MOD Bear Paw QAL–Week #2

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This started on September 10th, with the cutting instructions, and will go through November 26th with a Link-up Party to show off our creations.

Unlike Project Linus, Gracie’s Get Well Garden, this is not a Mystery.  We not only know what the finished quilt will look like, we have been given 4 sizes to choose from:  Baby, Crib, Lap or Full size.  Several different color schemes have been demonstrated and even a scrappy option has been suggested.

I’m not sure what size mine will be when I finish.  I have enough fabric to make at least the Lap size.  Both the Crib size and Lap size have the same number of blocks, but the Lap size will have a cute pieced border.

The cutting instructions were for all the pieces necessary, but I didn’t cut all of it at once. I didn’t want to keep track of all of that cut fabric. 

Mod Bear Paw QAL-Block Fabric Cut

Here is the fabric I have cut so far.  The pieces are pinned to a piece of Styrofoam that came from some packing box. It is a nice size and I like repurposing items. I can move my cut fabric from one location to another without loosing pieces. The fabric is grouped by how much I need for a block of each piece. I have nearly enough to make about half the blocks I need.

The first block instructions were given last Saturday and we have two weeks to make our blocks until a new step is revealed.

Mod Bear Paws - Block Prep

I’m working on one block at a time. To help me, I have a printed picture of the block. To prevent getting confused, I pull off all the cut pieces necessary for one block and lay it out in the block design.

Mod Bear Paws QAL - 1 Block

I need 28 full Bear Paw Blocks, and there are a few more partial blocks.  Not sure I’ll get all done before the next step is revealed. Since I worked the quilt show last week, and I’m making the Project Linus Mystery Challenge, I’ve only gotten 4 of these blocks made so far.  Some serious stitching will be done this weekend.

Making the HST (Half-Square Triangle) blocks is slow work for me – Chain-Piecing the squares and then trimming to size.

Quick Tip: Trimming HSTs

Using the squares required (here they are 2” squares), place the two pieces right-sides together. Stitch a scant 1/4” on both sides of diagonal line drawn on one of the squares.

HST-Stitching

Cut on diagonal line, making two triangles.

HST - Cut on Diagonal Line

Using the block size (in this case 1-1/2” square), identify the markings on two sides of a square ruler and place this along the Stitch Line – not the cut edge.

HST-Trimming Diagram

Trim the two sides.

HST-Trimmed 1-1/2" Unfinished

TaDa!  A nicely squared up 1-1/2” HST.

I love this method of trimming HSTs. It only requires 2 cuts and it always comes out the right size with the stitch line nicely centered.

Try this tip sometimes and see how you like it.

 

Happy Stitching!

 

Quilt Mouse

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About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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2 Responses to MOD Bear Paw QAL–Week #2

  1. This quilt is awesome. Bear Paw is my favorite.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    Looks like fun. I too keep an illustration near. I’ve turned many a HST the wrong way in my sewing career.

    Liked by 1 person

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