two bottom squares with a 2-1/2" x 14-1/2" strip. Join the remaining two 2-1/2" x 14-1/2" strips together with the light 2-1/2" square in the middle. Use this strip to join the two top completed squares to the bottom two completed squares.
Narrow Accent borderCut two 2-1/2" x 30-1/2" dark strips and sew them onto each side. Cut two 2-1/2" x 34-1/2" dark stips and sew them to the top and bottom
Layer, Quilt, Bind
  1. Lay the backing down first with the wrong side up and spray it with KK 2000. Lay the batting over the backing. Spray the wrong side of the quilt top with KK 2000 and place it over the batting. You now have a secure sandich that will require about half as many pins to baste.
  2. Quilt using your favorite method. Sharon drew large and small bear silhouettes (one for each border) and traced them onto a strip of Totally Stable the same width and length of each border, which made it easy for her to get proper placement of the bears on the Tatally Stable. She cut away the inside of the bears on the traced lines, leaving bear silhouettes which she ironed onto the borders. She then free-motion stitched around the inside of each "empty" bear using Sulky Smoke Polysester Invisible Thread. This way there was no stabilizer to tear or disolve away from the stitching. Clever! Sharon then trace oak leaves with Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1035 on the red fabric and Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1266 on the tan fabric. To remove the Solvy without washing the quilt, wet a Q-Tip and reun it over the quilting stitches to dissolve the Solvy so it pulls away easily.
  3. Bind
For the patterns we are providing them as downloads from the browser below. You may click each image and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive. The patterns are scaled to fit on an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, though they might have to be rotated. If you wish to use a larger size, you can scale them up appropriately in your print dialog or print them out as provided and enlarge them by some other means (copy machine, projector, local blueprint shop etc). 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on each image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".