Big Bear Hugs Pattern

kits and pattern Aug 26, 2016

I have just published a new pattern! This one is called Big Bear Hugs, and it is based on my Bears Paw quilt. You can buy this pattern in my Craftsy store or at Quilters' Lane.


IMG_3292   Solid colours no border

Last year I made this Bears Paw quilt as part of the celebrations for the Capital Quilters group that I belong to. The group was marking its 30th anniversary, and members were asked to make a Bears Paw quilt, since the Bears Paw block is their logo. The Bears Paw is also known as the Hand of Friendship, a very fitting block to have for a quilt group!

For my quilt I used Philip Jacob's Japanese Chrysanthemum fabric in green, from the Kaffe Fassett collective.


I drool over Philip's fabrics, and had been wanting to use this one for some time.

The plan for the block colourings emerged as I made the quilt. I used lots of different fabrics in three colour groups - turquoise, green and purple, to reflect the main fabric colours.

Once the blocks were made, I added sashings in a blue Fossil Fern, similar to the background of the main fabric. These are fabrics I haven't used much but it just worked perfectly for this quilt.

Last week, I taught a class in the shop and the ladies picked some great colour combinations.


(excuse my feet!)

Charlene, who is also taking my beginners class,  is using a lovely Kiwiana fabric, with our native Tui and Pohutakawa blossoms on a navy background. Combined with these lovely Moda Grunges it is looking a treat. Her other blocks will have the blue grunge and a green moko fabric. I can't wait to see how her quilt comes along!


This is Karen's lovely block, she is using some beautiful bright and saturated colours in batiks.


It was so much fun to see these ladies breezing through their half square triangles. If you are quite a new quilter this pattern will show you how to make the blocks the easy way, and you will gain confidence making the half square triangles.

Go on, give your family some Big Bear Hugs!




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